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Don Giovanni Tenorio - Giuseppe Gazzaniga / Wexford Festival Opera (2009)

Miroslav Kopp , Andrea Bolton , Patrick Mason  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Miroslav Kopp, Andrea Bolton
  • Directors: Patrick Mason
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: KULTUR VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: April 28, 2009
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B001RPZDZY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #470,340 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Wexford Festival Opera
Music: Giuseppe Gazzaniga
Libretto: Giovanni Bertati

Director: Patrick Mason
Designer: Joe Vanek
Lighting: Paul Pyant
Directed for Video by Louis Lentin

Don Giovanni: Miroslav Kopp
Donna Elvira: Andrea Bolton
Pasquariello: Balázs Póka
Commendatore: Norman Bailey
Maturina: Alison Browner
Biagio: Alan Cemore
Donna Anna: Malmfrid Sand
Ottavio: Finbar Wright
Donna Ximena: Joan Davies
Lanterna: Philip Doghan

Wexford Festival Chorus
Radio Telefís Êireann Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Simon Joly

Giuseppe Gazzaniga has earned a place in history as one of the forerunners of Rossini and is best known for his one-act Don Giovanni Tenorio (1786), written in the opera buffa mould and one of his most successful works. It is the story of Don Juan, the practical joker who finds the seduction of women the best joke of all. First performed in Venice in 1787, it was well received and was subsequently performed in many major cities of Europe. Gazzaniga's librettist, Bertati, had studied many of the 18th century Don Juan plays, and from them incorporated several elements, especially from the version by Molière as well as features of the story found in popular tradition. Gazzaniga's Don Giovanni Tenorio introduces four female victims : Donna Anna (who is to be found in Tirso's Spanish setting of the play), Donna Elvira and Maturina (from the version by Molière) and Donna Ximena.

The conductor, Simon Joly, says of this production, Gazzaniga's one-act Don Giovanni Tenorio was a great hit in its day, and was seen in Venice, Paris, Lisbon and London between 1787 and 1794. Mozart's librettist Da Ponte was clearly familiar with it, but scholars aren't sure whether Mozart knew it or not if he didn t, the similarities are all the more remarkable. I hope we manage to capture its blend of wit, humor and drama. There are first-rate virtuoso arias and some very exciting ensembles as the Don misbehaves himself enough to be carried off to hell

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WEXING LYRICAL Some Days and Nights at the Opera

This documentary film sets out to capture some of the ingredients that go to make the Wexford Festival a unique blend of music and fun a potent cocktail of high art and even higher jinks! The whole town takes on a special character, the music spills over into its many pubs, and its citizens join in with gusto. Visits to the fringe feature pianist Phillip Cassard and the Fairer Sax. Written and presented by Ted Dolan


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5.0 out of 5 stars A Splendid Purchase August 17, 2014
By Dr.G.
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I give this 5 stars, not because it equals Mozart's Don Giovanni, and it shouldn't. Comparisons are odious as we know. However, there is much delicious writing here and it is impossible to exhaust the musical beauty latent in the theme. Witness all the other Don Giovannis that have since, and will be continued to be composed, in the future without or without vocal components. What this music also tells us is that Giuseppe Gazzaniga is a composer to be reckoned with. I was induced to listen and to buy other works by him to my great joy in their splendor. As an aside, there may have been earlier treatments of Don Juan before the Baroque, by composers that I do not know or do not readily come to mind.
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