'Paul Brown’s truly amazing set for Jonathan Kent’s new production of Don Giovanni is – like the opera’s anti-hero – full of surprises'

Edward Seckerson , The Independent July 05, 2010

'Highly recommended'

Clare Colvin , Sunday Express July 11, 2010
  • Details

    A revival of the 2010 production directed by Jonathan Kent.

    The name ‘Don Juan’ has become a synonym for ‘womaniser’ the world over, through the legendary 14th-century nobleman’s endless incarnations on stage and in film, literature and visual art. But in Mozart’s Don Giovanni we meet the Don on a very unusual day: a day of foiled sexual conquests, a day of murder – his last day on earth.

    Not many comic operas begin with a cold-blooded murder and end with the hero’s consignment to hell – but Don Giovanni swings restlessly between comedy and tragedy to startling effect. Mozart’s irresistible music follows suit, its famous highlights ranging from Don Giovanni’s sparkling Champagne aria to the seductive duet ‘ Là ci darem la mano’. Jonathan Kent’s sleek and suspenseful production, last seen on the Tour in 2010, captures this duality brilliantly.

    Following his success as Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia (Tour 2013) baritone Duncan Rock returns to the Tour to sing Don Giovanni. He is accompanied by tenor Anthony Gregory (The Turn of the Screw, Tour 2014), who sings Don Ottavio opposite soprano Ana Maria Labin (Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Tour 2015) as Donna Anna. Polish soprano Magdalena Molendowska (La traviata, Tour 2014), sings Donna Elvira.


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    Running time

    Don Giovanni runs for 3 hours 20 minutes and includes a 25-minute interval. See dates and times tab for more information.


    Concessions

    Half-price tickets are available for the following groups for tickets priced at £39 or above:

    • Under-18s
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    Tour 2016 is supported by Arts Council England and sponsored by the Daily Mail.

  • Cast and creative team

    Creative team

    Conductor Pablo González, Ben Gernon (29 Nov; 2, 6, 9 Dec)
    Director Jonathan Kent
    Revival Director Lloyd Wood
    Designer Paul Brown
    Movement Director Denni Sayers
    Movement revived by Colm Seery
    Lighting Designer Mark Henderson
    Revival Lighting Keith Benson
    Fight Director Paul Benzing
    Assistant Conductor Tim Anderson
    Music Preparation Matthew Fletcher, Ashok Gupta, Ingrid Surgenor
    Language Coach Barbara Diana
    Assistant Director Fiona Dunn
    Staff Director Jeanne Pansard Besson
    Supertitles Ian Julier

    Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra
    Leader Richard Milone

    Fortepiano continuo Ashok Gupta
    Cello continuo Jonathan Tunnell

    The Glyndebourne Chorus
    Chorus Master Jeremy Bines


    Cast

    Leporello Brandon Cedel
    Donna Anna Ana Maria Labin
    Don Giovanni Duncan Rock
    Il Commendatore Andrii Goniukov
    Don Ottavio Anthony Gregory
    Donna Elvira Magdalena Molendowska
    Zerlina Louise Alder
    Masetto Božidar Smiljanić

  • Synopsis

    Act I

    Leporello waits outside the Commendatore’s home as Don Giovanni, his master, is inside with the Commendatore’s daughter, Donna Anna. The masked Giovanni runs from the house with Anna following him. Awakened by the clamour, the Commendatore challenges Don Giovanni to a duel, which ends in the Commendatore’s death. After Giovanni and Leporello flee, Anna and her fiancé, Don Ottavio, swear vengeance upon the Commendatore’s masked killer.

    Giovanni and Leporello overhear the plaint of a forsaken woman. Giovanni approaches, planning to seduce her, until he recognises her as Donna Elvira, a woman he recently seduced and abandoned. Giovanni orders Leporello to distract her while he escapes. Leporello tells Elvira that she is merely one of Don Giovanni’s thousands of conquests.

    Villagers celebrate the impending wedding of Zerlina and Masetto. Giovanni, lusting after Zerlina, orders Leporello to entertain Masetto and the other revellers so that he may be alone with Zerlina. Giovanni has nearly conquered Zerlina when Elvira interrupts. Anna and Ottavio arrive and ask for Giovanni’s help in finding the Commendatore’s murderer. Elvira’s denunciations of Giovanni arouse their suspicions, but he assures them that Elvira is mad. After Giovanni leaves, Anna tells Ottavio that she has recognised Giovanni as her father’s murderer.

    Masetto chastises Zerlina for flirting with Giovanni, but she persuades him to forgive her. Giovanni invites the couple, along with three masked companions, to a party at his home. The masked trio – Anna, Ottavio and Elvira – steel themselves before entering.

    At Giovanni’s party, Zerlina’s screams interrupt the dancing revellers, and Giovanni falsely accuses Masetto of attacking her. Anna, Ottavio and Elvira reveal their identities and confront Don Giovanni, who manages to escape.

    Act II

    Leporello threatens to leave Giovanni’s service, but Giovanni convinces him to stay and help him seduce Elvira’s maid. Exchanging clothes with Leporello, Giovanni serenades the maid while Leporello, dressed as Giovanni, diverts Elvira. Giovanni, still dressed as Leporello, encounters Masetto leading a vengeful mob in search of the Don. Giovanni dupes Masetto and escapes, and Zerlina comforts her battered fiancé.

    Leporello, disguised as Giovanni, is trying to flee Elvira when he is trapped by Ottavio, Anna, Zerlina and Masetto, who believe they’ve finally captured Giovanni. Leporello reveals his identity, pleads for mercy, and finally escapes. Ottavio reaffirms his intention to avenge Anna. Elvira laments her betrayal by Giovanni.

    Meeting up in a cemetery, Giovanni and Leporello encounter the slain Commendatore. Giovanni orders Leporello to invite him to dinner, and, to Leporello’s horror, his invitation is accepted.

    Ottavio reassures Anna that her father’s death will soon be avenged, leaving them free to marry. Anna, however, still feels reluctant to marry so soon after her father’s death.

    Giovanni feasts, waited upon by Leporello. Elvira bursts in, urging Giovanni to mend his ways, but he scorns her pleas. Elvira and Leporello encounter the Commendatore as he arrives for dinner. The Commendatore demands that Giovanni atone for his sins, but he defiantly refuses and meets his doom.

    Anna, Ottavio, Elvira, Masetto and Zerlina arrive in search of Giovanni but find only the stunned Leporello, who reports his master’s bizarre fate. They agree that all evil-doers must meet such a terrible end.

  • Dates and times

    Glyndebourne

    Date Start Interval Finish
    Sat 15 October 4.00pm 25 mins 7.20pm
    Sat 22 October 4.00pm 25 mins 7.20pm
    Tue 25 October 4.00pm 25 mins 7.20pm
    Thu 27 October 6.30pm 25 mins 9.50pm
    Sun 30 October 4.00pm 25 mins 7.20pm
    Fri 4 November 4.00pm 25 mins 7.20pm

    Milton Keynes Theatre

    Date Start Interval Finish
    Tue 8 November 7.15pm 25 mins 10.35pm
    Fri 11 November 7.15pm 25 mins 10.35pm

    Canterbury, The Marlowe Theatre

    Date Start Interval Finish
    Tue 15 November 7.15pm 25 mins 10.35pm
    Fri 18 November 7.15pm 25 mins 10.35pm

    Norwich, Theatre Royal

    Date Start Interval Finish
    Tue 22 November 7.15pm 25 mins 10.35pm
    Fri 25 November 7.15pm 25 mins 10.35pm

    Woking, New Victoria Theatre

    Date Start Interval Finish
    Tue 29 November 7.15pm 25 mins 10.35pm
    Fri 2 December 7.15pm 25 mins 10.35pm

    Plymouth, Theatre Royal

    Date Start Interval Finish
    Tue 6 December 7.15pm 25 mins 10.35pm
    Fri 9 December 7.15pm 25 mins 10.35pm