Sunday, January 8, 2012

Don Giovanni - Alert

Six years after its premiere, one of the most poignant opera productions -- Don Giovanni directed by Michael Haneke-- will be back at the Paris Opera next March/April.

Peter Mattei and Luca Pisaroni in the Michael Haneke production of Don Giovanni

As I suggested at the beginning of the 2011-2012 season, this is one of the two truly recommendable productions this year in Paris --the other being Carsen's Tannhäuser-- and actually worth a trip.

While the quality of most of the new productions in Paris oscillates between bad and dreadful, the revival of the old stuff is usually very well done, with great care (Lulu and La clemenza di Tito, are this season's notable examples.)

Cnd- Philippe Jordan/Marius Stieghorst; Cast: Peter Mattei, Paata Burchuladze, Patricia Petibon, Bernard Richter/Saimir Pirgu, Véronique Gens, David Bizic, Nahuel Di Pierro, Gaële Arquez.


  1. No way I can get to Paris (in my dreams only) but I have been dying to see this. Any chance that it's going to be filmed for a DVD release?

  2. Is there ANY chance we will get a DVD of this production?

  3. I don't think it was filmed, alas... And even if I did take a seat for one show of this run, I doubt very strongly we will see Haneke's staging in its prime strength, the first rerun at Bastille was already much weakened.

  4. Bought my tickets today...already looks VERY sold.

  5. I'm so glad that this is a production you recommend, as I'll be in Paris during this run. I was hesitant to see it because it would be the third Don Giovanni I've seen in the last 6 months. I'll get a ticket. Thanks, again!

    1. CruzSF - please report on it when you get back! would love to see a review on Parterre!