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Opera on Screen: Don Giovanni

Ever seen opera productions and think, Hey, this would look great on screen! Many directors have had same thoughts and many have produced many wonderful opera films. Opera on screen seems a bit odd. They are not actually singing, so the movie may have a few downsides to it. For example, it has always bugged me when actors, (who are not singers), don't open their mouths enough when there is a high note. I know that it's a stupid thing to care about but it's the little things that matter the most.

Let's take the 1975 movie Don Giovanni, directed by Joseph Losey. The actors are all singers so they know what they're doing in the open-the-mouth thing. Donna Elvira, sung and played by Kiri Te Kanawa, is perfect. Her clothes demonstrate her high position in society, even though inside she feels awfully miserable. Te Kanawa manages that part pretty well. She isn't over-acting or "under-acting". Donna Anna, sung and played by Edda Moser, is also depicted well.…

Mozart and Prague: It's complicated

"Meine Prager verstehen mich!" Those were theexact words of the genius composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. When we think of Mozart, we think about Vienna and Milan... What about Teatro di Praga, (now known as Prague State Opera)? That's where Mozart's Don Giovanni first premiered. In fact, Mozart conducted. Although the singers did complain that the opera was very hard to sing.