[All aboard the MS Antonacci this Saturday! I would immediately join this Elvira’s motley crew of pirates. I would also sign up in the same breath for Antonacci as the Don herself because Spanish 17th century swashbuckle FTW! (This outfit may be the only redeeming aspect of the costumes. On that note: We will have to revisit the aspect of Donna Elvira in trousers. For research.) – Anna Caterina Antonacci as Donna Elvira in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”, Vienna/Staatsoper@TADW 1999]
The Eye Bags Summer Festival of liveblogging continues, this time with a pre-2000 Retro Night. It’s the 1999 Vienna Staatsoper (though performed at the smaller TADW) “Don Giovanni”, which will no doubt get quite a bit of snark heaped onto its staging and costuming choices this coming Saturday, Aug. 13th, as of 9 p.m. (UTC+2).
Reasons for this choice were, by popular vote, in following order a) Antonacci b) Pieczonka c) Kirchschlager d) heh, Arcangelo isn’t bad, either! e) oh, look, Schade! f) hey, this is conducted by Muti. Good! g) oh, the heck with the staging, let’s do this one for the singers.
As always, anyone interested is welcome to join the melee. The production is not on YouTube (as far as I know). There is a DVD, however. If you wish to join in and you can’t get your hands onto a DVD copy, leave a comment under this post and we will try to get a working file to you until Saturday.