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Mozart – Don Giovanni / Zurich Opera 2007 (2)

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The concept of this production is used to really interesting effect at several points. One of my favorite partes is “batti, batti, bel Masetto,” which Zerlina (Martina Janková) sings not to Masetto, but alone. She’s at the bar and looks genuinely sad – the aria is not a wheedling “you’re not really mad, baby, are you?” number but rather an expression of frustration.

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Mozart – Don Giovanni / Zurich Opera 2007 (1)

I was tempted to begin by saying that someone who had never seen Don Giovanni before would find this production confusing, but on reflection I don’t actually think that this is the case. There are some moderately confusing elements – I will make an attempt at explaining  the woman in white and the three plum-sized rocks of compassion later on – but these are not obtrusive or disruptive.

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Mozart / La Finta Giardiniera / Zurich Opera 2006 (3)

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As I listened to this I kept hearing things that reminded me of other Mozart operas. Usually it was just a fleeting impression, and I suspect much of the time it was because the characters or the story was evoking other Mozart operas, e.g. Serpetta is a ‘scheming chamber maid’ of the type Despina is drawn from.

But in other cases the resemblance was definitely in the music. Take Belfiore’s first aria, “Che beltà, che leggiadria,” the beginning of which sounds like a dry run for Donna Elvira’s “Ah chi mi dice mai” from Don Giovanni. And guess what? What Belfiore gets next is . . . a kind of a catalog song! (like Leporello’s that follows “Ah chi mi dice mai”) Viz:

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