Opera Hong Kong Premieres Mozart Classic Don Giovanni
Why We Recommend it
Opera Hong Kong brings to stage Don Giovanni—one of Mozart’s three operatic magnum opuses and one of the most performed operas around the world—a captivating story that blends comedy, melodrama and supernatural elements.
Produced by Warren Mok, one of “China’s Three Tenors”, the opera in two acts follows the legend of Don Juan, the infamous Spanish womaniser who sweet talks his way into the beds of countless women. Leporello, Giovanni’s servant, keeps track of his master’s encounters and how Giovanni ends up in a dead end with hatred, revenges and death after killing the Commendatore when he fails to seduce the Commendatore’s daughter, Donna Anna.
The first-ever production of Don Giovanni by Opera Hong Kong features live accompaniment by Hong Kong Sinfonietta under the baton of Mārtiņš Ozoliņš. The title role is sung by American bass-baritone Richard Ollarsaba, a grand finalist in the 2013 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, as well as New York singer Marcelo Guzzo, whose notable appearances include concerts with Andrea Bocelli conducted by Placido Domingo. Moreover, local soprano Louise Kwong, who recently won the Award for Young Artist (Music) by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, appears as Donna Elvira.
Please note that the opera is performed in Italian and supplemented with Chinese and English subtitles. The show is companioned by Chow Fan-fu’s talk “Is He Mozart’s Bad Boy?” in Cantonese on 19 May 2019.