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Albert Herring

Benjamin Britten - Autumn 2012

Michael Rosewell conducts Britten’s witty depiction of English village life in this classic comedic masterpiece.

Conductor 
Michael Rosewell
Director 
Christopher Rolls
Designer 
Neil Irish
Lighting Designer 
Guy Hoare

The archetypes remain true, the orchestration fresh as a daisy under Michael Rosewell.

5 STARS, The Independent on Sunday

The Britten centenary jamboree gets off to a cracking start with English Touring Opera’s finely tuned production of Albert Herring.

4 STARS, Telegraph

Strongly sung, sharp and keenly observed.

4 STARS, Guardian

Time and again one laughed out loud at the sheer excellence of this production. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!

Classicalsource.com

Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring has become a classic, comic depiction of English village life. Full of character, matching humour with psychological insight, it describes the election by village committee of a shy local lad in a grocer’s shop as May King – a title normally awarded as May Queen to a virtuous girl, but no one matches up to the exacting standards of virtue held by Lady Billows. Naturally, the crowning of the May King does not go quite as planned, and poor (or lucky) Albert Herring ends up straying rather far from the path of virtue.

A genuinely hilarious satire with undertones of melancholy, Albert Herring is a village masterpiece, with a score of great beauty. ETO’s new production is conducted by Michael Rosewell, a Britten expert, and directed by Christopher Rolls; the cast includes a splendid group of experienced singers and actors as Lady Billows (Jennifer Rhys-Davies) and her committee, with Mark Wilde in the title role as the youth they judge so severely.

New production
Sung in English
Running time: 2 hours and 40 minutes (incl. interval)

The music

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Production photography: Richard Hubert Smith, www.richardhs.com

Showing At

  1. Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London
    4th Oct 2012 - 7:45 pm
  2. Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London
    6th Oct 2012 - 7:45 pm
  3. Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London
    10th Oct 2012 - 7:45 pm
  4. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
    17th Oct 2012 - 7:30 pm
  5. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
    19th Oct 2012 - 7:30 pm
  6. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    25th Oct 2012 - 7:30 pm
  7. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    27th Oct 2012 - 7:30 pm
  8. Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
    30th Oct 2012 - 7:30 pm
  9. Harrogate Theatre
    2nd Nov 2012 - 7:30 pm
  10. Theatre Royal Bath
    5th Nov 2012 - 7:30 pm
  11. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    10th Nov 2012 - 7:30 pm
  12. Malvern Theatres
    13th Nov 2012 - 7:30 pm
  13. Buxton Opera House
    16th Nov 2012 - 7:30 pm
  1. Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London — 4th Oct 2012 - 7:45 pm

    Covent Garden, London , WC2E 9DD

  2. Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London — 6th Oct 2012 - 7:45 pm

    Covent Garden, London , WC2E 9DD

  3. Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London — 10th Oct 2012 - 7:45 pm

    Covent Garden, London , WC2E 9DD

  4. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge — 17th Oct 2012 - 7:30 pm

    11 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DP

  5. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge — 19th Oct 2012 - 7:30 pm

    11 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DP

  6. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 25th Oct 2012 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  7. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 27th Oct 2012 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  8. Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells — 30th Oct 2012 - 7:30 pm

    TN1 2LU

  9. Harrogate Theatre — 2nd Nov 2012 - 7:30 pm

    Harrogate Theatre, Oxford Street, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 1QF

  10. Theatre Royal Bath — 5th Nov 2012 - 7:30 pm

    Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath, BA1 1ET

  11. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 10th Nov 2012 - 7:30 pm

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

  12. Malvern Theatres — 13th Nov 2012 - 7:30 pm

    Malvern Theatres, Grange Road, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 3HB

  13. Buxton Opera House — 16th Nov 2012 - 7:30 pm

    Water Street, SK17 6XN

Michael Rosewell

Michael Rosewell

Conductor

SPRING 2014 – THE MAGIC FLUTE
Mr Michael Rosewell will conduct in London (8 March), Wolverhampton (17 March), Norwich (27 April), Crawley (5 May), Exeter (15 May), Durham (19 May), Perth (22 May) and Cambridge (30 May).

Michael began his career at the Vienna State Opera, assisting Claudio Abbado and working closely with many of the world’s leading singers, including Cappuccilli, Freni, Gruberova, Domingo and Pavarotti. He has conducted extensively throughout Germany notably in Kassel, Wiesbaden, Mannheim; at the ROH, ENO, ETO and Kent Opera; at the Buxton, Bath, Perth and Montepulciano Festivals, and broadcast on Südwestfunk, Radio France Musique, RTE Dublin and the BBC. Michael conducted world premiere performances of Stephen Oliver’s Timon of Athens and is a renowned interpreter of Britten’s operas. He is currently Music Director for ETO and Opera Director at the RCM.

Christopher Rolls

Christopher Rolls

Director

Christopher Rolls is a theatre and opera director based in London, UK. He trained in International Theatre Directing (MA) at Middlesex University (London, N. Ireland, Bangkok, Moscow) and has worked all over the world.

In November 2011, he was nominated in category of OUTSTANDING NEWCOMER for a London Evening Standard Theatre Award. In February 2011, Chris Rolls’ production of Les Parents Terribles by Jean Cocteau was nominated for an Olivier Award in the category of Outstanding Production in an Affiliate Theatre. In 2005 Chris was Resident Assistant Director (RAD) for the Donmar Warehouse Theatre in London’s West End.

Chris has worked as an Assistant Director and Associate Director for the UK’s National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Opera house – Covent Garden, and in the West End.

Neil Irish

Neil Irish

Designer

Born
Birmingham

Training
Birmingham University
Slade UCL
National Film & Television school

Opera
Productions for Opera Holland Park, Almedia/ENO Opera Festival, Mid Wales Opera, Opera Theatre Company Dublin, Garden Opera, ETO, Pegasus Opera and Opera North

Future
A new Opera to coincide with the Beijing Olympics at Hackney Empire, a UK tour of the play The Dresser, a new play for the Drill Hall and a production of The Shape of Things in Istanbul.

Other
Neil has also worked for both set and costume departments for BBC TV.

Guy Hoare

Guy Hoare

Lighting Designer

Opera includes: The Lighthouse; Albert Herring; Gianni Schicchi; Il Tabarro; Promised End; Katya Kabanova; Don Giovanni; Eugene Onegin (ETO); Jakob Lenz (ENO); American Lulu; The Firework-Maker’s Daughter (The Opera Group).

Theatre includes: Strange Interlude (National); Roots; Serenading Louie; Be Near Me (Donmar); A Doll’s House (Young Vic); NSFW; In Basildon (Royal Court); A Delicate Balance; Waste (Almeida); Peter Pan (NTS); The Little Mermaid, Faith Healer (BOV); Rutherford & Son; Othello (Northern Broadsides).

Dance includes: The Metamorphosis (Royal Ballet); The Land of Yes, The Land of No (Sydney Dance Company); Frontline (Aterbaletto); Dream (NDCWales); Pavlova’s Dogs (Scottish Dance Theatre); Dracula (Mark Bruce Company); Mischief (Theatre Rites).

Cast

Mark Wilde

Mark Wilde

Tenor

Albert Herring

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).

Jennifer Rhys-Davies

Jennifer Rhys-Davies

Soprano

Lady Billows

Born Wales
Training TCM
Opera Berta The Barber of Seville, Amaltea Moses in Eqypt, Clorinda La Cenerentola, Marianne Der Rosenkavalier, Widow Babette’s Feast (all ROH), Rosalinde Die Fledermaus (Nurnberg), Hilda Mack Elegy for Young Lovers (Switzerland), Sieglinde The Valkyrie (Covent Garden and Bath International Festivals), Lady Macbeth Macbeth (Oberhausen Maifest), Donna Anna and Donna Elvira Don Giovanni, Konstanze The Escape from the Seraglio, Arminda La Finta Giardiniera, Elettra Idomeneo, Abigaille Nabucco, title role Lucia di Lammermoor, title role Semiramide, Queen of the Night The Magic Flute (for Basel, Scottish Opera, Niedersachsische, Staatstheater Hannover, Garsington Opera), Italian Singer Capriccio (GFO), Olympia, Antonia, Giulietta Les Contes d’Hoffman (Grande Theatre Limoges and Germany), Elizabeth Mary Stuart (ETO, Theater Basel)
Recordings Berta The Barber of Seville, Marianne Der Rosenkavalier (both Chandos), several for Opera Rara including Sabine Orazi e Curazi and One Hundred Years of Italian Opera

Rosie Aldridge

Rosie Aldridge

Mezzo-soprano

Florence Pike

Anna-Clare Monk

Anna-Clare Monk

Soprano

Miss Wordsworth

Charles Johnston

Charles Johnston

Baritone

Mr Gedge, the vicar

Born Surrey
Training GSMD
Opera Smirnov The Bear (Cernier Festival, Switzerland), Eisenstein Die Fledermaus (Opera Holland Park), title role Die Kaiser von Atlantis (Wigmore Hall), title role Rigoletto (Mid-Wales Opera), Lancelot Gwyneth and the Green Knight (Music Theatre Wales), Scarpia Tosca (Castleward Opera), Forester The Cunning Little Vixen (ETO & OTC), Garibaldo Rodelinda (OTC in the US), title role Macbeth (Singapore), Golaud Pelleas et Melisande (France), Michonnet Adriana Lecouvreur (Opera Holland Park)

Richard Roberts

Richard Roberts

Tenor

Mr Upfold, the mayor

Richard studied at the University of Kansas. Operatic engagements include Matteo/Arabella (Opera Australia); Truffaldino/The Love of Three Oranges and Witch/Hansel and Gretel (Staatstheatre Kassell); Rinuccio/Gianni Schicchi, Platon Karataeyev/War and Peace and Goro/Madame Butterfly (ENO); Pinkerton/Madame Butterfly (OHP). Concert appearances include Salome (LSO at the Barbican); Beethoven Choral Symphony (Brighton Dome); Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (Stadhalle Kassel); Mozart Requiem (RFH); Steuermann/Flying Dutchman (RPO at the Barbican). He recorded the role of Bardolf in Falstaff for Chandos Records and is the voice of the Cockerel on the BBC Films animated version of Janacek’s Cunning Little Vixen. He has recently performed Prince/Rusalka, Rudolfo/La Boheme and Steva/Jenufa with the ETO.

Tim Dawkins

Tim Dawkins

Bass

Superintendent Budd

Charles Rice

Charles Rice

Baritone

Sid

Martha Jones

Martha Jones

Mezzo-soprano

Nancy

Martha Jones’ current and future engagements include LISETTA Il mondo della Luna, MATILDA cover Ottone English Touring Opera, GOFFREDO Rinaldo Longborough Festival and 2nd WITCH Macbeth Scottish Opera.

Most recent engagements include NANCY Albert Herring English Touring Opera, COUNTESS CEPRANO Rigoletto Opéra-Théâtre Limoges, OLGA Eugene Onegin Southbank Sinfonia, EDITH (cover) Pirates of Penzance Scottish Opera, Mahler’s Rückert Lieder New English Ballet Theatre, Recital Showcase Wigmore Hall (with Malcolm Martineau and Sir Thomas Allen), St. John’s Smith Square and St. Barbabas, as well as a recording of Schubert Romanze BBC Philharmonic (cond. Paul Daniel).

Martha studied at Durham University, as well as with Janis Kelly at the Royal College of Music International Opera School. Whilst at the RCM she received the Baroness de Turckheim award, an MBF award, the Marjorie and Dorothy Whyte Memorial Award and a Susan Chilcott Scholarship. She was also supported in her studies by the Sophie’s Silver Lining Fund and the Josephine Baker Trust. Martha was a finalist in the Great Elm Vocal Award 2010, and she was awarded prizes in the RCM Schumann Competition and the Chelsea Schubert Festival.

Martha is a Britten-Pears Young Artist and a Samling Scholar and has given recitals at St John’s Smith Square, the National Portrait Gallery and for the Ryedale Festival with Christopher Glynn.

Clarissa Meek

Clarissa Meek

Mezzo-soprano

Mrs Herring

SPRING 2014 – THE MAGIC FLUTE
The role of Second Lady will be sung by Ms Clarissa Meek for the following performances: London (8 March), Poole (13 March), Cheltenham (3 April), Sheffield (11 April), Crawley (5 May), Exeter (15 May), Durham (19 May), and Cambridge (29 May).

Clarissa studied at GSMD. Opera: 2nd Lady Magic Flute; 2nd Esquire, Heavenly Voice Parsifal (ROH) Katerina Shratt Mayerling (Royal Ballet, ROH), Virtu/Pallade Coronation of Poppea (Netherlands Opera), Sorceress Dido and Aeneas, Les Noces, 2nd Maid Elektra (ON); Iolanthe (title role), Annie Fisher Friend of the People (SO); Madam Larina Onegin (Glyndeboume); Mrs Grose Turn of the Screw (Grange Park); Dog-Fox Cunning Little Vixen, Frugola Il Tabarro, Zita Gianni Schicchi, Mrs Herring Albert Herring (ETO). Concert: Les Nuits d’Ete Flanders Symphony Orchestra, touring Belgium; Beethoven’s 9th Symphony Bamberger Symphoniker under Walter Weller; Elijah RSNO. Recording: Feodor Boris Godunov Brighton Festival.

Emily-Jane Thomas

Emily-Jane Thomas

Soprano

Cis

Cardiff-born Emily-Jane trained at GSMD under Yvonne Kenny. She also studied at Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Hamburg and was a young artist on ENO’s ‘Opera Works’.
Roles include Second Fairy/Second Woman The Fairy Queen (Glyndebourne and BBC Proms, William Christie, Laurence Cummings, OAE), Cis Albert Herring (Steuart Bedford, BBC Symphony Orchestra), Juliet The Little Sweep (S4C), understudy Flora The Turn of the Screw (ON) and Zerlina Don Giovanni (Bahrain under Orlando Jopling).
Concert engagements include Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, Handel’s Messiah under Sarah Walker and Haydn’s Creation under Sir David Willcocks.
Previously for ETO, Emily-Jane sang Cis Albert Herring.

Erin Hughes

Erin Hughes

Soprano

Emmie

Erin is an 18 year old soprano from Gloucestershire where she has just completed her A-level studies at Cirencester College. Erin has regularly competed in the Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts and has won 12 Gold and 15 Silver medals. In 2012 she was invited to sing in the Festival opening concert. In September 2010 Erin was one of 4 finalists in the BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year at St Paul’s Cathedral. In the summer of 2011 Erin travelled to Mexico City and sang the role of of Flora in The Turn of the Screw (Conducted by Jan Latham-Koenig). In 2012 she has performed in Mozart’s comedy opera Bastien und Bastienne at Cheltenham Playhouse Theatre and in Sweeney Todd at the Longborough Opera Festival. Acting credits include Natasha Three Sisters, The Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, Our Town, Agnes of God. Erin is thrilled to be joining English Touring Opera this autumn. She hopes to attend Music College in the near future to further develop her singing and performance skills.

Showing At

  1. Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London
    4th Oct 2012 - 7:45 pm
  2. Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London
    6th Oct 2012 - 7:45 pm
  3. Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London
    10th Oct 2012 - 7:45 pm
  4. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
    17th Oct 2012 - 7:30 pm
  5. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
    19th Oct 2012 - 7:30 pm
  6. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    25th Oct 2012 - 7:30 pm
  7. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    27th Oct 2012 - 7:30 pm
  8. Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
    30th Oct 2012 - 7:30 pm
  9. Harrogate Theatre
    2nd Nov 2012 - 7:30 pm
  10. Theatre Royal Bath
    5th Nov 2012 - 7:30 pm
  11. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    10th Nov 2012 - 7:30 pm
  12. Malvern Theatres
    13th Nov 2012 - 7:30 pm
  13. Buxton Opera House
    16th Nov 2012 - 7:30 pm

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