Mozart: Don Giovanni, K527

Opus Arte: OABD7051D

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Mozart: Don Giovanni, K527

Label:

Opus Arte

Catalogue No:

OABD7051D

Discs:

1

Release date:

4th Jan 2010

Barcode:

0809478070511

Medium:

Blu-ray

Region:

all
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Mozart: Don Giovanni, K527

Recorded live at the Teatro Real, Madrid, on 8th, 10th and 12th October 2005.


Carlos Álvarez (Don Giovanni), Lorenzo Regazzo (Leporello), María Bayo (Donna Anna), José Bros (Don Ottavio), Sonia Ganassi (Donna Elvira), José Antonio López (Masetto), María José Moreno (Zerlina), Alfred Reiter (Commendatore)

Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real (Madrid Symphony Orchestra and Chorus), Víctor Pablo Pérez (conductor) & Lluis Pasqual (stage director)

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Lluis Pasqual's powerful production for the Spanish capital sets Da Ponte's timeless story of sleaze and seduction into the dark world of 1940s Spain. Carlos Álvarez, in the title role, toys with the affections of Donna Anna, Zerlina and the Spanish lady Donna Elvira, before his overpowering methods finally bring his own destruction.

Extra features:

Illustrated synopsis.

Cast gallery.

Interviews with Lluis Pasqual, Carlos Álvarez and Víctor Pablo Pérez.

Running time 208 mins

Region code All regions

Video codec: AVC/MPEG-4

Disc size: BD50

Picture format 1080i High Definition / 16:9

Sound format 2.0 & 5.1 PCM (TBC)

Menu language EN

Subtitles EN/FR/DE/ES/IT

Gramophone Magazine

July 2010

“The cast set to with a will vocally and dramatically...Víctor Pablo Pérez accompanies accommodatingly in a performance of appropriate but not over-grand scale...The Blu-ray pictures convey well the perspective depth of Frigerio's set and Wolfgang von Zoubek's atmospheric lighting of the fairground sequences.”

Gramophone Classical Music Guide

2010

“Updating is more or less de rigueur in today's operatic circles and Madrid once again comes up with the goods in a wholly plausible re-siting of Giovanni to 1940s Spain. The transfer of the various scenes is by and large convincing and Lluis Pasquel's perceptive ideas about the characters illuminate afresh the familiar story, with the opera's saturnine side very much to the fore. Carlos Álvarez, a Giovanni recalling in voice George London in the part, wholly dominates this opera with a nasty, driven reading of the lecher and bully. Like London, he sings with dark-hued intensity throughout. His must be the best Don about today. By his side is Lorenzo Regazzo as Leporello: he proves a wonderfully resourceful actor and singer, and a proper alter ego to his master. Their enactment of the cemetery scene is masterly in all respects. José Bros is a concerned Ottavio, whose longbreathed 'Il mio tesoro' is a wonder. Much the most exciting of the female singers is Sonia Ganassi's deeply felt, urgently sung Elvira, her 'Mi tradì' a bravura performance. María Bayo seems over-parted and uninteresting as Anna, and the Zerlina is ordinary, as is her Masetto. Underlining the whole venture is the keenly shaped, fast-moving musical direction of Victor Pablo Pérez, a conductor obviously worth watching. Speeds are on the fast side, welcome in this long work and well tailored to the cast. The Madrid Symphony is its customary alert self. The same can be said for Robin Lough's video direction.”

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