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Conductor Hartmut Haenchen used the Neue Mozart Ausgabe by Wolfgang Plath and Wolfgang Rehm which reflects a great deal of modern research. Most likely, the music played in LA was much closer to eighteenth century performance than the versions of this opera to which we have become accustomed. Haenchen is a fine Kapellmeister and kept all his forces in line as he brought out nuances and gave an idiomatic reading of the score. Most western opera companies stage opera in a traditional manner, but we also need to see what is new and avant garde. Thanks to Los Angeles Opera we can appreciate some of what happens in European opera houses.

Erwin Schrott as Don Giovanni. Photo © 2007 Robert Millard
Erwin Schrott as Don Giovanni. Photo © 2007 Robert Millard

 

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