Leporello (Joseph Barron) and Donna Elvira (Louise Kwong) in a scene from Opera Hong Kong's production of Don Giovanni by director Jean-Louis Grinda. Photo: Opera Hong Kong

Opera as it should be: no contemporary setting, Aids ward or bombast in this Don Giovanni production

  • Opera Hong Kong’s simple, conservative production of Mozart’s ‘serious comedy’ allowed the work to speak for itself – quite a radical idea these days
  • Richard Ollarsaba as the decadent don and Joseph Barron as his wing man excelled, and the women characters were more than the usual one-dimensional comic foils
Topic |   Performing arts in Hong Kong

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Leporello (Joseph Barron) and Donna Elvira (Louise Kwong) in a scene from Opera Hong Kong's production of Don Giovanni by director Jean-Louis Grinda. Photo: Opera Hong Kong
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Music director Jaap van Zweden conducts the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus and the Netherlands Radio Choir in the final movement of Mahler’s Symphony No 2, “Resurrection”, at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Photo: Ka Lam/HK Phil

Mighty Mahler Resurrection symphony shows HK Phil’s growth under Jaap van Zweden’s baton

  • Exciting, surprising performance that built to a transcendent conclusion showed clearly the evolution of the Hong Kong Philharmonic under its music director
  • The 80-minute work’s climactic choral finale was marked by the warmth of mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill’s singing and the angelic soprano of Ying Fang
Topic |   Classical music

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Music director Jaap van Zweden conducts the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus and the Netherlands Radio Choir in the final movement of Mahler’s Symphony No 2, “Resurrection”, at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Photo: Ka Lam/HK Phil
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