Don Giovanni

DVD

Glyndebourne, 2010

Don Giovanni, by Mozart, Glyndebourne

4, 7, 9, 15, 18, 20, 23, 31 July, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 20, 23, 27 August 2010
A new production for the 2010 Festival by director Jonathan Kent and designer Paul Brown, while the conducting of the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment is shared between Festival Music Director, Vladimir Jurowski, and the new Music Director of Glyndebourne on Tour, Jakub Hruŝa. Gerald Finley stars, joined by Luca Pisaroni as Leporello, Kate Royal as Donna Elvira, and the young Russian soprano Anna Samuil making her UK opera debut as Donna Anna. 17 performances

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Review, Edward Seckerson, independent.co.uk, 4 stars

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"An overall problem is tone. Like many directors, Kent seems to view the piece as containing occasional comic scenes as opposed to being a comedy with some very serious interventions. Here there is rarely a laugh except when there's a witty surtitle. Opportunities are missed to present Gerald Finley's Don Giovanni and Luca Pisaroni's Leporello as a comic double act, although the latter makes a fair attempt to be funny."--George Hall, The Stage

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"The thing is, this Don Giovanni wasn't bad, it just wasn't brilliant, and you rather hope for brilliant at Glyndebourne. I'm not sure what they need to do to provide that extra zip and zing, but I'm sure it wouldn't take much. Let's hope they find it before the end of the run."--Jonathan Wakeley, The Arts Desk

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"Suavely ruthless, Finley was both steely monster and molten charmer, singing with a firmness, clarity and stylistic elegance that I can't easily imagine surpassed. Pisaroni made a delightfully goofy but treacherous Leporello, both his master's alter ego and his rival (you feel he'd happily turn Giovanni in for a small backhander.) Their crackling give-and-take in recitative was a joy: two guys with a dangerous hormonal overload, ready to turn any outrage into a laugh."--Rupert Christiansen, telegraph.co.uk, 4 stars

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"With his new production of Don Giovanni for Glyndebourne, Jonathan Kent has achieved the near impossible. Out of what is one of the most dramatically compelling, psychologically complex and morally ambiguous operas ever written, he has created a nullity, an evening of such bland neutrality that anyone seeing Don Giovanni for the first time in this staging would be at a loss to understand why Mozart's work is so highly regarded."--Andrew Clements, guardian.co.uk, 2 stars

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"What on paper looked a sure winner -- the director, Jonathan Kent, had talked of a 'white-knuckle rollercoaster ride' -- ended up looking and sounding extremely tame."--Andrew Clark, ft.com, 2 stars

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Review, Barry Millington, London Evening Standard, 4 stars

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Review, Paul Levy, Wall Street Journal

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"If there's nothing to scare the horses in Kent's traditional approach, there's not enough to excite them either."--Warwick Thompson, bloomberg.com, 2.5 stars

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Review, William Hartston, express.co.uk, 4 stars

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Review, Classical Iconoclast

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Review, Fiona Maddocks, The Observer, at guardian.co.uk

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"Brown's glamorous 1950s costumes keep the social and sexual mores intact, yet Kent's take on this most difficult of works remains unclear, the balance between comedy and tragedy uncertain."--Anna Picard, independent.co.uk

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Review, Carolyn Robertson, Mid Sussex Times

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"This is a 'Giovanni' with sets appeal, not sex appeal."--David Gillard, dailymail.co.uk, 3 stars

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"Ici, la distribution est à la hauteur. Que ce soit le rôle-titre tenu par le baryton canadien, Gerald Finley, voix pleine et présence ravageuse, ou le magistral Leporello de Luca Pisaroni (l'un des meilleurs du moment). Le trio des dames est aussi de tout premier plan : beauté de la silhouette et du timbre pour Kate Royal en Donna Elvira, précision et vertige pour la Donna Anna d'Anna Samuil, cependant que la Zerlina d'Anna Virovlansky possède le coquin pulpeux et fruité qui sied à la jeune paysanne déniaisée. Tout au plus peut-on reprocher à Vladimir Jurowski une direction un peu nerveuse, mais l'Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment est passé maître en couleur sonore, style et plasticité instrumentale."--Marie-Aude Roux, Le Monde

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Review, Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews

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". . . there are many fine things in it, to be admired and enjoyed. But as the overwhelming theatrical experience that Don Giovanni ought to be, it is lacking. A case for once where the sum of the parts failed to make a satisfactory whole."--Mike Reynolds, musicalcriticism.com, 3.5 stars

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Review, John Amis online

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On 23 July 2010 medici.tv will broadcast a performance that will be viewable by all outside of the United Kingdom.

That performance can be seen at medici.tv by those who are outside of the U.K.

Videos at youtube

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Don Giovanni Unmasked from Glyndebourne on Vimeo.

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