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A seductive sociapath go's to hell - who wouldn't want to see that?
This week will see the launch of Opera Queensland's reimagined production of Mozart's masterpiece Don Giovanni. Traditionally performed in two acts, Don Giovanni is the compelling tale of the iconic antihero's final days of pleasure as he roars towards his ultimate destruction, wreaking havoc in the lives of everyone he encounters.
Lindy Hume's sobering new take on the iconic opera is set in working-class Victorian London, where Jack the Ripper stalks and the aristocracy lurk to get a taste of the seedy side of life. In this bold, visually arresting new staging the aristocratic Don Giovanni is a seductive sociopath, cajoling, funny and charming, yet dangerous and destructive. Giovanni's descent into hell is one of theatre's most spectacular scenes, but no work of Mozart's is one-dimensional, so be prepared to experience a kaleidoscope of emotions across the sweep of one of opera's most exhilarating scores.
Lindy Hume, Opera Queensland's Artistic Director, is one of Australia's leading directors, acknowledged internationally for fresh interpretations of a wide variety of repertoire, and for progressive artistic leadership of a number of Australian arts organisations, most recently Sydney Festival (2010-2012) and Perth International Arts Festival (2004-2007). She was Artistic Director of West Australian Opera (1992-96), Victoria State Opera and OzOpera (1996-2001) and was appointed Artistic Director of Opera Queensland in 2012.
The performance will be conducted by Johannes Fritzsch, who in 2015/2016 conducted the Queensland, Sydney, West Australian, Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, led performances of La traviata and Madama Butterfly for Opera Queensland and Luisa Miller, Il barbiere di Siviglia and Der fliegende Holländer for Hamburg Oper. In 2017, he conducted Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Madama Butterfly in Hamburg and makes major appearances with Auckland Philharmonia and the Melbourne, Queensland and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras.
The production will star British/Australian bass-baritone Duncan Rock (above), in his Australian principal debut. Duncan studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and subsequently at the National Opera Studio. His engagements in the 2017/18 season include Schaunard La bohème for his debut at the Metropolitan Opera and for his return to Covent Garden and Moutjoy in a new production of Gloriana for the Teatro Réal in Madrid.
Don Giovanni will be playing at QPAC's Playhouse between 19 October and 3 November.