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Don Giovanni

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

In Guth’s almost cinematic Salzburg Festival production, every character in Mozart’s most realistic opera seems to carry a back-story of thwarted love and frustration. Everyone appears to be seeking either salvation or damnation in the woods – a compelling concept that removes the opera from its traditional pseudo-Seville squares and palaces.

And when Don Giovanni is played by Christopher Maltman, it’s no wonder that Donna Anna (Annette Dasch), Donna Elvira (Dorothea Röschmann) and even Zerlina (Ekaterina Siurina) are ready to throw themselves at his feet. With a physique as striking as his full-bodied baritone voice, Maltman embodies Don Giovanni as an almost reluctant seducer, a man fated to bring misery to women and, ultimately, to himself.

Next to Maltman, it is Uruguayan bass-baritone Erwin Schrott who rivets the audience in this production: “Schrott’s Leporello is an event in his own right, the event of the Salzburg Don Giovanni” (Die Welt).

Opera
Recorded
CONDUCTOR
Bertrand de Billy
DIRECTOR
Claus Guth
CAST
Christopher Maltman | Anatoli Kotscherga | Erwin Schrott | Annette Dasch | Dorothea Röschmann
DATE OF PERFORMANCE
August 2008
AVAILABLE TERRITORIES
Worldwide except Asia, France, Belgium, Finland, USA, Canada, Russia, Korea, Israel
DURATION
2h56m | DCP in two parts: Part 1: 1h33m (Act 1) & Part 2: 1h23m (Act 2)

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