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on 30 March 2016
Happy reminder of a wonderful production
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on 4 November 2014
This is a valuable account of the opera. Mozart has always been a strong suit for Levine but it should also be said that there have been few stagings/film representations in several decades that represent Mozart and Da Ponte's script so faithfully. Tyrfel may not look like Zorro (Ildebrando D'Arcangelo much better no doubt in that department) but he is very plausible, arrogant young gentleman (about 34 when this was filmed). Nothing is forced on the opera, it is well sung, acted and played out naturally (possibly a grimace too many from Solveig Kringelborne as Donna Elvira but still a fine performance). Everyone looks credible, a classic Leporello from Ferruccio Furlanetto, Paul Groves a heroic counterweight to Don Giovanni as Don Ottavio.The statue comes to dinner at the end. Zefirelli's sets are elegant. The lustre and the shade of Mozart's drama are both here, and above all the script, heroically performed by a fine ensemble.
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on 15 May 2009
I can't recommend this DVD strong enough. It's absolutely perfect in all senses of this word. Thinking about whether to buy this DVD or not is a waste of time! Just get it! You won't be sidappointed.
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on 8 April 2014
A beautiful recording which is the one wanted by the recipient - personally I prefer the version with Bryn Terfell and Dame Kiri te Kanawa
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on 27 April 2014
Good production with some fine performancesEXCEPT Terfel. His whole demeanour is more suited to the role of Masetto. I thought his Scarpia was bad enough, but his Don is even worse.
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on 21 January 2013
Superb singing on this disc. Loved the 'traditional' costumes and the set worked well. But the singing wonderful throughout. Perhaps would pick out Renee Fleming above all.
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on 30 November 2014
veryyyyy good!!!!!
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on 4 June 2010
This is a very sumptuously dressed and designed production but ultimately fails through the weight of its own expense. The costumes and design get in the way of the drama and the music.
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