The Best of the 31 Days of Halloween Series: Commendatore Scene from Don Giovanni

>> Saturday, October 30, 2010

Now what kind of a Mozart lover would I be if I failed to include the Commendatore Scene from Don Giovanni in a Halloween series? After all, this has been described as one of the most terrifying scenes in opera, and in Mozart's day was considered so dark and disturbing that Mozart and Da Ponte were forced to write an additional "happy ending" finale for the Viennese audience to soften it for them.

This clip features the legendary Sir Thomas Allen as the wayward Don Giovanni, baritone Stafford Dean as his side-kick Leporello, and bass Gwynne Howell as Il Commendatore's ghost, from a 1988 Royal Opera House production with Sir Colin Davis conducting.


Jasper October 31, 2010 at 11:08 AM  

Great stuff. Creepy!

Maybe it's just me, but seems like for the first 3min Howell is rushing half his lines....


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