Thursday, March 18, 2021

Praise for Don Giovanni

Laura Wilde (Donna Elvira), Vanessa Goikoetxea (Donna Anna), and Andrew Stenson (Don Ottavio). Ken Christensen photo

"Attractively sung, fluidly staged, and handsomely produced." — The Seattle Times 

"Although the all-female creative team is historic, the most impactful artistic difference on this production is the film format. Seattle Opera has consistently impressed me during the pandemic with their willingness to experiment with presentation and format. As their experience and the amount of time to plan their approach has grown, the results have become increasingly sophisticated." — Gemma D. Alexander 

"Conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya led the performance with brisk, crisp tempi and encouraged singers to use long phrases. She is an excellent conductor and I hope to listen to her lead a full orchestra in the not-too-distant future." — Broadway World 

"The performances were nuanced and expressive just like one would imagine from almost any Seattle Opera performance." — Eclectic Arts 

Vanessa Goikoetxea (Donna Anna). Ken Christensen photo

"Jared Bybee was an intense, menacing Don Giovanni with riveting stage presence and his character was one we sometimes see among wealthy men of great privilege."— Broadway World 

"Fortunately, Seattle Opera’s new film version of the opera faces the contradictions in Don Giovanni head on while also experimenting with format. The result is a complex and intriguing show that keeps you thinking long after you’ve hit the power button." — Gemma D. Alexander 

"As Leporello, Michael Sumuel was an amusing servant who sang with a rich timbre and sweet-sounding focussed tones that were a balm on the ear with or without instrumental accompaniment. His 'Catalogue Aria,' rang with sumptuous overtones. I loved the ability to see his book on the screen." — Broadway World 

Michael Sumuel (Leporello). Ken Christensen photo

"Don Giovanni is a welcome virtual return of the Seattle Opera. I have missed the opera these 14 months and I hope we meet again in person." — Eclectic Arts 

" It was fascinating to watch [Laura Wilde] create and maintain this complex character. Even as Elvira began to be sympathetic to the Don, she realized that Zerlina's marriage could be ruined by a few false moves and she warned the young bride." — Broadway World 

"Jasmine Habersham was an energetic, seductive ingenue with dramatic presence who sang with crystalline sounds." — Broadway World 

"Kenneth Kellogg sang with great resonance and looked like a soldier from a long lost war." — Broadway World 

Jared Bybee (Don Giovanni). Ken Christensen photo

Don Giovanni premieres on Seattle Opera’s website at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 19 and can be viewed until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 21. Tickets are available online at or by calling 206.389.7676 or 800.426.1619. For questions about streaming, view our Streaming FAQs. This opera is rated PG-13 for sexual violence. Read content advisories.

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