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Alcina

- Autumn 05

ETO’s exploration of Handel’s operas continues this autumn with Alcina

Director 
James Conway
Conductor 
Gary Cooper
Designer 
Joanna Parker

Alcina is Handel’s magical opera about an enchantress who enslaves every man she encounters until her own love causes her downfall. Handel’s music ranges from the extremely dramatic to the intimate and heartfelt. Directed by James Conway, whose acclaimed production of Handel’s Ariodante was hailed as “the best of British opera” by the Times.

Worth moving heaven and earth to see.

Five stars THE INDEPENDENT

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    14th Oct 2005 - 7:30 pm
  2. Theatre Royal, Lincoln
    18th Oct 2005 - 7:30 pm
  3. Wycombe Swan Theatre
    21st Oct 2005 - 7:30 pm
  4. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
    26th Oct 2005 - 7:30 pm
  5. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
    29th Oct 2005 - 7:30 pm
  6. Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
    1st Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm
  7. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    4th Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm
  8. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    9th Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm
  9. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    12th Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm
  10. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    16th Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm
  11. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    19th Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm
  12. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    23rd Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm
  13. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    24th Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm
  14. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    26th Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm
  15. Theatre Royal Bath
    29th Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm
  16. Coronation Hall, Ulverston
    3rd Dec 2005 - 7:30 pm
  1. Hackney Empire — 14th Oct 2005 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  2. Theatre Royal, Lincoln — 18th Oct 2005 - 7:30 pm

    Clasketgate, Lincoln, LN2 1JJ

  3. Wycombe Swan Theatre — 21st Oct 2005 - 7:30 pm

    Saint Mary Street, High Wycombe, HP11 2XE

  4. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury — 26th Oct 2005 - 7:30 pm

    The Friars, Canterbury, CT1 2AS

  5. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury — 29th Oct 2005 - 7:30 pm

    The Friars, Canterbury, CT1 2AS

  6. Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells — 1st Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm

    TN1 2LU

  7. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 4th Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm

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

  8. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 9th Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  9. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 12th Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  10. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 16th Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  11. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 19th Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  12. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 23rd Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm

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

  13. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 24th Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm

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

  14. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 26th Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm

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

  15. Theatre Royal Bath — 29th Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm

    Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath, BA1 1ET

  16. Coronation Hall, Ulverston — 3rd Dec 2005 - 7:30 pm

    County Square, Ulverston, LA12 7LZ

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).

Gary Cooper

Gary Cooper

Conductor

Conductor
Born London
Training Chethams School of Music, New College, Oxford
Awards The Times Best Newcomer in Classical Music 2001, Sunday Times CDs of 2001 Critics Choice 1st place
Harpsichordist Bach Well-Tempered Clavier (Wigmore Hall), Bach Goldberg Variations (various international venues)
Pianist Mozart Piano Concertos and Complete Piano Sonatas
Conductor Albert Herring, Acis & Galatea (Kent Opera), Tamerlano (RNCM), Portland Baroque Orchestra (USA), Ensemble Arion (Canada)
Recordings Bach Well-Tempered Clavier (ASV), Mozart Violin Sonatas (Channel Records), Mozart and Beethoven Variations on fortepiano (for future release)
Future Castor et Pollux (Kent Opera), Innsbruck Festival 2006

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.

Crew

Sue Nash

Sue Nash

Assistant Director

Tina Machugh

Tina Machugh

Lighting Designer

Amanda Echalaz

Amanda Echalaz

Born South Africa
Training Neil Howlett
Awards Represented South Africa in Cardiff Singer of the World 2005, Kathleen Ferrier Competition finalist, winner of Bayreuth Bursary and Great Elm Singing Competition.
Opera Alcina Alcina, Fiordiligi Così fan tutte (both ETO), Barena Jen_fa (GFO), Tosca Tosca (London City Opera, Central Festival Opera, Northampton), First Bridesmaid Le Nozze di Figaro, Flowermaiden Parsifal (both WNO)
Concert Mendelssohn St Paul (Tring Choral Society), Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony (Tring Choral Society), Victorian Parlour Songs with Robert Tear
Future Manon Lescaut Manon Lescaut (OHP)

Marie Elliott

Marie Elliott

Bradamante

Charles Johnston

Charles Johnston

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 Strivens

Richard Strivens

Melisso

Tamsin Coombs

Tamsin Coombs

Morgana

Ashley Catling

Ashley Catling

Oronte

SPRING 2014 – THE MAGIC FLUTE
The role of Tamino will be sung by Mr Ashley Catling for the following performances: London (7 March), Truro (10 March), Snape (27 March), Cheltenham (3 and 5 April), Sheffield (11 April), Canterbury (22 April), Norwich (27 April), Warwick (10 May), Exeter (13 and 14 May), Perth (22 May), and Cambridge (29 and 31 May).

Ashley Catling studied at the GSMD with William McAlpine‚ and at the National Opera Studio. Performances include Ernesto Don Pasquale (New Zealand Opera)‚ Don Ottavio (Opera Zuid)‚ Nanki-Poo The Mikado (Nationale Reisopera)‚ Apollo Orfeo_‚ Kudryas _Katya Kabanova_‚ Giannetto _La gazza ladra_‚ Fenton _Falstaff and Tamino The Little Magic Flute (ON) Nadir Les Pecheurs de Perles (Dorset Opera)‚ and Zotico Eliogabalo (Grange Park Opera). He has appeared on European and US tours and in concert throughout the UK‚ including St Matthew Passion (Winchester Cathedral) and a recital of Britten songs for voice and harp (Aldeburgh).

Louise Poole

Louise Poole

Ruggiero

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.

Amanda Echalaz leads a wonderfully concentrated young cast

The marvellous Gary Cooper at the harpsichord coaxes a rapt performance from the orchestra.

Four stars THE TIMES

Alcina is a fabulous vision: a perfected example of what a thinking director can achieve by the subtle power of suggestion.

Sensual, searing, smouldering with passion and sensationally well directed, James Conway’s wise and intelligent staging is a masterpiece.

Rarely does a touring production have so much to offer.

Worth moving heaven and earth to see.

Five stars THE INDEPENDENT

ETO scores highly in the vital area of quality singing. Louise Poole delivers a bold and purposeful account of Ruggiero, with Tamsin Coombs elegantly direct as the flighty Morgana… the evening’s most extraordinary performance comes from Amanda Echalaz as the temptress herself, her flamboyant, devil-may-care singing bringing listeners right to the edge of their seats.

OBSERVER

Amanda Echalaz… made something very beautiful of “Ah, mio cor!”, one of the most sumptuous and sensuous arias that Handel ever wrote. Louise Poole was smoothly elegant as the infatuated Ruggiero, keeping her nerve through the bracing runs and divisions of “Stà nell’ Ircana”.

THE TELEGRAPH

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    14th Oct 2005 - 7:30 pm
  2. Theatre Royal, Lincoln
    18th Oct 2005 - 7:30 pm
  3. Wycombe Swan Theatre
    21st Oct 2005 - 7:30 pm
  4. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
    26th Oct 2005 - 7:30 pm
  5. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
    29th Oct 2005 - 7:30 pm
  6. Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
    1st Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm
  7. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    4th Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm
  8. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    9th Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm
  9. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    12th Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm
  10. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    16th Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm
  11. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    19th Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm
  12. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    23rd Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm
  13. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    24th Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm
  14. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    26th Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm
  15. Theatre Royal Bath
    29th Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm
  16. Coronation Hall, Ulverston
    3rd Dec 2005 - 7:30 pm

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