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Elizabeth I

Gioachino Rossini - Spring 2019

Rossini’s masterpiece about the woman behind the monach

Director 
James Conway
Conductor 
John Andrews
Designer 
Frankie Bradshaw

The first fully staged professional production of Rossini’s opera Elizabeth I (Elisabetta, regina d’Inghilterra) to tour the UK since 1818.

Elizabeth I shows the woman behind the monarch. The queen had the reputation of a queen who ruled with her head, and silenced her heart – but writers and composers remained fascinated with her private life, and in particular her rivalry with her cousin Mary Queen of Scots.

Rossini’s opera contrasts the private and public spheres of her life, sparkling with vocal fireworks which culminate in a virtuosic showdown between the virgin queen, her councillor, her lover and his wife.

Sung in Italian with English

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    2nd Mar 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  2. Buxton Opera House
    23rd Mar 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  3. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    4th Apr 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  4. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    11th Apr 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  5. Curve, Leicester
    23rd Apr 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  6. Norwich Theatre Royal
    25th Apr 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  7. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    2nd May 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  8. Churchill Theatre, Bromley
    8th May 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  9. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    23rd May 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  1. Hackney Empire — 2nd Mar 2019 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  2. Buxton Opera House — 23rd Mar 2019 - 7:30 pm

    Water Street, SK17 6XN

  3. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 4th Apr 2019 - 7:30 pm

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

  4. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 11th Apr 2019 - 7:30 pm

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

  5. Curve, Leicester — 23rd Apr 2019 - 7:30 pm

    Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1SB

  6. Norwich Theatre Royal — 25th Apr 2019 - 7:30 pm

    Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RL

  7. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 2nd May 2019 - 7:30 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  8. Churchill Theatre, Bromley — 8th May 2019 - 7:30 pm

    High Street, Bromley, Kent, BR1 1HA

  9. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 23rd May 2019 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

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).

John Andrews

John Andrews

Conductor

With a special affinity for Italian bel canto and English baroque, John Andrews has conducted over 40 operas with companies including Garsington Opera, Opera Holland Park, London Handel Festival and Volkstheater Rostock. An exponent of neglected English music, he has appeared regularly at the English Music Festival. Recordings include: Thomas Arne’s The Judgement of Paris, The Light of the World and Incidental Music to Macbeth; The Tempest (Sir Arthur Sullivan); The Mountebanks (Gilbert and Cellier) for Dutton Vocalion with the BBC Concert Orchestra; Percy Sherwood’s Double Concerto; Sir Frederic Cowen’s 5th Symphony for EM Records. For ETO he has conducted Rossini’s ‘Fireworks’, Tolomeo, Don Giovanni, Anna Bolena and Pia de’ Tolomei.

Frankie Bradshaw

Frankie Bradshaw

Designer

Cast

Mary Plazas

Mary Plazas

Elizabeth I

Luciano Botelho

Luciano Botelho

Leicester

Born in Brazil, he studied at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Welsh International Academy of Voice. He was finalist in both the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and the Francisco Viñas Competitions, leading to appearances with international companies such as ROH Covent Garden, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Oper Frankfurt, Malmö Opera, Scottish Opera and Hamburgische Staatsoper. His roles include Comte Ory, Orfeo, Edgardo Lucia, Tamino Zauberflöte, Elvino Sonnambula, Ferrando Così Fan Tutte, Don Ottavio Don Giovanni, Tonio La Fille du Régiment, Percy Anna Bolena and Ernesto Don Pasquale. Recently for ETO he appeared as Rinuccio Gianni Schicchi.

John-Colyn Gyeantey

John-Colyn Gyeantey

Norfolk

Studied at the RCM, NOS and Accademia Rossiniana, Pesaro.

Rossini roles include Ramiro La Cenerentola (Oper Schloss Hallwyl, Glyndebourne on Tour); Ruodi Guillaume Tell and Aronne Mosé in Egitto (covers for WNO); Comte Ory Le Comte Ory (Opera South); Almaviva Il Barbiere di Siviglia (WNO, Diva Opera and Festival Musique Cordiale); Zefirino Il viaggio a Reims, (Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro); Gernando/Ubaldo Armida (St. John’s, Smith Square). He has sung Nemorino L’elisir d’amore for the Anghiari Festival; Pylade Iphigénie en Tauride, Ubaldo/Ghino Pia de’ Tolomei, Arnalta The Coronation of Poppea, and Egeus Jason by Cavalli all for ETO; and Luke in Tippett’s The Ice Break (Birmingham Opera). Other roles include Romeo Romeo and Juliet (Riverside Opera); Don Ottavio Don Giovanni (Mid-Wales Opera); Camille de Rosillon The Merry Widow (Scottish Opera); Tamino The Magic Flute (Iford Arts and Swansea City Opera).

Lucy Hall

Lucy Hall

Matilde

RECENT & UPCOMING
English soprano Lucy Hall’s engagements include Lila in The Firework Maker’s Daughter and Psychosis 4.48 at the Royal Opera House, Galatea in English National Opera Studio Works’s Acis and Galatea, Zerlina in Don Giovanni and Matilde in Rossini’s Elisabetta with English Touring Opera, Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro with Scottish Opera, Marzelline in Fidelio with Longborough Opera and Scottish Opera Highlights Tour.

OTHER ENGAGEMENTS
Barbarina Le Nozze di Figaro for Aix-en-Provence Festival, Asia in Wakening Shadow – world premiere for Glyndebourne Festival, Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia for Grimeborn, Sandrina in La finta giardiniera for the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg and Opéra de Toulon, Euridice in Orfeo ed Euridice and Susanna and Barbarina for Scottish Opera and Susanna for Diva Opera on tour in the UK and Europe.

Among her concert appearances are Marzelline in Fidelio, Haydn’s Die Schöpfung and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with the BBC Philharmonic, Bridesmaid in Der Freischütz, Flora in The Turn of the Screw with the London Symphony Orchestra, recorded for LSO Live, Handel’s Messiah with the Royal Philharmonic at the Royal Albert Hall, Bach’s Cantatas on tour with the Israel Camerata Jerusalem, Mozart’s Coronation Mass at St John’s Smith Square, Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Mozart’s Requiem at the Ambronay Festival and St John’s Smith Square.

Joseph Doody

Joseph Doody

Guglielmo

Joseph Doody was born in West Yorkshire and studied at Edinburgh University, the Royal College of Music, and the National Opera Studio.

He has sung the title roles of The Rake’s Progress and Albert Herring, as well as Jupiter/Semele, Don Basilio and Don Curzio/Le Nozze di Figaro, Pylade in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride, Ernesto/Don Pasquale, and Count Almaviva/Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Recent appearances as soloist include Bach’s St John Passion arias with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Rossini’s Stabat Mater for Leamington Bach Choir and Mozart’s Requiem at the Cadogan Hall.

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    2nd Mar 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  2. Buxton Opera House
    23rd Mar 2019 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  3. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    4th Apr 2019 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  4. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    11th Apr 2019 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  5. Curve, Leicester
    23rd Apr 2019 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  6. Norwich Theatre Royal
    25th Apr 2019 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  7. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    2nd May 2019 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  8. Churchill Theatre, Bromley
    8th May 2019 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  9. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    23rd May 2019 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now

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