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Don Giovanni

Opens: 17/10/2012 Closes: 17/11/2012 ENO, London.

Join the ENO for a nine-night revival of Rufus Norris’ 2010 production of Don Giovanni, and watch as Mozart’s anti-hero descends into the ravages of lust. Conducted by the award winning Edward Gardner, this decadent opera explores the devastating impact of one man’s sexual desires.

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Guardian“Classy singing undermined by odd editorial choices...” Norris updates the opera to the present and locates it in a modern urban hell-hole, where hooded, demonic figures rub shoulders with the protagonists, who, all too frequently, act in defiance of Mozart's compassion and sensuality...
The Stage“The singers do well under the circumstances...” Apart from one scene, in which Iain Paterson’s Giovanni lunges from behind to grope Zerlina’s crotch, there’s little impression of a man driven by a febrile carnal appetite...
Whatsonstage.com“It’s better than it was, then, but still no cigar...” Iain Paterson sang the title role with such transparency and tonal beauty that he was able to shrug off the charisma-free interpretation foisted upon him by the director. Darren Jeffery’s Baldrick of a Leporello, by contrast, was stronger...
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Evening Standard“A good deal of superfluous and unconvincing stage business has gone...” Tension is maintained throughout the recitatives and commendable diction throughout the cast, combined with fresh directorial thinking, has paid handsome dividends...
The Telegraph“Norris doesn’t have much to say about Mozart’s opera...” The subtly (and cynically) rewritten Serenade makes a last-ditch bid for sympathy, but by the time we got to the ineptly realised damnation, well, I couldn’t give a damn...
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