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Don Giovanni

For: R. C. Theatrical Productions Ltd.

I got involved in this re-working of Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’ after being put in touch with the producer by a mutual friend. He explained the concept to me – changing the genders of all but the central role and updating the story to the gay club scene of 1987 – and asked me to produce a brand new vocal score ready for rehearsals to start ahead of a run at London’s Heaven nightclub. The job included not only the score preparation, but the arranging of the vocal parts for the new roles (sopranos became tenors, basses became mezzos, etc.) and also the adaptation of the recitative to fit the new English libretto. Oh, and the book and libretto were still being written! So, working with librettist Ranjit Bolt, writer David Collier, director Dominic Gray and producer Richard Crichton, as well as Musical Director Colin Pettet, I set to work…

Since then the show was successfully staged at Heaven in April 2012 and in 2013 I was tasked with producing a full orchestral score and parts (the original running order and length of Mozart’s opera have been tinkered with somewhat!) to be recorded by the North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in December 2013. I then went out to Teplice in the Czech Republic with the producer to supervise the recording, which will now enable the show to tour more easily, and most recently I was busy finalising both the full score and vocal score taking into account some additions and revisions.

Below are two video clips, one from the Heaven production showing a section of recitative from Act One where Don (Don Giovanni) seduces Zac (Zerlina), and the second from one of the recording sessions with Charles Olivieri-Munroe and the North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. You can find many more clips and information at www.dongiovannitheopera.com and I will bring you updates on any future productions.

Featured image: Duncan Rock (© Martin Cullum, 2012)