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In Claus Guth's almost cinematic production of Don Giovanni, every character in Mozart's most realistic opera appears to be seeking either salvation or damnation in the woods -- a compelling set concept that removes the opera from the traditional pseudo-Seville squares and palaces. In the dense forest planted on the stage of the Haus für Mozart, the rugged macho Don Giovanni, assisted by his unsavory accomplice Leporello, lures the ladies with the heady scent of danger. Christopher Maltman embodies Don Giovanni as an almost reluctant seducer -- a man fated to bring misery to women and, ultimately, to himself. He heads an outstanding cast for a production that, by its very originality, demonstrates the strength of Mozart's original conception.
  • Year
    2008
  • Runtime
    177 minutes
  • Language
    Italian
  • Country
    Austria
  • Rating
    Not Rated
  • Genre
    Opera
  • Subtitle Language
    English
  • Note
    Venue: Haus für Mozart, Salzburg. "Played with haunted, haunting sensitivity by the baritone Christopher Maltman, this Giovanni seemed disarmingly sincere in his interactions, a man more sinned against than sinner. He and the other characters stumble their way through Christian Schmidt's magnificent set -- a naturalistic, ominously moonlit forest, strewed with beer cans -- that evokes both fairy tales and a fallen Eden; it also revolves to give different perspectives for the opera's many changes of scene." (NY Times)
  • Director
    Stage Director: Claus Guth
  • Cast
    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic; Chorus: Vienna State Opera Chorus; Artists: Don Giovanni - Christopher Maltman Il; Commendatore - Anatoli Kotscherga; Donna Anna - Annette Dasch; Don Ottavio - Matthew Polenzani; Donna Elvira - Dorothea Röschmann; Leporello - Erwin Schrott; Zerlina - Ekaterina; Siurina Masetto - Alex Esposito
  • Cinematographer
    Lighting Designer: Olaf Winter
  • Animator
    Costume Designer: Christian Schmidt
  • Production Design
    Set Designer: Christian Schmidt
  • Composer
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Sound Design
    Conductor: Bertrand De Billy