Opera tackles darkness and obsession with national tour

Katya Kabanova will be performed at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton on November 30.
Katya Kabanova will be performed at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton on November 30.
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One of the greatest operatic villains will be portrayed by Welshman David Kempster in a new production by Welsh National Opera at the Southampton Mayflower next week.

The baritone sings the title role in Mozart’s Don Giovanni in performances to be conducted by WNO music director Lothar Koenigs on Tuesday and Friday.

On Wednesday, the company will revive its successful production of Katya Kabanova, by Janacek, and on Thursday and Saturday comes a revival of Rossini’s sparkling comedy, The Barber of Seville.

John Caird is directing his third opera for WNO, with Don Carlos and Aida both being critically acclaimed.

He says: ‘Mozart’s dark masterpiece is a complex study in sexual obsession and the exercise of power, the greatest and darkest of the three Mozart/da Ponte collaborations. 

‘My designer John Napier and I have worked on creating a sculptured world of dark intensity as a backdrop for these profound human dramas.  Just as the obsessive collector of art may be completely unaware of the pain and hardship endured by the artist, so the obsessive collector of women is unaware of the desperation and loneliness he leaves in his wake.’

Performances of Don Giovanni begin at 7pm, the others at 7.15pm. All will have English subtitles.

Tickets cost £7.50 to £39.50 from the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton on (023) 8071 1811 or go to mayflower.org.uk.