James Conlon*

"Could it be that simply performing and not interpreting the work (however unfashionable that notion might be at this moment in history) is to render to it the greatest service possible?"

 

-music director of the Los Angeles Opera, describing their most conservative, yet most successful, performance of Mozart's Don Giovanni in years. While set in period and taking no artistic liberties with staging or costumes, Conlon tries to explain why this might have been what made it so successful.

 

*As quoted in Richard S. Ginell’s review in the Los Angeles Times