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On Saturday evening, 23 November 2007, Los Angeles Opera revived its non-traditional 2003 production of the Mozart masterpiece staged by Mariusz Trelinski. He strongly emphasized the most important feature of each character which resulted in a loss of verisimilitude, but that was the style of his direction and he made it work. The costumes by Arkadius were inventive and interesting to contemplate. Boris F Kudlicka's scenery was basically a neon striped black box, but it was very effective in throwing the sound of the voices out into the audience.
Erwin Schrott as Don Giovanni. Photo © 2007 Robert Millard
The Leporello, Kyle Ketelsen, mimed and danced the overture, and in doing so, showed a great deal of physical talent. He worked with a huge hourglass strapped to his back as he interpreted the choreography by Emil Wesolowski. Ketelson sang well, too, although his voice was not quite as arresting as the Don's.
Copyright © 2 December 2007
Maria Nockin, Arizona USA