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Ariodante

Handel - Handelfest

Director 
James Conway
Revival Director 
Robin Norton-Hale
Conductor 
Benjamin Bayl
Designer 
Michael Vale
Lighting Designer 
Aideen Malone
Revival Director 
Robin Norton-Hale

If Alcina takes place at the heart of sensuality, Ariodante is an opera that starts and ends with celebration – but in between, each of the characters confronts their worst fears, and the darkest side of their natures. Some are lost to darkness, others broken by suffering, others barely redeemed – but all are transformed irrevocably in the bare course of a day. ETO’s celebrated production keeps the action in Scotland, but turns the King into a senior figure in a dissenting sect in the early 19th century (somewhat reminiscent of Bronte’s Shirley!), his followers and Ginevra’s suitors into aspiring clergymen. Every reference to God in the original Italian is retained in the translation prepared for this production; the central cultural references, often cited in rehearsal, were Lars van Trier’s visionary film Breaking the Waves and the paintings of Strindberg. depicts the consequences of idealising, or suppressing sensual love. One of several suitors for the hand of Ginevra, Ariodante is pledged to marry her, with her father’s blessing: but when she is falsely accused of immorality by one of her other, unsuccessful suitors, she is cast out by her father, by Ariodante, and by all her friends.

Running time 2 hours and 50 minutes including 1 interval

Showing At

  1. Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, London
    24th Oct 2009 - 7:30 pm
  2. Malvern Theatres
    31st Oct 2009 - 7:30 pm
  3. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    6th Nov 2009 - 7:30 pm
  4. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    13th Nov 2009 - 7:30 pm
  5. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    21st Nov 2009 - 7:30 pm
  1. Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, London — 24th Oct 2009 - 7:30 pm

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

    • Sold Out

  2. Malvern Theatres — 31st Oct 2009 - 7:30 pm

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

  3. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 6th Nov 2009 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

    • Limited Availability

  4. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 13th Nov 2009 - 7:30 pm

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

  5. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 21st 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).

Robin Norton-Hale

Robin Norton-Hale

Revival Director

Robin studied English Literature at Oxford University and completed the King’s Head Theatre’s trainee assistant director scheme. Directing credits include Best Man Speech (UK tour); Pick ‘n’ Myths (UK tour); Spirit of Vienna (ETO); Live Canon (Greenwich and Finborough Theatres); Happy Campers (site specific performances at Montagu Close); Pimpinone (Colourhouse Theatre); The Rover (Network Theatre). As associate director Robin has worked on Cloudcuckooland (UK tour); assistant director credits include Sweet Charity (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane); Katya Kabanova and Il Seraglio (ETO). Robin is a creative producer for Maya Productions and artistic director of Flat Earth Theatre, and also works as a performer and devisor for Big Wheel Theatre Company.

Benjamin Bayl

Benjamin Bayl

Conductor

Benjamin Bayl is Music Director of Orchestra of the City and Saraband Consort, and was Assistant Conductor to Iván Fischer’s Budapest Festival Orchestra and Paul McCreesh’s Gabrieli Consort. He studied at King’s College Cambridge, NOS and RAM (MacKerras Scholarship). Recent engagements include conducting debuts with the RPO; Orlando (Opera Australia); Il mondo della luna (Opera East & Iford Festival); recording with Britten Sinfonia; a film of Don Giovanni. As assistant conductor he has worked in the opera houses of Sydney, Leeds, Paris, Strasbourg, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia. Future plans include concerts with Christchurch Symphony Orchestra; Orchestra Victoria; Norrlands Opera, Sweden. For ETO’s Spring 2010 season: Le nozze di Figaro and Don Pasquale.

Michael Vale

Michael Vale

Designer

Michael’s designs for opera include La bohème and Carmen (GFO); Rigoletto (ROH and Olivier Award nomination); Tosca and Alcina (ETO and Olivier Award Nomination); Fidelio (New Zealand International Art’s Festival in Wellington); Idomoneo (Antwerp De Vlaamse and Los Angeles Opera); Sweeny Todd (ON); The Turn of the Screw, Dido and Aeneas, Tosca and Jenufa (ETO). His designs for theatre include Comedy of Errors, Canterbury Tales and Macbeth (RSC); Bent (RNT); The Merchant of Venice (Galaxy Theatre, Tokyo); Cymbeline (Kneehigh Theatre/ RSC); Rapunzel (Kneehigh Theatre/ BAC); Blues in the Night (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Hamlet (English Touring Theatre); Ghosts (Plymouth Theatre Royal); Wind in the Willows (Bristol Old Vic); Blues for Mr. Charlie (Sheffield Crucible). Michael’s dance work includes Faeries (ROH).

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.).

Robin Norton-Hale

Robin Norton-Hale

Revival Director

Cast

Rachel Nicholls

Rachel Nicholls

Soprano

Ginevra

Rachel was born in Bedford and trained at RCM and York University. She received the President’s Rosebowl at the RCM and won 2nd prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Competition. Operatic roles include Armida/ Rinaldo (Edinburgh Festival); Nerone/ L’incoronazione di Poppea (New Theatre Tokyo); Dorinda/ Orlando (Atelier Lyrique de Tourcoing); Flora/ The Knot Garden (SO); Echo/ Ariadne auf Naxos (ROH). Concert engagements include Beethoven Mass in C (Bochum Symphony Orchestra); J.S. Bach Jauchzet Gott (OAE); Handel Messiah (Bach Collegium Japan). She has also made a number of recordings including J.S. Bach B Minor Mass (BIS); Handel Silla (SOMM); Hummel Mass in D Minor (CHANDOS); Dvorak Stabat Mater (BBC). In 2010, Rachel will perform Fiordiligi/ Cosi fan tutte (Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris).

Katherine Manley

Katherine Manley

Soprano

Dalinda

Katherine studied at the RCM. Operatic credits include Arpago/ L’incoronazione di Dario (Garsington Opera); Fortune/ L’incoronazione di Poppea (ENO); Sandman/ Dew Fairy/ Hänsel und Gretel (ON); Musica/ Euridice/ L’Orfeo (ETO); Tullia/ Virginia (Opera Rara recording) and Partenope/ Partenope (Les Azuriales). Recent engagements include Venus/ Venus and Adonis (Transition Opera); Belinda/ After Dido (ENO/ The Young Vic); Jephtha for The King’s Consort in Switzerland and Israel in Egypt on tour with Musik Podium Stuttgart.
Engagements in 09/10 include Dafne/ Apollo e Dafne and cantata Selete Venti (Retrospect Ensemble, Wigmore Hall); Handel Messiah (Ulster Orchestra/ Waterfront Hall, Belfast); St. Matthew Passion (Bath Abbey); Helena/ A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Garsington Opera). Subsequent engagements include Lucia/ The Rape of Lucretia (Angers/ Nantes Opera).

Anne Marie Gibbons

Anne Marie Gibbons

Soprano

Ariondate

Anne Marie studied in Dublin and RNCM supported by the Peter Moores Foundation. Opera roles include Dorabella/ Cosi fan tutte, Anna/ Ascanius/ The Trojans at Carthage, Ino/ Semele, Sister Mathilde/ The Dialogue of the Carmelites, Pitti-Sing/ The Mikado, Flora/ La traviata, Bacchis/ La belle Hélène, Nero/ Agrippina, Kasturbai/ Satyagraha and Annio/ La clemenza di Tito (ENO);  Ariodante and La Cenerentola (OTC); Siegrune/ Gutrune/ Der Ring des Nibelungen (Limerick/ Birmingham); Pippo/ The Thieving Magpie (ON); Peter Eötvös/ As I Crossed the Bridge of Dreams (Almeida Opera); Anna/ Maria Stuarda (Chelsea Opera Group); Second Lady/ The Magic Flute (WNO); Rosmira/ Partenope (Les Azuriales Festival, France). Recordings include Elvida and Il diluvio universale (Opera Rara); The Dialogue of the Carmelites and Italian Girl in Algiers (CHANDOS).

Jonathan Peter Kenny

Jonathan Peter Kenny

Counter tenor

Polinesso

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.

Nathan Vale

Nathan Vale

Tenor

Lurcanio

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.

Andrew Slater

Andrew Slater

Baritone

Donald

Mr Andrew Slater will sing the role of Scarpia on 30 March (Snape), 25 April (Cambridge), 3 May (Buxton), 16 May (Durham), 23 May (Exeter) and 29 May (Truro).

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).

“The minutely pondered body-language articulates so well the humanity and the drama of Handel’s score.” Times

Showing At

  1. Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, London
    24th Oct 2009 - 7:30 pm
  2. Malvern Theatres
    31st Oct 2009 - 7:30 pm
  3. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    6th Nov 2009 - 7:30 pm
  4. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    13th Nov 2009 - 7:30 pm
  5. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    21st Nov 2009 - 7:30 pm

Your Comments

  1. Superb Ariodante at Cambridge on 21 November. Energy, pace and musicality, with brilliant singing and excellent articulation. Particularly enjoyed Anne Marie Gibbons in the title role; I've never heard a better "Doppo notte". What about a recording? More Handel please in future seasons.

    Said Caroline Bowdler at 14:29pm on 27th Nov 2009

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