Met Opera on Demand Catalog
(Apr. 5, 1990)
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Librettist: Lorenza da Ponte
Levine; Vaness, Mattila, Upshaw, Hadley, Ramey, Cokorinos
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 58 min.
Every woman wants him, every man wants to be him: Mozart’s version of the irresistible rogue who brings excitement with him and leaves destruction it his wake has always attracted top singing actors, as in this performance brilliantly led by James Levine. Samuel Ramey is Don Giovanni, pursued by the incandescent Karita Mattila (Donna Elvira) in her Met debut season and role, and by the white-hot avenging fury of Carol Vaness (Donna Anna.) Ferruccio Furlanetto delivers a masterful comic turn as the Don’s servant, Leporello.