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
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.
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.)
Opera No Buffo Moose
Themed Olympus Photo Exhibition: http://www.tope.nl/