Don Giovanni, K 527, Drama giocoso in 2 acts
The overwhelming success of the Prague performance of Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) in December 1786, led to the commissioning of a new opera. Mozart and his librettist Lorenzo da Ponte turned to the Don Juan theme, making this promising material the basis for their new opera. In the spring of 1787 Mozart began to compose it in Vienna, and was able to complete it in Prague by the autumn of the same year. Don Giovanni received its first performance, under the composer's personal direction, on 20 October 1787 at Prague's Count Nostitz National Theatre.
This production of Don Giovanni at the Zurich Opera House was staged by the highly creative team of conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt, director Jurgen Flimm and set-designer Erich Wonder. Rodney Gilfry and Cecilia Bartoli lead a first-class group of singers.
From the Opernhaus Zurich 2001
Chorus and Orchestra of the Opernhaus Zurich / Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Stage Director: Jurgen Flimm
Cast: Rodney Gilfry, Laszlo Polgar, Isabel Rey, Cecilia Bartoli, Roberto Sacca, Liliana
Nikiteanu, Oliver Widmer, Matti Salminen
Running Time: 187 min plus 24 min "Behind the Scenes"
Menu Languages: GB, D, F, SP / * GB, F, SP, JP
Subtitle Languages : I, GB, D, F, SP / * I, GB, F, SP, JP
Picture Format: 16:9
Sound Format: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1
Region Code: 0
Sel. No. 100 328 PAL / 100 329 NTSC