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James A. Altena
Fanfare, January 2020

MOZART, W.A.: Don Giovanni [Opera] (Arena di Verona, 2015) (NTSC) 751808
MOZART, W.A.: Don Giovanni [Opera] (Arena di Verona, 2015) (Blu-ray, HD) 751904

The two stand-outs in the cast are Carlos Álvarez as Don Giovanni, and Alex Esposito as Leporello. … Christian Senn is a capable if not outstanding Masetto, and Natalia Roman a Zerlina… 

…Conductor Stefano Montanari and various singers offer various thoughts about the opera and their respective characters; these are more interesting, and sometimes more insightful, than the norm, and so for once the extra is of genuine interest. © 2020 Fanfare Read complete review



Neil Fisher
Gramophone, November 2019

MOZART, W.A.: Don Giovanni [Opera] (Arena di Verona, 2015) (NTSC) 751808
MOZART, W.A.: Don Giovanni [Opera] (Arena di Verona, 2015) (Blu-ray, HD) 751904

…Conductor Stefano Montanari falls in sync with the mood of the show and gives us BIG effects—romantic fervour in lingering codas and equally dreamy flights of improvisation from the fortepiano.

The standouts are the superb Lungu as Donna Anna, fierce and brilliant in her arias, and Saimir Pirgu’s ardent, stylish Ottavio. © 2019 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Mike Parr
MusicWeb International, October 2019

MOZART, W.A.: Don Giovanni [Opera] (Arena di Verona, 2015) (NTSC) 751808
MOZART, W.A.: Don Giovanni [Opera] (Arena di Verona, 2015) (Blu-ray, HD) 751904

Carlos Alvarez gives us his all and tries to do what he can to bring the Don to life. … Miss Lungu gives a moving demonstration of Anna’s growing desperation and frustration at the many traps she faces along her journey. Mr Pirgu represents the stiff patrician very well. Maria José Siri is a delightful Elvira. She completely abandons herself in every aspect of her role. Her comic timing and wounded pride are splendidly realized. As Zerlina we have Natalia Roman’s wide eyed, star-struck impersonation. She brings earthy life to the Don’s intended conquest.

A very engaging production…  © 2019 MusicWeb International Read complete review





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