DON GIOVANNI

HeadFirst Productions | Pleasance Theatre Islington | 2017

“Long live women, long live wine! The substance and glory of all humanity!”

Mozart’s Don Giovanni is a story of an outsider. The Stranger who walks on a knife-edge between two worlds: Giovanni lives resolutely outside convention, treading the fine lines between vitality and humanity; between life and death; between the natural and the supernatural. He lives solely for his own pleasure and women are seduced by his desire for them. After all, to be desired is – in return – desirable. He wants women to want him. Until they do, of course. 


This operatic masterpiece grapples with the complexity of human nature; contradictions, hidden desires, and darkest fears. By exploring the conflict between immorality and amorality, and - crucially - by telling the story from the women’s perspective, this production will steer away from the opera’s traditionally male gaze, and leave the audience questioning their preconceptions. Returning to London after four and five star reviews for La Bohème in 2014, HeadFirst Productions promises provocation, dark humour and sensuality


Sung in Italian with English surtitles and performed with a small orchestral ensemble.

Conductor: Sonia Ben Santamaria

Director/Producer : Sophie Gilpin

Designer: Anna Bonomelli

Language Coach: Fiona Murray

Don Giovanni: Matthew Sprange

Donna Anna: Caroline Modiba

Donna Elvira: Elizabeth Roberts

Leporello: Samuel Pantcheff

Zerlina: Siân Cameron

Don Ottavio: Jorge Navarro Colorado

Masetto: Ian Beadle

Il Commendatore: Stephen Holloway

Chorus/Young Artists: Joshua Baxter, Christopher Head, Emily Kirby-Ashmore,

Michael Lafferty, Rebecca Leggett, Betty Makharinsky

“The opera is a heady rush of action: the three hours sprint by as the audience takes in weddings, seductions, betrayals, heartbroken laments and gorgeous singing.”

★★★★★ THE SPY IN THE STALLS

“entirely stimulating”

PLANET HUGILL

“HeadFirst Productions have done an excellent job of bringing this 18th century work right up to date.”

THE F-WORD

“Sophie Gilpin… manages to bring out the intimate setting of the story while offering a more damning portrait of the leading man than often seen.”

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