Don Giovanni - Royal Opera House, 2 February 2014
If the music's good enough, does the production matter? Judging by the thunderous applause for Kasper Holten's new Don Giovanni, the opening night audience thought not. Or perhaps they were too dazzled to notice. The spinning set, stadium-rock projections and sumptuous costumes are executed with panache and real craftsmanship. The sheer wow factor must make the folks in the posh seats feel they're getting their money's worth. This is the best-looking show at Covent Garden in decades.