[Met Performance] CID:208140
Don Giovanni {266} Metropolitan Opera House: 10/8/1966.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
October 8, 1966


DON GIOVANNI {266}
Mozart-Da Ponte

Don Giovanni............Cesare Siepi
Donna Anna..............Leontyne Price
Don Ottavio.............Nicolai Gedda
Donna Elvira............Lisa Della Casa
Leporello...............Fernando Corena
Zerlina.................Rosalind Elias
Masetto.................Theodor Uppman
Commendatore............Justino Daz

Conductor...............Karl Bhm

Director................Herbert Graf
Designer................Eugene Berman
Choreographer...........Zachary Solov

Don Giovanni received nine performances this season.

Review of Allen Hughes in The New York Times

"Don Giovanni" Sung Admirably at Met

The fury stirred by latecomers denied admission to their seats in the Metropolitan Opera House on Saturday night did not affect the proceedings on the stage.

Mozart's "Don Giovanni" was installed in the new house at Lincoln Center in a performance that should not have been missed by anyone. Eugene Berman's sets and costumes adorned the new stage as grandly as they did the old one. Karl Bhm's conducting was authoritative and eloquent, and the experienced cast sang and acted its way through the masterpiece with style and conviction.

And what a cast! It offered Cesare Siepi as Don Giovanni, Fernando Corena as Leporello, Leontyne Price as Donna Anna, Lisa Della Casa as Elvira, Theodore Uppman as Masetto, Nicolai Gedda as Don Ottavio, and Justino Diaz as the Commendatore.

It was a powerhouse of vocal talent, and each member was in fine working condition. Thus the performance became one of those in which aria after ensemble was rewarded with spontaneous applause of hearty sound and spirit. Fortunately the artists' head were not turned by this, and throughout the evening they worked to produce an interpretation of unity and integrity.

This "Don Giovanni" remains one of the treasures of Metropolitan's current repertory, and so long as the company is able to obtain a comparable cast to sing and play it so splendidly, it should stand as a touchstone of what opera can be in its highest manifestation.



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