Magazine article Opera Canada

Don Giovanni: Jeff Mattsey (Don Giovanni) and Stefan Szkafarowsky (the Commendatore) in the Manitoba Opera Production

Magazine article Opera Canada

Don Giovanni: Jeff Mattsey (Don Giovanni) and Stefan Szkafarowsky (the Commendatore) in the Manitoba Opera Production

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Don Giovanni is probably the most compelling, and licentious, monster ever to grace the operatic stage. And Mozart's magnificent tale of this outrageous libertine--Manitoba Opera's first production of the season--made for an excellent evening's entertainment. Ably directed by former Winnipegger Tom Diamond, and with Tadeusz Biernacki at the helm of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the two-act opera was sung in Italian with English surtitles.

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American baritone Jeff Mattsey was a perfect Don. His rich baritone suited his subject perfectly, and his swagger and stage presence were larger than life. Taras Kulish (Leporello) literally stole the show in his portrayal of the Don's foil. His acting was excellent and his sense of comic timing was impeccable. A real chemistry between Kulish and Mattsey propelled the opera from start to finish. Veteran Benjamin Butterfield made much of the rather innocuous role of Ottavio and received a fine hand for his efforts. …

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