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The Ultimate Seduction.
“Here for a good time, not a long time” might well be the motto of Don Giovanni, opera’s greatest anti-hero. A thoroughly hedonistic womaniser, he will stop at nothing – even murder – in the pursuit of pleasure.
Mozart’s liveliest, most extreme and most romantic music draws the image of a human being who knows that his existence is not infinite, and therefore wants to make the most of his time on earth.
This new production stars English baritone Mark Stone in the title role, with English-born Australian soprano Lisa Harper-Brown as Donna Anna, Dunedin’s Jonathan Lemalu as Leporello and our current Freemasons Dame Malvina Major Young Artist Anna Leese (Tatyana in Eugene Onegin) as Donna Elvira.
Don Giovanni, an exceptionally lecherous nobleman, cannot resist the opportunity to seduce any woman who crosses his path. As a small crowd of wronged lovers, their fiancés and other enraged relatives grows, his fate is sealed when he kills the father of Donna Anna, one of his conquests. The Commendatore might be dead but his wrath is enough to cross even this boundary.
Accompanied by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra
Featuring the Chapman Tripp Opera Chorus.
Sung in Italian with English surtitles.
A New Zealand Opera production
In association with the Christchurch Arts Festival
CBS Canterbury Arena
Pre Show Talks
22 August 6pm; 24 August 12pm
South Concourse, CBS Canterbury Arena
Opera Exposed Night
22 August from 6pm
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The George Hotel, Christchurch
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Mark Stone Don Giovanni
Jonathan Lemalu Leporello
Anna Leese Donna Elvira Read bio
Lisa Harper-Brown Donna Anna
Nicky Spence Don Ottavio
Richard Green Commendatore
Amelia Berry Zerlina Read bio
Robert Tucker Masetto Read bio
Italy-based soprano Anna Leese won most of the opera awards in NZ, and the Sydney McDonalds aria, before pursuing studies in London at the BBIOS at the Royal College of Music.
With the BBIOS she sang Female Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte and Mahler’s second symphony with Bernard Haitink. She made her Covent Garden debut at the age of 24 as Tamiri (Il re pastore) returning for both Musetta (La boheme), Micaela (Carmen), First Lady (Die Zauberflöte), and Echo (Ariadne). She made her North American debut with the Canadian Opera Company, as Musetta. For Opera Koln Anna sang Antonia (Les contes d’Hoffmann) and for the Flanders Opera Anna sang Tatyana in (Eugene Onegin). For Opera Holland Park, Anna has sung Biancofiore in (Francesca di Rimini), Suzel in (L’amico Fritz) and Tatyana in (Eugene Onegin).
In New Zealand Anna has performed Ilia in Mozart’s Idomeno, Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare), Tatyana (Eugene Onegin), Majenka in (The Bartered Bride) and Donna Elvira in (Don Giovanni). She represented New Zealand in the 2011 Cardiff Singer of the World competition.
Anna has performed extensively on the international concert platform, and has shared the stage with Jose Carerras, Andrea Bocelli, Dame Kiri te Kanawa. She regularly performs at the Wignmore Hall in London, with song group the Prince Consort.
Born in Wellington. A 2010/11 PwC Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist. Graduated with a MMus and a Professional Studies certificate from the Manhattan School of Music in 2014. Also completed a BMus with Honours (First Class) from the New Zealand School of Music. Awards include the Napier Aria 2011, New Zealand Aria 2010, Wellington Aria 2009 and Otago Daily Times Aria 2008.
Opera repertoire includes Zerlina: Don Giovanni (NZO); Soprano Soloist: Anamchara: Songs of Friendship (Scottish Opera); Giulietta: I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Jenny Reefer: The Mother of Us All, Jenny: Aufstieg und fall der Stadt Mahagonny (Manhattan School of Music); Corinna: The Journey to Rheims (Days Bay Opera); Annio: La clemenza di Tito (Auckland Opera Studio); Title role: Semele (New Zealand School of Music).
Proudly supported by Friends of the Opera, Christchurch.
Madama Butterfly, Christchurch 2015.
Background: Born in Australia but raised in Dunedin. Holds a BMus (University of Otago). Became an Emerging Performer at the Australian Opera Studio in Perth in 2005 and is a current NZ Opera Freemasons Resident Artist. Repertoire: Masetto: Don Giovanni, Schaunard: La bohème, Polyphemus: Acis and Galatea, Noah: Noye's Fludde, Prout/Army Major/Reporter/Settler: Hōhepa (NZO, NZ International Arts Festival); Jove: La Calisto (Days Bay Opera); Masetto: Don Giovanni, Ford: Falstaff (IFAC Opera Japan); Count Almaviva: The Marriage of Figaro (English Chamber Opera); Moralès: Carmen (Scottish Opera, Australian Opera Studio); Guglielmo: Così fan tutte (Australian Opera Studio, Opera Otago); Papageno: Die Zauberflöte, Harlequin: Ariadne auf Naxos, Lescaut: Manon, Mr Peachum: The Threepenny Opera, Garibaldo: Rodelinda (Australian Opera Studio); Opera Highlights tour (Scottish Opera). Concert repertoire includes Mozart’s Requiem, Schubert’s Stabat Mater, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Messiah, Judas Maccabaeus, Elijah, Vaughan-Williams’ Five Mystical Songs, Stanford’s Songs of the Sea.
Wyn Davies Conductor
Sara Brodie Director
John Verryt Production Designer
Elizabeth Whiting Costume Designer
Jeremy Fern Lighting Designer