Win tickets to the opera
PUBLISHED: 15:10 20 October 2011
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THREE members of the multi award-winning team behind the smash hit West End musical Les Misérables are working on a new production this autumn.
Co-director and adapter of the musical John Caird, designer John Napier and lighting designer David Hersey have been re-united on Welsh National Opera’s (WNO) Don Giovanni.
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 and it will be staged at The Bristol Hippodrome next month.
John Napier, 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, and 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.
As part of the cast’s visit there are two other additions.
Eric Roberts is back at WNO as Bartolo in Rossini’s comic masterpiece The Barber of Seville. This revival of Giles Havergal’s much loved production also sees the return of South African baritone Jacques Imbrailo who last performed for the Company in The Marriage of Figaro in 2009.
Christine Rice will sing Rosina and Clive Bayley is Basilio. The Barber of Seville will be sung in English.
Finally Katie Mitchell’s 1950s set Katya Kabanova was described as ‘a triumph’ by the Sunday Telegraph when it premiered in Cardiff in 2001.
This revival will see Amanda Roocroft as the trapped and bullied Katerina yearning to break free of her life in a stultifying village. The cast includes Peter Wedd as Boris Grigorievich, Welsh mezzo soprano Leah-Marian Jones as Kabanicha and Andrew Rees as Vanya Kudrjash.
Patricia Orr will sing Varvara and Stephen Rooke Tikhon Ivanich Kabanov. Katya Kabanova will see Lothar Koenigs conduct his first Janáček opera for WNO. This production will be sung in Czech.
The productions will be staged from November 8-12, with Don Giovanni on Tuesday and Friday, Katya Kabanova on the Wednesday and The Barber Of Seville on the Thursday and Saturday.
Tickets, priced £7.50 - £39.50, are available via www.wno.org.uk
n The Mercury has teamed up with The Bristol Hippodrome to offer two lucky readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to see Don Giovanni at 7pm on November 8.
To enter the competition, simply answer the following question: Who will design the Don Giovanni set in Bristol?
Send your answer on a postcard, along with your name, address and telephone number, to: Don Giovanni competition, Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercury, 32 Waterloo Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1LW, by 9am on October 28. Alternatively, click on the link at the top of the page to enter.
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