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Mozart: Don Giovanni (Skovhus, Opolais, Petersen/Freiburger Barockorchester/Louis Langrée) [DVD] [2013] [NTSC]

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  • Directors: Dmitri Tcherniakov
  • Format: NTSC, Colour
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: French, English, German, Spanish, Italian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Bel Air Classiques
  • DVD Release Date: 1 July 2013
  • Run Time: 183 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 173,213 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A new 'Don Giovanni' in Aix from renowned Russian stage director Dmitri Tcherniakov, awarded best director at the International Opera Awards 2013, and conductor Louis Langrée. More than two centuries after its creation, the emotional pull of this supreme opera remains absolutely intact. Dmitri Tcherniakov duly revisits the myth and makes the seducer of Seville a man without qualities , a cipher whose words have a hypnotic power over women. His words will disrupt the proprieties ruling the Commandatore s family. His words are also what makes Don Juan such a subversive figure and the embodiment of one of the most powerful modern European myths. Leading the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra is one of the best Mozart conductors, Louis Langrée. Bo Skovhus portrays a dispirited Don Giovanni, old playboy and anti-hero. Kyle Ketelsen is his servant Leporello, currently a shoe-in for this rôle. The superb female trio is composed of Marlis Petersen (Donna Anna), Kristine Opolais (Elvira) and Kerstin Avemo (Zerlina).

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This review is not about the cast or blu-ray quality, but about the production itself, which I had the disgrace to suffer in the Teatro Real this year. With a different cast, this is an ugly, pretentious, absurd, preoposterous production by Tcherniakov, a supposed "enfant térrible" who probably thinks has been utterly original, when he has made the most boring, pointless, tiresome and booed production of the past season (and many more). By the way, the apparently nonsensical things that happen are due to a plot to render Don Giovanni mad...pretty smart, right? That is never clearly explained, but even when you catch it, it doesn't make it be any less bad. Don Giovanni is a timeless masterpiece, but avoid this production at all costs.
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Until I had seen this performance I wasn't quite sure about how great an opera Don Giovanni was. The music on it's own I have always felt is just not as strong as Figaro, Cosi Fan Tutte and the Magic Flute. What this incredible performance has done for me is open me up to how powerful opera can be when the singing, acting, dialogue and melody are this level. The power in this performance is truly awesome. The interpretation by Tcherniakov is different and refreshing. I have only seen 4 other Don Giovanni performances on DVD which includes the last R.O.H version and this perfomance blows all the others out of the water. The singers are all brilliant, especially Marlis Petersen who just happens to be my favourite soprano. The picture quality and sound are first class even though you have to make some allowances for the live performance with background noise from birds flying about. If you were like me undecided about Don Giovanni then buy this one and be surprised.
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HASH(0x9a1b7e88) out of 5 stars Surprisingly lack of interest in this simply fantastic production. Highly recommended! 25 April 2015
By dongiovanni - Published on
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I have reviewed this DVD back in 2013 for the WholeNote Magazine of Toronto.Canada. This is a reprint of that review which is under copyright of The WholeNote Media, Toronto:
It is to the credit of Mozart’s greatest opera to be able to endure many different viewpoints, from traditional to the wildest modern interpretations. I’ve even seen one that took place in South Bronx with an all-black cast and it was marvellous. Here the Don Juan legend, or ‘morality tale’ is from the hand of a young, very talented Russian director Dmitri Tchernakov with a well thought out and imaginative concept that infuses the action, setting, characters into the last detail. That the ‘Concept’ puts the drama in modern setting: a drawing room of a luxurious residence of a dysfunctional family is quite immaterial. It really is all about a man trying to live above the rules of society and although he is successful for a while, ultimately doomed.

To achieve this, the Director, who knows the score and libretto by heart and therefore no bumbling dilettante, selected his ‘singing actors’ with utmost care, mostly young with fine voices and remarkably fit to live up to his strenuous physical, emotional demands. The dissolute
Don, Danish baritone Bo Skovhus is a, larger than life presence, alternatively charming, elegant, seductive, insolent, despondent or manic you name it, although the superhuman demands do take their toll and his powerful voice is sometimes off pitch. The three women representing three social classes and of different ages, are all memorable, each with their own issues, but common in one respect: their uncontrollable, conscious or subliminal attraction to the Don. I was most impressed by the ingénue, exceptional Swedish soprano Kerstin Avemo giving a simply unforgettable, many layered emotional,heartbreakingly empathetic portrayal of Zerlina.
Under the enthusiastic, firm musical leadership of French conductor Louis Langree driving his virtuoso period instrument Orchestra with verve and brisk tempi, the show moves along seamlessly and it’s refreshing like the Provence air.

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a204b10) out of 5 stars A different take on Don Giovanni 24 Dec. 2013
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I was entranced with this version of the opera. This DG is radically different and complex than the usual cad we see in most versions of the opera. I won't argue authenticity and all that; but I was intrigued at how a 200-year old opera could speak to today's decadence. I love opera but I'm not a technical/artistic critic whose judgment would carry any weight, but I will enjoy watching this again and again (along with my moire traditional dvd's of DG).
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a46fcb0) out of 5 stars Five Stars 19 May 2015
By Koentjoro Samali - Published on
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Here is to see Opolais at her very best!
5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a46f6a4) out of 5 stars THE 21st century DG 5 Dec. 2013
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Great singing and acting. True theatre. VERY Clever use of minimal staging. All the leads are outstanding.THE 21st century DG
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