Don Giovanni all at sea at Opera Holland Park

Mozart: Don Giovanni **

Opera Holland Park, 3rd June 2017

This production opens like the perfect whodunnit. Passengers embark with their luggage aboard an ocean liner for a transatlantic cruise, busily locating their cabins. Within moments there’s an attempted rape, a murder and nowhere for the villain to flee. All we need is Hercule Poirot to waddle onto deck and apply his “leetle grey cells” to unmask the culprit. Instead we get Mozart’s Don Giovanni transported by director Oliver Platt to The Queen Mary in the 1930s for Opera Holland Park’s new staging. It looks handsome enough – particularly the costumes – but the concept is flawed.

John Savournin (Leporello) and Ashley Riches (Don Giovanni)
© Robert Workman

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