Next week Scottish Opera will open Sir Thomas Allen’s new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Sir Thomas is without doubt the most prolific Don Giovanni of our time, having given more than 300 performances of the role internationally, including the legendary Strehler production at Teatro alla Scala conducted by Riccardo Mutti, the Peter Hall production at the Glyndebourne Festival conducted by Bernard Haitink and he was the reigning Don Giovanni at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for over fifteen years since his role debut there in 1984. His performances have been captured on DVD from La Scala and the Cologne Opera and on CD with Sir Neville Mariner and Bernard Haitink.
Sir Thomas made his directing debut in 2003 with Albert Herring at the Royal College of Music. Since then he has directed tremendously successful productions of Don Giovanni and Cosi fan tutte for Samling Opera at The Sage, Gateshead, and a critically acclaimed U.S debut directing Le nozze di Figaro for Arizona Opera. Previously at Scottish Opera he has directed Il barbiere di Siviglia and Die Zauberflöte both of which were wonderfully well received.
This production will also feature Lisa Milne in the role of Donna Elvira. Lisa is a consummate Mozartean and has forged a considerable international reputation as the composer’s heroines. She has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera, the Glyndebourne Festival and in London at the ENO in roles such as Pamina, Susanna and Countess Almaviva and, for Scottish Opera she has previously sung Susanna, Ilia, Despina and Zerlina.