Mozart: Don Giovanni [Blu-ray]

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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.

Product Details

  • Actors: Mariusz Kwiecien, Alex Esposito, Malin Bystrom, Veronique Gens, Antonio Poli
  • Directors: Johnathan Haswell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC
  • Language: Italian
  • 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
  • ASIN: B00M428D06

Customer Reviews

A new Don Giovanni worthy to stand with Furtwangler

18 people found this helpful.
 on September 20, 2014
By Alex W. Sanders
I’ve been waiting and watching and hoping that Marius Kwiecien’s Don Giovanni would come to Blu-ray since the MET HD and PBS broadcasts several years ago. But the Met already has a Don Giovanni DVD from several years prior. I was very happy to see this listed and ordered it as soon as I saw it posted on presto. The entire supporting cast is new and Covent Garden set has things in common with the MET set while it’s treated very differently. The set is a two-story facade with a centree part that revolves to show interior rooms.

The one to get!

8 people found this helpful.
 on October 26, 2014
By Dr. John W. Rippon
There are dozens of performances of Don Giovanni available on Blu-ray , DVD and CD. Many are excellent and some exceptionally good. But this performance, I think is a rung above the rest on the current market. I have gone through many of these and have a dozen or so – so why is this one exceptional? It is the depth of the psychological drama on top of the familiar story and exquisite music that comes across in this production. Director Kasper Holton and Designer Es Devlin have put together an entity that involves a complicated, confining but brilliant set and a cast that is not only able to sing the music accurately and passionately but also to act out the drama so well they become the characters and the audience is drawn into the evolving story.

Good, but lacking fire

8 people found this helpful.
 on September 23, 2014
By Keris Nine
Kasper Holten is undoubtedly aware of the complex nature of this colossus of the opera world and is certainly not the first to recognise that Don Giovanni is Don Giovanni – the opera is the man. That’s not to say that the other characters in the opera aren’t well developed, but Don Giovanni is the driving force for the behaviour of every other person, and it’s his actions that determine the whole tone of the opera. A whole lot of room is needed for a figure like this, and Kasper Holten consequently uses the whole of the stage of the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. In Es Devlin’s designs, the stage is Don Giovanni, every detail, every colour, every lighting consideration, every stage prop and backdrop are used to express the magnificent monstrosity of Don Giovanni as he is written by Mozart.

Not as good as Peter Brook’s production, at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence

One person 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.

Should be on your shortlist of Don Giovannis

One person found this helpful.
 on September 8, 2015
By Glen Koehn
There’s a lot to savour in this Don Giovanni, starting with Kwiecien’s fine performance in the title role. He brings intensity and vocal strength, along with a roguish charm which makes his seductions believable. Less intimidating and with less machismo than Keenlyside in the earlier Royal Opera version, he still has enough stage presence to make the thing work. His partner in crime is very well played and sung also, by Esposito using his physical comedic skills and mobile features to good effect.

Insightful and delightful performance of Mozart’s masterpiece

One person found this helpful.
 on January 21, 2015
By Warren Harris
This Blu-Ray DVD, recorded in 2014 at the Royal Opera House (Nicola Luisotti conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House), is a stunning example of what a talented director and cast can accomplish with a masterpiece.

A Towering Don Giovanni on Blu-ray

One person found this helpful.
 on December 2, 2014
By Dean Frey
Everything about the new Blu-ray disc of the early 2014 Royal Opera production of Don Giovanni is of the highest quality. Director Kasper Holten’s conception of the opera as psycho-drama is well-served by Es Devlin’s design, by the singing and acting chops of the cast, and by the stylish playing of the Royal Opera House orchestra under the direction of Nicola Luisotti. First and foremost is, of course, Marius Kwiecien as the Don. His strengths as a singer are only surpassed by his acting ability. From Don Giovanni’s initial swagger to the torments of the finale Kwiecien commands the stage (and the camera) with a huge range from violent intimidation to the subtlest portrayal of his internal insecurities. It’s a majestic performance that matches the finest work of the greatest stage or screen actors I can think of.

… opera so you need to expect three hours of enjoyment. Mariusz Kwiecien is one of my favorite opera …

One person found this helpful.
 on October 16, 2015
By James S. Webb
Don Giovanni is a long opera so you need to expect three hours of enjoyment. Mariusz Kwiecien is one of my favorite opera performers so I was biased from the start. I was not disappointed one bit. The opera was thoroughly enjoyable from beginning to end. The sets take a little getting use to but once you accept that this is not the traditional setting, you can settle back and enjoy the opera, I heartily recommend it to any opera buff.

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.

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