The Black Cat Opera Company are staging their first production, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, in Guildford’s Electric Theatre on Tuesday 22nd, Wednesday 23rd, Friday 25th, and Saturday 26th July. Conducted by Peter Ford, this ambitious project aims to bring together highly-acclaimed, experienced singers and young professionals to create an unforgettable performance of this iconic opera.
There are a great many expenses involved in putting on an opera, including some you might not immediately think of. Hiring rehearsal venues, orchestral music, surtitles, costumes and props are just a few examples of things which must be paid for. This all adds up, and, although we are happy to work within a tight budget, we need a bit of help to make our production as exciting as it could be.
Please read on to find out more about our production, or visit our website www.blackcatopera.co.uk for more information. We hope you will help support our project.
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
Mozart’s Don Giovanni, or The Rake Punished, follows the escapades of the libertine Don Giovanni (Philip Smith) and his browbeaten servant Leporello (Phillip Guy-Bromley). The Don leads a seemingly remorseless life of womanising and debauchery; but following the murder of the Commendatore (Martin Robson) those he has wronged begin to rally against him.
Directed by Nicholas Fisher, this staging places the drama against the dystopian backdrop of the Victorian industrial era. Don Giovanni plays out his exploits amid a world of staunch propriety and simmering class resentment. Taking the title role is Philip Smith who has worked with Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Scottish Opera and Opera North, as well as with several major companies on the European continent.
Fellow cast members include Australian-born soprano Allegra Giagu (Donna Elvira), a featured artist on the Oscar-nominated soundtrack of Anna Karenina; Lynsey Docherty (Donna Anna), critically acclaimed soprano and Artistic Director of the festival ‘Celebrate Voice’; and exciting young voices James Savage-Hanford (Don Ottavio), Sarah Killian (Zerlina), and Matthew Palmer (Masetto).
Completing the line-up are veteran performers Phillip Guy-Bromley (Leporello) and Martin Robson (Il Commendatore), who have between them sung countless roles for The Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, and Glyndebourne Festival Opera, to mention just a few.