Don Giovanni // Royal Opera House

"Which brings me to Francesca Zambello's Don Giovanni, now with its second cast and utterly transformed...

The upsides are Simon Keenleyside (quite disturbingly sexy as the murderous Don), Ildebrando D'Arcangelo (a lithe and immensely likeable Leporello), Natalie Christie (sweet of tone as Zerlina), John Mark Ainsley (a noble Don Ottavio). Above all, there's Sir Charles Mackerras, who brings supreme definition and colour to the score, and shapes the accompanied recitatives to devastating effect. Everything is different this time; at one and the same time more traditional, more cohesive and more compelling. A triumph."

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Anna Piccard - Independent