January 21, 2007

Don Giovanni at the Bastille Opera

The singing and the orchestra were perfect, but why did Michael Haneke keep the singers in the dark? Why did he prevent us from seeing their faces by not lighting them? Why did he restrain the movements and acting of the singers? - Not that they never moved nor acted but it was as if they had been instructed about given moments when they were supposed to act in quite extravagant way, and the rest of the time were forbidden to move! -
I guess that was his way of making us concentrate on the music - which was indeed very good (almost perfect, I was told by specialists.)

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