Live performance, Rome, May 12, 1970. Features original artwork by Rafal Olbinski, re-mastered sound, and 76-page booklet with historic photos. Complete Italian-English libretto newly translated for this release, with an extensive essay on the history and interpretation of the opera. Don Giovanni is commonly considered Mozart s finest opera, and is often nominated by connoisseurs as the greatest of all operas. The music is of the highest quality throughout; there is hardly a number from beginning to end that is not memorable in some way. And although there are facets of the story that have sparked ongoing controversy, the wide spectrum of its humanity is paramount.
Nicolai Ghiaurov is in his most luxurious voice as the Don ... Sesto Bruscantini is a fine foil for him as Leporello, savoring the text and singing with great style ... Alfredo Kraus as Don Ottavio is very classy indeed; his many fans will surely need this set. --Robert Levine, ClassicsToday