Wednesday, April 15, 2009

More Mozart Opera on HD: DON GIOVANNI

Photo by Rozarii Lynch
Tonight at SIFF Cinema, Mozart's Don Giovanni from last summer's Salzburg festival. I'm curious to hear Chris Maltman as the Don and Matthew Polenzani as Ottavio; the two of them charmed as Guglielmo and Ferrando in Seattle Opera's 2006 Cosi fan tutte. Above, the two of them with Richard Stilwell as Don Alfonso. We've also heard Polenzani here as Almaviva in Rossini's Barbiere. Maltman was Seattle Opera's Artist of the Year for Billy Budd, back in 2001.

Other exciting members of this Don Giovanni cast include Erwin Schrott and Dorothea Röschmann. Left, Maltman as Giovanni with Schrott as Leporello. The production, by Claus Guth, is apparently set at a bus stop in the middle of a forest, all in the three hours between when the Commendatore mortally wounds Giovanni and when he dies, and is all about humanity's fear of death.

(What the...? I thought Don Giovanni was supposed to be a dramma giocosa...)