Magazine article Opera Canada

United Kingdom: London. (INTERNATIONAL)

Magazine article Opera Canada

United Kingdom: London. (INTERNATIONAL)

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The world premiere at the English National Opera of David Sawer's From Morning to Midnight, based on a play by the German expressionist Georg Kaiser, scored a great hit. Directed by Richard Jones and designed by Stewart Laing, the opera relates the last day in the life of a bank cashier, who steals a large sum of money from the bank and, after various adventures, shoots himself. Tenor John Daszak was excellent as the Cashier, while Kathryn Harries, as an Italian lady who wants to borrow money, and Gail Pearson, as a Salvation Army girl, were also notable. Everyone else sang several roles. Martyn Brabbins conducted Sawer's attractive, if derivative, score with great panache.

A new production of Don Giovanni, staged by Catalan director Calixto Bieito set Mozart's opera in the present day. Giovanni and Leporello snorted coke, Elvira was a chocaholic, Anna and Ottavio achieved an orgasm while she was singing (extremely well) "Non mi dir. …

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