19 Jul 2019

MOZART: Don Giovanni

From Music Alive, 7:30 pm on 19 July 2019

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Hedonistic desire, passion, guilt – there’s hell to pay for opera’s legendary lover.


Brigitta Kele (Donna Elvira), Ekaterina Siurina (Donna Anna), Natasha Wilson (Zerlina), Richard Šveda (Don Giovanni), Robert Gleadow (Leporello), Morgan Pearse (Masetto), Adam Frandsen (Don Ottavio), Pelham Andrews (Commendatore), Freemasons NZ Opera Chorus, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Giordano Bellincampi

"Don Giovanni lives for one thing – women! He seduces compulsively and unrepentantly, while his long-suffering servant Leporello maintains the catalogue. Making a post-assignation getaway from one noble woman, he kills her father. But the father was a highly respected citizen: passing a statue erected in his memory, Don Giovanni invites it to dinner. Slowly, very slowly, the statue nods its head…

Funny, dark, earthy, witty, shocking, this all-embracing score has some of Mozart’s most sublime music, some of his most catchy tunes, and – when the legions of Hell catch Don Giovanni in the end – music which, after 200 years is still terrifying.

Making his debut with the APO in the titular role is Slovakian baritone Richard Šveda alongside Canadian bass-baritone Robert Gleadow as Leporello. 

Singing the role of Giovanni’s former lover Donna Elvira is Romanian soprano Brigitta Kele, with Russian soprano Ekaterina Siurina as Donna Anna. Giovanni’s latest love interest Zerlina will be sung by New Zealand-born soprano Natasha Wilson – NZ Opera’s 2018 Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist.

Giordano Bellincampi will again lead the orchestra and the stellar cast of singers, infusing his innate sense of theatre for what promises to be a sensational opera in concert performance."

  - Presented by Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in association with New Zealand Opera. Direct from Auckland Town Hall.

Sound by RNZ Concert - Video by JX Live