- Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527
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This live recording of Mozart's "Don Giovanni" inaugurates a series of Mozart operas to be recorded live at the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden in southwestern Germany, featuring a galaxy of top operatic stars. The performance marks an impressive beginning indeed for the project. The incongruously named Mahler Chamber Orchestra under French Canadian conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin may seem tentative and underpowered to those used to, say, the Vienna Philharmonic, but Nézet-Séguin keeps the music very tightly connected to the singers. The opera stands or falls on the voice and attitude of the seducer Don himself, and the performance of the young Italian bass-baritone Ildebrando d'Arcangelo may come to be seen as a milestone in his career development. He has a low yet lively voice, and he's a completely persuasive Don Giovanni. The energy of the opera's climactic last half-hour doesn't flag in the least, and d'Arcangelo seems to be the elusive combination of actor and singer that propels young artists to the top of the operatic world. Other attractions include the veteran Luca Pisaroni as Leporello, not only singing well but providing an alert vocal foil d'Arcangelo, the return to form of Rolando Villazón as Don Ottavio, the lead female singers, the piano continuo, and the impressive live sound engineering that makes the recitatives seem more immediate than in many a studio recording. All in all, a very strong "Don Giovanni."