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Bridgetower

Julian Joseph - Autumn 07

Julian Joseph’s new jazz opera

Director 
Helen Eastman
Composer/Musical Director 
Julian Joseph

Commissioned by the City of London Festival, Julian Joseph’s new jazz opera about the career of the astonishing 18th century violin virtuoso George Polegreen Bridgetower was premiered as part of the festival and then taken on tour by ETO. Mixing jazz singers (like Cleveland Watkiss and Jacqui Dankworth) with classical singers, and directed from the piano by Joseph himself, Bridgetower was strongly directed by ETO regular Helen Eastman. On tour it involved community choruses from different cities, and won for ETO a new, diverse audience for opera.

Showing At

  1. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    23rd Oct 2007 - 7:30 pm
  2. Hackney Empire
    25th Oct 2007 - 7:30 pm
  3. Warwick Arts Centre
    2nd Nov 2007 - 7:30 pm
  4. Hall for Cornwall, Truro
    7th Nov 2007 - 7:30 pm
  5. Exeter Corn Exchange
    9th Nov 2007 - 7:30 pm
  6. Malvern Theatres
    13th Nov 2007 - 7:30 pm
  7. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
    17th Nov 2007 - 7:30 pm
  8. De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill
    24th Nov 2007 - 7:30 pm
  9. Bridgewater Hall
    28th Nov 2007 - 7:30 pm
  1. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 23rd Oct 2007 - 7:30 pm

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

  2. Hackney Empire — 25th Oct 2007 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  3. Warwick Arts Centre — 2nd Nov 2007 - 7:30 pm

    University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL

  4. Hall for Cornwall, Truro — 7th Nov 2007 - 7:30 pm

    Back Quay, Truro, TR1 2LL

  5. Exeter Corn Exchange — 9th Nov 2007 - 7:30 pm

  6. Malvern Theatres — 13th Nov 2007 - 7:30 pm

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

  7. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield — 17th Nov 2007 - 7:30 pm

    55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA

  8. De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill — 24th Nov 2007 - 7:30 pm

    TN40 1DP

  9. Bridgewater Hall — 28th Nov 2007 - 7:30 pm

Helen Eastman

Helen Eastman

Director

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

Julian Joseph

Julian Joseph

Composer/Musical Director

Crew

Jonathan Peter Kenny

Jonathan Peter Kenny

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.

Kate Golledge

Kate Golledge

Born
Brighton

Training
Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts

Opera/Theatre
Director Sweethearts [Finborough Theatre]
Assistant director Daddy Cool [Shaftesbury Theatre]
Assistant director Get Carter [Red Shift Theatre Company]
Director Six Women with Brain Death [Pleasance Dome/Soho Theatre]
Assistant Julius Caesar [Barbican Theatre]
Director The Pied Piper Project [Opera North Education]

Future
Director Enchanted – a new musical [Kings Head Theatre]

Other
Artistic director of Larger than Life productions – www.largerthanlife.info

Jonathan Gee

Jonathan Gee

asst. MD

Neil Irish

Neil Irish

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.

Helen Eastman

Helen Eastman

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

Neil Brinkworth

Neil Brinkworth

Recent Lighting Design:

Theatre:
Four Men and a Poker Game (Gridiron) Spangleguts (London Bubble); Deptford Stories (National Theatre); Fair (Trafalgar Studios); The 7 Pomegranate Seeds (Oxford Playhouse); The Cure at Troy (Delphi, Greece); The Handsomest Drowned Man (Circus Space); A Square of Sky (The Kosh); Tales from Ovid, A Streetcar Named Desire (GSMD); Strauss Gala (Raymond Gubbay) The Canterville Ghost, Creditors, Judith Bloom (Southwark Playhouse)

Opera:
Bridgetower (City of London Festival): Dido & Aeneas, Jephthe (English Touring Opera);

Relights:
‘0’ (Michael Clark Dance Company); The Vagina Monologues (The Old Vic Theatre/Mark Goucher Ltd.); Ariodante (ETO)

Mike Phillips

Mike Phillips

Jacqui Dankworth

Jacqui Dankworth

Cleveland Watkiss

Cleveland Watkiss

Born
Hackney, East London

Training
London school of singing, GSMD

Awards
Wire/Guardian Jazz Awards for best vocalist for three Consecutive years

Opera/Theatre
Hair
Mandela, Invisible Man

Concerts
Edinburgh jazz Festival: Vocal Suite-Solo voice performance; Phoneheads Dusseldolf Symphonic Orchestra (Tonhalle, Dusseldolf)

Recordings/Broadcasts
5 studio albums: Green Chimney’s; Blessing in Disguise; 23; Victory’s Happy Songbook; Mutual Serenade

Future
Cleveland will be touring with his one man show ‘Vocal Suite’ in 2008!

Franz Hepburn

Franz Hepburn

Born
Nassau, The Bahamas

Training
Acadia University, Nova Scotia, Canada
Morley College, London

Opera/Theatre
Sarastro Die Zauberflöte (Opera East, Canada) The King Aida (Sevenoaks Opera) TruLove The Rake’s Progress (Guildford Opera) Sparafucile Rigoletto (Morley Opera, London) Publius La Clemenza di Tito (Morley Opera, London)

Concerts
Stainer Crucifixion (Nassau, The Bahamas); Olivet to Calvary (Nassau, The Bahamas); JS Bach Magnificat (N.S., Canada)

Broadcasts
Finalist, Channel 4’s award winning TV programme Operatunity which aired in 2003

Interviewed by Sean Rafferty and sang live (accompanied by Tony Legge) on Radio 3’s In Tune programme which aired in 2003

Other
Franz is also the composer of Introspection, a 45 minute song cycle at All Souls Church, London in 2003 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Bahamian independence.

Buddug Verona James

Buddug Verona James

Born Wales
Training GSMD, National Opera Studio
Opera Hermia A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Netherlands Opera), Cherubino The Marriage of Figaro (Opera Atelier, Canada), Dardano Amadigi, The Contralto Four Note Opera (both OTC), title role Orfeo (Cleveland Opera, USA)
Directing Pirates of Penzance, Ruddigore, Orpheus in the Underworld (all Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama), Hercules (RWCMD & Swaledale Festival), Acis and Galatea, Dido and Aeneas (both Craig-y-Nos)
Future Castradiva, Buddug’s one-woman show (Bewdley & Clonmel Festivals), Sondheim Side by Side with Wyn Davies, directing and performing in Hercules (Varazdin Baroque Festival, Croatia), www.buddug.co.uk

Isaac Cobbinah

Isaac Cobbinah

Born
London

Training
Young Actors Theatre, Weekend Arts College

Isaac has appeared in a number of productions for both the Young Actors Theatre and the Weekend Arts College. He has also trained in juggling at the London Youth Circus. Isaac appeared in CITV’s Den of Doom in February 2007.

Jamal Hope

Jamal Hope

Born
London

Education
Loyola Prep School and St Edmund’s College, Herts

Jamal won a scholarship to St Edmund’s College for his abilities as a violinist and as a singer. He is currently appearing in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Drury Lane Theatre), and has appeared in Whistle Down the Wind (Palace Theatre) and as Joe in Caroline or Change (National Theatre).

Jamal is learning to play the sax, enjoys musicals, the theatre, singing, listening to music, and techno games.

“Seamless, inspiring bridges between jazz and classical, black and white” The Stage

“A compelling night’s drama” The Times

“Seamless, inspiring bridges between jazz and classical, black and white” The Stage

“Remarkable” Guardian on Jacqui Dankworth as Mary Prince

“Every phrase oozes instinctive musicianship” The Stage on Cleveland Watkiss as Bridgetower

Showing At

  1. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    23rd Oct 2007 - 7:30 pm
  2. Hackney Empire
    25th Oct 2007 - 7:30 pm
  3. Warwick Arts Centre
    2nd Nov 2007 - 7:30 pm
  4. Hall for Cornwall, Truro
    7th Nov 2007 - 7:30 pm
  5. Exeter Corn Exchange
    9th Nov 2007 - 7:30 pm
  6. Malvern Theatres
    13th Nov 2007 - 7:30 pm
  7. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
    17th Nov 2007 - 7:30 pm
  8. De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill
    24th Nov 2007 - 7:30 pm
  9. Bridgewater Hall
    28th Nov 2007 - 7:30 pm

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