Based on the legend of the rapacious Don Juan, and first performed in 1787, the new production by Opera Holland Park will be on a suitably intimate scale for this work, many of whose scenes take places in whispery, flirty nooks, and crannies. But the Opera Holland Park chorus that often skilfully powers productions to a higher level will get its big moments too – above all the increasingly unhinged party scene that concludes Act I.
Don Giovanni is, with Le Nozze di Figaro and Così Fan Tutte, one of the great trio of Mozart operas that dominate the repertoire, their librettos by Lorenzo da Ponte. Directors vie to find the real Don – is he mad, amoral or just plain evil? A lovable rogue whom women cannot resist or a predatory bully who takes advantage of his statues to trap unwilling lovers?
Making sense of his enduring mystery for Opera Holland Park is the team behind last year's Cenerentola: director Oliver Platt, conductor Dane Lam and designer Neil Irish. And it falls to one of the rising stars of British opera, Ashley Riches to create a Don Giovanni that appalls – or entrances.
Like Ashley Riches (who is now a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist), Lauren Fagan, who plays Donna Anna, one of the don's many cast-offs, is a former Royal Opera House Jette Parker Young Artist. The indignant Donna Elvira is sung by one of three singers coming straight back to OHP after performances there in 2016: Ben Johnson as loyal Don Ottavio and John Savournin as the don's servant, Leporello, are the others.
With breathtaking arias and stirring ensemble numbers, it promises to sizzle with human and musical drama.
Public booking for Don Giovanni opens at 10am on 30 January. Booking in person opens at 1pm on 1 May. A limited number of "Inspire" tickets at £18 are on sale from 10am on 11 April. Click here for information about Friends and Supporters schemes that offer priority booking.
|What||Don Giovanni, Opera Holland Park|
Opera Holland Park
Stable Yard, Holland Park, London , W8 6LU | MAP
|Nearest tube||High Street Kensington (underground)|
03 Jun 17 – 24 Jun 17, 10 performances, including 2pm matinee 18 June
|Price||£18 - £77|
|Website||Click here for more information and booking|