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Ariodante

- Autumn 03

Handel’s baroque classic with a period orchestra

Director 
James Conway
Conductor 
David Adams

Be transported to the wild Scottish coast. A beautiful young woman is accused of immorality and cast aside by her family and lover. Ariodante is a drama of Shakespearean intensity, each character sharply drawn in words and music. Handel’s rich, eloquent score, featuring some of his finest melodies, is a record of passionate love – be it innocent or cruel, religious or romantic.

For the first time ETO tours with a period orchestra – joining a distinguished cast to bring you Handel’s baroque classic.

Showing At

  1. Richmond Theatre
    15th Oct 2003 - 7:30 pm
  2. Richmond Theatre
    18th Oct 2003 - 7:30 pm
  3. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
    22nd Oct 2003 - 7:30 pm
  4. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
    25th Oct 2003 - 7:30 pm
  5. Corn Exchange King's Lynn
    28th Oct 2003 - 7:30 pm
  6. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    1st Nov 2003 - 7:30 pm
  7. Theatre Royal, Lincoln
    4th Nov 2003 - 7:30 pm
  8. Theatre Royal, Lincoln
    5th Nov 2003 - 7:30 pm
  9. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    8th Nov 2003 - 7:30 pm
  10. Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
    11th Nov 2003 - 7:30 pm
  11. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    15th Nov 2003 - 7:30 pm
  12. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    20th Nov 2003 - 7:30 pm
  13. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    22nd Nov 2003 - 7:30 pm
  14. Theatre Royal Bath
    26th Nov 2003 - 7:30 pm
  15. Theatre Royal Bath
    27th Nov 2003 - 7:30 pm
  16. Theatre Royal Bath
    29th Nov 2003 - 7:30 pm
  1. Richmond Theatre — 15th Oct 2003 - 7:30 pm

  2. Richmond Theatre — 18th Oct 2003 - 7:30 pm

  3. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury — 22nd Oct 2003 - 7:30 pm

    The Friars, Canterbury, CT1 2AS

  4. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury — 25th Oct 2003 - 7:30 pm

    The Friars, Canterbury, CT1 2AS

  5. Corn Exchange King's Lynn — 28th Oct 2003 - 7:30 pm

  6. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 1st Nov 2003 - 7:30 pm

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

  7. Theatre Royal, Lincoln — 4th Nov 2003 - 7:30 pm

    Clasketgate, Lincoln, LN2 1JJ

  8. Theatre Royal, Lincoln — 5th Nov 2003 - 7:30 pm

    Clasketgate, Lincoln, LN2 1JJ

  9. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 8th Nov 2003 - 7:30 pm

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

  10. Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells — 11th Nov 2003 - 7:30 pm

    TN1 2LU

  11. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 15th Nov 2003 - 7:30 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  12. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 20th Nov 2003 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  13. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 22nd Nov 2003 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  14. Theatre Royal Bath — 26th Nov 2003 - 7:30 pm

    Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath, BA1 1ET

  15. Theatre Royal Bath — 27th Nov 2003 - 7:30 pm

    Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath, BA1 1ET

  16. Theatre Royal Bath — 29th Nov 2003 - 7:30 pm

    Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath, BA1 1ET

James Conway

James Conway

Director

As General Director of ETO for 17 years and ETO’s Artistic Director since April 2019, James Conway has directed productions of operas by Monteverdi, Handel, Mozart, Donizetti, Janácek, Puccini, Debussy, Ullmann, Britten and Tippett, as well as a world premiere by Alexander Goehr. Before coming to ETO he was General Director of Opera Theatre Company in Dublin; his productions for that company travelled to New York (Brooklyn Academy of Music), and to festivals in Melbourne, London, Buxton, Paris, Dusseldorf, Prague, Brno, Lisbon and Porto. Notable among his freelance directing is the long-running production of The Cunning Little Vixen at the Janácek Theatre, Brno.

David Adams

David Adams

Conductor

Crew

Helen Eastman

Helen Eastman

Assistant Director/Staff Producer

Born London
Training Oxford University, LAMDA
Theatre Directing credits include The Cure at Troy (BAC and Tour), Wild Raspberries (Citizens Theatre, Glasgow), Iphigenia at Aulis (Playhouse), The Monument (Finborough Theatre), Wolf Game (Union Theatre), The Baltimore Waltz (The Gatehouse), Foreground/Background (Young Vic Studio, On War Programme) and readings at Old Vic New Voices. Resident Director for The Donkey Show (West End, site specific).
Opera Staff Director Ariodante and The Turn of the Screw (ETO), Revival Director Turn of the Screw (OTC)
Other Helen is co-artistic director of award-winning new writing company, Floodtide

Jonathan Peter Kenny

Jonathan Peter Kenny

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.

Claire Ormshaw

Claire Ormshaw

Dalinda

Born in Lancashire, Claire studied at the RNCM and NOS. In 2005, she received the prestigious John Christie Award from Glyndebourne Opera for the most promising young singer. Other awards include a Peter Moores Foundation Major Scholarship and scholarships from ENO, the Sybil Tutton Charitable Trust and the Countess of Munster Trust. Opera engagements include Emmie/ Albert Herring (GFO and GTO); Blonde/ Entführung (Frankfurt Opera), Nannetta/ Falstaff (WNO and GPO), Barbarina/ Le nozze di Figaro (ENO and GFO). Recently her roles include Despina/ Cosi fan tutte (Ivan Fischer in Budapest and Spain); Marzelline/ Fidelio (Garsington Opera). Future plans include Blonde/ Entführung (WNO); Tytania/ A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Susanna/ Le nozze diFigaro (ETO).

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.).

Andrew Slater

Andrew Slater

King

For the last thirty years Andrew has been singing principal roles with UK opera companies. Thanks to the solid singing technique provided by the RNCM in the 1980s his voice has remained fresh as the odd grey hair has arrived, and he now looks and sounds ideal for the low voice roles of nobility or malevolence which abound in the repertoire. He is also good as the fat funny bloke. There is, in fact a role to suit him in almost every opera. He is eternally good humoured – taking as a blessing that his job is the activity he would do for fun around a conventional career. Married to a soprano whose international career allows him to travel the world in style, he also teaches a bit at the University of Huddersfield.

Laurence Cummings

Laurence Cummings

Conductor/Repetiteur

Born
Sutton Coldfield

Education
Christ Church, Oxford University

Opera
Tolomeo (London Handel Festival); Orfeo, Semele (both ENO); Giulio Cesare (GFO); Rodelinda (OTC)

Concerts
Purcell King Arthur (Britten Pears Orchestra); Almeida La Guiditta (Remix Baroqua Orquestra/Casa da Musica); Corelli, Torelli, Handel, Bach (The English Concert, Malaga)

Recordings
Handel Arias with Angelika Kirschlager (Sony BMG); Handel Gloria with Emma Kirkby and RAM (BIS)

Other
Laurence is Music Director of the London Handel Festival and the Head of Historical Performance at the RAM.

Sinead Campbell-Wallace

Sinead Campbell-Wallace

Dalinda

Joanna Burton

Joanna Burton

Ginevra

Ashley Catling

Ashley Catling

Lurcanio

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 Mott

Louise Mott

Ariodante

Louise Mott studied at the GSMD and the RCM (Opera Course) and NOS. She made her débuts at ENO as Bradamante Alcina, WNO as Annio La Clemenza di Tito and Opera North as Annina Der Rosenkavalier, followed by Fidalma Il matrimonio segreto and 2nd Witch (& Dido cover) Dido and Aeneas. She sang Ariodante for ETO and Mme Larina Eugene Onegin for Scottish Opera on Tour. For the Early Opera Company she has sung Agrippina, Ruggiero Alcina, Ariodante, Sesto Giulio Cesare, Orlando, Rosmira Partenope, Melissa Amadigi, Serse and Dido Dido and Aeneas. Other roles include Meg Page Falstaff for Diva Opera and Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern, and Katarina Schratt Mayerling for The Royal Ballet at The Royal Opera House. Other roles for Diva Opera include Count Orlofsky Die Fledermaus, The Marchise of Birkenfeld La fille du Regiment, Zweite Dame Die Zauberflöte, Flora Bervoix La Traviata, Nicklausse Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Alisa Lucia di Lammermoor and Marcellina Le Nozze di Figaro.

Contemporary opera performances include for Almeida Opera: Ion (Param Vir), God’s Liar (John Casken), Marguerite Hey, Persephone! (Deidre Gribbin) and Marlinchen The Juniper Tree (Roderick Watkins), also at the Muffathalle, Munich; for The Opera Group: Blind Mary The Martyrdom of St Magnus, Penelope Linen from Smyrna (Edward Rushton), Cordula Wagner The Shops (Edward Rushton) at the Bregenz Festival and Priestess Seven Angels (Luke Bedford) at the Brighton Festival; for Tête à Tête: Penelope in Odysseus Unwound and Angela in Push (David Bruce). Other performances have included Blind Mary The Martyrdom of St Magnus at the Oslo Kammermusik Festival and with the Hebrides Ensemble at the Orkney Festival, Marcella Alban (Tom Wiggall) at St Albans Abbey, Wife/Sphinx/Doreen Greek (Mark-Anthony Turnage) with the London Sinfonietta, and Helen King Priam at the Brighton Festival.

Louise Mott

Louise Mott

Ariodante

Louise Mott studied at the GSMD and the RCM (Opera Course) and NOS. She made her débuts at ENO as Bradamante Alcina, WNO as Annio La Clemenza di Tito and Opera North as Annina Der Rosenkavalier, followed by Fidalma Il matrimonio segreto and 2nd Witch (& Dido cover) Dido and Aeneas. She sang Ariodante for ETO and Mme Larina Eugene Onegin for Scottish Opera on Tour. For the Early Opera Company she has sung Agrippina, Ruggiero Alcina, Ariodante, Sesto Giulio Cesare, Orlando, Rosmira Partenope, Melissa Amadigi, Serse and Dido Dido and Aeneas. Other roles include Meg Page Falstaff for Diva Opera and Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern, and Katarina Schratt Mayerling for The Royal Ballet at The Royal Opera House. Other roles for Diva Opera include Count Orlofsky Die Fledermaus, The Marchise of Birkenfeld La fille du Regiment, Zweite Dame Die Zauberflöte, Flora Bervoix La Traviata, Nicklausse Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Alisa Lucia di Lammermoor and Marcellina Le Nozze di Figaro.

Contemporary opera performances include for Almeida Opera: Ion (Param Vir), God’s Liar (John Casken), Marguerite Hey, Persephone! (Deidre Gribbin) and Marlinchen The Juniper Tree (Roderick Watkins), also at the Muffathalle, Munich; for The Opera Group: Blind Mary The Martyrdom of St Magnus, Penelope Linen from Smyrna (Edward Rushton), Cordula Wagner The Shops (Edward Rushton) at the Bregenz Festival and Priestess Seven Angels (Luke Bedford) at the Brighton Festival; for Tête à Tête: Penelope in Odysseus Unwound and Angela in Push (David Bruce). Other performances have included Blind Mary The Martyrdom of St Magnus at the Oslo Kammermusik Festival and with the Hebrides Ensemble at the Orkney Festival, Marcella Alban (Tom Wiggall) at St Albans Abbey, Wife/Sphinx/Doreen Greek (Mark-Anthony Turnage) with the London Sinfonietta, and Helen King Priam at the Brighton Festival.

Nicholas Smith

Nicholas Smith

Born Hertford
Training Oxford University (Organ Scholar), GSMD
Awards The Worshipful Company of Tobacco Pipe Makers and Tobacco Blenders
Opera Lysander A Midsummer Night’s Dream (BYO), Joabel David et Jonathas (William Christie), Tenor role Orfeo ed Euridice (Scottish Opera), Tamino The Magic Flute and Ferrando Così fan tutte (St John’s Opera Company), King Ouf I L’Étoile, First Elder Susanna and Arv Maskarade (GSMD)
Concerts Bach St. John Passion (Berlin Philarmonie), Haydn Creation (Dublin International Organ and Choral Festival), Handel Acis and Galatea (Norfolk and Norwich Festival)
Recordings Nelson Mass (Metronome), Le Marriage forcé (ASV), Simunye (Erato)

Louise Mott

Louise Mott

Ariodante

Louise Mott studied at the GSMD and the RCM (Opera Course) and NOS. She made her débuts at ENO as Bradamante Alcina, WNO as Annio La Clemenza di Tito and Opera North as Annina Der Rosenkavalier, followed by Fidalma Il matrimonio segreto and 2nd Witch (& Dido cover) Dido and Aeneas. She sang Ariodante for ETO and Mme Larina Eugene Onegin for Scottish Opera on Tour. For the Early Opera Company she has sung Agrippina, Ruggiero Alcina, Ariodante, Sesto Giulio Cesare, Orlando, Rosmira Partenope, Melissa Amadigi, Serse and Dido Dido and Aeneas. Other roles include Meg Page Falstaff for Diva Opera and Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern, and Katarina Schratt Mayerling for The Royal Ballet at The Royal Opera House. Other roles for Diva Opera include Count Orlofsky Die Fledermaus, The Marchise of Birkenfeld La fille du Regiment, Zweite Dame Die Zauberflöte, Flora Bervoix La Traviata, Nicklausse Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Alisa Lucia di Lammermoor and Marcellina Le Nozze di Figaro.

Contemporary opera performances include for Almeida Opera: Ion (Param Vir), God’s Liar (John Casken), Marguerite Hey, Persephone! (Deidre Gribbin) and Marlinchen The Juniper Tree (Roderick Watkins), also at the Muffathalle, Munich; for The Opera Group: Blind Mary The Martyrdom of St Magnus, Penelope Linen from Smyrna (Edward Rushton), Cordula Wagner The Shops (Edward Rushton) at the Bregenz Festival and Priestess Seven Angels (Luke Bedford) at the Brighton Festival; for Tête à Tête: Penelope in Odysseus Unwound and Angela in Push (David Bruce). Other performances have included Blind Mary The Martyrdom of St Magnus at the Oslo Kammermusik Festival and with the Hebrides Ensemble at the Orkney Festival, Marcella Alban (Tom Wiggall) at St Albans Abbey, Wife/Sphinx/Doreen Greek (Mark-Anthony Turnage) with the London Sinfonietta, and Helen King Priam at the Brighton Festival.

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

The Times

Showing At

  1. Richmond Theatre
    15th Oct 2003 - 7:30 pm
  2. Richmond Theatre
    18th Oct 2003 - 7:30 pm
  3. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
    22nd Oct 2003 - 7:30 pm
  4. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
    25th Oct 2003 - 7:30 pm
  5. Corn Exchange King's Lynn
    28th Oct 2003 - 7:30 pm
  6. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    1st Nov 2003 - 7:30 pm
  7. Theatre Royal, Lincoln
    4th Nov 2003 - 7:30 pm
  8. Theatre Royal, Lincoln
    5th Nov 2003 - 7:30 pm
  9. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    8th Nov 2003 - 7:30 pm
  10. Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
    11th Nov 2003 - 7:30 pm
  11. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    15th Nov 2003 - 7:30 pm
  12. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    20th Nov 2003 - 7:30 pm
  13. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    22nd Nov 2003 - 7:30 pm
  14. Theatre Royal Bath
    26th Nov 2003 - 7:30 pm
  15. Theatre Royal Bath
    27th Nov 2003 - 7:30 pm
  16. Theatre Royal Bath
    29th Nov 2003 - 7:30 pm

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