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Directed by
Brian Large 
Writing credits
Lorenzo da Ponte (libretto)

Produced by
Jane Seymour .... executive producer
Masaki Tazaki .... senior producer: NHK
Colin Wilson .... producer
Film Editing by
Andy Lloyd  (as Andrew Lloyd)
Production Design by
Erich Wonder 
Costume Design by
Florence von Gerkan 
Makeup Department
Mary Southgate .... makeup designer
Production Management
Nicola Musto .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Josef d'Bache-Kane .... assistant director
Josef d'Bache-Kane .... second unit director
Luc Vanden Bosch .... assistant director
Art Department
Josef d'Bache-Kane .... graphic designer
Dave Edwards .... graphic designer
Sound Department
Harold Loveday .... sound recordist
Christopher Raeburn .... sound producer
Andy Rose .... sound director
Richard Simon .... sound recordist
Gary Stewart .... sound recordist
Wilhelm Zuerrer .... sound recordist: TPC Suisse
Camera and Electrical Department
Greg Bruce .... grip
Bernie Davis .... lighting director
Keith Gibson .... senior camera operator
David Gopsill .... camera operator
Geoff Greenslade .... camera operator
Jürgen Hoffmann .... lighting designer
Brian Hurley .... grip
Steve Jellyman .... camera operator
Andy MacDonald .... camera operator
Sam Morrison .... camera operator
Joe Piotrowski .... camera operator
Roger Prior .... camera operator
Barry Torrence .... grip
Barry Torrence .... rigger
Stacy Whitchurch .... grip
Stacy Whitchurch .... rigger
Editorial Department
Priscilla Hoadley .... vision mixer
Peter Wherlock .... vision supervisor: color balance
Music Department
Nikolaus Harnoncourt .... conductor
Lisa Lyness .... music assistant
Ernst Raffelsberger .... chorus master
Transportation Department
Greg Bruce .... driver
Brian Hurley .... driver
Other crew
Mark Dunning .... engineering manager
Karina Fibich .... production assistant
Jürgen Flimm .... stage director
Donna Lambert .... location videotape supervisor
Catharina Lühr .... choreographer
Christopher Raeburn .... audio producer
Luc Vanden Bosch .... stage manager

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187 min
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Superb, 21 August 2011
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

Don Giovanni is one of my favourite operas especially for its title character and the Commendatore scene. The story is episodic in a sense but it is very dramatic, fun and complex as well. My favourite Don Giovannis are the 1979 Joseph Losey film and the 1987 production with Von Karajan conducting and Samuel Ramey in the title role.

This 2001 production is just superb. Handsome costumes and sets are definite things to like even if some scenes are a little too darkly lit, as are the magnificent music, the interesting staging particularly Giovanni's mocking of the Commendatore and the idea for Leporello to lighten his voice and Giovanni to darken his and the colourful characters right from the charming but devilish Giovanni, bumbling Leporello, spiteful Elvira, adorable Zerlina to the imposing Commendatore.

The orchestra are mostly brilliant, particularly in the Overture, Champagne Aria and Commendatore scene. The strings though are not quite always spot on, in the graveyard scene for instance they could have done with more urgency. Nicholas Harncourt's musical direction is excellent, all the pivotal scenes are done exceptionally well, the Champagne aria especially was electrifying!

The performances are excellent across the board. Starting with the women, I was really impressed with Cecilia Bartoli's Elvira. To start with, she is very spiteful and over-the-top, but I just loved it when she softens in the second act. Bartoli sings beautifully and her acting positively crackles. Isabel Rey is a lightweight yet memorable Donna Anna, and Liliana Nikiteanu manages to have a resonant voice as well being a fine actress. I have to say, although I am a big fan of the opera, that was one unforgettable Batti, Batti, one of the memorable renditions of that aria I've heard or seen recently.

As for the men, Roberto Sacco's interpretation of Don Ottavio is one I do appreciate. It is an interesting interpretation in that Don Ottavio struggles with his non-violent nature to satisfy his lover rather than the somewhat ineffectual sidekick I can find. Massetto is good, the great Finnish basso profundo Matti Salminen is terrifying as the Commendatore and Laszlo Polgar's Leporello especially in the facial expressions is a joy. Best of all is Rodney Gilfry's Don Giovanni. Although my favourites in the role are Ruggero Raimondi, Cesare Siepi, Ezio Pinza and Samuel Ramey, Gilfry really excels as this complex character. Not only is he very handsome and charismatic, but he has a voice that is rich and flexible, which I think is just the right voice needed for the Champagne aria.

All in all, a superb Don Giovanni. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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