Who says you can’t have kulcha on the telly? This Sunday arvo ABC1 screens Opera Australia’s production of Don Giovanni.
Filmed at the Sydney Opera House, this is shown in its entirety with no intervals and sung in Italian with English subtitles.
Brandishing a sword, and clad in leathers and thigh-high boots, Teddy Tahu Rhodes’s show-stopping entrance in Mozart’s Don Giovanni is legendary.
Göran Järvefelt’s Don Giovanni with design by Carl Freidrich Oberle was first performed in 1991. Many singers have played the title role in this production with its memorable entrance, but none have inhabited it quite as memorably as Tahu Rhodes.
Don Giovanni is a shameless womaniser. He loves the thrill of the chase but his deeds are beginning to catch up with him. He can outrun a jilted lover and dodge a jealous admirer, but a figure from beyond the grave? That might stop him in his tracks.
Tahu Rhodes leads a handsome cast of some of Opera Australia’s finest singers. Rachelle Durkin is Donna Anna, Taryn Fiebig is Zerlina and Jacqueline Dark is Donna Elvira. These are the women who fall prey to Don Giovanni’s advances, while Henry Choo plays Don Ottavio, Andrew Jones is Masetto, Daniel Sumegi is The Commendatore, and great character actor and singer Conal Coad returns to play Don Giovanni’s long-suffering servant Leporello.
Opera Australia: Don Giovanni 2:20pm Sunday August 5 ABC1.