European debut at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence as Commendatore in ‘Don Giovanni’

This summer, David Leigh makes his first appearance on a European stage, bringing his “magnetic” (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel) portrayal of Il Commendatore to life in a new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, hosted at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. He is featured amongst a starry young cast, including Philippe Sly in the title role, Nahuel di Pierro as Leporello, Isabel Leonard as Donna Elvira, Eleanora Burrato sings Donna Anna, and Pavol Breslik is Don Ottavio. The staging, a co-production between Opéra national de Lorraine à Nancy, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, and the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, is created by Jean-François Sivadier. Jérémie Rhorer conducts Le Cercle de l’Harmonie for all performances, which also feature the talents of English Voices. Performances run from July 6 through 21; tickets and additional details can be found at

From the Festival: 

Zitto : mi pare sentir odor di femmina… !

Shh! I think I can smell the scent of a woman… !

A thousand and three female conquests in Spain alone! Don Juan has been alternately portrayed as a sex addict, a champion of freedom or as a “great lord but wicked man”. Of all the manifestations of this myth, Mozart’s opera seems the most timeless thanks to the clash it creates between laughter and terror, between joyful comedy and metaphysical fable. From the opening notes of this comic opera, where the terrible grandeur of the music of the Commendatore turns into the frantic race of the seducer, contrast reigns supreme. And the libertine dances above the abyss: Don Giovanni will only be stopped by the stone statue that invites him to a banquet at which no earthly food is eaten. More than two centuries after it was first created, this highpoint of the operatic canon – which has historic links with the Festival d’Aix – retains all its power. In this new production, the energy of a young cast enthused by the ultra-theatrical staging of Jean-François Sivadier and the ultra-Mozartian conducting of Jérémie Rhorer, make for a dazzling feast of seduction and desire. And a headlong rush into the abyss.