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Don Giovanni

  • St Peter's Church Kensington Park Road London W11 2PN (map)
Conductor Matthew Scott Rogers

Conductor Matthew Scott Rogers

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Please note the earlier 7pm start of this concert.

Come and join us on Saturday September 28th for a very special season opener. Following last year’s collaboration with the orchestra, where we performed Cosi Fan Tutte, Matthew Scott Rogers will join us once again to conduct one of the greatest operas of all, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, in a concert performance.

Don Giovanni

Don Giovanni was, for Mozart, an unusually intense work, and one that was not entirely understood in his own time. Written in two acts, its subject is Don Giovanni, a young, arrogant, and sexually promiscuous nobleman, who abuses and outrages everyone until he encounters something he cannot kill, beat up, dodge, or outwit. He is eventually carried down to hell by a chorus of demons.

It was premiered by the Prague Italian opera at the National Theater (of Bohemia), now called the Estates Theatre, on 29 October 1787. Da Ponte's libretto was billed as a dramma giocoso, a common designation of its time that denotes a mixing of serious and comic action. Mozart entered the work into his catalogue as an opera buffa. Although sometimes classified as comic, it blends comedy, melodrama and supernatural elements.

A staple of the standard operatic repertoire, Don Giovanni is one of the most-performed operas worldwide. It has also proved a fruitful subject for writers and philosophers.

Matthew Scott Rogers

Matthew Scott Rogers has recently completed four seasons on the conducting staff of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. As a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme he has conducted both the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and the Orchestra of Opera North on the main stage, and joined the music staff of The Royal Opera working with conductors such as Antonio Pappano, Andris Nelsons, Placido Domingo and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Rogers came to international attention in July 2015 when he made his Lincoln Center debut conducting the New York City Ballet Orchestra at the David H Koch theatre; this was followed by a period with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as a member of the prestigious International Conductor Development Program. Other orchestras he has conducted include the Tokyo City Philharmonic, Osaka Symphony Orchestra, Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Sinfonietta, Komische Oper, Southbank Sinfonia, Estonian Festival Orchestra, Rambert Ballet Orchestra, and Winslow Hall Opera.

He is a passionate advocate of music education, having collaborated with Newham Music on their large-scale project, the Newham Philharmonic, which took a full symphony orchestra into the schools of London’s poorest borough and culminated with concerts at the Barbican. He works regularly with the Learning and Participation department at the Royal Opera House, leading conducting masterclasses and judging composition competitions.

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