Re: [OM] IMG: "Don Giovanni" performed by marionettes

Subject: Re: [OM] IMG: "Don Giovanni" performed by marionettes
From: Peter Klein <boulanger.croissant@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 5 Aug 2017 03:00:31 -0700
Wayne: I think the tallest marionette (Don Giovanni) is about 3.5 feet tall, or a little over one meter. The stage is low enough that when the guy with the broom came out, he had to duck so his head would be seen. A live actor (maybe the same man) played the Commedatore, and when he first enters, you see his body, but not his neck and head. Figure he's about six feet tall, so the purple curtains are probably about 5 feet above the stage.

This should give you an idea of the scale
It was really impressive when the Commendatore comes out. As we get into the show, we accept the marionettes as life-size. And then the "Stone Guest" is taller than the visible stage, so he appears to be huge.

Moose: It's the legend of Don Juan. He seduces countless women all over Europe. In Spain, the Commendatore, the father of his latest attempted conquest, defends his daughter's honor in a duel. Don Giovanni kills him. Another old conquest, Donna Elvira, who still loves the Don, appears on the scene and attempts to reform him, to no avail. His servant and semi-unwilling accomplice, Leporello, explains the extent of Don Giovanni's amorous adventures to Elvira, country by country, in the witty "Catalogue Aria." Have a listen (includes English subtitles):

The Don sets his sights on a peasant girl about to be married. The other characters catch on to him, but he always manages to outwit or escape them. Then he arrogantly invites the statue of the dead Commendatore to dinner. Big mistake. The statue accepts his invitation, comes to dinner, demands that the Don repent, and when the Don refuses, drags him down to hell.


Wayne Harridge wrote:
> What an interesting idea !  What size is the "stage" Peter ?
> By the way, I've been enjoying the other images from your trip too.
> ...Wayne

Moose wrote:

That looks like great fun!

(Not for me, I'm afraid, as I am not an opera fan and know even less about that
one than some.)

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