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“Joined by his Budapest Festival Orchestra and a cast led by Christopher Maltman, [Iván Fischer’s] approach might be described as an application of the Hippocratic oath to opera; that is, he first does no harm.” Our Own JJ (not pictured) muses on the difficulty of staging Mozart’s greatest opera in his latest piece for the New York Times. (Photo by Richard Termine.)

  • Porgy Amor

    A great review, but is Don Giovanni still widely considered Mozart’s greatest opera? I put it below the others of the big four, especially Nozze.

    • Liz.S

      For me the greatest is Nozze, also. At the Met it is the most frequently perf’d Mozart opera, so it’s safe to say it’s the most popular (prob most consider the greatest) around here.

  • Liz.S

    Finding an article by my most favorite opera critic on the Times… what a wonderful day!!! :-)

    • Satisfied

      Me too…what a treat :-)

  • actfive

    Congratulations on your excellent review in the Times, James!!

  • Rowna Sutin

    Congratulations, James. It is the ultimate gig :)

  • Parpignol

    wonderful review! and surely, of the greatest Mozart operas, Don Giovanni is the most challenging to stage and direct effectively?
    and trying to rise to the challenge does not always give satisfaction: in Stockholm much of the first act plays out in a public restroom. . .