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"Don Giovani" by Mozart

Don Giovanni by Mozart

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!


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  • R. Ross H.


    April 20, 2013

  • Barbel B.

    To those of you new to the Opera Meetup at the Chapel Hill Seymour Sr. Center - please be aware that most of our members follow us via email alerts from the Seymour Senior Center and their publications. Our average attendance at a performance is between 35 and 50, so never fear of a cancellation because of a low posted confirmation here on the Meetup site.

    March 16, 2013

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