Mozart - Don Giovanni (Riccardo Muti, C.Álvarez, A.C. Antonacci, A.Pieczonka, I. MP3/Flac

Mozart - Don Giovanni (Riccardo Muti, C.Álvarez, A.C. Antonacci, A.Pieczonka, I.d'Arcangelo) [2009/1999]
Mozart - Don Giovanni (Riccardo Muti, C.Álvarez, A.C. Antonacci, A.Pieczonka, I.
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR Auto Pan&Scan | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 7.56 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | ArtHaus | Sub: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Italiano | 173 min | +3% Recovery

Mozart - Don Giovanni (Riccardo Muti, C.Álvarez, A.C. Antonacci, A.Pieczonka, I.

Riccardo Muti has conducted a number of Da Ponte's Mozart operas in Vienna, and this, together with the 1996 'Cosi fan tutte', are musical winners through and through.
The reason is simple - the casts in both productions are GREAT.
In this 'Don Giovanni', for once, we have a Spanish 'Don'. Carlos Alvarez - who is both a fine actor and good baritone, though most of the time, he got 'muffled' in costumes and wigs that are not really becoming the Don. Visually he could have fared much much better had a more sensible art director been around.
He handled the vocal parts with aplomb, though the 'Serenade' could have been a bit more sweet and alluring. But generally speaking, he has the vocal prowess to depict a roguish Don, and the looks to convince that this Don is a real charmer and seducer.
As the 'counterpart' to the Don, D'Arcangelo is a funny and lithe Leporello, so rarely found in terms of comic capacity. HIS costumes are surprising effective, and he makes good use of his capabilities in this important role. The Catalogue Aria is a real winner.
The ladies are all very good, with the vocal crown to Adrianne Pieczonka, whose Donna Anna blows the listeners away through and through, though visually more stolid. Anna Caterina Antonacci is very convincing as Donna Elvira. While her earlier entrance isn't that 'fiery' as the role demands, in the latter two Acts she is able to conjure up all the sympathy for this role.
While the soubrette role of Zerlina is being sung by Austrian mezzo Angelika Kirchschalger instead, hers is both a vocal and acting winner. The Massetto is Lorenzo Regazzo, who has since built up a major baritone career. And even the Commendatore is none other than Selig! By Abert

Don Giovanni - Carlos Álvarez
Il Commendatore - Franz-Josef Selig
Donna Anna - Adrianne Pieczonka
Don Ottavio - Michael Schade
Donna Elvira - Anna Caterina Antonacci
Leporello - Ildebrando d'Arcangelo
Zerlina - Angelika Kirschschlager
Masetto - Lorenzo Regazzo
Chorus and Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera
Conductor - Riccardo Mutti