Mark Wigglesworth conducts Richard Jones’ production, retelling the Don Juan legend. But does it impress the critics?
The Guardian: *** “Mark Wigglesworth conducts with elegance, drama and warmth, making some unusual tempo choices.”
Evening Standard: **** “It’s one to which ENO rises triumphantly, in its new production by Richard Jones, with a high-calibre cast and an ingenious directorial twist or two.”
WhatsOnStage: **** “Jones’s production is predictable only in its originality.”
The Telegraph: *** “Mark Wigglesworth conducts the excellent orchestra in a fleet, light-touch account of the score.”
Schmopera.com: “This Don Giovanni is not to be missed. It’s a truly exciting production, one that digs bluntly to the root of these characters, and that acknowledges the cyclical, endless reiterations of this story in everyday life.”
Broadway World: **** “Richard Jones’s new production is in no way a failure – there’s far too much intelligence here for that, as well as more than one flash of utter brilliance – but it still feels like a show as yet not fully in focus.”
Bachtrack: **** “Mark Wigglesworth drew a visceral, energetic reading from the orchestra.”
The Independent: *** “certainly won’t bewitch everyone but it does contain some interesting ideas.”
The Arbuturian: “it’s a production that is truly musically excellent.”
Culture Whisper: *** “His new Don Giovanni for English National Opera veers erratically, however, from the mould-breaking to the mundane.”
The Express: *** “Anyone who hasn’t seen Don Giovanni before would be better off going to a traditional production; those who have seen it before are more likely to feel that Richard Jones’ production doesn’t quite work.”
The Stage: **** “The production is uniformly well acted, but crucially Jones never forgets that this is essentially a comic opera – and not just nominally so.”
Don Giovanni will play at the ENO until the 26th October. To book tickets visit: Ticketmaster.co.uk, Discount Theatre.com, Theatre Tickets Direct.co.uk, Love Theatre.com, Theatre People.com and UK Tickets.co.uk.