WELSH NATIONAL OPERA Release Teaser Trailer for Autumn Production of DON GIOVANNI

Three members of the multi award-winning creative team behind the smash hit West End musical Les Misérables are working on WNO’s new production of Don Giovanni this autumn.

Co-director and adapter of the musical John Caird, designer John Napier and lighting designer David Hersey have been re-united on WNO’s latest production which will open at Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff on 16th September before touring to Liverpool, Swansea, Llandudno, Bristol, Birmingham, Oxford and Southampton.

Choreographer Kate Flatt who also worked on the original production of Les Miserables will also join the team this Autumn.

Don Giovanni Teaser Trailer from WNO Digital on Vimeo.

John Caird is directing his third opera for WNO, Don Carlos and Aida have both been critically acclaimed. He says Don Giovanni is a powerful piece: “Mozart’s dark masterpiece is a complex study in sexual obsession and the exercise of power, the greatest and darkest of the three Mozart/da Ponte collaborations.

“My designer John Napier and I have worked on creating a sculptured world of dark intensity as a backdrop for these profound human dramas. Just as the obsessive collector of art may be completely unaware of the pain and hardship endured by the artist, so the obsessive collector of women is unaware of the desperation and loneliness he leaves in his wake.

The most compelling irony of this story is that while the statue of the slaughtered Commendatore comes to life, his human heart is still beating after death. The living Giovanni, tragically unmoved by the plight of others, slowly turns his own heart into stone.”

Realising this world is former sculptor-turned-designer John Napier. John, who designed Cats, Starlight Express, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon and Sunset Boulevard for the West End, makes his WNO debut with Don Giovanni. His opera work includes Lohengrin and Macbeth for the Royal Opera House, Idomeneo for Glyndebourne and Nabucco for the Metropolitan Opera.

David Kempster returns to WNO in his Mozart debut as Don Giovanni. Camilla Roberts is Donna Anna, David Soar Leporello. Italian bass Carlo Malinverno, who made his WNO debut in the summer season as Timur in Turandot, is Commendatore. Nuccia Focile returns as Donna Elvira, Claire Ormshaw as Zerlina and Gary Griffiths as Masetto. Lothar Koenigs conducts in Cardiff, Liverpool, Bristol, Birmingham and Oxford with James Southall conducting in Swansea, Llandudno and Southampton.