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Mozart: Don Giovanni [Blu-ray] (2010)

Christopher Maltman , Annette Dasch , Claus Guth , Brian Large  |  NR |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Christopher Maltman, Annette Dasch, Matthew Polenzani, Dorothea Roschmann, Bertrand de Billy
  • Directors: Claus Guth, Brian Large
  • Writers: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Lorenzo da Ponte
  • Producers: Salzburger Festspiele
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Classical, Surround Sound, Widescreen, Color, DTS Surround Sound
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: EuroArts
  • DVD Release Date: September 28, 2010
  • Run Time: 175 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003V4RK0K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,665 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In the dense forest planted on the stage of the Haus für Mozart by director Claus Guth is the home of the rugged macho Don Giovanni. Assisted by his unsavory accomplice Leporello, he lures the ladies with the heady scent of danger. Christopher Maltman embodies Don Giovanni as an almost reluctant seducer - a man fated to bring misery to women and, ultimately, to himself. He heads an outstanding cast for a production that, by its very originality, demonstrates the strength of Mozart's original conception.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don Giovanni updated December 15, 2011
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The staging of Claus Guth is modern, set in a forest with what looks like actual trees. There a timetable set in a bus shelter. The stage revolves. The dress is of today. The singers are young and believable. You can understand why women lust after Don Giovanni,but Leporello stands up for himself and will not be pushed around by Giovanni.I like the part where Donna Anna is seducing Don Giovanni and leaps all over him. She is attractive and knows she is. The father comes on the scene and has a gun, Don hits him over the head with a branch and kills him. Donna Elvira is sitting in the bus shelter and Don is standing on the roof of said shelter. In other words, Don is an out of control, wild fellow. You could say Don and leporello are a pair of hoons and they are involved with the Mafia.

Chris Maltman who has a fine voice, takes to the part of Don Giovanni with energy and has the looks and body to be believable. Many Dons look unfit, this man pushes weights. Leporello is sung believably by Erwin Schrott. Donna Anna is a beautiful looking woman,which makes her believable, instead of some overweight soprano.This part is well sung by Annette Dasch.Donna Elvira is as impetuous as ever, portrayed by the lovely singing of Dorothea Roschmann. Matthew Polenzani is one of the best Don Ottavio's yet recorded on DVD or Bluray.The steady filming of the opera is in the hands of Brian Large. De Billy conducts the Vienna Philharmonic swiftly and with gusto. It is very important in opera to have a conductor who does not linger,it ruins the production and the singing.

Will the traditionalists like it. If they are looking for a new experience they will. But if they want a traditional rendition then they will not. 1080 HD. DTS master audio surround sound.Worldwide. English and other subtitles.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don Giovanni, Il Padrino September 5, 2010
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Of all Mozart's operas, Don Giovanni seems to be the one with themes that make it more open to modern day re-envisioning and reinterpretation. And it's not so much the subject of the amorous activities of a philandering nobleman that make the opera so timeless as much as the underlying themes of passion, revenge, power and conquest, or - as in this particular production for the 2008 Salzburg Festval - the question of honour.

Accordingly, there's something of a Godfather feel to the tempestuous Latin passions of love and revenge here that feels perfectly appropriate, the production approaching the opera from a different angle while remaining perfectly true to the strengths of Mozart's score and the themes of Da Ponte's wonderful libretto, full of wit and wisdom. It's certainly more complex and nuanced on the subject of relationships between male and female than their rather more buffa treatment of the subject in Così Fan Tutte. To cite just one example, look at Donna Elvira's complex feelings for Don Giovanni, expressing hatred, contempt and frustration for Giovanni, but at the same time her actions are fuelled by a deep love and an irrational but no less sincere hope for his redemption.

The staging here is limited entirely to a dark woods setting, but imaginatively deployed on a revolving stage which gives a wonderful three-dimensional quality to the production (well directed for the screen, as ever, by Brian Large). As well observed as the references and updating are - the staging never compromising the integrity of a truly great opera - the performances here are just as nuanced, powerful and dramatic, Christopher Maltman's near-deranged, wild-eyed obsessive Don Giovanni brilliantly balanced and vocally matched with Erwin Schrott's amusingly twitchy Leporello.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Singing March 27, 2014
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Great singing, but I don't like the production. Don Giovanni should be done as a period piece, not transfigured into modern clothes which detract from the performance.
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