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!
The Chapel Hill Meetup 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.
We meet once a month on the 3rd Saturday from 1 pm to 5 pm.
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 we say "this group will 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!