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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Don Giovanni [Bryn Terfel, Renee Fleming, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Solveig Kringelborn, Paul Groves, Hei-Kyung Hong, John Relyea, Sergei Koptchak; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus; James Levine; Production by Franco Zeffirelli] (October 2000) (2005)

Bryn Terfel , Renee Fleming , Franco Zeffirelli , Gary Halvorson  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Bryn Terfel, Renee Fleming, Solveig Kringelborn, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Paul Groves
  • Directors: Franco Zeffirelli, Gary Halvorson
  • Format: Classical, NTSC, Import
  • Subtitles: English, French, German
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003MSYXMS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,087 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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On Deutsche Grammophon 044007340103/B000405109; 2 DVD's; A magnificent DVD of the stunning Franco Zeffirelli production at the Metropolitan Opera House from October 2000. The cast is wonderful, the acting is terrific, and the sets and costumes are gorgeous. Zeffirelli's excellent work is here superbly directed for DVD by Gary Halvorson. This is a version of a Mozart masterpiece which belongs in every collection.

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Opera of All! June 19, 2010
There! I've said it! And I won't take it back! Mozart's "Don Giovanni" fulfills the ideal of opera more convincingly than any other: great music and great theater, plus a depth of 'intellectual interest' unmatched by any opera from its debut until the 20th C. I never miss a staging of Don Giovanni in any city I happen to be in at the right time, and I have now five productions of it on DVD.

This 2000 CE production by Franco Zeffirelli at the New York Met is a fantastic success on DVD: good camera-work and good sound recording of a visually lavish 'period' staging. Oddly enough, given the amount of griping one hears about modernized Euro-trash stagings, this ripely traditional staging has one one review before mine on amazon and iisn't one of the "hot" sellers. Go figure!

The only musical weakness comes right at the start, in the overture, when conductor james Levine gasps and grimaces like Toad of Toad Hall to coax some energy from his pit, where the instrumentalists do seem to be weary and their timbres more proper than exhilarating. Once the curtain rises, however, the magic of Mozart prevails. This is a superb "singing" cast, all of whom deliver dramatically as well. And they all bear looking at, even in close-up. Best of all, this is a well-rehearsed ensemble with natural theatrical blocking. Not one singer just spreads her/his arms and bellows an aria full-face.

Ferruccio Furlanettos shines dramatically as Leoporello, the principal "giocoso" role in this Dramma Giocoso - Joking Drama - that rivals the darkest of Shakespeare's tragicomedies. Furlanetto is so effective as an actor that one almost forgets to notice how well he sings the part.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Performance of the Opera that I have Seen June 13, 2010
I have seen and heard many performances of Don Giovanni and this is unquestionably the best that I have experienced. The opera, like almost all of Mozart's operas, rises or falls based on the excellence of the ensemble. In this performance, the entire cast was outstanding and the singing was uniformly magnificent. Sergej Kopcak and Paul Groves, as Massetto and Don Ottavio respectfully, both believably played dashing lovers seeking revenge for assaults on their betrothed by the Don. Renee Fleming was her normal exquisite self in the role of Donna Anna- regal, aggrieved, and in mourning over the death of her father. Bryn Terfel made a fantastic Don, in turn charming, self-absorbed, and vicious. Terfel's performance depicted a Don whose evil was beyond redemption. Watching him exert his "charms" was like watching a train wreck that one cannot keep their eyes off of- a true achievement. However, for me the most outstanding aspect of seeing this performance was becoming introduced to three singers who I was unfamiliar- Solveig Kringelborn as Donna Elvira, Hong Hei-Kyung as Zerlina, and Ferruccio Furlanetto as Leporello. Solveig Kringelborn beautifully portrayed a woman who was both in love and had been wronged. Hong Hei-Kyung did a terrific job playing a naive young woman when encountering a nobleman but then turned into an amorous coquette as she dealt with Masetto's jealousy. I particularly liked Ferruccio Furlanetto as he acted as the Greek Chorus providing cynical context to the proceedings while maintaining the Don's huge book of female conquests. Zeferrelli's staging provided additional richness to experiencing this opera. All in all, this is a fabulous performance and I look forward to enjoying it on a regular basis.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dynamic duo - Terfel and Furlanetto September 30, 2010
This fabulous 2000 production of Don Giovanni is the best - bar none. I have seen many, many productions of this greatest of all operas and none come even close to this brilliantly cast production. Outstanding are Solvieg Kringelborn, who nearly (but not quite) steals the show as a very funny! Donna Elvira and Paul Groves, much more sympathetic than usual in the role of Don Ottavio. Fleming, Hong, Relyea and Koptchak are terrific. But, Don Giovanni lovers literally haven't lived until they see and hear the matchless pair of Bryn Terfel as the Don and Ferruccio Furlanetto as Leporello. They both possess wonderful voices and first-class acting chops. In fact, IMO, Furlanetto is a comic genius and the best actor in opera. The fact that both Terfel and especially Furlanetto are very attractive men doesn't hurt either,I could watch them forever.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don Giovanni Metropolitan Opera Review December 12, 2013
The controversial yet classic opera, Don Giovanni, was masterfully performed by The Metropolitan Opera. Mozart’s music was skillfully and precisely presented in this enactment, and the libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte was sung with grandeur and sensitivity. The actors and actresses executed their roles in a very convincing manner that allowed the audience to enter into the deceitful, wicked, and lustful life of Don Giovanni.
The production commenced with a rousing and moving overture by the orchestra. The conductor, James Levine, did a splendid job of directing the ensemble. The orchestra’s unity was superb within itself, but it was also extremely tight with the soloists on stage. The contrasting sections throughout the entire opera were executed with accuracy and excellence. The balance between the woodwinds, brass, strings, and percussion was ideal.
The vocalists delivered a fabulous performance. Each of the performers’ voices soared with beauty and clarity. The arias were presented with grandeur. The soloists personified their characters with exactitude by means of passionate facial expressions and fervent singing.
As the first scene opened with the character Leporello, the conditions were already set for a stellar performance. Ferruccio Furlanetto, who played Leporello, achieved his goal of the somewhat mischievous but faithful servant of Giovanni through his exceptional acting and soaring arias.
Don Giovanni’s character, played by Bryn Terfel, was portrayed as an obsessive individual with a desire to conquer women throughout the entire opera. His voice rose above and beyond, and his face exemplified the evil desires in his heart as his eyes locked upon innocent women.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Opera @ it's best
This production is why I am an opera lover. Marvelous singing; beautiful sets; glorious music: it just dosn't get any better than this.
Published 2 months ago by Gordon W. Cipra
5.0 out of 5 stars A major accomplishment!!
The customs of the time add so much to the opera and the privileged voices of Terfel as the hated wretched and Fleming bring superiority to the production difficult to match. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Wolfie1756
5.0 out of 5 stars She loved it.
My mother loves opera, so I buy her operas for Christmas. She really, really, really loves Don Giovanni and when I asked her which one she wanted, this was the one. Read more
Published 6 months ago by A. Hernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars why this price?
I'm sure that the performance is worth all the stars it gets. But why so expensive? Even at the Met Opera Shop, it's only $40, and $36 if you're a member of the Met Opera Guild. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Nicholas Clifford
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Widescreen. A+ Performances. B+ Staging and Production
This is not widescreen. It is older.

The performances of the orchestra and singers are phenomenal. The orchestra is soaring with precise expression. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Todd Carlsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Don Giovanni: An Exceptional Rendering
In yet another outstanding production, the Metropolitan Opera staged the timeless classic, Don Giovanni, with tremendous success. Read more
Published 8 months ago by SFeeser
5.0 out of 5 stars A Stunning Rendition of Don Giovanni
Mozart’s Don Giovanni has been hailed around the world as the greatest opera of all time. Countless opera companies have performed W. A. Mozart and Lorenzo da Ponte’s masterpiece. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kristin Jager
5.0 out of 5 stars A jewel among productions of Don Giovanni
Don Giovanni, a true classic, has been performed countless times since its debut in 1786. Few, however, meet the standard this version by the Metropolitan Opera sets in... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Naomi B
5.0 out of 5 stars Amadeus
The DVD is a gift and will not be given for some time. It was purchased as new so hope it is new. The reviews gave it thumbs-up all the way.
Published 15 months ago by Gingerbread
5.0 out of 5 stars Hate to say "They told you so", but they were right.
I purchased this Opera based on reviews alone. All I have to say is that out of my nice collection of very esteemed Operas, this is by far, one of my favorite. Read more
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