[Met Performance] CID:275710

Don Giovanni
Metropolitan Opera House, Sat, March 10, 1984 Matinee Broadcast
Broadcast Matinee Broadcast

Don Giovanni (387)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | Lorenzo Da Ponte
Don Giovanni
James Morris

Donna Anna
Hildegard Behrens

Don Ottavio
Gösta Winbergh

Donna Elvira
Carol Neblett

Paul Plishka

Maria Ewing

Julien Robbins

John Macurdy

Jeffrey Tate

Rebroadcast on Sirius Metropolitan Opera Radio

Review 1:

Tim Page in The New York Times
Met Opera: Cast Changes In “Giovanni”

Three artists who were not involved in this season's earlier Metropolitan Opera performances of Mozart's "Don Giovanni" have joined the cast. On Wednesday night, Hildegard Behrens undertook the role of Donna Anna, while Maria Ewing and Julien Robbins were the likable young lovers Zerlina and Masetto.

The magnetic Miss Behrens dominated every scene she was in, singing with exhilarating passion, albeit with a larger-than-life quality that might be more appropriate in the heroic creations of Verdi, Wagner and Strauss. This was a Donna Anna with more than a hint of Elektra.

Miss Ewing and Mr. Robbins made agreeable impressions in their respective roles. Miss Ewing has a distinctive, affecting voice and a charming stage presence, although she did not seem to be able to reach an agreement with the conductor Jeffrey Tate on the correct tempo for "Batti, batti" and had an occasional tendency toward exaggerated enunciation. Mr. Robbins brought a boyish bumptiousness to his part, singing skillfully and with bravado.

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