with Ramon Vargas, Joyce DiDonato, Simon Keenlyside, Kyle Ketelsen, the Royal Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Charles Mackerras conductor
"DON GIOVANNI" is one of my two all-time favorite opera's, (the other is "La Traviata"). This dvd is one of 7 Don Giovanni's in my dvd collection, and as I watched it last night, I knew within minutes it would become one of my favorites.
Simon Keenlyside is a brilliant stage actor, as well as a magnificent voice in opera. He plays this Don Giovanni with a marvelous flair, and is a believable seducer. His voice is a joy to listen to. Miah Persson is probably the best Zerlina I have seen. Joyce Didonato was a passionate Donna Elvira.
The Spanish Madonna on the stage for much of the opera was a nice touch. I also appreciate how the director brought forward the bonding of the women characters inthis production ~ when Don Giovanni is exposed at the end of ACT I, the women hold one knife together in their hands and point it at him.
Keenlyside's intensity is riveting as his character escapes at the end of the scene.I thought the singer portraying Leporello was fabulous also ~ great energy, great voice, and definitely looks like the Leporello one imagines. Ramon Vargas ~ what a voice! He is a gift to the opera world.
I loved this production, and as I said, of my 7 versions of this opera, this will be the one I return to most often. My other fav is one with Carlos Alvarez and Ildebrando D'Arcangelo.
Simon Keenlyside brings Don Giovanni to life! Beautifully!
As always, here's a snippet to spice up your taste buds and have you wanting more!
"Eyes on Opera" is an Orange County cultural organization dedicated to the advancement of opera through recorded and live solo performances, group discussions, educational outreach and field trips. Membership is free with donations gratefully accepted to cover expenses. Regular meetings and presentations are scheduled for the third Saturday of each month at the Seymour Senior Center in Chapel Hill.
The group was founded in January, 2007 by my wife, Victoria Windler, who passed away after a long battle with cancer in April of 2009. Over the years, she collected more than 500 opera CDs and DVDs that line our walls and bend our bookshelves! Her love of life and opera was a beacon to all who knew her! Enjoy one of Vicky's all time favorites that she loved to sing along with: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6nESuuLYss&feature=pl...
This group is continuing as a living memorial to Vicky's passion for opera and life.
The Meetup originally met at our house outside of Chapel Hill which it quickly outgrew and now gathers monthly in the Orange County Seymour Senior Center's new auditorium to enjoy a DVD presentation of a major opera production with other opera lovers. We thank the staff of the center for their continued support.
We meet once a month on the 3rd Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm.Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch to supplement the coffee, cold drinks and snacks we provide. We take a 20 minute break at the middle of the opera. And if you'd like to bring some fresh baked cookies or cakes, you will make many new friends!
All residents (and friends) of Orange County are welcome to the monthly presentations and are encouraged to add their comments and insights at the breaks and conclusion. As Vicky said..."(this group) would be accessible to both beginners who would want to learn more about opera and "fanatics".
We welcome your comments and suggestions for operas to be shown and other opera-related events that the group would enjoy. And we look forward to seeing you at our next Meetup!
---------- The Latest News from all of us at the Opera Meetup ----------
Victoria Windler’s Eyes on Opera will be transitioning from their popular DVD presentations held at the Robert and Pearl Seymour Center in Chapel Hill to promoting theMet's Live in HDpresentations at Brier Creek and live NC Opera programs in Raleigh in 2014-15.
The last DVD presentation, Amahl and the Night Visitors, will be held onSaturday, December 20 from 10am – 2pm. Do join us for this final presentation! All of us thank you for supporting what will be our more than 90 DVD presentations since January 2007 and hope you will join with other Opera Meetup members at Brier Creek's Regal Cinemas for the Met's Live in HDperformances.
---------- The Very Latest News - April 17th, 2015 ---------
Well, Miracles DO happen!
After months of conversations, emails, phone calls and steering committee meetings, we have all agreed to pitch in and restart the operas performances at the Seymour Sr. Center beginning in June, 2015. The schedule will remain the same - the 3rd Saturday in each month, but the time will change to 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm which should make it easier for folks to attend. Paul from Cary will transition in as the driver from Stan over the next couple of performances and we are very grateful for his stepping up. Others in the steering committee will also pitch in as needed to present.
We're starting to post the details today, but you can see the opera titles for each month now, through January 2016.
And we can always use your assistance in helping with the set-up and break-down each time. So let us know if you're available. The breakfast buffet will a thing of the past, but feel free to bring a sandwich or snack for yourselves to enjoy at the midpoint intermission.
Spread the word - the Chapel Hill Opera Meetup is back!