title. Don Giovanni
company. Longborough Festival Opera
conductor . Thomas Blunt design . Will Holt lx design . Tim Mitchell associate director . Jen Fletcher
Martin Constantine has managed to create a brilliantly witty, surprisingly moving and totally engaging production of Mozart and Da Ponte’s great classic version of the legendary story of that sexually provocative libertine Don Giovanni. The production moves seamlessly and with great energy from overture to the conclusion. The cast is obviously completely committed to what they are asked to do, and quite rightly. For once a “concept” production of a classic opera really works. I loved it and I know that the entire audience on the night that I attended was totally rapt. They were also very responsive to the humour of the production as well as to the glorious music. This is an intelligent, funny and emotionally engaging evening of opera, a real fusion of music and drama.
***** PLAYS TO SEE
Martin Constantine’s new production of Don Giovanni for Longborough Festival Opera proves clever in making the opera feel relevant to the modern day.
Constantine fully underlines Mozart’s Dramma giocoso element in thick marker pen and allows us to laugh at this predatory character brimming with testosterone. he interactive chemistry is rock-solid, nowhere better than between Ivan Ludlow’s Don and Emyr Wyn Jones as his accomplice Leporello, armed with a natural sense of comic timing, best when impersonating his master.
**** CLASSICAL SOURCE