26 Oct 2011

Delayed by Injury, Giovanni Still Arrives


By Anthony Tommasini [NY Times, 26 October 2011]

The Polish baritone Mariusz Kwiecien looked nimble on his feet, sang robustly and threw himself into the title role of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” at the Metropolitan Opera on Tuesday night in the new production by the director Michael Grandage. Whatever one’s take on Mr. Kwiecien’s portrayal of a role he considers his calling card, his performance was a triumph of physical rehabilitation and artistic determination.