Mozart's 'Don Giovanni' from the Lyric Opera of Chicago

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Kyle Ketelsen and Mariusz Kwiecień in 'Don Giovanni' Kyle Ketelsen and Mariusz Kwiecień in 'Don Giovanni' (Todd Rosenberg/Lyric Opera of Chicago)

Looks can be deceiving, as many learn painfully from the charming and dubious Don Giovanni. On this broadcast from the Lyric Opera of Chicago, recorded last autumn, Polish baritone Mariusz Kwiecien plays the legendary playboy, whose “little black book” holds thousands of names.

Donna Elvira (Ana María Martínez), whom he abandoned three days after their hasty wedding, conspires with the scorned Donna Anna (Marina Rebeka) and her betrothed Don Ottavio (Antonio Poli) to bring the rake to justice. Kyle Ketelsen plays his signature role of Leporello; Andriana Chuchman is the innocent Zerlina, whose wedding to Masetto (Michael Sumuel) is threatened by Giovanni’s charms; Andrea Silvestrelli plays the omniscient Commendatore.

Don Giovanni:  Mariusz Kwiecien
Donna Anna:  Marina Rebeka
Donna Elvira:  Ana María Martínez
Leporello:  Kyle Ketelsen
Don Ottavio:  Antonio Poli
Il Commendatore:  Andrea Silvestrelli
Zerlina:  Andriana Chuchman
Masetto:  Michael Sumuel

CONDUCTOR:  Sir Andrew Davis
DIRECTOR:  Robert Falls
CHORUS MASTER:  Michael Black
CHORUS:   Lyric Opera Chorus

Comments [6]

concetta nardone from Nassau

Very fine performance all around. Love an opera about a murderer/rapist, Zerlina looking for a better deal, Masetto, cuckold in waiting, Donna Anna who will cry forever, Don Ottavio who will wait forever, etc.

May. 25 2015 02:15 PM
ted cerame from Perris, CA, 92570

Nice comment Les. True the Met season is over but the Lyric Opera of Chicago is world class. And with such greats as Fleming as cultural adviser and the Don today Mr. Kwiecien a rising torch of light, an honored star along with Sir Andrew Davis and with the whole team at Lyric Opera of Chicago securing and carrying forth the work of our beloved Mozart and all the Masters making the cultural heritage built over thousands of years and ensuring that it continues, as put according to the last couplet of Shakespeare's sonnet #18, " long men have ears to hear and eyes to see so long lives this and this gives life to thee."
Bless the givers and the keepers of the Light of Life.

May. 23 2015 05:31 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

Clearly Sir Andrew Davis is a Mozartean with a grasp of the ensemble nature essential for this particular opera.
MARIUSZ KWIECIEN is an ideal Don Giovanni., with a regal voice and an authoritative commanding presence.


May. 23 2015 02:55 PM

Kudos to the tenor, especially. A ravishing Dalla sua Pace!!

Ellen Lienhard

May. 23 2015 02:15 PM
Susan Mueller from South Carolina

Simply the best music ever written!

May. 23 2015 01:15 PM
Les from Miami, Florida

Mariusz Kwiecien is certainly one of opera's men of the hour in my book. In the Met season recently concluded, he was shone in "Le Nozze di Figaro" and in "La Bohe`me". Last Saturday, he appeared in the title role of Szymanowski's "Kro^l Roger", "King Roger" sung in Polish, in Covent Garden's first performance of same, conducted by Antonio Pappano. The performance was given boisterous ovation and his tone was rapturous. Consistency and versatility inform his career choices; and one can expect nothing less in this Don Giovanni Lyric Opera of Chicago recorded performance.

May. 23 2015 11:19 AM

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