3 January 2012 at 5.26pm | Comment on this article
A serial seducer gets his just deserts in Don Giovanni, a tale of murder, the supernatural and redemption. The work features a rich mix of humour, drama and thrills as well as some of the most disarming arias ever composed – all framed within a white knuckle ride to the Don’s damnation. Erwin Schrott and Gerald Finley share the title role in Francesca Zambello’s energetic production.
Classic comedy Così fan tutte tells the story of two young men, testing the faithfulness of their girlfriends for a bet with wily old Don Alfonso. Containing some of Mozart’s most romantic and beautiful music, the opera has proved a repertory staple in recent decades. With costume designs by Giorgio Armani, Jonathan Miller’s production melds the classic and the contemporary, leading one review to dub it a ‘Mozart meets Sex in the City triumph’.
The story of a 'day of madness' atCount Almaviva's palace near Seville, Le nozze di Figaro rounds off the trio of Mozart and Da Ponte operas in comedic fashion. Featuring one of the most infectious overtures in opera, Figaro is also a showcase for most famous arias and sublime characterisation. Director David McVicar sets the action in 1830 – providing the perfect backdrop for the unresolved tensions between the classes of Revolutionary Europe. A stellar cast and creative team is on offer with Ildebrando D'Arcangelo singing the role of Figaro, Simon Keenlyside taking the role of the Count and Sir Antonio Pappano conducting.
Is Da Ponte's contribution to the operas underrated or is the power of the libretti fully recognised?