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Don Giovanni 1956Carl Rosa Opera Company

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Cast details are taken from a surviving programme.

A review appeared in the Glasgow Herald dated 9 May. 

"The overture started the performance on the wrong foot, being very untidy and without any of the delicacy usually associated with Mozart. On the whole, much of the singing was disappointing, and the diction was no better than it had been the previous night; but of the principals the men perhaps came off best.  John heddle Nash was quite convincing as Don Giovanni, both in appearance and voice, and Stanislav Pieczora as his servant made the most of a grateful role. 

On the production side there were too many loose edges, and continuity was lost by lengthy scene waits.  The presiding genius of Mozart was responsible for most of the high spots of the evening.  In a season of 11 operas some productions are bound to be more workmanlike than inspired, and it seems a pity that many of the operas chosen do not have an equal musical worth to commend them."

Performance Cast

Leporello Giovanni's servant

Stanislav Pieczora

Don Giovanni a young nobleman

John Heddle Nash

Donna Anna the Commendatore's daughter

Ruth Packer

Commendatore an elderly aristocrat

Ernest Thomas

Don Ottavio engaged to Anna

Eduardo Asquez

Donna Elvira a lady from Burgos

Krystyna Granowska

Zerlina a peasant girl

Estelle Valery

Masetto a peasant, engaged to Zerlina

Ernest Thomas

Production Cast


Arthur Hammond

Performance DatesDon Giovanni 1956

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

8 May, 19.15 12 May, 14.30

Gaumont Theatre | Dundee

25 Oct, 19.00

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