From the Salzburg Festival: "Don Giovanni" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791). Conductor: Bertrand De Billy - Stage director: Claus Guth. With Christopher Maltman (Don Giovanni), Annette Dasch (Donna Anna), Dorothea Röschmann (Donna Elvira), Erwin Schrott (Leporello), Ekaterina Siurina (Zerlina), Anatoli Kotscherga (Il Commendatore), Matthew Polenzani (Don Ottavio), Alex Esposito (Masetto), the Chorus of the Vienna State Opera and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. In Guth's almost cinematic Salzburg Festival production, every character in Mozart's most realistic opera seems to carry a back-story of thwarted love and frustration. Everyone appears to be seeking either salvation or damnation in the woods - a compelling concept that removes the opera from its traditional pseudo-Seville squares and palaces.