Don Giovanni

"This is a superb show, and if you fancy dipping your toe into classical opera, grab this inviting opportunity. " Irish Independent

“Gavin Quinn creates an utterly unique and brilliant piece of theatre... The orchestra, conducted by Fergus Sheil, deliver Mozart’s score stunningly. The ensemble are powerful and energetic”


In a new translation by Roddy Doyle. Featuring RTÉ Concert Orchestra.  Dublin Theatre Festival at Gaiety Theatre 29 Sept and 1 & 2 Oct. Cork Opera House 5 & 7 Oct

Don Giovanni is a legendary nobleman and the greatest seducer of all time. He loves women. Not individual women, no, he loves all women regardless of their size, shape or marital status. 

One of Mozart’s operatic masterpieces, Don Giovanni tells the tale of a ‘womaniser’, his thirst for pleasure and his complete lack of regard for the human consequences. A huge hit with audiences in its day, Don Giovanni presents a thrilling story to audiences, weaving the enduring themes of guilt, regret, love and death. 

Opera Theatre Company has commissioned Roddy Doyle to create a brand new translation of this iconic opera which will make it immediately accessible to Irish audiences. Don Giovanni features the RTÉ Concert Orchestra with Fergus Sheil conducting and stars Welsh baritone David Kempster in the title role together with an outstanding cast of Irish and international opera stars, including soprano Máire Flavin as Donna Anna, mezzo soprano Tara Erraught as Donna Elvira, bass baritone John Molloy as Leporello and Daire Halpin as Zerlina. Tenor Alexander Sprague sings Don Ottavio, with baritone Brendan Collins as Masetto and bass-baritone Jonathan May as Commendatore. Directed by Gavin Quinn ( Pan Pan Theatre) and with design by Bruno Schwengl and lighting design by Sinead McKenna, this brand new production of Don Giovanni marks OTC’s first presentation at the Gaiety Theatre Dublin, a return to Cork Opera House and is part of the company’s 30th anniversary programme celebrating 30 years of opera for everyone.

Tour Details

29 September 2016 Dublin Gaiety Theatre
1 October 2016 Dublin Gaiety Theatre
2 October 2016 Dublin Gaiety Theatre
5 October 2016 Cork Cork Opera House
7 October 2016 Cork Cork Opera House

"Sharp, singable and to the point... there was no doubting the appeal of Máire Flavin’s Donna Anna and Tara Erraught’s Donna Elvira, singers who flourish in the Mozartean balances and textures that conductor Fergus Sheil secures from the RTÉ Concert Orchestra ★★★★ "
Irish Times
"“strong performances across the board “ ★★★★ "
Irish Examiner
"“Fergus Sheil, the OTC artistic director, conducts the RTE Concert Orchestra which responds with real Mozartean flourish to his baton” "
Sunday Independent
"“Bravo Roddy! Doyle shows he can mix it with Mozart… very enjoyable, theatrically and musically” "
Evening Echo
"“His infusion of local slang gives the libretto a lively energy and makes the characters more accessible… it also brings a welcome earthiness to a soaring musical performance by Fergus Sheil, conducting the RTE Concert Orchestra and a powerful cast led by David Kempster”. "
The Phoenix
""a great evening of entertainment.""
"" razor sharp text …superb playing… see it if you can" "

Production Information


Don Giovanni David Kempster
Donna Anna Máire Flavin
Donna Elvira Tara Erraught
Leporello John Molloy
Zerlina Daire Halpin
Don Ottavio Alexander Sprague
Masetto Brendan Collins
Commendatore Jonathan May

Conductor Fergus Sheil
Director Gavin Quinn
Designer Bruno Schwengl
Lighting Designer Sinead McKenna

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