United Kingdom: London. (INTERNATIONAL).
A new production of Don Giovanni, staged by Catalan director Calixto Bieito set Mozart's opera in the present day. Giovanni and Leporello snorted coke, Elvira was a chocaholic, Anna and Ottavio achieved an orgasm while she was singing (extremely well) "Non mi dir." Earlier, Giovanni and Anna had been making love in the back of a car, driven by Leporello. Later the body of the Commendatore fell out of the trunk of the car. At the end, Giovanni was knifed by each of the each of the characters in turn-there was nothing supernatural about this production.
Whatever one thought of the staging, the singing was amazingly good, given that the characters were never still for a second. Garry Magee was a splendid Giovanni; Canadian baritone Nathan Berg an even better Leporello; Claire Rutter's Anna and Claire Weston's Elvira both sang with great warmth and skill; while Paul Nilon made a positive character out of the usual faceless Ottavio and sang extremely well too. Although the conductor, Joseph Swenson, paced the music rather too fast for the singers' comfort, the cheers outweighed the boos at the end by a considerable margin.
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|Title Annotation:||Review; From Morning to Midnight|
|Article Type:||Opera Review|
|Date:||Sep 22, 2001|
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