Local director and opera singer Bronwen Stephens-Harding, founder of the Rogue Opera company, has given Mozart’s Don Giovanni a modern-day spin, aiming to bring opera to a new, wider audience. Set during Fashion Week in present-day Milan, the famous lothario is head of the label ‘Don G’, using his power, status and wealth to charm, seduce and deceive. The story focuses on three women wronged by Don Giovanni, who together unite in their mission to make him pay for his crimes.
“We’re passionate about bringing opera to as many people as possible,” says Bronwen, who is originally from Australia and has performed all over the world. “Our intimate productions can be staged almost anywhere,” she says. “We use a digital piano, which is easily transportable to a wide range of spaces. Our productions are sung in the original language with English surtitles to live piano and the audience is close enough to feel the vibration of every note.”
Rogue Opera’s performance of Don Giovanni takes place as part of Wandsworth Arts Fringe at Omnibus Theatre, Clapham.