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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Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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
Director: Kasper Holten
Conductor: Nicola Luisotti
Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, February 2014
Plus: Introduction, Don Giovanni's Women, Director's commentary and a cast gallery.
Sound: 2.0 PCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Running time: 187 mins