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Mozart: Don Giovanni / Beschasny, Petrenko, Mackerras

Mozart / Beschasny / Jedlicka / Petrenko / Dolezal
Release Date: 09/26/2006 
Label:  Supraphon   Catalog #: 7012  
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alice RandováZdenek HarvánekDalibor JedlickaJirina Marková,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague National Theatre OrchestraPrague National Theatre Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791) wrote his opera Don Giovanni on a commission for Prague where it was also first performed on October 29, 1787, at the Estates Theatre, which is the only existing theatre where Mozart conducted two world premieres of his operas. The premiere of the second opera – La clemenza di Tito – took place in 1791. The building of the Estates Theatre was thoroughly and perfectly reconstructed between 1983 and 1991 to preserve its original appearance. Operatic performances were resumed there on December 1, 1991, on the occasion of the bicentenary of Mozart's death, with a new production of Don Giovanni. This recording of that solemn performance is a unique documentary of a momentous event and of an original Read more production.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Don Giovanni
Dramma giocoso in 2 Acts
Libretto Lorenzo da Ponte

Stage Director - David Radok
Set and Costumes Designer - Tazeena Firth
Prague National Theatre Chorus and Orchestra
Conductor - Sir Charles Mackerras

Don Giovanni - Andrei Beschasny
Il Commendatore - Dalibor Jedlicka
Donna Anna - Nadezhda Petrenko
Don Ottavio - Vladimír Dolezal
Donna Elvira - Jirina Marková
Leporello - Ludek Vele
Masetto - Zdenek Harvánek
Zerlina - Alice Randová

Live on 1st December 1991, the Estates Theatre, Prague
Subtitles: Czech, English, German, French


The film, full of authentic details, attractive settings and wonderful music, is more than a documentary. It is a burning flame, an entrancing narration that presents the less famous part of the life and art of a musical genius who raved on a stage in Prague: “My Praguers understand me!”

A strong and emotional story of his three visits in Prague (January and October 1787, August–September 1791) is narrated by Mozart´s friend, a star among European concert singers, Josepha Duschek. Prague was the only city that gave the deceased Mozart a worthy farewell. Over three thousand Prague citizens came to honour the memory of Mozart.

Screenplay - Zdenek Mahler
Director - Martin Suchánek
Producer - Jirí Hubac
Camera - Richard Spur
Editor - Marek Opatrný
Set Designer - Tomás Moravec
Sound - Marek Hart

Total time: 46:50
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Works on This Recording

Don Giovanni, K 527 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alice Randová (Soprano), Zdenek Harvánek (Baritone), Dalibor Jedlicka (Bass),
Jirina Marková (Soprano), Ludek Vele (Bass), Nadezdha Petrenko (Soprano),
Vladimir Dolezal (Tenor), Andrei Beschasny (Bass)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague National Theatre Orchestra,  Prague National Theatre Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague 
Date of Recording: 12/1991 
Venue:  Live Estates Theatre, Prague 

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