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Mozart: Don Giovanni / Wigglesworth, Rhodes, Fiebig, Durkin, Choo

Mozart / Rhodes / Coad / Durkin / Sumegi / Fiebig
Release Date: 06/26/2012 
Label:  Opera Australia (Dvd)   Catalog #: 56023  
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Henry ChooConal CoadDaniel SumegiTeddy Tahu Rhodes,   ... 
Conductor:  Mark Wigglesworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Australian Opera and Ballet OrchestraAustralian Opera Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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This live 2011 recording of Don Giovanni by Opera Australia at the Sydney Opera House is notable for the bubbling energy and tight ensemble work of its cast. The singers' animation and high spirits are practically palpable, and judging from the enthusiastic laughter and spontaneous applause from the audience, their performance was immediately engaging. Comedy in opera is always tough to pull off, but the disciplined coordination of these performers seems to have given them the freedom to be genuinely relaxed and funny. Mark Wigglesworth leads the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra in an exceptionally lively reading of the score that's
Read more always dramatically apt; the sinister chill of the final encounter between the Don and the Commendatore sounds genuinely shocking after all the levity that has come before it.

The cast doesn't dazzle with vocal brilliance; this is a good version of the opera for its energy and wit, but listeners who want the luster and polish of superstar performances may want to look elsewhere. Teddy Tahu Rhodes embodies the protagonist beautifully, but his vowels are so conspicuously skewed that his voice has a covered quality. The vocal standouts are Rachelle Durkin as Donna Anna and Henry Choo as Don Ottavio, who give consistently secure and musically sensitive performances, and sing with warmth and passion. Conal Coad's Leporello is conventional but rock-solid vocally and reliably humorous. As Zerlina, Taryn Fiebig starts out sounding breathy, but by the time she gets to "Vedrai, carino," she sounds substantially more at ease. Jacqueline Dark's voice has more edge than is ideal even for Donna Elvira. Daniel Sumegi is a stentorian Commendatore, but in his invitation scene, he is very weirdly, unnaturally amplified.

-- Stephen Eddins, AllMusic.com


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Don Giovanni – Teddy Tahu Rhodes
Leporello – Conal Coad
Donna Anna – Rachelle Durkin
The Commendatore – Daniel Sumegi
Don Ottavio – Henry Choo
Donna Elvira – Jacqueline Dark
Zerlina – Taryn Fiebig
Masetto – Andrew Jones

Opera Australia Chorus
(chorus master: Anthony Hunt)
Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra
Mark Wigglesworth, conductor

Göran Järvefelt, stage director
Carl Friedrich Oberle, set and costume designer
Nigel Levings, lighting designer

Recorded live from the Sydney Opera House, 4 and 7 October 2011

- Cast gallery
- Surviving Don Giovanni

Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: LPCM Stereo / DTS 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Language: English
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
Running time: 176 mins
No. of DVDs: 2 (DVD 9)
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Works on This Recording

Don Giovanni, K 527 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Henry Choo (Tenor), Conal Coad (Bass), Daniel Sumegi (Bass Baritone),
Teddy Tahu Rhodes (Tenor), Rachelle Durkin (Soprano), Jacqueline Dark (Mezzo Soprano),
Taryn Fiebig (Soprano), Andrew Jones (Voice)
Conductor:  Mark Wigglesworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra,  Australian Opera Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague 

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