A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Britten - Spring 2010

Michael Rosewell conduct’s Britten’s eerie, highly theatrical score, with a cast led by Jonathan Peter Kenny and Andrew Slater.

Conductor 
Michael Rosewell
Director 
James Conway
Designer 
Joanna Parker
Lighting Designer 
Aideen Malone

First produced in 2004, ETO’s hugely successful production of the Britten/Shakespeare masterpiece returns. In a fairy-haunted wood, lovers’ knots are tangled, and strange dreams create monstrous romances. Only in an hilarious play performed by working men are all the opera’s tensions and enchantments eased. Michael Rosewell conduct’s Britten’s eerie, highly theatrical score, with a cast led by Jonathan Peter Kenny and Andrew Slater.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is sold out in Exeter and Snape.

(Running time approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes, including a 20 minute interval between Acts II and III. There will be a short pause between acts I and II.)

Showing At

  1. Sadler's Wells, London
    10th Mar 2010 - 7:30 pm
  2. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    20th Mar 2010 - 7:30 pm
  3. Hall for Cornwall, Truro
    24th Mar 2010 - 7:30 pm
  4. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
    31st Mar 2010 - 7:30 pm
  5. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    10th Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm
  6. Buxton Opera House
    17th Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm
  7. Grand Opera House, Belfast
    24th Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm
  8. The Hawth, Crawley
    29th Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm
  9. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    8th May 2010 - 7:30 pm
  10. Warwick Arts Centre
    15th May 2010 - 7:30 pm
  11. Perth Festival, Perth Concert Hall
    22nd May 2010 - 7:30 pm
  12. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    29th May 2010 - 7:30 pm
  1. Sadler's Wells, London — 10th Mar 2010 - 7:30 pm

    Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN

  2. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 20th Mar 2010 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

    • Sold Out

  3. Hall for Cornwall, Truro — 24th Mar 2010 - 7:30 pm

    Back Quay, Truro, TR1 2LL

  4. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield — 31st Mar 2010 - 7:30 pm

    55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA

  5. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 10th Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  6. Buxton Opera House — 17th Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm

    Water Street, SK17 6XN

  7. Grand Opera House, Belfast — 24th Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm

    Great Victoria Street, Belfast, BT2 7HR

  8. The Hawth, Crawley — 29th Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm

    Hawth Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6YZ

  9. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 8th May 2010 - 7:30 pm

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

    • Sold Out

  10. Warwick Arts Centre — 15th May 2010 - 7:30 pm

    University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL

  11. Perth Festival, Perth Concert Hall — 22nd May 2010 - 7:30 pm

    Mill Street, Perth, PH1 5HZ

  12. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 29th May 2010 - 7:30 pm

    6 St Edward's Passage, Cambridge, CB2 3PJ

Michael Rosewell

Michael Rosewell

Conductor

Michael began his career at the Vienna State Opera as a member of the music staff and assistant to Claudio Abbado. Having worked closely with many of the world’s greatest singers including Pavarotti, Domingo, Gruberova, Freni, Carreras, Alfredo Kraus, and Cappuccilli, he went on to conduct extensively throughout Germany; notably the opera houses in Kassel, Wiesbaden and the Nationaltheater, Mannheim, where he held the position of Kapellmeister. He has also conducted at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, for Kent Opera, ENO, and regularly at the International Festivals in Aldeburgh, Bath, Perth, Buxton and Montepulciano.

In concert Michael has conducted amongst others, the Staatsorchester, Rheinische Philharmonie, the Nationalorchester, Mannheim, the Staatsorchester, Wiesbaden, the Pforztheimer Kammerorchester, the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, the RTE Symphony Orchestra, the London Mozart Players, the BT Scottish Ensemble and the Aurora Orchestra. He has also worked extensively with leading period instrument ensemble ‘The London Handel Orchestra’ with which, as ‘Associate Conductor’, he introduced many rarely performed Handel operas to the London stage. He has broadcast for Radio France Musique, RTE Dublin and Süddeutsche Rundfunk. His recording of Lehar arias, with Grammy award winning tenor Alfie Boe and the Orchestra of Scottish Opera was recently re-released under the Decca record label.

Recent projects include mentoring Craig Revel Horwood through to winning the BBC Maestro at the Opera, filmed in association with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, to conducting a Bach’s St John Passion with the RTE Symphony Orchestra, Dublin. His most recent performances with ETO included Michael Tippett’s King Priam at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; a production which won the Olivier Award for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Opera’, 2014.

James Conway

James Conway

Director

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).

Joanna Parker

Joanna Parker

Designer

Designs for theatre, opera and dance. Joanna’s opera engagements include The Rape of Lucretia (RCM); Flavio, Eugene Onegin, Falstaff, Alcina, Le nozze di Figaro, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Cunning Little Vixen (all ETO). She has also worked with the ROH, SO, and OTC Dublin.

Joanna’s designs for theatre include The Young Vic, Hampstead Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Salisbury Playhouse and The Lyric Hammersmith. She designed The Noise of Time for Theatre de Complicité at the Lincoln Centre NY, Barbican Centre London and European Festivals.

Dance designs include Cholmondeleys, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company and London Contemporary Dance Theatre. She is Senior Lecturer in Scenography at Central School of Speech and Drama.

Aideen Malone

Aideen Malone

Lighting Designer

Aideen was born in Dublin and trained in Dublin and London. Her opera engagements include Turn of the Screw, Le nozze di Figaro, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cosi fan tutte, Mary Queen of Scotts, Jenufa and Tosca (all for ETO); Dialogues des Carmélites (RCM). In theatre, Aideen’s work has included Lighten Up, The Thought That Counts and In One Ear (Theatre Rites); Greed and Kiss My Echo (Clod Ensemble); Hirja and Dogs Barking (Bush Theatre); Coyote on a Fence (Royal Exchange Manchester/ West End). Aideen’s dance work includes A Compas (Paco Pena); Ether and Bhakti (Angika Dance Co.); Kaash and Polaroid Feet (Akram Khan Co.).

Cast

Jonathan Peter Kenny

Jonathan Peter Kenny

Oberon

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.

Gillian Ramm

Gillian Ramm

Tytania

Born in Australia, Gillian Ramm trained at the Western Australian Conservatorium of Music and the West Australian Opera Young Artist Programme, before receiving a scholarship at RNCM. Gillian was awarded the John Cameron Lieder Prize and the Ricordi Prize for Opera. Operatic engagements include Fiordiligi/ Così fan tutte (GFO, GTO); Rosalinde/ Die Fledermaus (GTO); Second Niece/ Peter Grimes (Teatro di San Carlo); Aci/ Aci Galatea e Polifemo (London Handel Festival); Valencienne/ The Merry Widow (West Australian Opera); Anne Truelove/ The Rake’s Progress (RNCM); Clorinda/ La Cenerentola (Ryedale Festival); Yum Yum/ The Mikado (Carl Rosa). Gillian has sung in concert with The Classical Opera Company, ON, LPO and Teatro Comunale di Bologna. Future and recent plans include her debut with ENO as First Niece in a new production of Peter Grimes and Fiordiligi/ Così fan tutte (GTO). Gillian has previous performed with ETO as Tytania/ A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Niamh Kelly

Niamh Kelly

Hermia

From Moville, Co Donegal, Niamh is an hons graduate of NUI Maynooth and University of Limerick. Supported by the Arts Council of Ireland she then attended RNCM graduating with a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance with Distinction. She continues her studies with Anne Mason.

The first recipient of ETO’s Young Artist Bursary Niamh’s operatic performances include Cherubino, The Marriage of Figaro, Hermia, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 3rd lady, The Magic Flute, Smeton, Anna Bolena, Mrs Ott, Susannah and Olga, Eugene Onegin (all ETO), Dorabella, Cosi fan tutte (Mananan Opera Festival), Maurya, Riders to the Sea (Opera Fringe Northern Ireland); Cherubino, Le Nozze di Figaro, Mercedes, Carmen (Opera Brava); Eurynome, Penelope (Wexford Festival Opera).

Recent performances include 1st Norn and Grimgerde in concert performances of Götterdämmerung and Die Walkure with The Wagner Society and David Syrus, and Hansel in NI Opera’s production of Hansel and Gretel.

Michael Bracegirdle

Michael Bracegirdle

Lysander

A graduate of RNCM, Michael’s operatic roles during college included Tom Rakewell/The Rake’s Progress, Sandy and First Officer/The Lighthouse and Ruggero/La Rondine. He was the 2006 winner of the Emmy Destinn Award for Young Singers and a prizewinner at the Mezzo Television International Opera Competition and Festival 2008. Operatic roles include Tamino/The Magic Flute (ENO); Boris/Katya Kabanova (SO); First Armed Man/The Magic Flute (ENO and OHP); Lensky/Eugene Onegin, Steva/Jenufa and Cavaradossi/Tosca (ETO); Judge Danforth/The Crucible (Dicapo Opera, New York); Don José/Carmen, Rodolfo/La bohème and Jenik/The Bartered Bride (Mid Wales Opera). In concert and broadcast Michael has performed with RLPO, RPO, English Chamber Orchestra and BBC Concert Orchestra at venues including Barbican Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Robert Davies

Robert Davies

Demitrius

Robert studied at the University of Sheffield and GSMD. He received the 2003 Erich Vietheer Memorial Award at Glyndebourne and appeared as Mr. Gedge/Albert Herring, Marcello/La Boheme, Count Almaviva/Le Nozze di Figaro and Doctor Falke/Die Fledermaus on the Festival Tour. Other notable roles at Glyndebourne include Curo/Julio Cesare, Indian/The Bartered Bride, Guccio/Gianni Schicchi, Shepherd/Pelleas et Melisande and Guide/Carmen. He was Greek Captain in the Gramophone Award-winning production of Les Troyens at (Châtelet Theatre). Other roles include Lalo’s premiere of Verrina/Fiesque (UCL); Belcore/L’Elisir d’Amore and Sharpless/Madame Butterfly (Opera Box); Dancaïre/Carmen and Jailer/Tosca (Diva Opera). Concert performances include Monteverdi Vespers (St. Mark’s, Venice), Handel Messiah (St. David’s Hall, Cardiff), Elgar The Kingdom and Caractacus, Mendelssohn Elijah and Orff Carmina Burana.

Laura Mitchell

Laura Mitchell

Helena

Born in Hertfordshire, Laura studied at the Royal College of Music where she gained a first-class honours degree and postgraduate diploma. She then joined the Benjamin Britten International Opera School, studying with Lillian Watson. In 2007, she won the Song prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards and the Lies Askonas Prize. Laura attended the National Opera Studio during the 2007/08 season.

While at the NOS, Laura took part in residencies at WNO, Scottish Opera, Theatre Royal and Opera North, singing Illia/Idomeneo, Helena/A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Donna Elvira/Don Giovanni, Leila/The Pearlfishers. Other operatic roles include Countess Almaviva/Le nozze di Figaro and Elisa/Tolomeo for BBIOS, Aldimira in Cavalli ‘s Erismena, First Witch/Dido and Aeneas, Ninfa and Proserpina/Orfeo (cover), all for English Touring Opera. More recently, she appeared at Scottish Opera in Smetana’s Two Widows, covering the role of Lidka.

Concert work includes Tippett’s Spirituals and Rutter’s Requiem at St.John Smith Square, Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate and Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras no 5 with the Emerald Ensemble at Bristol Cathedral, Bach’s B Minor Mass at St John Smith Square, Haydn’s Nelson Mass with Sir David Willcocks, Handel’s Messiah at Kings College Cambridge with Stephen Cleobury,Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate with the London Pro Arte Orchestra in Denmark and Strauss’ Four Last Songs at the Hatfield Auditorium, conducted by Peter Stark.

In 2007/08, Laura sang Bach’s St. John Passion with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Mark Padmore at the QEH in London, which was followed by a tour through South Korea and Japan.
As a recitalist she has performed at the Teatro dei Rozzi Siena, the St.Peters Basilica Rome as well as the Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, St Martin in the Fields, St.James’ Piccadilly, and the Windsor, Chester and Beaumaris Festivals.
She has taken part in master classes with Robin Stapleton (Amici di Verdi) and with Roger Vignoles at the Leeds Lieder Festival.

Her most recent appearances include Bach’s St Matthew Passion at the Royal Festival Hall with Mark Padmore and the OAE, recitals for the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Ismene/Mitridate for WNO with Sir Charles Mackkeras, Gilda/Rigoletto for the Grange Park Opera ‘Rising Stars’ series and ‘Messiah’ concerts with John Nelson and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg.

Future engagments include Helena and Countess Almaviva for ETO, Donna Elvira at Opera Holland Park and Kristina/The Makropoulos Case at ENO.

Laura gratefully receives the support of The Countess of Munster Musical Trust for their Funding and Recital scheme, the Concordia Foundation for the Barthel Prize, the Wingate Scholarship, the Zetland Foundation, and the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

David Gooderson

David Gooderson

Puck

David was born in Pakistan and trained at Cambridge University. His extensive theatre credits include Quince/A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park); Lionel Espy/Racing Demon (New Farnham Repertory Company); Chasuble/The Importance of Being Earnest (Middleground Theatre Company); Old Waverley/The Woman Hater and Jerome/De Monfort (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond). For TV, David’s credits include Pathologist/A Touch of Frost (ITV), Davros/Dr Who and Albert Pie/Doctors (BBC). He has made over 400 radio broadcasts and his work as a playwright includes The Killing of Mr Toad (King’s Head, BBC Radio 4, Finborough Theatre), Waste of Glory, Death of a Village, So Great a Crime (BBC Radio 4), The Wind in the Willows (Chichester, Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park and West End). Previously for ETO, David has performed Frosch/Die Fledermaus, Majordomo/Ariadne on Naxos, and Puck/A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Nicholas Lester

Nicholas Lester

Theseus

Mr Nicholas Lester will sing the role of Marcello on 11 April (Everyman Theatre, matinee performance) and from 25 April onwards.

Australian born, Nicholas Lester trained at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, on the Young Artists Programme at the State Opera of South Australia. He was awarded the Anne Woods/Johanna Peters Award and Independent Opera Postgraduate Fellowship to attend the National Opera Studio.

Operatic roles include Starek Jenůfa (Glyndebourne on Tour); Schaunard La Bohème (Glyndebourne on Tour and Nederlandse Reisopera); Marcello (State Opera of South Australia); Dr Malatesta Don Pasquale, Ping Turandot, Justizrat/Storch Intermezzo and Der Sprecher/Papageno Die Zauberflöte (Scottish Opera); Bohuš The Jacobin (Buxton Festival); Figaro Il barbiere di Siviglia, Kuligin Katya Kabanova and Doctor/Shepherd Pelléas et Mélisande (Opera Holland Park); Escamillo Carmen (Mid Wales Opera) and Aeneas Dido and Aeneas (Adelaide Festival);. He created the role of Edward Lear in Ode to nonsense (Slingsby Theatre Company/SOSA co-production) and sang excerpts of Gianni Schicchi (title role) from Amsterdam’s Bimhuis broadcast by NPO Radio 4.

Concert engagements include: Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen for Maurice Béjart’s ballet ‘Song of a Wayfarer’ with English National Ballet, Handel Messiah with Laurence Cummings; Vaughan-Williams Five Mystical Songs and Faure Requiem (St-Martin-in-the-Fields). Recordings include Elgar Fringes of the Fleet and Big Steamers for Somm Records.
For ETO Nicholas has previously performed title role Eugene Onegin, Figaro Il barbiere di Siviglia, Count Almaviva The Marriage of Figaro, Theseus A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Kagler Weiner Blut and Pasha Selim The Seraglio.

Future plans: Guglielmo Cosi fan tutte (Den Jyske Opera, Denmark); Frédéric Lakmé (Opera Holland Park) and Figaro Il barbiere di Siviglia (Welsh National Opera).

Lise Christensen

Lise Christensen

hippolyta

Andrew Slater

Andrew Slater

Bottom

Andrew studied at Royal Northern College of Music and St Petersburg Conservatoire. He has performed more than 75 opera roles including Lotario, Ariodate, Falstaff, Bottom, Bartolo, Blitch, Alfonso, Donald and Araspe (All ETO); Ben Selim (Royal Opera House), Nachtigal (Grange Park Opera), Golaud (Glyndebourne Touring Opera), Faninal (Scottish Opera), Basilio (Welsh National Opera), Sacristan (Opera North), Colline (English National Opera) etc.

Recordings include Nyman, Love Counts and Mozart 252 (MNR); Michael Berkeley, Jane Eyre (Chandos); Stravinsky, The Flood (Twentieth Century Classics).

Martin Robson

Martin Robson

Quince

Martin was born in Oxfordshire and studied at Leeds University and RNCM. His operatic roles include Quince/A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Opera di Roma); Xuthus/Ion (Music Theatre Wales/Opera National du Rhin); Abbot/Azarias Church Parables (Opera National du Rhin); Cover Sarastro/The (Little) Magic Flute (ENO/GTO); Cover Caron and Pluto/Orfeo (ENO). Concert engagements include Verdi Requiem (Chichester/Southwell/Glasgow); Mozart Requiem (QEH/London Mozart Players); Haydn Creation (Aberystwyth); Handel Messiah (Oxford/Milton Keynes). Martin has recorded The Rake’s Progress (Deutsche Grammophon); Threni (Koch International Classics); Curlew River (Dutch radio); The Parole Officer (Universal); and several recordings on BBC Radio 3 and French radio

Henry Grant Kerswell

Henry Grant Kerswell

Snug

Henry trained at GSMD, the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and as a Britten-Pears Young Artist. Previous roles include Snug/ A Midsummer Night’s Dream (ETO, Opera de Bauge and BYO); Antonio/ Le Nozze di Figaro (ETO, BYO); Don Alfonso/ Cosi Fan Tutti (Grange Park Opera, Pimlico Opera); Superintendent Budd/ Albert Herring (Co-Opera Co, Dottore); Grenvil/ La Traviata (Opera de Bauge); covered and sang The Mikado/ The Mikado (Carl Rosa Opera, UK and US National Tours); Farmer Boggis/ Fantastic Mr Fox (Chamber Version World Premiere, OHP). Oratorios have included Haydn’s The Creation, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Mozart’s Requiem, Polyphemus in Handel’s Acis and Galatea at venues including St. Martin’s in the Fields and the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Future plans for 2011 include Perichaud/ La Rondine, Antonio/ Le Nozze di Figaro (OHP).

Mark Wilde

Mark Wilde

Flute

Mark Wilde was born in Scotland and studied at the University of East Anglia and RCM.
He made his Glyndebourne debut as Ferrando Così fan tutte, and has since appeared with ENO, Glyndebourne on Tour, WNO, the European Opera Centre, Birmingham Opera, Garsington Opera, the Savoy Theatre Opera, and the Netherlands Opera. Previously with ETO, Mark has sung Tamino Die Zauberflöte, the title role La Clemenza di Tito, Farmer Bunce in Picker’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Flavio, The Fairy Queen and the title role Albert Herring.
Mark is also a prominent concert singer, and has appeared with most of the UK’s and Europe’s major orchestras.
Engagements this season include Britten Spring Symphony in Ekaterinburg (Ural Philharmonic Orchestra), a Britten recital (Musica Sacra Maastricht) and Binet in Offenbach’s Vert Vert (Garsington Opera).

Nicholas Merryweather

Nicholas Merryweather

Starveling

Sheffield born, Nicholas Merryweather studied at the Musikhochschule in Cologne and on the opera course at GSMD. He was a recipient of the ETO Chris Ball Bursary in 2011 and the 2008 Glyndebourne Wessex Award. Nicholas’s operatic roles include Don Giovanni, Papageno The Magic Flute and Mozart’s Figaro (LFO); Don Polidoro The Italian Girl in London (Buxton Festival); Cassandro La Finta Semplice for Bampton Classical Opera; Blazes The Lighthouse, title role Fantastic Mr Fox, Marco Gianni Schicchi (ETO). Concert engagements include Bach with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Handel with the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra and Hallé Orchestra.

Benedict Quirke

Benedict Quirke

Snout

Benedict was born in Manchester and studies with Jeffery Talbot. His operatic roles include cover Bardolfo/Falstaff, cover Night Watchman and Marco Polo/Night at the Chinese Opera and cover Gastone/La Traviata (Scottish Opera); First Trojan/Idomeneo (Birmingham Opera); Gastone/La Traviata (OHP). His theatre credits include The Gondoliers, The Merchant of Venice and The Water Babies for the Chichester Theatre Festival. Concert engagements include Beethoven Fidelio (Proms Royal Albert Hall); Verdi Otello and Macmillan St John Passion (Concertgebouw Amsterdam). Benedict has also made recordings for Opera Rara and Chandos and sings and records with London Voices.

Abigail Kelly

Abigail Kelly

cobweb

Having initially trained at Birmingham Conservatoire, Abigail completed her operatic studies at the RCS. Performances with ETO include Naiad Rusalka, Cobweb A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Despina Cosi fan tutte. As a recitalist Abigail has performed with Opera South Africa and the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra as well as solo recitals at St John Smith Square and across the Caribbean. Abigail’s work includes roles in many children’s operas including the award winning Laika the Spacedog. Abigail is grateful to the Peter Moores Foundation, English Touring Opera and Chris Ball for bursaries to further her professional development.

Catrine Kirkman

Catrine Kirkman

Moth

Catrine Kirkman graduated with a Masters from The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and continues to study with Jessica Cash. Recent roles include Zerlina/ Don Giovanni (Focus Opera); Tebaldo/ Don Carlo (Midsummer Opera); Susanna/ Figaro, Papagena/ Magic Flute (both Opera Brava); Suor Genovieffa/ Suor Angelica (Midsummer Opera). Catrine performed the solo vocalise in a world premiere by Benjamin Ellin at the opening catwalk show of London Fashion Week 2010. She sings the role of Inn Hostess on the Naxos recording of Edward German’s Tom Jones, and plays the title role in forthcoming cinema release In Love with Alma Cogan (Capriol Films). Future engagements include the role of Laetitia (Sullivan’s The Zoo) for Charles Court Opera in Gettysburg, USA, in June. Catrine has previously appeared with ETO as Barbarina/ Figaro and Moth/ A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

***** Hike miles to see this… ETO’s staging of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is wonderful beyond words. A corker of a show from a tip-top team”

The Independent

**** It is the most mesmeric and magical staging, a trancey lesson in what opera can add to Shakespeare.

The Times

**** James Conway, the producer and ETO’s general director, made sure he did not put a foot wrong in delivering a production with charm and humour to spare.

The Financial Times

Showing At

  1. Sadler's Wells, London
    10th Mar 2010 - 7:30 pm
  2. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    20th Mar 2010 - 7:30 pm
  3. Hall for Cornwall, Truro
    24th Mar 2010 - 7:30 pm
  4. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
    31st Mar 2010 - 7:30 pm
  5. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    10th Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm
  6. Buxton Opera House
    17th Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm
  7. Grand Opera House, Belfast
    24th Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm
  8. The Hawth, Crawley
    29th Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm
  9. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    8th May 2010 - 7:30 pm
  10. Warwick Arts Centre
    15th May 2010 - 7:30 pm
  11. Perth Festival, Perth Concert Hall
    22nd May 2010 - 7:30 pm
  12. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    29th May 2010 - 7:30 pm

Your Comments

  1. Please come back soon to the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill. We all miss you.

    Said Robbie Vickers at 20:31pm on 19th Nov 2009

  2. I am hoping to book for A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Cambridge Arts Theatre on 29th May 2010. Can you please tell me when booking opens online for this? Or should I deal direct with the theatre?

    Said David Hunt at 16:19pm on 15th Dec 2009

  3. Booking has now opened for all Cambridge performances.

    Said Thalia (ETO) at 13:18pm on 18th Dec 2009

  4. What is the position with surtitles for works in english this spring (Abandoned I hope...)If you have some performances with and some without which are they?

    Said susan burdell at 17:58pm on 9th Feb 2010

  5. Please can you tell me what the running time of the performance is?
    Thank you

    Said Alice at 15:02pm on 19th Feb 2010

  6. The running time of A Midsummer Night's Dream is approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes. Thanks for pointing that out - we've now added running times to all the productions.

    Said Thalia (ETO) at 15:37pm on 19th Feb 2010

  7. We are hoping to book 2-5 tickets for MND @Perth: please can you indicate earliest opportunity?

    Said alison chandler at 20:57pm on 21st Mar 2010

  8. Booking in Perth opens on Monday 29 March.

    Said Thalia (ETO) at 14:34pm on 23rd Mar 2010

  9. Cast?

    Said anne marie at 02:20am on 24th Mar 2010

  10. Click on the "Artists" tab just below the big picture to see the cast.

    Said Thalia (ETO) at 10:18am on 26th Mar 2010

  11. Congratulations on your performance at Warwick Arts this evening, Sat 15th May!
    First class production & performance, with all singers and the orchestra equally impressive.
    Thanks very much.

    Said Tim Street at 23:38pm on 15th May 2010

  12. What a wonderful and magical evening last night at Warwick Arts Centre. I send the cast, orchestra and crew my thanks for making such beautiful music.

    Senga

    Said Senga at 11:34am on 16th May 2010

  13. We really enjoyed MND at Perth Theatre on Saturday, even though we're more Mozart fans than Britten. Beautifully staged and sung as always. One small disappointment, though, was that the children were almost completely concealed from view of the audience for the curtain calls. We would would have liked to have seen the children brought to the front as they did so well!

    Said Robert MacKinnon at 08:36am on 24th May 2010

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