Music and Vision homepage Classical Music Programme Notes for concerts and recordings, by Malcolm Miller

 

Ensemble

Elements of Panto

Mozart's 'Don Giovanni'
entertains MIKE WHEELER

 

With its elements of panto, Punch and Judy and music-hall, Alessandro Talevi's production of Mozart's Don Giovanni (Opera North, Theatre Royal, Nottingham, UK, 21 November 2012) positively revelled in its own theatricality, underlined by the walls of Madeleine's Boyd's set decorated with ballet dancers and tight-rope walkers from paintings by Degas. With the cast rising gamely to the challenge, the result emphasised the opera's comedy at some expense to its serious side. Costumes ranged from Victorian to the 1950s, with Donna Elvira's ambivalence nicely suggested by her moving between the two.

William Dazeley's Giovanni and Matthew Hargreaves' Leporello were a sublimely polished double-act, swinging their canes in sync and mirroring each other's poses...

Copyright © 9 December 2012 Mike Wheeler,
Derby UK

-------

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

DON GIOVANNI

OPERA NORTH

NOTTINGHAM THEATRE ROYAL

NOTTINGHAM

UNITED KINGDOM

 << M&V home       Concert reviews        The Makropoulos Case >>

 

Is my concert listed at Music and Vision?