Don Giovanni is one of the timeless classics of all opera. Mozart’s music and the words of his greatest collaborator, Da Ponte, are brought to life in Francesca Zambello’s engrossing production for The Royal Opera, with rich and colourful designs by Maria Björnson. With a sensational cast including Simon Keenlyside, Marina Poplavskaya, Joyce DiDonato and Kyle Ketelsen, and acclaimed conductor Charles Mackerras interpreting Mozart’s score, this is an exceptional performance.
Don Giovanni: Simon Keenlyside Leporello: Kyle Ketelsen Commendatore: Eric Halfvarson Donna Anna: Marina Poplavskaya Donna Elvira: Joyce DiDonato Don Ottavio: Ramón Vargas Zerlina: Miah Persson Masetto: Robert Gleadow
Royal Opera Chorus Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Conductor: Charles Mackerras Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Stage Director: Francesca Zambello Set and Costume Designs: Maria Björnson Lighting Design: Paul Pyant Original Choreography: Stephen Mear Fight Director: William Hobbs Associate Director and Revival Choreography: Duncan Macfarland
Plus: Illustrated synopsis; Cast gallery; Into the Royal Opera House; Backstage Tour
"If one of the cast it to be named above the rest, that should be Joyce DiDonato, an outstandingly accomplished Elvira, brilliantly projected, interestingly conceived, her singing concentrated in tone. Miah Persson is an adorable Zerlina, and I liked what she and others were encouraged to do by way of vocal ornamentation."Gramophone
"Sir Charles Mackerras conducts an incandescent Overture which kindles the brilliance, clarity and indefatigable energy of his music direction throughout. This film powerfully captures the fiery essence of Francesco Zambello's production...Zambello makes Simon Keenlyside's harsh and diabolical Don Giovanni and Kyle Ketelsen's embittered Leporello a double-act of deadly dependency."BBC Music Magazine