Teddy Tahu Rhodes (Don Giovanni), Conal Coad (Leporello), Rachelle Durkin (Donna Anna), Daniel Sumegi (The Commendatore), Henry Choo (Don Ottavio), Jacqueline Dark (Donna Elvira), Taryn Fiebig (Zerlina) & Andrew Jones (Masetto)
Opera Australia Chorus & Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Mark Wigglesworth (conductor) & Göran Järvefelt (director)
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Designer Carl Freidrich Oberle
Light design Nigel Levings
Don Giovanni, a libertine, a rake with a devil-may-care attitude, is portrayed magnificently by Teddy Tahu Rhodes in this Opera Australia production, where he first appears on stage in a costume where less is definitely more! Charismatic and sexy, Rhodes’ acting and singing are magnificent. His misused servant, Leporello, is played by Conal Coad, who skilfully promotes the opera’s comic elements whilst delivering a thumping bass full of drama.
The classic stage designs of Carl Friedrich Oberle form the backdrop to the drama of Don Giovanni’s last day on earth, before he is hurled in to Hell’s flames by the Commendatore, Daniel Sumegi, whose basso profundo is befittingly momentous.
Rachael Durkin (Donna Anna), Jacqueline Dark (Donna Elvira), Taryn Fiebig (Zerlina), Henry Choo (Don Ottavio) and Andrew Jones (Masetto) all deliver superlative singing as Mozart’s enthralling music flows from the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, adeptly guided by the baton of Mark Wigglesworth. A triumphant production from the director, Göran Järvefelt.
“For those who are tired of 'concept' productions of operas, this very traditional Don Giovanni from Australian Opera may be refreshing...The Don's costume is the production's only daring touch...[Rhodes] owns the stage, making us like the Don just as he repels us...The women are excellent. Rachelle Durkin's voice may turn hard at the top, but she's a thrilling Anna...Ensembles are spotless. The Australian Opera Orchestra impresses with its energy and accuracy”
“In the title-role, Teddy Tahu Rhodes looks slightly anachronistic, resembling rocker Jim Morrison in his Lizard King period. But Don Giovanni is a rock-star - and an outsider. It works. What might not work for everybody is Rhodes's monochromatic vocal production - one reason why the DVD is solidly recommendable and the CD is not.”
“Tempos throughout seem perfectly right, with some wonderfully old-fashioned, 'Romantic' slowings-up...But the sensation of the set is Teddy Tahu Rhodes, the sexiest and most menacing Giovanni I've ever seen...he has a wide range of expressions, and the panache to carry off seduction, violence and, at the end, magnificent defiance...The most rewarding experience I have had of this very tricky opera for a long time”
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