Don Giovanni… Your reactions

The second production of our 2017 Season opened on Saturday with Don Giovanni. Here’s what you and the critics had to say!


‘This show flows in a torrent of hot-headed emotions…’

– ★★★★ Richard Morrison, The Times


‘[A] simple yet stylish Art Deco design… there is a credibility here that has eluded many directors…In the title role, Ashley Riches has the elegance and swagger to make us believe in him to the bitter end, while Graeme Broadbent bellows authoritatively as the Commendatore… (and) with his strong comic timing, John Savournin makes an excellent Leporello, while Lauren Fagan, as a pristine-voiced Donna Anna, does a fine job…’

– ★★★★ Hannah Nepil, Financial Times



‘Musical values are high… [Ashley Riches] has charm and suave hauteur… John Savournin’s Leporello makes a good match… Victoria Simmonds’s Donna Elvira is a determined avenger… while Lauren Fagan makes Donna Anna something more than a wronged victim.’

– ★★★★ Nick Kimberley, Evening Standard




‘A distinguished company of principals has been cannily cast. Ashley Riches, tall, fair and handsome, sang the title role with a golden timbre laced with incipient seduction; John Savournin, moustachioed and besuited as Leporello, was his equally mellifluous fall guy.’

Mark Valencia, WhatsOnStage



‘Oliver Platt’s production for Holland Park not only succeeds in retaining the class system involved but, by being extremely innovative, delineates it to the full.’

Sam Smith, MusicOMH





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Photos by © Robert Workman for Opera Holland Park.