Title: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”
Original title: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Don Giovanni
Directed by: Göran Järvefelt
Conductor: Mark Wigglesworth
Cast: Teddy Tahu Rhodes (Don Giovanni), Leporello – Conal Coad (Leporello), Rachelle Durkin (Donna Anna), Daniel Sumegi (The Commendatore), Henry Choo (Don Ottavio), Jacqueline Dark (Donna Elvira), Taryn Fiebig ( Zerlina), Andrew Jones (Masetto), Opera Australia Chorus, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra
Don Giovanni, a libertine, a rake with a devil-may-care attitude, is portrayed magnificently by Teddy Tahu Rhodes in this Opera Australia production, where he first appears on stage in a costume where less is definitely more! Charismatic and sexy, Rhodes’ acting and singing are magnificent. His misused servant, Leporello, is played by Conal Coad, who skilfully promotes the opera’s comic elements whilst delivering a thumping bass full of drama. The classic stage designs of Carl Friedrich Oberle form the backdrop to the drama of Don Giovanni’s last day on earth, before he is hurled in to Hell’s flames by the Commendatore, Daniel Sumegi, whose basso profundo is befittingly momentous. Rachelle Durkin (Donna Anna), Jacqueline Dark (Donna Elvira), Taryn Fiebig (Zerlina), Henry Choo (Don Ottavio) and Andrew Jones (Masetto) all deliver superlative singing as Mozart’s enthralling music flows from the Australia Opera and Ballet Orchestra, adeptly guided by the baton of Mark Wigglesworth. A triumphant production from the director, Göran Järvefelt.
Recorded live from the Sydney Opera House, 4 and 7 October 2011.
Issued: United Kingdom | Opera Australia