This is the first part of a film called Don Giovanni Unmasked, starring Dmitri Hvorostovsky as both Leporello and Don Giovanni. The concept of the film is quite interesting but it doesn’t completely make sense in places.
This is the final scene of Don Giovanni and it’s very noisy and Mozart and good.
This is Joyce DiDonato singing Mi tradi from Don Giovanni in a production from the Royal Opera House. I love the idea of having Donna Anna and Zerlina there, less keen on her costume (she looks like she’s wearing a towel!)
Just a bit of screaming for your entertainment. Who do you think does it best? (Also, have a browse through some of the Opera Cage Matches on YouTube – there are a lot of them and they’re really interesting to compare singers by)
Or try this one:
And also this (I laughed non-stop for about five minutes when I first heard this):
Plenty of highlights to look forward to in the Met’s new season. My picks are:
- L’Elisir D’Amore – In a relatively Netrebko-free season, this is her main appearance, alongside a cast including Matthew Polenzani, Mariusz Kwiecien and her husband Erwin Schrott. Good line up for what will hopefully be an entertaining show.
- Un Ballo in Maschera – Part of the Verdi/Wagner bicentenary celebrations, this stars Marcelo Alvarez, Sondra Radvanovsky and one of my personal favourites, Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Radvanovsky and Hvorostovsky are known to sing well together and I look forward to discovering a Verdi opera I know very little about.
- Roberto Alagna returns to Aida as Radames. Let’s see if he can keep his blood sugar levels low this time.
- Dialogues des Carmelites, famous for its haunting end, does not often come round so this is something to look forward to.
- Ildar Abdrazakov as Don Giovanni, accompanied by Mr. Netrebko as Leporello.
- An interesting Traviata, with Damrau as Violetta and Placido Domingo sings Papa Germont for the first time.
- What the Met claims is “a rare opportunity to witness Berlioz’s vast epic Les Troyens”, completely ignoring the very recent performance at Covent Garden
- JDF returns in Le Comte Ory and Elina Garanca in La Clemenza di Tito
- And of course the return of the vast Ring Cycle which has completely divided opinions. Personally, I love it, which is saying something given that I am not normally very patient at all with Wagner.
- Also, a Don Carlo with Ramon Vargas although personally I would be more interested in Covent Garden’s upcoming production, starring Jonas Kaufmann.
Most of these performances will be broadcast in cinemas. For the full brochure, go here.