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At London’s legendary Heaven Night Club

6 performances in April - Sunday 15th, 22nd, 29th, and Monday 16th, 23rd, 30th

.... with our fabulous Gala Celebrity Night on Monday 16th April, 7pm


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Hello again, from Team Don! We bring you our new exciting show editorials from our in-house Writer, David Collier, a splendid sneak-peek from the score, and this week’s Quiz Question – for your chance to win a bottle of Champagne and 2 tickets for our Gala Night performance!


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New editorials


We are very pleased to have David Collier on board as Writer, and he has written a series of excellent articles on the development and story of our Don Giovanni The Opera show. All of the articles are now available to view, in the Project section of our website


Here is one of the pieces, which gives more detail on the exciting new story and setting of our Don Giovanni The Opera....


Who are the 'new' characters?


At the heart of the opera you still have the Don Giovanni figure who is, in our version, a London nightclub owner. He no longer has a servant but a female PA called Leo (Leporello in the original). We have kept closely to the class-based delineation of the three lovers: Donna Anna becomes Alan, a younger closeted man from a wealthy and privileged Notting Hill/Holland Park background; Donna Elvira becomes Eddie, a middle-class, openly gay man who works in the City; and Zerlina becomes Zac – a young, working class lad from Milton Keynes who is visiting the city with his new fiancée. Playing alongside these three roles (now all tenors) Don Ottavio becomes Olivia, Alan's equally privileged best friend (she is in love with Alan, despite his being gay); Masetto becomes Marina, a young working class woman enjoying her engagement to Zac; and the Commendatore is now Petra: Alan's imposing mother...

Together, they present a strong and credible look at cross-section of London society: the city is very much a character in this production. We have been keen to avoid, as Jonathan Miller once said, a sense that 'It is only too easy to portray [the characters] as demented banshees weightlessly haunting an abandoned city.' We hope to give the characters and the setting real and recognisable weight.

And by believing the characters we hope the opera with have a genuine moral impact on the audiences..... read more


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Sneak-peek from our new score!


Here’s a glimpse of the show’s wonderfully translated and adapted new score, taken from Leonora’s lines for the Madamina Aria (credit to writers Ranjit Bolt and David Collier).

Enjoy ;) .......


Listen Eddie, I have drawn up this list here -

And I’m not talking merely the gist here -

Not a shag he has had has been missed here –


Take a look now, and read it with me

Take a look now, and read it with me…


Clapham Common: five hundred and seven

Hampstead Heath – six hundred ‘n eleven

Hundreds more in the toilets at Heaven

But in his bedroom, in his bedroom: a thousand and three!

Yep, no shit!

Look at it!


Bankers, beggars, losers, winnners

All supply this prince of sinners

He has no time for the ladies

Takes the back door into Hades

Any size or shape of sha-ade

Indiscriminately laid!


He needs a lock

Put on his cock!


Clapham Common: five hundred and seven

Hampstead Hea-eath – six hundred ‘n eleven

Hundreds more in the toilets at Heaven

But.. but… buuut in his bedroom

In his bedroom a thousand and three!

Yep, no shit!

Look at it!


People fall for this seducer

Just like fruit into a juicer

Those who call upon this lecher

Will be brought out on a stretcher


He’s a maniac, a monster, you should stay out of his way

Live to love another day

And stay right out of his way!


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Quiz


Well done to our Quiz winner for last week - Ford, from London - who takes home 2 tickets for our Gala show, and a bottle of bubbly! The correct answer, for who was reputed to be in the audience of the first performance of The Don, is ... Casanova.


For your chance to win a pair of tickets to our Gala Celebrity Night, read on for this week’s quiz question....



In Mozart's original opera the Commendatore is the father of Donna Anna who is killed by Don Giovanni in a duel and then comes back to haunt the Don and drag him down to hell... His name is:


a. Don Pedro


b. Don Pasqual


c. Don Phillippe


Send the correct answer to:


richard@dongiovannitheopera.com


The closing date is 12am on Monday 18th March 2012, and winners will be notified by email the next day (Tuesday). By sending an answer you will be added to our mailing list and will receive an opt in to become a subscriber - you need to accept in order to Participate. UK contestants only.


Good luck!


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23 Dec, 2011
- In the Summer of 2009 we performed the final scene of Act 1 to critical acclaim on the main stage at Trafalgar Square for Pride. Ranjit Bolt translated the libretto, Roland Lee handled the arrangements (and Vince Clarke of pop legends Erasure adapted the ballroom scene minuet as a fantastic club tune.)
 


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