Shortly before the film shoot began the music was recorded in two intense weeks with Concerto Copenhagen - one of the best baroque orchestras in the world. The recordings were done in a somewhat different way than the standard procedure for opera recordings, because Kasper Holten and film producers, Blenkov & Schønnemann had decided at an early stage, that all songs in the film should be recorded live on set.
"In almost all other opera films and musicals the songs are dubbed over the images and it always creates a sort of artificial and polished sensation. We wanted to create an extreme realism and the sense of presence, because that is precisely what the film medium can do and it is very important that an opera is experienced live! That's why, we decided that the actor's physical actions should influence the song, so when they run, fall, whisper, fight and love, it is heard in the voice. For filming, we gave the cast small speakers in their ears which played the music, so they could sing to it."
When the music recordings ended, the team travelled to Budapest, where they had six weeks of recordings with car chases, beautiful serenades and arias ahead of them.
Eva Wagner-Pasquier was hired as a caster. Today she leads the Bayreuth Festival, but was at that time working as artistic director of the Aix-en-Provence opera festival and as talent scout for The Metropolitan in New York. She got some of the biggest young opera talents in the world today on board:
BEHIND THE FILM
Christopher Maltman (England)
Mikhail Petrenko (Russia)
Eric Halfvarson (USA)
Maria Bengtsson (Sweden)
Peter Lodahl (Denmark)
Elizabeth Futral (USA)
Katija Dragojevic (Sweden)
Ludvig Lindström (Sweden)
Kasper Holten og Mogens Rukov baseret på Mozarts Don Giovanni
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Lars Ulrik Mortensen
Malene Blenkov and Michel Schønnemann
Suitable for children over 11 years
OPENING NIGHT THURSDAY 7th of APRIL
"Juan" is Kasper Holten's debut film and a unique movie experience. It has already received invitations to and been shown at film festivals around the world from Korea to Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Sweden and Ukraine to the United States and now the Danish premiere is finally here as part of Biografklub Danmark's programme.