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.” “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:, Discount, Theatre Tickets, Love, Theatre and UK





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