Alcina

Handel - Handelfest

Director 
James Conway
Revival Director 
Bernadette Iglich
conductor 
Robert Howarth
Designer 
Joanna Parker
lighting designer 
Tina McHugh

Like Teseo, Alcina has at its heart an enchantress who loves a mortal and who, rejected, exacts lonely, futile revenge. Alcina is one of Handel’s most wonderful creations: truly seductive, she invokes in every listener to pity and terror. Her island is like a suite in which she has been shut up, ageless and lovely, alluring and corrupting. Joanna Parker’s poetic wooden island, with a great chandelier in the middle of the floor and a harpsichord full of water, is also a refuge for beauty from the contrasting austerity of the bare meeting house whence two doughty Puritans (Melisso and Bradamante) set out to retrieve the lost, errant Ruggiero. Once again, Parker has designed detailed period costumes from a rich palette of colour and texture; Bernadette Iglich will bring to James Conway’s original production a courtly choreography, physicalising Alcina’s musical language of love.

Running time 2 hours and 50 minutes including 1 interval.

Showing At

  1. Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, London
    23rd Oct 2009 - 7:30 pm
  2. Malvern Theatres
    30th Oct 2009 - 7:30 pm
  3. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    7th Nov 2009 - 7:30 pm
  4. Theatre Royal Bath
    9th Nov 2009 - 7:30 pm
  5. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    20th Nov 2009 - 7:30 pm
  1. Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, London — 23rd Oct 2009 - 7:30 pm

    Prince Consort Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2BS

    • Sold Out

  2. Malvern Theatres — 30th Oct 2009 - 7:30 pm

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

  3. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 7th Nov 2009 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  4. Theatre Royal Bath — 9th Nov 2009 - 7:30 pm

    Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath, BA1 1ET

  5. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 20th Nov 2009 - 7:30 pm

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

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).

Bernadette Iglich

Bernadette Iglich

Revival Director

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.

Robert Howarth

Robert Howarth

conductor

Robert studied at York University and is Co-Artistic Director of The Avison Ensemble; Assistant Director of English Voices and Co-Principal keyboard player of the OAE. His opera engagements include Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (WNO); Alcina (Hamburg State Opera); Monteverdi Ballo del Ingrate and Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda followed by Ulysses comes home (BOC); L’Orfeo and Tolomeo (ETO). He has been assistant conductor at several European houses and festivals and on the concert platform has conducted the OAE, Northern Sinfonia, St James Baroque Players, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra and Mozart Festival Orchestra. Future plans include a European tour of Monteverdi Vespers and The Glory of Venice with OAE.

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.

Tina McHugh

Tina McHugh

lighting designer

Cast

Natasha Jouhl

Natasha Jouhl

Soprano

Alcina

Natasha trained NOS, and GSMD where she won the Gold Medal Competition. Other achievements include the Glyndebourne on Tour Promis Award. Operatic roles include Elisetta/ The Secret Marriage and First Wood Nymph/ Rusalka (GFO)*; Ilia/ Idomeneo (ON); Emma/ Khovanshchina (WNO); First Lady/ The Magic Flute (ON and Holland Park Opera); Micaela/ Carmen (GTO); Kumadha/ The Flowering Tree (Chicago Opera Theatre). Natasha’s concert appearances include Haydn Creation (Windsor Festval); Carmina Burana (RPO); Handel Messiah (Ulster Orchestra); Pergolesi Missa Romana (Orchestre National de Lyon). Future performances will include Faure Requiem (Cadogan Hall), First Wood Nymph/ Rusalka (ON) and Donna Anna/ Don Giovanni (GTO).

  • on 21st August, 2009 – with Natasha’s replacement being rushed down from London for the final act).

Celeste Lazarenko

Celeste Lazarenko

Soprano

Morgana

Celeste trained at the Sydney Conservatorium and GSMD. Awards include the Countess of Munster Award; Australian Music Foundation Award; Helpmann Award; Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship. Opera engagements include Soprano Soloist/ Hydrogen Jukebox (Angers-Nantes Opéra); Ninfa/ L’Orfeo (ON); Cover Partenope/ Partenope and Cover Clemence/ L’amour de loin (ENO); Sandrina/ La finta giardiniera (Opéra de Baugé); Governess/ The Turn of the Screw (Kiev Festival). Future opera engagements include Celia/ Lucio Silla (Opéra Angers-Nantes Opéra and Opéra de Rennes). Concert engagements include Die Jahreszeiten at the Maribor Festival (November 2009) and Mahler Symphony No. 4 (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra).

Wendy Dawn Thompson

Wendy Dawn Thompson

Mezzo Soprano

Ruggiero

Wendy was born in Timaru, New Zealand and went on to train at Victoria University of Wellington, RNCM and RCM. In 2005 she was a Cardiff Singer of the World finalist and won the Kathleen Ferrier Award, Royal Overseas League Music Competition and Young Artist Trust in 2003. Opera roles include Isabella/ L’italiana in Algeri (New Zealand Opera); Fiduma/ The Secret Marriage (SO); Innocent/ The Minotaur (ROH); Messenger/ L’Orfeo (ENO); Der Komponist/ Ariadne auf Naxos (Garsington Opera); Varvara/ Katya Kabanova (ON). Concert appearances include Mahler Symphony No. 2 (Zagreb Philharmonic); Mozart Mass in C Minor (RLPO); Song Recital (Wigmore Hall).

Carolyn Dobbin

Carolyn Dobbin

Mezzo Soprano

Bradamante

Carrickfergus born mezzo- soprano and Samling scholar, trained at the RSAMD and on the YAP of OTC in Dublin in 2006.

Carolyn has worked with many UK and Swiss Opera companies. Repertoire includes, Lucretia/ The Rape of Lucretia, Carmen, Alisa / Lucia di Lammermoor, Bradamante / Alcina, Teodata / Flavio, Lisetta / Il mondo della luna, Dorabella / Così fan tutte( radio3), Second Lady / The Magic Flute, Idamante/Idomeno, Nicklaus / The Tales of Hoffmann, Dido and First Witch / Dido and Aeneas, Ottavia/ The coronation of Poppea, Cherubino / La nozze di Figaro, Concepcion / L’heure espagnole, Orlofsky / Die Fledermaus and Maddalena / Rigoletto, flora / La traviata, Janet / The Doctor’s Tale for ROH2, Scipio / Caligula (radio3) and Hannah / The Passenger both for ENO, Andronico / Tamerlano, Meg Page / Falstaff for OHP, Emilia / Otello for DO, Maddalena / Rigoletto and Polina/ Pique Dame for GPO. During 2010 Carolyn was a WNO Associate Artist and the recipient of the WNO Chris Ball Bursary and the Sir John Moores Award.
Her recordings include Lynne Plowman’s Cries Like Silence (London Mozart Players).

Roles at Lucerne Theatre – Penelope / Il ritorno d’Ulisse, Annio / La clemenza di Tito, Tisbe / La cenerentola, Lidwina/ Fraulein Bixel und Herr Glück, Flora Bervoix / La traviata. Bradamante/ Alcina, and the title role of Carmen. She made her debut for Bern Stadtheater as Annina & Flora/ La Traviata.
Recent and future engagements include the roles of Polina/Pique Dame, Emilia in Rossinis Othello -Buxton Festival, Elgars ‘Dream of Gerontius’ ,Title role The rape of Lucretia for IYO, Fatima/ Oberon NSO, The Page / Salome for OperaNI and The Verdi Requiem, Third Lady in Magic flute in Switzerland, Angelina in La Cenerentola, Devils jukebox for ON, and the role of Charlotte in Werther for ETO. www.carolyndobbin.com

Nathan Vale

Nathan Vale

Tenor

Oronte

Nathan was the winner of the 2006 London Handel Singing Competition, where he was also awarded the Audience Prize. He recently graduated from the BBIOS, RCM.
Nathan’s operatic engagements have included Pedrillo/ Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Surrey Opera); Nencio/ L’infedeltà delusa (Bampton Cassical Opera); First Prisoner/ Fidelio and cover Evangelist St Matthew Passion (GFO). At the BBIOS he has sung
Nerone/ L’incoronazione di Poppea and Alessandro/ Poro, rè dell’Indie. He made his debut with ENO in L’incoronazione di Poppea. Recent concerts include Handel Messiah (Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano and Sir Neville Marriner); Evangelist, Bach St. Matthew Passion (Northern Sinfonia); concerts with Les Arts Florissant.

Neil Baker

Neil Baker

Baritone

Melisso

“James Conway promised a serious answer to those would turn Handel into a clown and he delivers. His staging of Alcina for English Touring Opera casts a spell from its first moments.” Times

Showing At

  1. Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, London
    23rd Oct 2009 - 7:30 pm
  2. Malvern Theatres
    30th Oct 2009 - 7:30 pm
  3. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    7th Nov 2009 - 7:30 pm
  4. Theatre Royal Bath
    9th Nov 2009 - 7:30 pm
  5. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    20th Nov 2009 - 7:30 pm

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  1. Loved it!

    Said Pamela West at 10:18am on 8th Nov 2009

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