Dido & Aeneas 
© Richard Hubert Smith

Dido & Aeneas / Jonas / I Will Not Speak

Purcell/Carissimi/Gesualdo - Autumn 2018

A rare concoction of 17th century music and opera

Conductor 
Jonathan Peter Kenny
Director (Dido) 
Seb Harcombe
Director (Jonas) 
Bernadette Iglich
Director (I Will Not Speak) 
James Conway
Designer 
Adam Wiltshire
Lighting Designer 
Rory Beaton

★★★★★ MUSICOMH
★★★★ THE STAGE
★★★★ SUNDAY EXPRESS
★★★★ THE TIMES
★★★★ THE TELEGRAPH

This unique triple bill features works by Purcell, Carissimi and Gesualdo. Best known is Dido and Aeneas: “Remember me!” the abandoned Dido calls, and in Henry Purcell’s melody she will be remembered forever. Director Seb Harcombe promises to conjure a Jacobean night-world, in which a great woman contemplates her ruin.

The priest-composer Giacomo Carissimi made a series of short musical dramas for his Roman audience, depicting scenes from the Bible in which humans wrestle with God. One of the finest is Jonas, or Jonah, which depicts the story of Jonah and the whale. Dancer/director Bernadette Iglich will make a new piece of drama on this story with Carissimi’s sensuous music.

The third part of the evening showcases music of the prince-murderer-composer Carlo Gesualdo. Tortured by his mortal love affairs and by his intense love for an absent God, Gesualdo was a striking original. Eight singers and eight players will perform some of his most intense madrigals in a landscape of shadows and candle-light. You will not have heard anything like this before.

Running time: approx. 2 hours 20 minutes including interval.

There will be a concert performance of Dido and Aeneas /Jonas / I Will Not Speak (Io tacerò) at the Coronation Hall, Ulverston on Wed 7 Nov

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    12th Oct 2018 - 7:30 pm
  2. Gala Theatre, Durham
    22nd Oct 2018 - 7:30 pm
  3. Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden
    26th Oct 2018 - 7:30 pm
  4. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    3rd Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm
  5. Coronation Hall, Ulverston
    7th Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm
  6. Buxton Opera House
    10th Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm
  7. Theatre Royal Bath
    13th Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm
  8. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    21st Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm
  9. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    22nd Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm
  1. Hackney Empire — 12th Oct 2018 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  2. Gala Theatre, Durham — 22nd Oct 2018 - 7:30 pm

    1 Millennium Place, Town Centre, Durham, DH1 1WA

  3. Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden — 26th Oct 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Audley End Road, Saffron Walden , CB11 4UH

  4. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 3rd Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Aldeburgh Music, Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Snape, Suffolk, IP17 1SP

  5. Coronation Hall, Ulverston — 7th Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm

    County Square, Ulverston, LA12 7LZ

  6. Buxton Opera House — 10th Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Water Street, SK17 6XN

  7. Theatre Royal Bath — 13th Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath, BA1 1ET

  8. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 21st Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  9. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 22nd Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

Jonathan Peter Kenny

Jonathan Peter Kenny

Conductor

Jonathan is from Liverpool and studied at the University of Exeter and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is a founder of the Old Street Band.

He has performed a wide range of music from Monteverdi to the present day, including 14 Handel operas, 13 oratorios and numerous premieres for composers such as Michael Nyman, Jonathan Dove, Pawel Mykietyn, Fabio Vacchi, Deirdre Gribbin, Thomas Ades and Roxanna Panufnik. He has sung for the Royal Opera Covent Garden, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, English National Opera, English Touring Opera, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Royal Opera Copenhagen, Salzburg Festival, Halle Handel Festival, Badischestaatsteater Karlsruhe, BBC Proms, Glimmerglass Festival NY, Teatr Wielki Warsaw, Opera du Rhin and in Australia and Japan.

Jonathan has performed with Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, English Baroque Soloists, Gabrieli Consort, Ulster Orchestra under such conductors as Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Richard Hickox, David Parry, Ivan Fischer, Thierry Fischer, Jane Glover, Andrew Parrott, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Ivor Bolton, Paul McCreesh, Harry Bicket. Recordings include Mattheus-Passion (Miller/Goodwin); Agrippina (Gardiner); Buxtehude/Cantatas (Immerseel); La conversione di Clodoveo (Gester); Israel in Babylon (Fontaine).

Jonathan is baroque specialist at the Royal College of Music International Opera School and prepared singers for Handel’s Poro, Atalanta, Alessandro, Il pastor fido and Rodelinda, as well as Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea with Michael Rosewell whom he also assisted on Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen. For Trinity-Laban, Jonathan worked on Giustino and Rinaldo.

Jonathan’s performing edition of Tamerlano has been performed in London, Melbourne, Lisbon, Dublin and Prague.

After many years leading his own ensembles, Jonathan made his operatic conducting debut in 2005 with a staging of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater on Valentia Island for artist Dorothy Cross and OTC Dublin. The film was shown at the Irish Museum of Modern Art and in Los Angeles. In 2007 he conducted a new production of Handel’s Teseo for ETO, touring the UK, and in 2009 a new production of Flavio which opened to great enthusiasm as part of the HANDELFEST marking the 250th anniversary of Handel’s death. From these performances, a new period instrument orchestra, the Old Street Band, was formed, making a highly acclaimed debut in autumn 2011 in a new production of Xerxes. Other appearances include a staging of Carissimi’s Jephte for the National Churches Trust; Monteverdi: 1610 and all that at the RCM and a highly praised The Duchess of Malfi Webster/Gesualdo at the Royal and Derngate Theatre Northampton.

Plans include a revival of Flavio, a production of Alcina in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, where Ariosto (author of Orlando furioso on which Alcina is based) was governor, in summer 2012, a reconstruction of Muzio Scevola (Amadei/Buoncini/Handel) and a new production of Agrippina.

Seb Harcombe

Seb Harcombe

Director (Dido)

Bernadette Iglich

Bernadette Iglich

Director (Jonas)

As a dance artist and performer Bernadette has worked with various international and UK based choreographers, directors and dance companies. Her performances included devised, improvised and site specific theatre. She has choreographed and created commissioned works for students within vocational colleges and universities, as well as choreographing and facilitating movement and physical embodiment for opera and theatre with various productions and companies. From 2001 to 2016 Bernadette was a Lecturer on BA (hons) Contemporary Dance courses in the UK. With English Touring Opera. Bernadette has been director, assistant director and movement co-coordinator on a number of productions since 2002.

James Conway

James Conway

Director (I Will Not Speak)

As General Director of ETO for 17 years and ETO’s Artistic Director since April 2019, James Conway has directed productions of operas by Monteverdi, Handel, Mozart, Donizetti, Janácek, Puccini, Debussy, Ullmann, Britten and Tippett, as well as a world premiere by Alexander Goehr. Before coming to ETO he was General Director of Opera Theatre Company in Dublin; his productions for that company travelled to New York (Brooklyn Academy of Music), and to festivals in Melbourne, London, Buxton, Paris, Dusseldorf, Prague, Brno, Lisbon and Porto. Notable among his freelance directing is the long-running production of The Cunning Little Vixen at the Janácek Theatre, Brno.

Adam Wiltshire

Adam Wiltshire

Designer

Adam received his BA with Honours in Theatre Design at the RWCMD. He was a group winner of the Linbury Biennial Prize for Stage Design in 2003. Recent operatic engagements include design for I was Looking at the Ceiling and then I Saw the Sky (Stratford East Royal Theatre); Roméo et Juliette (ON); Le nozze di Figaro (RNCM); As I Crossed the Bridge of Dreams (Almeida Opera). Ballet engagements include Children of Adam and Sensorium (Royal Ballet at the ROH). Additionally, Adam worked with ETO as designer for Country Matters, Katya Kabanova and Teseo.

Rory Beaton

Rory Beaton

Lighting Designer

Cast

Sky Ingram

Sky Ingram

Dido

Ms Ingram will sing the role of Fiordiligi at Hackney Empire, London (Fri 6 Mar), Snape Maltings Concert Hall (Fri 13 Mar), Lighthouse, Poole (Fri 20 Mar), Buxton Opera House (Sat 28 Mar), Storyhouse, Chester (Wed 8 Apr) and Festival Theatre, Malvern (Thu 23 – Fri 24 Apr).

Sky Ingram studied most recently at the National Opera Studio in London and Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Sky has performed concert repertoire in Australia, New York, Norway, and the UK, and has featured on ABC and BBC radio. She has won several music scholarships and competitions in Australia and the UK including an Opera Awards Foundation Bursary, Wingate Scholarship, 5MBS Young Performer of the Year and an ROSL Overseas Trophy.

Recent & Upcoming Roles: Donna Elvira/Don Giovanni (Garsington Opera), Rusalka/Rusalka (Valladolid, Spain), Lea/Glare & Venus/Orpheus (Royal Opera House), Katya cvr./Katya Kabanova (Opera North), Avis/The Wreckers (Bard SummerScape USA), Princess/Rusalka (Garsington Opera), La Contessa/Le Nozze di Figaro (Kristiansand Norway & Nevill Holt Opera), Dido/Dido and Aeneas (ETO), Musetta/La Bohème (Opera North, ETO).

Nicholas Mogg

Nicholas Mogg

Aeneas

Susanna Fairbairn

Susanna Fairbairn

Belinda

Frederick Long

Frederick Long

Sorceress

Frederick received a DipRAM from the Royal Academy of Music and furthered his training at the National Opera Studio. Previous ETO performances of the wizard Isménor in Dardanus, and the Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas were met with widespread critical acclaim. We will now discover whether supernatural powers were fundamental to this recent success on stage.

Having begun his career at Glyndebourne as the Lackey in Ariadne auf Naxos, Frederick has since been invited to perform and cover major roles all over the UK, including English National Opera (Figaro), Opera Holland Park (Schaunard), Glyndebourne Festival (Saul), Mid-Wales Opera (Papageno) and Covent Garden (Ivan Ivanovitch in The Nose by Shostakovich).

Benjamin Williamson

Benjamin Williamson

Spirit

Alison Manifold

Alison Manifold

2nd Woman

Alison was born in Sydney, Australia holds a Bachelor of Music Studies (voice) and an Advanced Diploma of Opera from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Alison most recently performed 2nd Lady in the English Touring Opera’s “Io Taceró” in the 2018 Autumn Season, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with the Waterperry Opera Festival 2018, as well as a recital series in Sydney and Amsterdam. Previous roles with the English Touring Opera include Amelia/Bindi in Silver Electra, Lady Saphir in Patience, and Sylvia in Dust Child. For a full biography please visit www.alisonmanifold.com

Richard Dowling

Richard Dowling

Sailor

Mr Dowling will sing the role of Ferrando in Così fan tutte at Snape Maltings Concert Hall (Fri 13 May), Buxton Opera House (Sat 28 Mar), Festival Theatre, Malvern (Thu 23 Apr) and Exeter Northcott (Wed 27 May).

Richard is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music’s Opera Course and is now generously supported by Opera Prelude.

Richard returns here for his second season, having played an Evangelist in their productions of Bach’s St Matthew Passion and a variety of roles in their triple bill of Purcell, Carissimi and Gesualdo. More recently he travelled to Tokyo with ‘Diva Opera’ to perform as ‘Pedrillo’ in their production of Mozart’s ‘Entführung aus dem Serail’.

Richard originally studied Chemical Engineering at The University of Manchester, where he completed a PhD in the field of crystallisation.

Jorge Navarro-Colorado

Jorge Navarro-Colorado

Jonas

‘harmonies are rendered with exquisite beauty’

★★★★★ MusicOMH

‘expressively sung, powerfully staged’

★★★★ The Times

‘Bravo to English Touring Opera for such imaginative programming.’

★★★★ The Telegraph

‘fluent staging’

★★★★ The Stage

‘striking Triple Bill’

★★★★ Sunday Express

‘performances of blazing conviction’

The Guardian

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    12th Oct 2018 - 7:30 pm
  2. Gala Theatre, Durham
    22nd Oct 2018 - 7:30 pm
  3. Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden
    26th Oct 2018 - 7:30 pm
  4. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    3rd Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm
  5. Coronation Hall, Ulverston
    7th Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm
  6. Buxton Opera House
    10th Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm
  7. Theatre Royal Bath
    13th Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm
  8. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    21st Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm
  9. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    22nd Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm

Your Comments

  1. Thank you for a wonderful evening at Snape yesterday, it was fantastic.

    Said Lisa Simmonds at 10:22am on 4th Nov 2018

  2. We saw this in Snape. Absolutely Beautifully sung and staged.
    Dido & Aeneas was quite stunning - the staging and acting magnificent, and with only eight in the cast. Voices were all beautiful.

    Said Philippa Watkins at 10:13am on 5th Nov 2018

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