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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

A ‘tremendous young conductor’ (The Observer), John Andrews is Principal Guest Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra and Conductor-in-association of the English Symphony Orchestra. ​

He has a special affinity for the bel canto repertoire with his recent Lucia di Lammermoor described as ‘sans-faute’ by one reviewer. John has conducted over 40 operas for English Touring Opera (Donizetti: Pia de’ Tolomei, Handel: Tolomeo; Mozart: Don Giovanni; Donizetti: Anna Bolena), Garsington Opera (Humperdink: Hänsel und Gretel; Rossini: La Cenerentola), Volkstheater Rostock (Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Opera Holland Park (Todd: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Sullivan: The Pirates of Penzance), Stanley Hall Opera (Rossini: The Barber of Seville; Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin; Mozart: Der Schauspieldirektor, Leoncavallo: Pagliacci), Co-Opera (Sullivan: The Mikado) and Opéra de Baugé (Handel: Riccardo Primo & Giulio Cesare in Egitto; Donizetti: Don Pasquale; Verdi: La Traviata; Puccini: La Boheme: Donizetti: L’elisir d’amore).

John has recently conducted four recordings of music by Sullivan, Cellier, Sherwood and Cowen with the BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Symphony Chorus and BBC Singers, the first of which (Sullivan’s Macbeth and The Tempest) was named a ‘Disc of the Year’ in the Sunday Times. Future opera plans include ​recording Sullivan’s Haddon Hall with the BBC Concert Orchestra, Arne’s The Judgment of Paris for the London Handel Festival, The Gondoliers for the London College of Music and productions in 2019 for both ETO and Opera Holland Park.

Frankie Bradshaw

Frankie Bradshaw

Designer

Cast

Mary Plazas

Mary Plazas

Elizabeth I

Luciano Botelho

Luciano Botelho

Leicester

Born
Brazil

Training
Cardiff International Academy of Voice; GSMD; University of Rio de Janeiro

Opera
Tamino Zauberflöte (Teatro Amazonas/TMRJ); Don Otavio Don Giovanni (Teatro Amazonas); Le Comte Ory Le comte Ory (Nantes/Angers); Giannetto La Gazza ladra (Massy); Don Ramiro La Cenerentola (Belgrade National Theatre); Il conte d’Almaviva Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Teatro Amazonas) Nemorino L’Elisir d’Amore (TMRJ); Fenton Faltaff (Palácio das Artes/GSMD); Fadinard Il Cappelo di Paglia di Firenze (TMSP); Orfeo Orfeo (TMRJ/TMSP); Tebaldo I Capuleti ei Montecchi (TMRJ); Rinuccio Gianni Schicchi (GSMD) Nadir Les Pecheurs des Perles (TMRJ)

Concerts
Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings (Teatro Amazonas); Britten Les illuminations (Teatro Amazonas); Rossini Stabat Mater (Ravenna); Mozart Requiem (TMRJ) Carl Orff Carmina Burana (TMRJ) Bach Magnificat (Sala Cecilia Meirelles)

Recordings
Gianni Schicchi (Radio Cultura SP); Stabat Mater (RAI 3) Il cappello di paglia di Firenze (Radio cultura SP)

John-Colyn Gyeantey

John-Colyn Gyeantey

Norfolk

British tenor John Gyeantey is steadily gaining a reputation as a fine exponent of the bel canto repertoire. As a high tenor, he has a facility to sustain the tessitura essential for the speciality roles of Rossini, Donizetti and Bellini. He is an alumnus of the prestigious Accademia Rossiniana, Pesaro, where he worked closely with Alberto Zedda, and began his training at the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio as a Peter Moores Foundation Major Scholar. In 2015, John performed the role of Luke in Tippett’s The Ice Break for Birmingham Opera Company and toured throughout the UK and Europe with Diva Opera as Normanno, Lucia di Lammermoor and Basilio, Le nozze di Figaro.

Lucy Hall

Lucy Hall

Matilde

Joseph Doody

Joseph Doody

Guglielmo

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    2nd Mar 2019 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  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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