The Royal Opera's new production of Don Giovanni opened only a month ago, but the changes wrought on it by a complete change of cast and conductor are so radical that it almost qualifies as a revival. Crucially, the production is peopled with real characters rather than ciphers, performers who offer genuine insights onto the roles they are playing.
The transformation is multi-faceted, but the greatest gains are musical, and it is the performances that now make the show well worth seeing, or at least hearing...
There's also a sonorous Commendatore from Andrea Silvestrelli, a perky Zerlina from Natalie Christie, and a highly promising Masetto from the young Darren Jeffrey. Altogether a fabulous evening musically."
Andrew Clements - The Guardian