Don Giovanni // Royal Opera House

"The durability and effectiveness of Francesca Zambello's Royal Opera production of Mozart's Don Giovanni has been tested by the arrival of a new cast and conductor, and triumphantly vindicated. Since the first night, five weeks ago, the director has fine-tuned her staging, taking advantage of a more evenly balanced ensemble of singers, including a royal flush of exciting debutants.

From the scampering molto allegro of the overture, it was evident, last Monday night, that this would be a very different Don Giovanni. Sir Charles Mackerras emphasises the fast moving comedy of this dramma giocoso, while his predecessor, Sir Colin Davis, underlined its dark atmosphere of impending doom...

... Natalie Christie and Darren Jeffery completed one of the best casts Covent Garden has fielded in this opera with their charmingly youthful Zerlina and Masetto."

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Hugh Canning - The Sunday Times