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28 Sep - 24 Nov 2012

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1787)

Lust for life 
New production

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

This production was captured by Digital Theatre and is available to stream or download here.

What the critics say

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 ›


  • Don Giovanni William Dazeley
  • Leporello Alastair Miles
  • Leporello Matthew Hargreaves (14, 17, 21, 24 November)
  • Donna Anna Meeta Raval
  • Donna Elvira Elizabeth Atherton
  • Donna Elvira Maribeth Diggle (1 November)
  • Don Ottavio Christopher Turner
  • Zerlina Claire Wild
  • Masetto Oliver Dunn
  • Il Commendatore Michael Druiett
Creative Team
  • Conductor Tobias Ringborg
  • Conductor Anthony Kraus (1, 7, 17 November)
  • Director Alessandro Talevi
  • Set and Costume Designer Madeleine Boyd
  • Lighting Designer Matthew Haskins
  • Choreographer Victoria Newlyn

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Leeds Grand Theatre

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46 New Briggate
Leeds Grand Theatre

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Box Office: 0844 848 2720 (calls cost 7ppm)

  • To access the Grand Theatre, there are six steps from the street up to the foyer or a wheelchair lift from the Grand Theatre Box Office to the foyer, and then lift access to the rest of the auditorium (excluding the Upper Balcony). Some areas of the auditorium do have steep stairs and may not be suitable for people with limited mobility. Please check with the Box Office. 
  • There are 6 wheelchair spaces: four in the Stalls and two in the Dress Circle.
  • There are accessible toilets at Stalls and Dress Circle levels. 
  • There is an infra-red system in operation for sound amplification. Headsets are available from the Grand Theatre foyer for a £5 refundable deposit. Please ask Box Office staff when booking for advice on the best seats to use this service. 
  • Support dogs are welcome in the auditorium and can be looked after on request. 
  • For refreshments, there are bars at Stalls, Upper Circle and Balcony levels.  

Choose from these fantastic pre-theatre dining options and make your experience complete!

The Alchemist

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. 

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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. 

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North Bar

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. 

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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. 

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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.

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Brasserie Blanc

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. 

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The Reliance

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.

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Salford Quays

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Pier 8
Salford Quays
M50 3AZ

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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.

More info: http://www.thelowry.com/plan-your-visit/getting-here/


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100 Grey Street

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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.


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Theatre Square

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Box Office: 0115 989 5555

Find access details for Nottingham Theatre Royal

By Car

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

By Bus

For bus times call Nottingham City Transport on 0115 950 6070, Traveline on 0871 200 2233 or visit www.travelineeastmidlands.co.uk   Find out about our £1 return bus ticket here.

By Tram

 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.

By Rail

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. 


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What you say

Comment from anipani


anipani said ago

We thought it was fabulous!! A great night out, isn't that what Opera should be? We took my 82 yr old mother and she thought it great too. Engaging, witty, bold. Loved the characterisation, the set, the costumes, it rolled along without any boring bits. Well done!!

Comment from Christopher


Christopher said ago

My favorite Mozart opera and a night out ruined by ridiculous staging, costumes and acting. Not even adequate singing could save the great score!


Comment from David


David said ago

This production seems to be provoking some very varied responses, which means that it certainly isn't run of the mill. Personally, I thought it was fun and enjoyable. The price to be paid was the lack of lyrical singing. When, for example, 'Batti batti' is played for laughs and Zerlina's high notes become orgasmic shrieks then one is not going to get the most beautiful rendering of the aria. The historically mixed costumes and the use of the Punch and Judy stage helped to define character and emphasised that this production was in the spirit of the music- hall. The singing may not have been the greatest, but everyone contributed to this being an enjoyable evening. Straight productions of DG are two-a-penny, so I was delighted that this slightly off the wall production worked so well. However, in a week when sexual predators have been in the news, I sometimes felt uncomfortable about treating sexual exploitation as a subject of humour - even though the villain is eventually punished. Like the BBC in the 70's, or Austria in the 18th century, it all comes down to the prevailing culture.

Comment from Max Page


Max Page said ago

Seeing DG between Faust and Makropulos, it was a case of a thorn between two roses. This was a real am. dram. production, muddled and boring at the same time, miscast, poorly acted with very average singing. The orchestra, fortunately, managed to prevent a total disaster.

Comment from Roger


Roger said ago

Came to the performance of my favourite opera with moderate expectations having read the reviews. By the final sextet felt that this was one of the best of the many Dons I have seen. The inventive staging and fine singing resulted in a show that successfully managed to balance the comic and serious - vital to an opera that is so radical in its mixing of seria and buffa traditions. Great to see a packed house, too (Nov 1) with plenty of young audience members really enjoying a vivid and memorable show!

Comment from Guest


Guest said ago

I've seen worse, such as the awful Jonathan Kent Glyndebourne mess and the even more horrible Martin Kusej Salzburg disaster, but this was not great. The pointless mix of time periods and the adolescent crudeness didn't make for an enjoyable evening. Given that Mozart and da Ponte provided everything that is needed for comedy and thoughtfulness, there isn't really much that a director needs to do apart from present it as faithfully as possible. Adding extra layers of "interpretation" simply exposes the inadequacies and immaturity of the director. Not one of Opera North's finer moments.

Comment from Howy


Howy said ago

Great performance. Don't know what Barry was on about?

Comment from Nicholas


Nicholas said ago

Some splendid singing and an engaging freshness. I particularly enjoyed the music hall visuals and the risque treatment of 'Batti, Batti, O Bel Masetto': entirely appropriate, beautifully sung and overlaced with humour. For me, direction should enhance its subject by illuminating rather than eclipsing. And although this production did falter at times (the pig scene being one example) there was a lot more light than shade. All in all a joyful night out which still has me humming all the big tunes.

Comment from Barry


Barry said ago

All the singers lacked any lyricism. For much of the time the singers declaimed Mozart's glorious score. The production was incomprehensible, inconsistant and drab - yet another Opera North production that is poorly lit. Most surprising of all was the lack lustre playing from the orchestra.

Comment from Brian Needham


Brian Needham said ago

A rare treat last night. Took a little time to bed in, understandably so early in the run, but it delivered a series of high-class performances, and the second act particularly was mesmerising. Well done to all.

Comment from Opera North


Opera North said ago

Hi David, we will be performing a mix of the Prague and Vienna versions. We will be adding Elvira's 'Mi tradi' (Vienna), cutting Ottavio's 'Il mio tesoro' (Prague) and adding his 'Dalla sua pace' (Vienna). We are also cutting Leporello's Act II aria from the Prague version and last but not least we will be leaving out the rarely performed Zerlina/Leporello duet from the Vienna version.

Comment from David G. Bell


David G. Bell said ago

At only 3 hours I wonder (hopefully) whether this is the Prague version?

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Restaurant Deals


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.

Did You Know?

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.

Season Tickets

Full information can be found here.

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.


All week

  • Multibuy Packages: 10% off when you book 3-4 operas; 15% off when you book 5-6 operas. With each package comes a £15 voucher if booked online or a £10 voucher if booked by phone, post or in person.  Full details here
  • Income Support, Pension Credit, JSA: £10 best available excl. Dress Circle
  • Disabled people: 25% off (essential carer free)
  • Family ticket: 50% off for up to four 18/under with each adult ticket
  • Groups of 10+: 20% off plus one free seat for the organiser
  • Visually impaired people: £13.50 tickets reserved in the most appropriate area for the audio-described performance

On the Day

  • Up to 50 £10 tickets available in the Upper Balcony.

Tuesday – Friday

  • Retired over 60: £3 off, excl. £15 tickets
  • Leeds Card holders: £3 off, excl. £15 tickets
  • Under 26 and full time students: £10 best available excl. Dress Circle


No concessions on £16 tickets

All week

  • Multibuy Packages: 15% off when you book 3-4 operas; 20% off when you book 5-6 operas. Full details here
  • Groups of 10 or more: £4 off per ticket. No booking fee.Where over half the group is entitled to concessions: £4 off per ticket plus 1 in 10 free.
  • Essential companions for disabled visitors are entitled to a free seat. Contact Box Office for details.
  • Family ticket: 50% off for up to four under 16s with each adult ticket.

Tuesday – Friday

  • Over 60s, Disabled people, JSA, New Deal, Pension Credit: £3 off
  • Full time students: £10 Stalls tickets with ID.
  • Visually impaired people: £15 tickets reserved in the most appropriate area for the audio-described performance. No booking fee.


All week

  • Multibuy Packages: 10% off when you book 3-4 operas; 15% off when you book 5-7 operas. Full details here
  • Friends of Theatre Royal: 20% off
  • Companion: One free ticket for the companion of a disabled person who is not able to attend the event unaccompanied. To be eligible you produce one of the following as validation of status: A letter confirming receipt of Disability Living Allowance; a Local Authority Mobility Card/Pass; a Disabled Person’s Railcard; a Local Authority Registration Card for Visual Impairment or certificate or a Doctor’s note (valid for 6 months).

Tuesday – Thursday (Excluding Gallery Seats)

  • Group bookings:
    • 10 or more: £2 off
    • 20 or more: £2.50 off + 1 free ticket
    • 40 or more: £3.50 off + 1 free ticket + 1 free programme
    • 100 or more: £4.50 off
  • Standby: half price from 2 hours before the start of the performance in the Upper Circle/Amphitheatre/Gallery subject to availability.
  • Visually impaired people: £2 off and one free ticket for an Assistant if unable to attend unaccompanied, for the Audio-described performance. 


All week

  • Multibuy Packages: 10% off when you book 3-4 operas; 15% off when you book 5-6 operas. Full details here
  • Group bookings: 20% off for groups of 8 or more
  • Disabled people: 50% off for patron and essential companion in Stalls
  • Standby tickets: Under 26s £7.50 in Stalls. Concession holders half price. Available from 6.00pm on the day. Subject to availability. Max 2 per person.

Tuesday – Friday Excl. Balcony Seats

  • Retired over 60: 10% off
  • Under 18s: 50% off
  • Registered unwaged: 50% off
  • Full time student: £10 stalls
  • School Groups: 50% off in the Balcony for 10+One free teacher place per 20 pupils booked.
  • Visually impaired people: 50% off in the Stalls for the Audio-described performance. 


  • Multibuy: Buy seats for Friday or Saturday and get 25% off tickets for Wednesday or Thursday performances (equivalent number of tickets)
  • Friends: 10% off Wednesday/Thursday evenings
  • Groups: Every 11th seat free (the free seat will be the cheapest purchased). Plus: groups of 8+ will get £1 off per seat; groups of 16+ £2 off per seat
  • Schools/Colleges: 1 free teacher for every 10 pupils booked
  • Standby: from 6pm on day of performance half price for senior citizens and unemployed people; £10 tickets for students
  • Access policy: a free companion seat for customers with disabilities who require assistance.