With its showstopping arias, dazzling ensemble pieces and twisting storyline, Don Giovanni is a power-packed night at the opera. Little wonder, then, that the Royal Opera House is reviving this spectacular production as one of its three spring/early summer shows.
In the title role, Uruguayan baritone Erwin Schrott combines charm and menace. His manservant Leporello is sung by Gerald Finley, whose layered interpretations are always a thrill. Their roles on 16 and 18 July are sung by Christopher Maltman and Paolo Bordogna.
Malin Byström (Donna Anna), comforted by Daniel Behle's Don Ottavio in Covent Garden's Don Giovanni in 2019. Photo: Mark Douet
American soprano Nicole Chevalier sings Donna Elvira, who gives the Don one last chance...
There will be a lot of interest in the Royal Opera House of German-born conductor Christian Trinks, making his house debut. With a growing reputation for exciting work in the German repertoire, he is also making his debut at Glyndebourne Festival Opera this summer, in another Mozart opera, The Magic Flute.
Sir Antonio Pappano leaves the Royal Opera House as music director in 2024, when he takes over the London Symphony Orchestra from Sir Simon Rattle. Rattle is moving to Munich's Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, after the death last year of its conductor, Maris Janssons. As the great musical merry-go-round keeps turning, all eyes are on his likely successor.
Don Giovanni meets his match in Donna Elvira, here Myrtò Papatanasiu in 2019. Photo: Mark Douet
Don Giovanni will be performed to a socially-distanced audience, current Covid-19 restrictions permitting.
Don Giovanni is sung in Italian with English surtitles. Performances are on 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 16 July at 7PM, and on 18 July at 3PM, Booking opens at 10AM on Fri 7 May
|What||Don Giovanni, Royal Opera House|
|Where||Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Covent Garden (underground)|
05 Jul 21 – 18 Jul 21, Seven performances with one interval
|Website||Click here for more information and booking|