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Willing suspension of disbelief,
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This review is from: Don Giovanni: Metropolitan Opera (Levine) [DVD]  [NTSC] (DVD)
This is a this is a production typical of a big opera house like the Met. Everything is larger than life including Terfel's larger than life portrayal of a sadistic libertine. Whether this is quite what Mozart intended is a matter of opinion but one can only say that it is superbly sung and acted. The problem for me is that Terfel doesn't really look the part when the attention of the camera is on in close-up, yet that is a subjective opinion. Some women might find him irresistible I daresay. The rest of the cast is fine with the true star being Kringelborn's neurotic and passionate Elvira - superb! OK, Feming looks too old for Donna Anna but then this is opera not true life. She sings well even if Levine does make heavy weather of one of her solos. Zeffirelli's production is huge massive sets that you don't always see on DVD. Levine's conducting is a little too heavy at times for Mozart but he is secretly dramatic in the final statue scene which is superbly done by all concerned. If you like a traditional approach (and this is, after all, what Mozart and DaPonte intended) then this will satisfy you musically although the visual side does take a little willing suspension of disbelief.