Instant Opera‘s production of Mozart’s great opera, Don Giovanni (also my favourite opera) is ‘super bad’. Why? Because it involves vampires. What if I told you that, in this production, the Don isn’t just a cold-hearted murderer and polygamous lover, with a long list of international conquests, but Britain’s own version of Count Dracula… Think about it for a second. It sounds interesting, doesn’t it? But does it work?
Performed at Normansfield Theatre in Teddington, I got to see a fantastic show of classical singers falling for, and chasing after, the elusive Count Dracula. In a previous life he was an explorer and whaler from the 17th century. Set two hundreds years after, the Don has returned to give a kiss of death, literally a bite on the neck to whoever he fancied, and they’d turn, too, transforming into hungry zombie-esque vampires. And it is no surprise that his funny, yet scared manservant, Leporello, is the only survivor.