Don Giovanni

An Opera North production at the Lowry. Enjoyable in every way, but not as much as Madame Butterfly and Un Ballo in Maschera. (Having to suck Strepsils and stifle a cough didn’t help.)

The staging was interesting; it made use of a picture frame/window device which at times also functioned as a Punch and Judy theatre. Don Giovanni and Leoporello formed a jaunty vaudeville double act. There were hints of Don Giovanni (a somewhat shadowy figure) pulling the strings of the other characters – most clearly in the final scene after his descent (well, ascent in this case) into hell, where they were slumped against the wall. Then the time-travelling . . . it was all interesting and entertaining, but the staging didn’t work as a coherent whole.

  • Don Giovanni – William Dazeley
  • Leoporello – John Savournin
  • Donna Elvira – Elizabeth Atherton
  • Donna Anna – Jennifer Davis
  • Zerlina – Katherine Rudge
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About aides mémoires

This is a chronological list of things I have seen, places I have visited, and thoughts that have wandered through the space between my ears. A reading group of one; an art appreciation society limited by my preferences and prejudices; opera criticism by one who knows nothing about the subject.
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