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Directed by Kasper Holten, Director of Opera at the Royal Opera House. Cast includes Mariusz Kwiecien, Alex Esposito and Véronique Gens. Es Devlin's designs include a slowly revolving cube depicting the interior and exterior of a many-chambered plantation-style mansion and innovative video projection. Extra features: Introduction, Don Giovanni's Women, Director's commentary and a cast gallery.
Actors: Mariusz Kwiecien, Alex Esposito, Malin Bystrom, Veronique Gens, Antonio Poli
Directors: Johnathan Haswell
Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC
Subtitles: English, French, German, Japanese
Region: All Regions
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR Not Rated
Studio: Opus Arte
DVD Release Date: September 30, 2014
Run Time: 187 minutes
Not as good as Peter Brook’s production, at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence
2 people found this helpful.
on October 6, 2016
By Fran F.
I enjoyed this ROH production, but there are a few things I did not like, mostly (1) the projections of Don Giovanni’s women’s names: they make Don Giovanni’s neighborhood look like a housing project covered in graffiti. (2) I much prefer Peter Brook’s minimal staging at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, in modern costumes: if you are updating the costumes, go all the way; updating Don Giovanni to some time around 1900 simply does not look right. (3) Zerlina and Masetto are peasants about to get married: in this version, they apparently get married in the building (housing project?) where Don Giovanni lives; total nonsense. Then they disappear, to be replaced at the ball by well-dressed and presumably wealthy people; another nonsense. (4) Malin Byström* is not a very credible Donna Anna (when compared with Alexandra Deshorties, Edda Moser or Marina Poplavskaya in other productions). My advice: decide for yourself; there is nothing wrong with owning several Don Giovanni’s. As for me, if I had to keep only one, it would be Peter Brook’s production.
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on February 25, 2017
A different take on the Don. Some things work, others I just found annoying. The production is non-standard. Nothing wrong with that – there are so many productions out there it is worth trying a different take. The set was quite innovative, although I was trying to work out whether it was supposed to represent a southern plantation, an Escher cube, or a housing project. The video projections were very impressive technically, but in many places I found them distracting and at times I had the feeling that if I were in the theater they would have given me a headache. In fact, much of this production gave me the feeling of “look what we can do” rather than supporting the drama. As for the action, the emotional connections and motivations are unusual and rely on a strained interpretation of the libretto. As for the ending, I was left wondering – is hell an insane asylum, or what?
Don Giovanni – bluray
on June 20, 2016
By Homer Eames
I like opera but I’m definitely not an opera aficionado thus I don’t quibble about performers or favored performances. This Blu-Ray Royal Opera staging is excellent in both sound & visual staging. I’ve watched it several times and a couple of times with the screen turned off. Enjoyed it every time.
on December 2, 2016
By Robert L.
100% Satisfaction. Fantastic arrangement and performance.
Don Giovanni dvd
on December 15, 2016
By Kris M.
Great singing of a wonderful opera. Staging so-so.
quality superior, cast the same
on May 19, 2015
By Warren D. Gross
production values first rate, quality superior, cast the same.
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