Reviews – Don Giovanni 2017


‘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


‘This is an innovative and well-thought-out concept… The emphasis is geared to the opera as a Dramma giocoso. Dane Lam leads a very fleet account of the score, full of light and shade, with a beguiling propulsive quality about it; and there were many moments where the transitions between the orchestra and Stuart Wild’s admirable continuo (on piano) were seamless…

…Neil Irish’s designs are triumph… Oliver Platt’s direction is both inventive and cogent… All in all a rewarding evening of theatre and music, certainly worth seeing and hearing!’ – Alexander Campbell, Classical Source


‘This summery production of Mozart’s opera enjoys its comic potential from the outset…

…Ashley Riches is an elegant Don, with a flair for Basil Fawlty-like floundering when things conspire against him, and his man servant Leporello, brings back to Opera Holland Park for a third time (he was striking in La bohème last year), John Savournin. His pleasing voice and comic timing are a pleasure, and his double act with the excellent Riches is so much more plausible than many.’ ★★★★ Claudia Pritchard, Culture Whisper


‘This is a show which looks as good as it sounds.’ – Susan Elkin, Lark Reviews