Don Giovanni // Royal Opera House

"The whole ensemble, energised by Charles Mackerras's elegant conducting, performs brilliantly. Giovanni's double-act with Leporello, the splendid Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, is hugely funny and never far from violence. The thrillingly throaty Elvira, Ana Maria Martinez, is certainly half-cracked but her hysterical grief is stabbing... Masetto the ox and his little Zerlina - almost as amoral as the Don - are sweetly played by Darren Jeffrey and Natalie Christie. Even unctuous Ottavio has legitimate needs and desires in John Mark Ainsley's hands, and poor, irritating Anna (a majestic Christine Goerke) seems destined to indulge her sadness alone."


Robert Thicknesse - The Times London