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Teddy Tahu Rhodes wins the hearts of the OperaDou Jury !

Opera Australia has once again succeeded in putting its own special brand of enthusiasm into one of the most popular operas of all time. The singing is superlative and the acting remarkable. In particular, Teddy Tahu Rhodes shines in the title role. In fact, it is no exaggeration to say that he not only looks and acts and sings the part superlatively — oozing testosterone and strutting around with a lascivious gleam in his eye — he actually manages to INCARNATE Don Giovanni in a way that the Jury felt was virtually unmatched.

All but 1 of the 15 Jury members had seen other productions of this opera before. So we asked them an additional question: Is Teddy Tahu Rhodes the best Don Giovanni you have ever seen?” 3 said “No” (one of them adding “But he is very good” ) and 11  saying “Yes” (with one — who had seen 5 other productions — adding “Best by far”).

That is a decisive 78% !!! who think   Teddy Tahu Rhodes is the best Don Giovanni they have ever seen in their opera-going experience !




What the Jury liked (sample quotes):

“I particularly enjoyed the original interpretation  - most of all Zerlina and Don Giovanni.”

« Très bon spectacle au point de vue des voix  -  Don Giovanni par sa prestance, sa beauté sexy et son costume qui donne une apparence moderne à l’opéra.»

“I loved everything. It’s the first time I have enjoyed a production of Don Giovanni so thoroughly.”

« La qualité des voix était vraiment exceptionnelle, ainsi que le jeu des acteurs. Formidable! Merci Opera Australia ! » 

“One of the most exciting productions of this opera I have ever seen. The basic, conventional staging set off the outstanding stage presence and acting skills of the cast. Zerlina, Donna Anna and of course, the Don himself were all particularly impressive singers. This was a total theatrical experience !!! 

« Les spectacles choisis pour le Jury sont toujours d’une qualité hors pair. Et ce Don Giovanni est un des meilleurs! 20 sur 20 partout! »  

Really impressive! Loved it all, especially the final scenes and the very fine singing throughout. Despite the humour which came through at times, I was very much aware of an underlying darkness pervading everything. A fantastic opera — and a fantastic production!

“This must be the ultimate Don! His costumes, his acting, his singing… and the way he communicates his absolute depravity and pathological obsession with women… “



What the Jury liked less:

Over 70% of the Jury could find nothing negative to say about this production.

One or two had reservations about one of other of the singers, but this was more a question of individual taste which did little to dull the overall impression of quality.



Jury ratings:
Production, staging, lighting: A-

Singing / performance: A

HDVD production: A


Overall ranking: A

Opera Australia is dedicated to enriching Australia's cultural life by offering productions that excite audiences and develop the art form.

It is Australia's largest and busiest performing arts organisation, with over 600 opera performances a year, including two mainstage opera seasons in Sydney and Melbourne and a whole range of other activities including free outdoor performances.

Opera Australia also has a touring company, Oz Opera, performing in regional centres, capital cities and schools, very often giving people their very first experience of opera!

Find out more about Opera Australia here.

Also visit the “Discovery” section of their website and take a look at clips from some of their productions…

Opera Australia also screens several of its productions in cinemas across Australia and since the end of April these are also being shown in UK cinemas. They are not (yet) widely available in France, but these superb productions are now coming out on Blu-Ray for everyone to enjoy. We are planning to show several to the OperaDou Jury in 2012/2013, so watch out for the reviews.

The OperaDou Jury


Comments from Jury regular — and highly experienced opera-goer — Bill Fell rates Teddy Tahu Rhodes the best Don Giovanni ever.

Survey results


Jury members are also asked whether they want to see the production again, would buy or recommend the disc and how they feel it compares with “being there”.


"Would you like to see this production again, on TV or in  the cinema?"
66% answered "Certainly" or "Probably"

"Will you add this DVD/Blu-Ray to your own collection?"
55% answered "Certainly" or "Probably"

Will you recommend this DVD/Blu-Ray to your family and friends?"
66% answered "Certainly" or "Probably"


And finally...

"How does this HD experience compare with attending a live performance?"
78 % answered "Significantly better, rather better or comparable.



The OperaDou Jury


A newcomer to opera  -  who didn’t particularly want to come to the screening  -  gives her impressions.

French Jury members  give their views during the poolside interval.






14 / 07 /12





Don Giovanni





Australians Peter and Julie give their views after seeing the production at our Diva-Nimes apartment.

The OperaDou Jury studiously deliberating