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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 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 with her rivalry 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.

The production features Mary Plazas in the title role and is directed by ETO’s General Director James Conway.

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

Queen Elizabeth

Showing At

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

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