YORK University Opera Society’s reimagining of Mozart’s classic tale of lust, lies and retribution takes to the stage for one night only on Saturday January 25.

But by no means is this your standard production of Don Giovanni. An innovative staging, the brainchild of seasoned student directors William Descrettes and Simone Ibbett-Brown, sees the action take place on a council estate in a dingy corner of East London. The costumes and set design leave no doubt that this is the grimiest of surroundings and so it’s little surprise that so many women fall victim to Giovanni’s charms.

With a full 40-piece orchestra, directed by Alexander Conway, filling York’s Grand Opera House pit to capacity, and an English translation as performed by the ENO in 2012 penned by the widely reputed Jeremy Sams, the stage is set for an explosive showcase of some of the finest young operatic talent that York has to offer.

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