23 June 2012 at 9.23am | Comment on this article
Mozart’s Don Giovanni will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 this Saturday at 6pm. Francesca Zambello’s production of the opera was last performed at Covent Garden in February 2012 as part of a trio of operas with librettos by Lorenzo Da Ponte.
The production stars Erwin Schrott as lothario Don Giovanni alongside Alex Esposito as Leporello, Ruxandra Donose as Donna Elvira, Carmela Remigio as Donna Anna and Kate Lindsey as Zerlina. Constantino Carydis conducts.
Don Giovanni, first staged in 1787, rapidly became one of the most performed operas in Europe, and the title role has become iconic . Seductive and charming, ruthless and vengeful; Don Giovanni is a challenging role for any singer. As part of an ongoing project, photographer Sim Canetty-Clarke followed Gerald Finley backstage as he prepared to sing the role of the licentious libertine.
The score is known for its beautiful arias and dramatic duets, one of which - Zerlina’s Batti batti, o bel Masetto - was explored as part of our Accessible Arias series.
Director Francesca Zambello describes Don Giovanni as arguably one of the greatest works of all time. Watch an interview with Francesca and other performers to find out why the opera hold such appeal: