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