MOZART, W.A.: Don Giovanni (Salzburg Festival, 2008)

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Don Giovanni, K. 527
Libretto/Text Author: Ponte, Lorenzo da

Commendatore: Kocherga, Anatoly
Donna Anna: Dasch, Annette
Donna Elvira: Roschmann, Dorothea
Leporello: Schrott, Erwin

Set/Stage Designer: Schmidt, Christian
Costume Designer: Schmidt, Christian
Lighting Designer: Winter, Olaf
Choreographer: Sigl, Ramses
Stage Director: Guth, Claus
Television Director: Large, Brian

Date of Production: 2008
Festival: Salzburg Festival
Venue: Haus fur Mozart, Salzburg
Playing Time: 03:00:00
Catalogue Number: A04001510
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Synopsis

Wild animals live in the woods. Robbers hide there. Mystery is at home there. And, when the woods are on the stage of Salzburg's Haus fur Mozart, a notorious ladies' man and his unsavory accomplice can also find shelter there. For here, in the dense forest planted by director Claus Guth, is the home of the rugged macho Don Giovanni, who, assisted by Leporello, lures the ladies with the heady scent of danger. In Guth's almost cinematic Salzburg Festival production, every character in Mozart's most realistic opera seems to carry a back-story of thwarted love and frustration. Everyone appears to be seeking either salvation or damnation in the woods – a compelling concept that removes the opera from its traditional pseudo-Seville squares and palaces.

Don Giovanni is played by Christopher Maltman. Donna Anna, played by Annette Dasch, Donna Elvira by Dorothea Roschmann and Zerlina by Ekaterina Siurina. With a physique as striking as his full-bodied baritone voice, Maltman embodies Don Giovanni as an almost reluctant seducer, a man fated to bring misery to women and, ultimately, to himself. Next to Maltman, it is Uruguayan bass-baritone Erwin Schrott who rivets the audience in this production: "Schrott's Leporello is an event in his own right, the event of the Salzburg Don Giovanni" (Die Welt). This Leporello is no bumbling sidekick or nobleman's scapegoat, but his master's worthy companion on the road to perdition. Among the women, Roschmann gives a heart-stopping account of rage, passion and love in her arias. And Don Ottavio, played by Matthew Polenzani has nothing in common with the traditionally sweet but boring characterization of the eternal fiance.

Under Bertrand de Billy, the Wiener Philharmoniker play with refreshing verve and spirit.

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