Mozart: Don Giovanni DVD (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.

    Also available on Blu-ray and as part of DVD box-set

    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
    Format: NTSC
    Region code: 0 (worldwide) 
    Running time: 187 mins 
    Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JA/KO

  • "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

    "Kwiecien’s eloquently sung Giovanni heads a strong cast. Particularly impressive is Malin Byström’s Donna Anna... Véronique Gens offers a sympathetic Donna Elvira, impassioned rather than hysterical in her inability to give up on Giovanni... Nicola Luisotti draws sensuous playing from the ROH orchestra, he and Paul Wingfield generating daring and witty dissonances in their keyboard continuo." The Evening Standard