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REVIEWS - 2012

Alastair Miles - Don Giovanni

Don Giovanni, Opera North, Grand Theatre, Leeds, UK


... outstanding [performance...] from Alastair Miles as Leporello. This is one of the great comic roles, and he plays it to perfection. You will not see a better Leporello anytime soon.

The Independent


Alastair Miles' Leporello is really impressive. He is a versatile actor with a voice like dark chocolate, spot-on when it comes to the lowest notes.



For this writer though, the revelation of the evening was Alastair Miles' realisation of Leporello. I have seen this fine singer in "heavy" roles viz Mephistopheles, King Philip II, Zaccaria - to imagine that such nimble movement, comic timing and amusing facial expressions lurked beneath a somewhat dour exterior. Vocally and dramatically his Leporello is all that I could have wished; delivery of the Catalogue Aria showed that Miles is equally at home in the 'basso buffo' repertory. In fact he's miles better (forgive the pun!) than any previous Leporello that I can recall since I saw Geraint Evans and Gabriel Bacquier decades ago.

Opera Britannia


Alastair Miles

Judas Maccabaeus, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall


... the brilliantly authoritative tone of bass Alastair Miles, who was stepping in at the last minute... Taking on the two roles of Simon and Eupolemus, Miles excelled in every aria... he exuded regal power... The Lord Worketh Wonders (Handel in Messiah-and-I –will-shake mode) was delivered with first-rate articulation and fantastic projection, even in the lower register.

Dominic Wells, Opera Britannia