Don Giovanni

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The Trusts Community Foundation Opera in Concert. Presented by Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in association with New Zealand Opera.

19 Jul 2019

Hedonistic desire, passion, guilt – there’s hell to pay for opera’s legendary lover

Presented by APO in association with New Zealand Opera

Conductor Giordano Bellincampi

Don Giovanni Richard Šveda
Leporello Robert Gleadow
Donna Elvira Brigitta Kele
Donna Anna Ekaterina Siurina
Zerlina Natasha Wilson
Masetto Morgan Pearse
Don Ottavio Adam Frandsen
Il Commendatore Pelham Andrews

with The Freemasons New Zealand Opera Chorus

Don Giovanni lives for one thing – women! He seduces compulsively and unrepentantly, while his long-suffering servant Leporello maintains the catalogue. Making a post-assignation getaway from one noble woman, he kills her father. But the father was a highly respected citizen: passing a statue erected in his memory, Don Giovanni invites it to dinner. Slowly, very slowly, the statue nods its head …

Making his debut with the APO in the titular role is Slovakian baritone Richard Šveda alongside Canadian bass-baritone Robert Gleadow as Leporello. 

Singing the role of Giovanni’s former lover Donna Elvira is Romanian soprano Brigitta Kele, with Russian soprano Ekaterina Siurina as Donna Anna. Giovanni’s latest love interest Zerlina will be sung by New Zealand-born soprano Natasha Wilson – NZ Opera’s 2018 Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist.

Giordano Bellincampi will again lead the orchestra and the stellar cast of singers, infusing his innate sense of theatre for what promises to be a sensational opera in concert performance.

Funny, dark, earthy, witty, shocking, this all-embracing score has some of Mozart’s most sublime music, some of his most catchy tunes, and – when the legions of Hell catch Don Giovanni in the end – music which, after 200 years is still terrifying.

Please note the following changes to previously advertised artists for this event:

Richard Šveda replaces Auden Iversen 
Robert Gleadow replaces Jonathan Lemalu 
Brigitta Kele replaces Heidi Stober