During his years as manager of the Cologne Opera (1975–95), Michael Hampe brought the company international recognition, and this production is a shining example of its artistry. Mozart and librettist da Ponte's opera depicted their own time, when the economically and morally exhausted feudal system was on the brink of ruin; this idea guided the Cologne production in its impressive, many-layered realization of this complex masterpiece. Sir Thomas Allen made the baritone part of serial seducer Don Giovanni his signature role, performing the part more than 100 times. Caroll Vaness and Carolyn James are splendid as Donna Elvira and Donna Anna, respectively.
"Ferrucio Furlanetto as the much-maligned servant Leporello … brings out the humor in the role to the maximum."—Audiophile Audition
"Kjell Magnus Sandve has an important voice and is a vehement Don Ottavio."—Ritmo
"In Michael Hampe's inevitably professional Cologne Don Giovanni (1991) the master/servant relationship of Thomas Allen and Ferruccio Furlanetto yields many subtleties and tricks of the trade. Allen's sexual energy in this role is remarkable. Carol Vaness's Elvira and Andrea Rost's Zerlina are considerable assumptions."—BBC Music