Kara McKechnie talks to Don Giovanni director Alessandro Talevi Read More
28 Sep - 24 Nov 2012
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1787)
Lust for life
Don Giovanni, opera’s great anti hero, is a man without scruples. Seducer, deceiver, killer, he cares very little about the disastrous consequences of his hedonistic quest for thrills, pleasure and amusement. But then his infatuated conquests, vengeful victims and their outraged relatives join forces in a bid for justice.
Inspired by the Spanish legend of Don Juan, Mozart and his congenial librettist Da Ponte forged a dramma giocoso, a dramatic comedy, without parallel. While Don Juan was originally justly punished to the audience’s delight and satisfaction, Mozart’s genius discovered a divine spark even in this being. Mozart’s liveliest, most extreme and most romantic music draws the image of a human being who knows that his existence is not infinite, and therefore wants to make the most of his time on earth.
Opera North’s first Don Giovanni for seven years sees the return of critically acclaimed director Alessandro Talevi and set and costume designer Madeline Boyd who worked together on the “electrifying” (Daily Telegraph) five-star production of Britten’s The Turn of the Screw in 2010.
Sung in Italian with English titles
Lasts approximately 3 hours
The interplay between William Dazeley's Don Giovanni and Alastair Miles's Leporello [...] has the fluency of a music-hall double act. Vocally, they are a fine match: Dazeley's voice sharp and hard, Miles's a little more rugged, like a rough diamond and its polished equivalent.[...] The Opera North orchestra plays thrillingly for Tobias Ringborg, who opts for tempos that feel sinister rather than sluggish.
The Guardian - Full Review ›
Director Alessandro Talevi’s imagination, wit and audacity meant that Don Giovanni, which has just launched Opera North’s new season, was a huge success […] The singing was magnificent.
Bachtrack - Full Review ›
Very funny […] Gorgeously sung
Opera Britannia - Full Review ›
Elizabeth Atherton sings Donna Elvira’s big, heartfelt arias with admirable clarity and poise. Dazeley is at his best in the mandolin song Deh vieni, delivered with unforced charm.
The Times - Full Review ›
Elizabeth Atherton and Meeta Raval attack Elvira’s and Anna’s arias with terrific gusto, Claire Wild is a delightfully perky little sparrow of a Zerlina and Alastair Miles reveals unexpected comic talent as a lugubrious Leporello.
The Telegraph - Full Review ›
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46 New Briggate
Leeds Grand Theatre
Box Office: 0844 848 2720 (calls cost 7ppm)
Choose from these fantastic pre-theatre dining options and make your experience complete!
Ham & Friends
Ticket holders for Opera North and Howard Assembly Room performances get 10% off food on presentation of ticket or access to an exclusive pre-theatre menu at Ham & Friends, a recently opened kitchen and wine bar in the Grand Arcade, just around the corner from Leeds Grand Theatre. Ticket holders also receive a free glass of prosecco on spending £15 per head.
Opera North ticket holders can enjoy 20% off their food bill at The Alchemist. Located on the second floor of Trinity Shopping Centre, The Alchemist offers a fantastic menu and stunning views of Leeds City Centre. Not available Saturdays.
Manahatta is a recently opened bar and kitchen located on Merrion Street, just a minute's walk from Leeds Grand Theatre. Serving a fantastic New York inspired menu made with fresh local produce, guests will receive 20% off their food bill before 6.15pm with proof of ticket. Booking is required.
Opera North and Howard Assembly Room ticket holders can enjoy 10% off all drinks at New Briggate's finest craft beer hotspot — North Bar, just a stone's throw from Leeds Grand Theatre.
Enjoy 15% off all food and drink at authentic Italian wine bar Veeno (Leeds branch only) on presentation of ticket for an Opera North performance. Excludes Fridays and Saturdays after 5.00pm.
Veritas Ale & Wine Bar
Enjoy a special pre-opera meal at Veritas Ale & Wine Bar. Just a 5-10 minute walk from Leeds Grand Theatre, choose either two courses for £13.95 (£17.50 with a 175ml house wine) or three courses for £15.95 (£19.50 with a 175ml house wine). Available 5.00-6.30pm. Booking is required.
Sample the fabulous pre-theatre menu at Brasserie Blanc and choose from two courses for £11.95 or three courses for £15.45, with a complimentary glass of fizz for Opera North ticket holders. Located just a 10 minute walk from the Leeds Grand Theatre. Available 12.00-6.30pm, Monday-Saturday.
Just a 5 minute walk from Leeds Grand Theatre, The Reliance bar and dining room offers a fantastic pre-theatre menu. Choose from two courses for £14.45 or three courses for £18.90. Available 5.30-6.30pm, Monday-Saturday.
Box office: 0843 208 6000
There is a passenger drop-off point immediately in front of The Lowry. Secure parking is available in The Lowry Outlet Mall multi-storey car park. There are designated areas for disabled parking on every level.
The Lowry is accessible by train, tram and bus. http://www.tfgm.com/
From national railway stations, Manchester Piccadilly and Victoria you can travel to The Lowry by Metrolink tram. You can board an Eccles line tram and should alight at Harbour City, or Media City UK for trams which stop there, as this is slightly closer.
100 Grey Street
Box office: 08448 112121
Free Parking in all City Council multi-storey carparks after 5pm.
The two closest car parks to Theatre Royal are the Oxford Street multi-storey (just behind the Laing) and the Dean Street multi-storey. Click here for more info.
There are two parking spaces for blue badge holders on Shakespeare Street and three on Hood Street. Most parking meters are free to Blue Badge Holders.
Alight at Monument Metro Station and follow the signs for the Theatre Royal. We are less than one minutes walk from the Metro entrance on Grey Street.
Travel free on the Metro with your theatre ticket (up to two hours before and after the performance) - simply retain your theatre ticket for inspection by Metro Staff.
The Theatre Royal is only ten minutes walk from Newcastle Central Station.
Box Office: 0115 989 5555
Find access details for Nottingham Theatre Royal.
Follow signs for the city centre and the 'Royal Zone'. Nearest car parks are Talbot Street car park and Crowne Plaza Hotel car park on Wollaton Street.
For maps and information about on-street parking, off-street car parks, park and ride and the blue badge scheme please visit Parking In Nottingham
The 'Royal Centre' tram stop is directly outside the venue and runs every 10 minutes until midnight. There are five Park and Ride sites along the route. Visit www.thetram.net or call 0115 942 7777 for full details of the tram route. Find out about our £1 return tram ticket here.
Nottingham Station is a 15 minute walk or a short taxi or tram ride from the venue. Call 0845 748 4950 or www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times and fares.
Discover exciting pre-theatre dining options for Nottingham Theatre Royal.
Enjoy 20% off your bill at Sandinista (Cross Belgrave Street - New Briggate) on presentation of your Opera North ticket when placing your food order. To book a table call 0113 305 0372. Food is served till 10pm through the week with final orders at 9pm Friday and Saturday. Only valid on the day of the performance you ticket is for. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.
Why not make a night of it and enjoy a pre-show meal at The Lowry Restaurant? You can have your theatre programmes delivered to your table, pre-order your interval drinks or return for dessert and coffee during the interval. Call 0161 876 2121 to reserve your table.
Enjoy a two course pre-theatre meal at Pasqualino’s for just £15.50 or £13 for Friends. Available 5.30pm. Call the Box Office on 08448 11 21 21 to book.
Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. T&Cs apply.
Book your pre-show meal at Strada Italian Restaurant and get 2 for 1 on any main course upon presentation of an Opera North brochure.
The Corner House, Trinity Row, Nottingham, NG1 4DP0115 947 5009 www.strada.co.ukValid 20 – 24 November 5.00pm – 11.00pm. Up to 4 people per table.
Not valid in conjunction with any other offer, lunch menu or set menu. Valid at Strada Nottingham.
Famed composer Giacomo Rossini called Don Giovanni the greatest opera ever written. It is also rumoured that Casanova, a close friend of Mozart’s librettist da Ponte, contributed a lot of hands on experience and advice to the piece.
On sale dates for Leeds Grand Theatre
Booking for fixed subscriptions opens on 28 May and booking for multibuy ticket packages opens on18 June. Priority booking for Friends of Opera North and Groups opens on 9 July.
All tickets will be on public sale on 16 July 2012.
On sale dates for The Lowry
Booking for multibuy ticket packages opens 14 June. Priority booking for Friends of Opera North and My Lowry opens on 28 June.
All tickets will be on public sale on 5 July 2012.
On sale dates for Theatre Royal Nottingham
Booking for multibuy ticket packages opens on 11 June. Priority booking for Friends of Opera North opens 25 June.
All tickets will be on public sale on 2 July 2012.
All discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. Discounts cannot be used retrospectively. Only one discount per ticket. Proof of eligibility must be shown.
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