Welsh National Opera – Don Giovanni

Tue 15 Nov, Fri 18 Nov

Don Giovanni
Supported by the WNO Partnership

Cast includes David Kempster as Don Giovanni, David Soar as Leporello, Nuccia Focile as Donna Elvira, Camilla Roberts as Donna Anna, Robin Tritschler as Don Ottavio, Claire Ormshaw as Zerlina, Gary Griffiths as Masetto and Carlo Malinverno as Commendatore
 
Who is Don Giovanni?
He is charming, charismatic, attractive and irresistible. Take care however; he is also deceitful, dangerous, violent and cold-hearted. To date he has had 2065 amorous conquests. He has seduced and murdered his way around Europe, but Don Giovanni’s luck is about to run out. Don Giovanni is one of the greatest of all operatic villains, drawn with consummate skill and surrounded by a kaleidoscope of very human characters. The opera is as rich and complex as the Don himself – it is both chilling and beautiful, comic and dramatic with one of the most powerful finales in all opera.
 
John Caird’s productions for WNO (Aida and Don Carlos) have been critically acclaimed. Music Director Lothar Koenigs conducts a superb cast, which includes Welsh baritone David Kempster in the title role.
Conductor Lothar Koenigs
Director John Caird
Designer John Napier
 
Sung in Italian with surtitles in English
 
 
Review by Simon Penfold, Express and Star:
 
…     ” On this occasion the devil doesn’t get all the best tunes – they are reserved for his victims. Both Nuccia Focile as Donna Elvira – torn between love and loathing for the Don – and Camilla Roberts as the wronged Donna Anna, are extraordinary sopranos and their voices were in fine form last night. David Soar was engaging as the Don’s hapless servant Leporello, keeping score of Giovanni’s 2,065 conquests.The set is a clever piece of work, with Rodin’s unfinished sculpture The Gates of Hell as its centrepiece, and”     …

 

Review by Roger Clarke, BehindTheArras:

http://www.behindthearras.com/Reviewspr/ReviewsPRnovdec2011/Don_Giovanni_WNO11-11.html

…     “The story is there, the singing and playing is first class, the sound clear and well balanced and, in truth, it is a most enjoyable evening which could be made so much more satisfying though if it were just to lighten up a little both in terms of colour and candlepower, and in attitude. Let there be light and fun amid the cheats never prosper morality – after all Mozart catalogues Don Giovanni as opera buffa– comic opera – and perhaps he should know.”

(personally I loved the dark and brooding sets, the Gates to Hell were magnificent!)

 

Review by Richard Bratby, Birmingham Post:

http://www.birminghampost.net/life-leisure-birmingham-guide/birmingham-culture/music-in-birmingham/2011/11/18/review-don-giovanni-at-welsh-national-opera-at-birmingham-hippodrome-65233-29788233/

 

…     “Vocally, Leporello (David Soar) almost upstaged his master, and Nuccia Focile’s nuanced, genuinely affecting Donna Elvira stood out amongst Camilla Roberts’ robust Donna Anna and Claire Ormshaw’s winningly guileless Zerlina. As Don Ottavio, Robin Tritschler made Dalla sua pace sound like Puccini; a ravishing moment, and of a piece with the almost Wagnerian colours of the WNO Orchestra in one of Lothar Koenigs’ most powerful readings to date.”

 

 

 

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