"This is Sir David McVicar’s third crack at Mozart’s masterpiece of sexual morality (or lack of it) and if anything, his view of the work has darkened over the years. And by shifting the action subtly into the Romantic (or in this case, distinctly Gothic) period, he heightens the emotional conflicts at he heart of Da Ponte’s story. Among the numerous lights that McVicar shines on the murkier aspects of the drama, his particular attention here is on the ambiguities and hypocrisies prevalent in a society beginning to button its sexual pants and blouses in preparation for a century of Victorian values. McVicar’s men and women view that inhibiting prospect from a range of different viewpoints. Donna Anna might go there; despite his pious protestations Don Ottavio would probably rather not; and it’s too late to help poor Donna Elvira. At its heart though is Don Giovanni, a man who will go there, prophetically, over his own dead body. The degree to which the women in his life are tempted to walk the Don’s path is what gives this production its emotional breadth and its remarkable degree of sexual tension." Clive Paget, July 2015.
The great Arthur Miller confronts the American dream in this dark and passionate tale. In Brooklyn, longshoreman Eddie Carbone welcomes his Sicilian cousins to the land of freedom. But when one of them falls for his beautiful niece, they discover that freedom comes at a price. Eddie’s jealous mistrust exposes a deep, unspeakable secret – one that drives him to commit the ultimate betrayal.
Following 2011’s sell-out The Damnation of Faust, director Terry Gilliam and ENO Music Director Edward Gardner reunite to forge this remarkable new production of Berlioz’s rarely-performed Benvenuto Cellini.
Pulitzer Prize-winner Katherine Boo spent three years in Annawadi recording the lives of its residents. From her uncompromising book, winner of the National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2012, David Hare has fashioned a tumultuous play on an epic scale. Starring Meera Syal. Photography by Richard Hubert Smith.
The story of the House of Atreus is of one of the greatest cycles ever conceived by humankind – a diabolical sequence of brilliant dramatic premises. At its heart is an unstoppable chain reaction as each generation, one after the other, tries to solve the problems their parents made worse by trying to solve the problems their parents made worse. Showing March 4-April 26, 2015. Photography by Brett Boardman.
McVicar’s startling production for Covent Garden puts the opera in the composer’s own time: the decadence and debauchery of 1870s Paris. Between towering cathedral columns and the crumbling proscenium arch of the theatre, Faust’s terrible pact plays out in all of its sinister splendor. Photography by Lisa Tomasetti. At the Sydney Opera House until March 13.