Mozart - Don Giovanni
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(Apr 10, 2007)
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This is definetively a must buy.
Owning this DVD is a no brainer for opera lovers everywhere. It is a must buy!
Peter Brook has, up to this point, avoided directing operas (of which he clearly has a considerable knowledge) because of the compromises which would normally be imposed upon him by other considerations which would dilute his control relative to that when producing plays. A major condition in taking on this directorship was that all participants (singers, conductor, and orchestra -everybody involved) would be fully committed to a whole year of repeat performances on tour instead of the usual few nights. In the event this production ran for two years worldwide without any major changes to personnel.
Thus was such a familiarity achieved between the participants that he was then able to direct the actual production like a Shakespearian play with enormous concentration on the words and the acting. The props were reduced to minimum on the basis that the words and the acting were sufficient and the opera would also be released from its historical context and thus become a universal statement.
Does this work? The answer is a resounding "Yes" which has been reinforced by similar responses supplied by other reviewers. This is without doubt the most involving and dramatic performance of this particular opera, or any other opera one is tempted to add, that collectors are likely to experience. The singers are all of superlative quality and grippingly believable in their respective roles.Read more ›
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I don't have the DVD of 2007 to which everyone has favorably commented. Mine is an audio of 1999, and it is awful. Read morePublished on October 8, 2013 by richard b.
I'm always on the lookout for good versions of Don Giovanni, and this minimalist staging is certainly interesting - I got curious about this production after watching a few clips... Read morePublished on April 25, 2011 by arjumand
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