On the positive side, we liked the puppetry and the music, wonderful as always, although this version of Don Giovanni omitted several key scenes. On the negative side, the forays into slapstick, especially towards the end, betrayed lack of faith in the production, as if the puppeteers feared that people were getting bored with the singing. The recorded version of the opera is from the 1989 Drottningholm Festival, and several of the voices, among them Hakan Hagegard (as the don), Arleen Auger, Gilles Cachemaille, Barbara Bonney, and the young Bryn Terfel (as Masetto), are excellent. As an opera lover I wanted to hear more. For people unfamiliar with the opera it all must have seemed a bit strange, however.
The space looks rundown, and the chairs are from hunger.
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