a production of Don Giovanni in the 2008 Salzburg Festival set Mozart’s opera in a stark, practical woodland. The Rome Opera has tried one thing likewise unconventional because of its brand new manufacturing making use of a set (created by Samal Blak) comprising a bit more compared to a skeletal tree, augmented by cartoon-like clouds while the shadows that the tree plus the characters cast against a prevailingly beige phase.
Yet the unorthodox environment ended up being, at the worst, a small irritant set alongside the veteran manager Graham Vick’s brazen therapy of this action. You might sense in the beginning Vick’s dedication to locate brand new methods of presenting the opera’s familiar activities. A number of their a few ideas had been clever, some silly, some irreverent. Nevertheless the effect that is cumulative in extra. For me personally, one truly misfired: their choice to portray Donna Elvira being a nun. Seeing this woman that is passionate with such a massive convenience of intimate love, wearing a practice totally blunted her character.
It had been additionally problematic that Don Giovanni entirely eluded punishment that is divine.
We’ve seen productions by which he somehow appears during the end, a reminder of this ubiquity of womanizers. But right here, whenever Giovanni is threatened by infernal animals, a representation that is giant of arm for the Lord from Michelangelo’s production of Adam showed up, aided by the hand pointed at Giovanni. He merely ripped the little finger off and strolled away. Vick’s flippancy continued through the epilogue, as Giovanni came back, climbed up the tree, and received Donna Anna’s bra, which she tossed to him as being a souvenir of the encounter in the beginning of the opera.
It had been in conclusion of Act We, nonetheless, that provoked whistles and catcalls on 5. Zerlina’s aria “Batti, batti” hinted at the thing that was in the future if the singer delivered it on her fingers and knees, as though anticipating a spanking for having yielded to Giovanni’s advances october. Continue reading