Mozart's Don Giovanni at Houston Grand Opera

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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Morris Robinson, Commedatore; Adrian Eröd, Don Giovanni in 'Don Giovanni' Morris Robinson, Commedatore; Adrian Eröd, Don Giovanni in 'Don Giovanni' (Felix Sanchez/Houston Grand Opera)

Looks can be deceiving, as many learn painfully from the charming and dubious Don Giovanni. On this broadcast from the Houston Grand Opera, recorded last winter, Austrian baritone Adrian Eröd plays the legendary playboy, whose “little black book” holds thousands of names.

Donna Elvira (Veronika Dzhioeva), whom he abandoned three days after their hasty wedding, conspires with the scorned Donna Anna (Rachel Willis-Sørensen) and her betrothed Don Ottavio (Joel Prieto) to bring the rake to justice. Kyle Ketelsen plays the Don’s lackey Leporello; Malin Christensson is the innocent Zerlina, whose wedding to Masetto (Michael Sumuel) is threatened by Giovanni’s charms; Morris Robinson plays the omniscient Commendatore.

Houston Grand Opera Music Director Patrick Summers conducts.

Don Giovanni: Adrian Eröd
Leporello: Kyle Ketelsen
Donna Anna: Rachel Willis-Sørensen
Donna Elvira: Veronika Dzhioeva
Don Ottavio: Joel Prieto
Zerlina: Malin Christensson
Masetto: Michael Sumuel
Commendatore: Morris Robinson

Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
Stage Director: Harry Silverstein
Chorus Director: Craig Kier
Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Comments [5]

Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

Everyone involved in performing this DON GIOVANNI was exemplary with the voices and sense of style requisite for properly representing the high artistic plateau that this work deserves. The MET OPERA and VIENNA STAATSOPER always had at hand at their summit of performance viability the greatest MOZART singers. Houston cast this production with a first class cast. Congratulations!!! I, a Wagnerian heldentenor, will sing the complete Wesendonck Lieder (Wagner), the complete Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Mahler), the tenor solos from Das Lied von der Erde (Mahler) and Waldemar’s music from Gurrelieder (Schoenberg) at the New Life Expo at the Pennsylvania Hotel in New York City on Saturday March 22nd, 2014. It is to be DVDed by Vlalhalla Records. The accompanying collaborator pianist is ROLF BARNES. While the song cycles are masterpieces, they are nowadays heard primarily on recordings. The audience for the song cycle appears to be dwindling because they are not known and are not considered a commercially marketable format for today's audiences. What a shame ! I teach voice and coach actors in all the Shakespeare roles and big-voiced singers in all the Wagner roles at the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute in Boonton, NJ. There is a wealth of talent here in the USA. Unless the outlook changes for the better, the classical singer will have to resort to, as in the past, seek employment in Germany, Austria or the Scandinavian countries, as they are the only ones left being subsidized by their governments.

Nov. 30 2013 04:22 PM
concetta nardone from Nassau

Mr.. Lane, Pinza was a sexy beast.
As for the don, the first time my son watched this opera on tv and heard the don exclaim that he smelled a woman, my dear boy said What Ma, is he a dog? Yes, my dear, a dirty charming dog.

Nov. 30 2013 02:03 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

DON GIOVANNI has all the virtues of a stimulating text and writing for the voice that all singers may enjoy even merely as a vocalize or for the obvious actual performance values wherever that may be. Don Ottavio is for lyric tenors the sine qua non wherein one's vocal prowess may be scored. Richard Tauber and John McCormack had great success singing the Don Ottavio role. Pinza was a fantastic Don Giovanni. Salvatore Baccaloni was a smashing success as Leporello as was my friend and fellow student with Friedrich Schorr Ezio Flagello. Frieda Hempel with whom I studied and was helped by her to prepare my Ten Language Solo Debut in Carnegie Hall's Isaac Stern Auditorium was "unica" for her Donna Elvira. Jerome Hines was physically and vocally a commanding [pun intended] Commendatore. We all have our favorite singers for the different roles in opera. Don Giovanni has so very many top drawer interpreters that discussions can be marathon in length.

Nov. 30 2013 01:14 PM
Pedro from Brazil, São Paulo

that's esplendid..

Nov. 30 2013 11:11 AM
concetta nardone from Nassau

What a walk on the dark side. Two attempted rapes (were they rapes?) Murder. And the scene in the graveyard whereby the statue invites the Don to dinner. Leporello freaking out. Zerlina looking for a better deal. Massetto cuckold to be. Ottavio patiently waiting for his bride to be to get over the death of her father. Did Mozart really want the Don to be dragged to hell? Love it.

Nov. 30 2013 08:53 AM

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