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Triple bill: 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

This 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.

Showing At

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

Opera and theatre work: Choreographer: The Cunning Little Vixen (ETO, OTC); Sweeney Todd (RAM); Who Killed Mr Drum (Treatment Theatre), Jenufa, Eugene Onegin, Susannah and Don Giovanni ( ETO); Casanova (Told by an Idiot); Tartuffe and The Hypochondric (Liverpool Playhouse) Director: Hänsel und Gretel (Stowe Opera); Jephtha (ETO). Le nozze di Figaro and Eugene Onegin (Iford Arts)
Bernadette’s career as a dancer and performer includes working for Tanztheater Wuppertal, ARC Dance Company, Siobhan Davies, Aletta Collins, London Contemporary Dance Theatre, Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre, Corp Feasa and many leading choreographers and directors in dance, opera and theatre.

James Conway

James Conway

Director (I Will Not Speak)

General Director of ETO, James Conway has directed 24 new productions and 4 revivals for the company, including Donizetti’s The Siege of Calais (to be revived in 2015), Maria Stuarda and Anna Bolena and Handel’s Alcina, Ariodante, Teseo, Tolomeo, Flavio, Xerxes and Agrippina. Other notable ETO productions include Eugene Onegin, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Simon Boccanegra, The Emperor of Atlantis and the world première of Alexander Goehr’s Promised End. For RCM he directed L’incoronazione di Poppea and Le nozze di Figaro, and for the Canadian Opera Company Don Giovanni. His production of The Cunning Little Vixen is in repertory at the Moravian National Theatre in Janacek’s home city of Brno. He has written original libretti for 2 operas and translations for 5 others, as well as several works of fiction; his most recent translation was last season’s Agrippina. Upcoming productions include Giulio Cesare (Lucca) and Ottone (ETO).

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

Peter Kirk

Peter Kirk

Jonas

Sky Ingram

Sky Ingram

Dido

Nicholas Mogg

Nicholas Mogg

Aeneas

Susanna Fairbairn

Susanna Fairbairn

Belinda

Frederick Long

Frederick Long

Sorcerer

Benjamin Williamson

Benjamin Williamson

Spirit

Alison Manifold

Alison Manifold

2nd Woman

Richard Dowling

Richard Dowling

Sailor

Showing At

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