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Don Giovanni 2006Scottish Opera

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This was the first new production mounted by Scottish Opera after its period of enforced shutdown.  It was extremely well played by the orchestra and quite well sung by the cast, but it was difficult to avoid the sense that it was, frankly, rather dull.

Neither Richard Armstrong nor Tim Albery has been closely associated with Mozart operas during their respective careers, but Armstrong, at least, showed that Don Giovanni suited his talents. He conducted an appropriately dramatic account, with a nod in the direction of authentic practice - the pit contained a pair of natural trumpets along with baroque timpani and fortepiano. By contrast, Albery's interpretation  showed Giovanni as some kind of suave lounge lizard in a tail coat. The two elements didn't really blend. The singers were all good, and the women rather more than that, but the whole event hung fire dramatically. It all seemed predominantly grey.

The Chorus of Scottish Opera having been made redundant as a cost-cutting exercise, many of the same people were recruited to form a freelance group which would be employed as required. For years to come, this ad hoc group of freelance singers would be assembled for and named in honour of each opera. On this occasion they were therefore called The Chorus of Don Giovanni.

Performance Cast

Leporello Giovanni's servant

James Rutherford

Donna Anna the Commendatore's daughter

Maria Costanza Nocentini

Don Giovanni a young nobleman

Peter Savidge

Commendatore an elderly aristocrat

Matthew Best

Don Ottavio engaged to Anna

Hilton Marlton

Donna Elvira a lady from Burgos

Henriika Gröndahl

Zerlina a peasant girl

Caitlin Hulcup

Masetto a peasant, engaged to Zerlina

D'Arcy Bleiker

Performance DatesDon Giovanni 2006

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

4 May, 19.15 6 May, 19.15 10 May, 19.15 13 May, 14.15 27 May, 19.15 1 Jun, 19.15

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

14 Jun, 19.15 16 Jun, 19.15 22 Jun, 19.15 24 Jun, 19.15

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