‘Last night at Clonter was another deeply memorable and moving evening. After the success of La Bohème last year, I came to Don Giovanni with some apprehension doubting if the company would be able to perform this great opera. I was wrong. From the first chords it was clear this was to be a serious evening and as the opera unfolded it became obvious the opera was understood and being performed by people with a joint intention to present this most serious work with all the artistry and integrity of which they were capable.
This was a performance to lift the heart – with highly intelligent direction and designs, allowing the story to be told clearly and the complex action to flow smoothly. The direction (and designs) were to me a model of clarity and refreshing in their contrast with productions overladen with superfluous ideas…
The singing was of a high order and the gifted young artists were clearly well prepared and understood the challenges of their roles…each of the singers seemed to grow vocally and dramatically through the evening to produce glowing and fine portrayals of their roles. Some really beautiful Mozart singing. And finally the fine conducting of the heroic orchestra…again from the outset one felt this was a group of musicians committed to performing this Masterpiece with every ounce of their considerable ability…
The achievement of the Company and the management of Clonter in putting on this great work for an audience clearly following every nuance of the score leaves me with deep respect for this achievement. My party left the theatre with a sense of deep satisfaction and gratitude for a memorable evening. Thank you to everyone involved.’
‘I couldn’t agree more!
My partner and I visited Clonter for the first time on Sunday and we were both highly impressed.
Having been fortunate enough to go to Glyndebourne on numerous occasions, we weren’t quite sure what to expect.
The performance of Don Giovanni was truly excellent in every respect and we are now hoping to attend your opera events on a very regular basis.
Many thanks for a most memorable experience.’
‘The performance last night was absolutely wonderful. Every voice was perfect for each character. So clever (avoiding spoilers)… it was all amazing and we are just so glad we are having the chance to see it again! Just two performances left.’
‘What a show!. We absolutely loved Don Giovanni. It was saucy, steamy, funny and scary too. We jumped out of our skin with the commentatore’s…(No spoilers here). Very cleverly done. Please pass our thanks and appreciation to the cast, orchestra, conductor, director. And the costumes were brilliant too. Bet Zerlina was pleased to pull those white boots off at the end. WELL DONE ALL AT CLONTER.’
‘I enjoyed Don Giovanni so very much. The best production I’ve ever seen of any opera. And I get around…’