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Mozart: Don Giovanni Blu-ray (The Royal Opera) 2014

Mozart’s sublime tragic comedy offers boundless scope for directors, and Kasper Holten has chosen it to follow his directorial debut of Eugene Onegin. He wanted to shift the emphasis from Don Giovanni’s sex life into a darker place, showing Giovanni’s womanizing as an attempt to stave off his own mortality. Each woman he seduces represents a life he could have had. Though it is a dark piece, Holten handles it with a light touch and works with a superb cast – Mariusz Kwiecień, one of the world’s leading Don Giovannis, Alex Esposito, a fresh, vigorous Leporello, and acclaimed French soprano Véronique Gens. Spectacular designs by Es Devlin (Les Troyens) make innovative use of projections by acclaimed video designer Luke Halls. Nicola Luisotti conducts. 

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Don Giovanni: Mariusz Kwiecień
Leporello: Alex Esposito
Commendatore: Alexander Tsymbalyuk
Donna Elvira: Véronique Gens
Don Ottavio: Antonio Poli
Donna Anna: Malin Byström
Zerlina: Elizabeth Watts
Masetto: Dawid Kimberg

Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductor: Nicola Luisotti
Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
 Kasper Holten
Set Design: Es Devlin
Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, February 2014

Plus: Introduction; Don Giovanni's Women; Director's commentary; Cast gallery

Picture: 16:9
Sound: 2.0 PCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Format: Blu-ray
Running time: 187 mins 
Year: 2014 

"Its virtues start with Es Devlin’s handsome set... and Anja Vang Kragh’s imaginative costuming, which locates the period around 1840. Within this frame, Holten directs meticulously: the staging has been rehearsed with exceptional thoughtfulness and attention to detail."
 The Daily Telegraph

"... in the Polish baritone Mariusz Kwiecien he’s [Kasper Holten] found the man for the job... the drama gains steadily in force thanks to the beauty of the singing, the charisma of Alex Esposito’s winningly clown-like Leporello, and the ingenious suggestiveness of Luke Halls’ video superimpositions on Es Devlin’s set." The Independent