Weston and I finished Don Giovanni last night while eating dinner. We had gotten about 30 minutes into the Act 2 last week and got to finish it. And let me tell you, what an ending! Bryn Terfel Jones played Don Giovanni and Renee Fleming was Donna Anna, absolutely amazing! When the opera started, I wasn’t sure how I was going to like it, as previously stated in my last blog post. But now, I am totally 100% in love. Renee Fleming completely embodied the brushed and battered (emotionally) woman who must come to terms with a death of her father and hatred for the man who killed him. Her rage at Don Giovanni and her insistence to Don Ottavio for revenge is wonderful. In act two Donna Anna and Don Ottavio are together and she is begging him to understand why she can’t be romantic yet, or love him the way she knows he should be loved because she is still in mourning for her father. Renee Fleming sang the most majestic aria I have ever heard. She floated from note to note effortlessly. I want to be like her, wait, no I want to be her some day.
The scene near the end with the statue coming to life and taking Don Giovanni to hell was wonderful. At first I was slightly confused because I wasn’t sure what was happening, but after I got it, I was nearly gleeful. Such a great ending to the story. He got what he deserved. Character aside, Bryn Terfel Jones is one of the most commanding performers in opera today. I first saw him in the Die Walkure playing Wotan and there as with Don Giovanni, he has such a commanding presence on the stage. You can’t help but look at him. He is one that I would love to someday play against.
To sum up, watched it, loved it, I pretty sure I’m going to buy it.