Mozart: Don Giovanni, K527

Opus Arte: OA0921D

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Mozart: Don Giovanni, K527

Label:

Opus Arte

Catalogue No:

OA0921D

Discs:

2

Release date:

30th Jan 2006

Barcode:

0809478009214

Medium:

DVD Video

Format:

NTSC

Region:

all
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Mozart: Don Giovanni, K527


Wojtek Drabowicz (Don Giovanni), Kwanchul Youn (Leporello), Regina Schörg (Donna Anna), Véronique Gens (Donna Elvira), Marcel Reijans (Don Ottavio), Marisa Martins (Zerlina), Felipe Bou (Masetto), Anatoly Kocherga (Commendatore)

Orchestra Academy of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Chamber Choir of the Palau de la Música Catalana, Bertrand de Billy, stage direction by Calixto Bieito

PICTURE FORMAT: 16:9
LENGTH: 156 Mins
SOUND: DTS SURROUND / LPCM STEREO
SUBTITLES: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT/CA

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BBC Music Magazine

May 2006

****

“Calixto Bieito's 2002 production is a potent parable not only for our time, but of any society in decadence… everyone is caught in a self-destructive cycle of abuse - from the mutually manipulative Don and Leporello to the binge-drinking Zerlina. …Bertrand de Billy's conducting maintains the pacing and brutality of the production... It's a strong cast, led by Drabowicz's nobly-voiced, savage Don, and Youn's powerful Leporello. Schörg is Bieito's voluptuous Donna Anna, her voice the equal of her passion; Véronique Gens eloquent as a desperate, shop-till-you-drop Elvira.”

Gramophone Classical Music Guide

2010

“Calixto Bieito's staging of Mozart's opera buffa caused something close to apoplexy among the more conservative daily newspapers when it appeared at the London Coliseum in the early 2000s. Was this because, like Da Ponte's libretto, the Catalan director's vision of the last hours in the life of the 'extremely licentious', not-very-noble man is set in a contemporary world of sex, violence, remorse and social and psychological breakdown? The crises that bind these characters' lives together are explored with unflinching directness.
Regina Schorg's virtuoso Donna Anna, happily bonking Wojtek Drabowicz's charismatic, sleazy Giovanni in the back seat of her father's car (Kwangchul Youn's infectiously energetic Leporello is the chauffeur), has to call out her boring, safe boyfriend Don Ottavio (Marcel Reijans, superb playing Mr Nobody) when Giovanni slashes out too hard at interfering daddy (Anatoly Kocherga, a busman's holiday from his noted Boris). Mozart hints at all kind of hidden dangers as Anna makes Ottavio swear to avenge her; Bieito suggests that she's trading sex for a cover-up of the fatal accident that her actions provoked. The always tricky Ottavio/Anna relationship continues in this vein (her invention of what happened with Giovanni before 'Non mi dir' is another tease), via Anna's bitchy frustration when she realises (Act 1 Quartet) that Elvira (Véronique Gens) was an event in Giovanni's life, up to the point when Ottavio gains some small satisfaction (but almost by force) in her second aria.
That is all to concentrate on one relationship to give a flavour of Bieito's approach. There are any number of other illuminations – the Giovanni/ Leporello hierarchy of control/exploitation/ need; the tabloid, Ibiza clubworld of Masetto and Zerlina; Gens's terrifyingly complete portrait of a woman who loves too much; the convincing resituating in today's clothes of a world where indulgent caprice and exploitation can literally destroy people's lives. This, then, is no concert in costume but, even if you think you prefer your Don Giovanni as a clone of Errol Flynn's 1930s Elizabethan movies, do try this serious, black and often wickedly funny piece of theatre.
The musical performance has its own distinction, as well as complete integration with the staging concept.”

Gramophone Magazine

October 2006

“Calixto Bieito's staging of Mozart's opera buffa caused something close to apoplexy among the more conservative daily newspapers when it appeared at the London Coliseum in the early 2000s. Was this because, like Da Ponte's libretto, the Catalan director's vision of the last hours in the life of the "extremely licentious", not-very-noble man is set in a contemporary world of sex, violence, remorse and social and psychological breakdown? ...even if you think you prefer your Don Giovanni as a clone of Errol Flynn's 1930s Elizabethan moves, I urge you to try this serious, black and often wickedly funny piece of theatre. The musical performance has its own distinction, as well as complete integration with the staging concept.”

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