British bass-baritone John Savournin will be singing the role of Leporello in all upcoming performances of Don Giovanni as Alastair Miles has withdrawn from the role for health reasons.
John most recently appeared in the Little Greats season as Armchair and Tree in L’enfant et les sortilèges, as well as directing a new production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury. The part of Count Horn which John was scheduled to sing in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera will now be taken by British bass Stephen Richardson who will replace John at every performance except 22 and 27 February in Leeds.
Born in Sheffield, John Savournin studied with a scholarship at Trinity College of Music and has since sung for many leading opera companies including Scottish Opera, Opera Holland Park and Welsh National Opera. He is Artistic Director at Charles Court Opera and writes and directs Opera North’s Whistle Stop Opera performances.
Stephen Richardson was last seen on the Opera North stage in the role of Dansker in the Company’s 2016 production of Britten’s Billy Budd. The same year, he appeared as Baron Ochs in a performance of Der Rosenkavalier at Nottingham Theatre Royal. Other roles have included Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro (Garsington Opera), the title role in The Mikado (Scottish Opera) and Timur in Turandot (Belfast Festival).
Don Giovanni and Un ballo in maschera form part of Opera North’s Fatal Passions season which also features a revival of Tim Albery’s production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. After opening at Leeds Grand Theatre, the productions will tour to The Lowry, Nottingham Theatre Royal and Newcastle Theatre Royal.
Katie Bray as Louis XV Chair, John Savournin as Armchair and Wallis Giunta as The Child in Opera North's L'enfant et les sortilèges - Tristram Kenton
Stephen Richardson as Danker and Roderick Williams as Billy Budd in Opera North's 2016 Billy Budd - Clive Barda