I had the distinct privilege last night of having center orchestra seats to the Met's new
productions of Don Giovanni. I take that back - it was BETTER than a seat at the Met - it was like being on stage with the singers. Oh, and what singers they were - an impeccable cast - all superb singers, actors and talk about attractive!
The staging was simple, but effective right down to the terrifying conclusion.
I'm VERY familiar with opera, but it was my first time seeing it with subtitles, which only enhanced my experience of it.
To wit: I brought a friend who had NEVER seen a single opera in his life - a 45 year old. This rendering of the classic Don Juan tale had him mesmerized and kept his attention for the entire 3 hours!
My only criticism has nothing to do with the "movie"; but rather with the fact that I think considering the length of the production; there could have been an ACTUAL intermission between Acts 1 and 2, like at a live performance, to give us a chance to stretch etc.
Don Giovanni Met Summer Encore
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