I saw this production years ago, and I'm thrilled to see it re-released on DVD. It's a particularly striking production of Don Giovanni. It's energetic from the very beginning, and musically very sound.
The only thing that disappoints me is, funnily enough, the cover. The names of the artists behind Leporello, Masetto and the Commendatore are conspicuously absent, even on the back. While Masetto's role is admittedly small, there is, in my mind, no excuse for ignoring the artist behind Leporello, whose role in the opera is a large one. Why, exactly, is Zerlina's artist named but not Leporello's, when his role in the opera is so much larger than hers? The same goes for the Commendatore - while the role is not large, it is absolutely vital, and very dramatic. The exclusion of these artists is utterly baffling, and I can't help but feel irritated by it. I happened to *enjoy* the performances of Stephen Bennett (Leporello), Douglas McNicol (Masetto) and Donald Shanks (the Commendatore), and I found Bennett's performance particularly striking. To overlook them is very offensive, in my mind.
The opera itself is wonderful and a very worthwhile buy, even if some of the principal artists were so rudely ignored on the cover.