Don Giovanni is one of Mozart's most famous operas. Described by Wagner as "The Opera of Operas". In the same league as The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro...
The Monte-Carlo Opera (or Salle Garnier) is a major opera house. It was designed by Charles Garnier, the same architect as the Palais Garnier, National Paris Opera House.
World famous Erwin Schrott is in the lead role. He's a world-renowned bass-baritone and particularly famous for his interpretation of the role of Don Giovanni. This is the most recent recording of him in this role in circulation.
The original staging is followed, which is rare these days.
This production was sold-out in French cinemas. 8,000 tickets were sold in France. It was released in November 2017 in France in 28 UGC cinemas (including 16 in the Paris region) https://www.vivalopera.fr/saison/opera/dongiovanni2017
Erwin Schrott and Sonya Yoncheva (in the role of Donna Elvira) are both first prize Operalia winners (one of the most prestigious singing competitions in the world). Erwin Schrott is featured in this recent New York Times article on Operalia winners.
The only way to see Don Giovanni in 2018/2019 without traveling to NYC.
By a stroke of history, the epic of Don Giovanni begins in Prague. In 1786, Mozart triumphantly presents Les Noces de Figaro and leaves four weeks later with a contract for the next season. The choice of the librettist goes naturally to Da Ponte. To Emperor Joseph II, who doubts the poet's ability to lead the various booklets he is to produce, Da Ponte answers: "I will write the night for Mozart and it will be as if I were reading The Inferno of Dante ... " This comparison is not so extravagant: the two works have the particularity of mixing styles and characters - with Mozart, food and seriousness. This mix of genres is the great strength of Don Giovanni, finding in Mozart's pen a perfect expression. His music, riveted at the word, so versatile and profound at the same time, succeeds in the feat of giving this extraordinary myth a force of reality. At the same time, its complexity and ambiguity are sometimes so great that they leave to the performers and the directors an immense latitude. And it is certainly to this that we recognize universal masterpieces.
- Act 1 (01:31)
- Intermission (00:20)
- Act 2 (01:11)
- Total (03:22)