• Details

    Presented by Paul Rissmann. This event includes Don Giovanni cast and orchestra.

    Whether you’re completely new to opera or simply curious to find out more, Don Giovanni: Behind the Curtain will give you a fascinating insight into the magical alchemy of the artform.

    This exclusive event has been specially created for Tour 2016 to provide a behind-the-scenes exploration of how an opera is staged, while at the same time demystifying opera itself.


    Is it a pre-performance talk?

    No, absolutely not. Don Giovanni: Behind the Curtain is a theatrical event exploring the magic of opera live on stage. Audiences old and new will have the chance to experience Don Giovanni from an entirely different perspective.

    Is it a performance?

    Yes, absolutely. We’ll have all the soloists, chorus, orchestra and production elements of Glyndebourne’s Don Giovanni. Imagine being able to pause a live opera and ask a question or explore how a singer interacts with the orchestra.

    Is it on stage?

    Oh yes, and for the first three minutes it’ll feel just like any other night at the opera – but then everything will change!

    Is it suitable for children?

    It has been conceived for anyone interested in discovering more about opera and we suggest it is suitable for children aged 12 or over.

    Will it make sense if we haven’t seen Don Giovanni before?

    Even if Don Giovanni is brand new to you, over the course of the evening we’ll tell you everything you need to know to enjoy the performance. The event is not a reduced or simplified version of Mozart’s opera, however – it is a complete theatrical event in itself.

    Who is Paul Rissmann?

    Paul Rissmann is a music presenter who has hosted Classics Unwrapped for BBC Radio Scotland and a critically acclaimed series of music discovery concerts for adults called Naked Classics.

    Special ticket offer

    Book a ticket for this event and save £10 on fully staged Don Giovanni performances.

    To book this special offer, login or register and add ’13487 ‘ as a promo code. The discount will then automatically apply to the qualifying tickets.

    Tickets are subject to availability and valid only on tickets over £39. See terms and conditions.

    Don Giovanni: Behind the Curtain is made possible with the help of Arts Council England and with additional support from the Clore Duffield Foundation and the Foyle Foundation.

  • Cast and creative team

    Creative team

    Presented by Paul Rissmann

    Conductor Pablo González, Ben Gernon (1, 8 Dec)
    Director Lloyd Wood
    Dramaturg Gretl Satorius
    ​Projection Design Dave Fricker
    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

    The Glyndebourne Chorus
    Chorus Master Jeremy Bines


    Leporello Brandon Cedel
    Donna Anna Ana Maria Labin
    Don Giovanni Duncan Rock, Norman D Patzke (8 Dec)
    Il Commendatore Andrii Goniukov
    Don Ottavio Anthony Gregory
    Donna Elvira Magdalena Molendowska
    Zerlina Louise Alder, Charlotte Beament* (1, 8 Dec)
    Masetto Božidar Smiljanić

    *Soloist from the Glyndebourne Chorus

  • Dates and times


    Date Start Interval Finish
    Fri 28 October 7.00pm 25 mins 9.15pm

    Milton Keynes Theatre

    Date Start Interval Finish
    Thu 10 November 7.15pm 25 mins 9.30pm

    Canterbury, The Marlowe Theatre

    Date Start Interval Finish
    Thu 17 November 7.15pm 25 mins 9.30pm

    Norwich, Theatre Royal

    Date Start Interval Finish
    Thu 24 November 7.15pm 25 mins 9.30pm

    Woking, New Victoria Theatre

    Date Start Interval Finish
    Thu 1 December 7.15pm 25 mins 9.30pm

    Plymouth, Theatre Royal

    Date Start Interval Finish
    Thu 8 December 7.15pm 25 mins 9.30pm