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Mozart: Don Giovanni (Sydney Opera House) (Teddy Tahu Rhodes/ Conal Coad/ Rachel Durkin/ Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra/ Göran Järvefelt/ Mark Wigglesworth) (Opera Australia: OPOZ56024BD) [Blu-ray] [2012][Region Free] [2009]

Teddy Tahu Rhodes , Conal Coad    Exempt   Blu-ray
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Product details

  • Actors: Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Conal Coad, Rachel Durkin, Daniel Sumegi, Henry Choo
  • Format: Classical, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Opera Australia
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Sep 2012
  • Run Time: 176 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007WB5COO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,874 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Don Giovanni, a libertine, a rake with a devil-may-care attitude, is portrayed magnificently by Teddy Tahu Rhodes in this Opera Australia production, where he first appears on stage in a costume where less is definitely more! Charismatic and sexy, Rhodes acting and singing are magnificent. His misused servant, Leporello, is played by Conal Coad, who skilfully promotes the opera's comic elements whilst delivering a thumping bass full of drama.

The classic stage designs of Carl Friedrich Oberle form the backdrop to the drama of Don Giovanni's last day on earth, before he is hurled in to Hell's flames by the Commendatore, Daniel Sumegi, whose basso profundo is befittingly momentous.

Rachael Durkin (Donna Anna), Jacqueline Dark (Donna Elvira), Taryn Fiebig (Zerlina), Henry Choo (Don Ottavio) and Andrew Jones (Masetto) all deliver superlative singing as Mozart's enthralling music flows from the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, adeptly guided by the baton of Mark Wigglesworth. A triumphant production from the director, Göran Järvefelt.

Don Giovanni: Teddy Tahu Rhodes
Leporello: Conal Coad
Donna Anna: Rachelle Durkin
The Commendatore: Daniel Sumegi
Don Ottavio: Henry Choo
Donna Elvira: Jacqueline Dark
Zerlina: Taryn Fiebig
Masetto: Andrew Jones

Conductor: Mark Wigglesworth
Director: Göran Järvefelt
Designer: Carl Freidrich Oberle
Light design: Nigel Levings

Opera Australia Chorus
Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra

Review

'Mark Wigglesworth's leadership is right-on-the-money... Ensembles are spotless. The Australian Opera Orchestra impresses with its energy and accuarcy, if not its beauty of tone. [And] we are left with a dynamo in the title role (Teddy Tahu Rhodes): sexy, dangerous, cruelly teasing, who is surrounded by good singers.' --Robert Levine, IRR - Oct.'12

'The production ticks fairly close to its 18th-century period, mainly creating an expansive stage with character relationships worked out with a depth and precision that also make the most of the characters' non-singing moments all intelligently captured on video.' --Gramophone, February 2013, David Patrick Stearns


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just short of Outstanding.... 12 Nov 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This production of Don Giovanni has a lot, a heck of a lot going for it. Some reviewers have called it the BEST Don Giovanni Ever... I cant really agree with that. One cannot make such a sweeping verdict by the glitter and the performance of just main character in this production, Teddy Tahu Rhodes.
There are some things going against this production, but they are masked by the outstanding acting and singing of Rhodes. Here is what I have to say about the production as a whole.

1. Among the blu ray editions of Don Giovanni, this is certainly the most buy-able for me, for, they have not tried to screw around with forwarding the time by 100 or 200 years, sets with abstract shapes, crazy colours, sleazy attires and costumes, or try to make it into a trashy modern minimalistic (sic!) production. Thank You Opera Australia....

2. Now, having stated the above, the sets in this production are same throughout the Opera. Just too static. I am sure Opera Australia have enough backdrops and different schemes of lighting to make changes AT LEAST between the Acts if not the scenes. Just for example, see the 2000 MET production of the same with Terfl/Flemming and Levine conducting. They have not spent oodles of cash on backdrops that change from scene to scene, yet make the same structure look so different in each scene.
Between the Acts, the viewer has to adjust his mind to the fact that the same static set is a street, a graveyard and inside the Don's residence with the same broken window through which the Don sailed out and broke at the end of the first set. Nothing impressive about two pillars coming down around the Don in his last scene. I have no idea why they described it some kind of a spectacle in the bonus part of the disc.
Not very commendable.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Just short of a full house 31 Mar 2013
Format:DVD
I will start with the set, yes I do mean the set, with a few props and a a few different spotlights it has to do. It has walls and windows and a collapsible backdrop, but it is one set.
Conal Coad is rather mature for my preconceived idea of Leporello however he does make a good job of it.
I have the same view of Jacqueline Dark, far too matronly for my taste visually but a treat to the ear.
I can find nothing but praise for Don Ottavio, Henry Choo is impressive in voice and character.
Rachelle Durham is I think the most creditable Donna Anna I have seen or heard, she fleshes the character out in a way that makes her head and shoulders above any of the other six Annas that are in my collection. She has a voice and a half, most listenable.
Taryn Fielding and Andrew Jones are very good as the young lovers, good voices and act the parts well.
The Commendatore as his statue is made up beautifully, loved his costume.
I have left Teddy Tahu Rhodes until last, I have not seen a better actor in the role, really throws himself into it. He has rather a thick voice however which is not quite to my taste, but I found I got used to it rather than enjoyed it.
The whole production is very physical, it did make the story more creditable, quite liked the approach, and it did take ones mind off the set.
The costumes too are pretty good and apart from one or two of Rhodes outfits, which looked like early Hells Angels getups, were nicely in keeping with the action.
All in all a welcome addition to my collection.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great 'Don' shame about everyone else 26 Mar 2013
Format:Blu-ray
Teddy Tahu Rhodes has the height, colouring, physique and voice of an excellent 'Don' in this traditional staging of Mozart's outstanding opera. His voice is beautiful and,given the right production, he would be a sensational 'Don'.I would like to see him singing this role in a production that is better served by its supporting players for, to me, he was wasted, the star amongst decidedly mediocre support. Conal Coad's Leporello was tired and far from his best-I like a Leporello to be as masculine as his master-not an 'old retainer' ready for his retirement. Donna Anna was ok-though appeared slightly nervous, Donna Elvira was,like Leporello, way past her sell by date. I know that Don Giovanni will 'take' anything with a pulse but this was stretching credibility to breaking point. Zerlina was prettily sung but that's about it.
I may add that I had been looking forward to this production very much having read the positive reviews and recently seeing Opera Australia's excellent production of 'Rigoletto' but was sadly disappointed with it. It succeeded in making a vibrant opera rather boring. Three stars for Teddy Tahu Rhodes.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Having just finished watching this Opera on Australian ABC Television I decided to place my order for the Blu-ray.

The Australian Opera should be justly proud of their recent releases on Blu-ray. In an operatic world that seems to thrive on in-your-face revisionism intent on corrupting the composer and librettist's vision it is a joy to see Classical Opera staged as good as this.

One small quibble; Donna Elvira must be Don Giovanni's dumbest conquest if she doesn't see through Leporello's disguise when he is pretending to be his Master; the Don is half his girth and a whole head taller.

Other than that this is a brilliant traditional staging, the singing and acting is exceptionally good. Teddy Tahu Rhodes is a very good Don; charming, charismatic and a striking figure that you can understand women falling for. The 3 female leads; Rachael Durkin (Donna Anna), Jacqueline Dark (Donna Elvira), Taryn Fiebig (Zerlina) are all good choices. Conal Coad's Leporello (other than his physical dimensions) is very good vocally as is his acting ability.

I will revise my review upon receipt of the Blu-ray, however, based on the television broadcast I don't believe I will be disappointed. So for the moment, 5 Stars.
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