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Welsh National Opera performing another opera this autumn - The Barber of Seville by Rossini
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Four members of the multi-award-winning creative team behind hit West End musical Les Misérables are working on Welsh National Opera’s new production of Don Giovanni to be staged in Southampton this autumn.

Les Mis co-director and adapter John Caird, designer John Napier, lighting designer David Hersey and choreographer Kate Flatt have been reunited on the production, which will open at the Mayflower Theatre on Tuesday, November 29.

John Caird is directing his third opera for WNO after receiving critical acclaim for Don Carlos and Aida.

He describes Don Giovanni as ‘Mozart’s dark masterpiece, a complex study in sexual obsession and the exercise of power.

‘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.

‘The most compelling irony of this story is that while the statue of the slaughtered Commendatore comes to life, his human heart is still beating after death. The living Giovanni, tragically unmoved by the plight of others, slowly turns his own heart into stone.’

John, who designed Cats, Starlight Express, Les Mis, Miss Saigon and Sunset Boulevard for the West End, makes his WNO debut with Don Giovanni. His opera work includes Lohengrin and Macbeth for the Royal Opera House, Idomeneo for Glyndebourne and Nabucco for the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

As well as choreographing Les Mis, Kate Flatt has worked with the Royal Opera House, English National Opera and Glyndebourne and on films including Chaplin, Restoration and The Avengers.

David Hersey has lit productions for the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company and many West End shows including Evita and Starlight Express.

David Kempster returns to WNO in his Mozart debut as Don Giovanni, with Camilla Roberts as Donna Anna, David Soar as Leporello. Italian bass Carlo Malinverno as Commendatore and Nuccia Focile as Donna Elvira.

WNO’s week at the Mayflower will also include performances of Rossini’s comic masterpiece, The Barber of Seville, and Janacek’s Katya Kabanova with Amanda Roocroft in the title role.

Tickets £7.50 to £39.50 at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton on (023) 8071 1803 or visit mayflower.org.uk.

MIKE ALLEN