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Erismena

Cavalli - Autumn 06

A comic delight with a sinuous narrative and extremely seductive score.

Director 
Joseph Alford
Conductor 
Brian Gordon

Cavalli’s sensuous sexual comedy, Erismena, was given in the first known English translation of an Italian opera; very rarely performed, the piece is a comic delight with a sinuous narrative and extremely seductive score. Originally designed (with OTC Ireland) for performance in churches, this production in period costume realised the serious intent of an apparently licentious drama (not unlike Monteverdi’s Poppaea).

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    7th Oct 2006 - 7:30 pm
  2. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    18th Oct 2006 - 7:30 pm
  3. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    24th Oct 2006 - 7:30 pm
  4. National Centre for Early Music
    6th Nov 2006 - 7:30 pm
  5. Coronation Hall, Ulverston
    17th Nov 2006 - 7:30 pm
  6. Malvern Theatres
    24th Nov 2006 - 7:30 pm
  7. Theatre Royal Bath
    28th Nov 2006 - 7:30 pm
  1. Hackney Empire — 7th Oct 2006 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  2. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 18th Oct 2006 - 7:30 pm

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

  3. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 24th Oct 2006 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  4. National Centre for Early Music — 6th Nov 2006 - 7:30 pm

  5. Coronation Hall, Ulverston — 17th Nov 2006 - 7:30 pm

    County Square, Ulverston, LA12 7LZ

  6. Malvern Theatres — 24th Nov 2006 - 7:30 pm

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

  7. Theatre Royal Bath — 28th Nov 2006 - 7:30 pm

    Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath, BA1 1ET

Joseph Alford

Joseph Alford

Director

Born London
Training Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Paris
Awards Stage Award for Acting Excellence 2001, Total Theatre Award 2000
Theatre Director/Actor The Argument (theatre O/Barbican), The Bed Project (Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre), 3 Dark Tales (theatre O/Barbican), What If? (Tohu Bohu/Assembly Rooms)
Other Joseph is founder and co-artistic director of theatre O
Biog approved, pic on disk

Brian Gordon

Brian Gordon

Conductor

Born
Belfast

Training
RAM (as a singer)

Opera
As a singer: Endymion La Calista (London Opera Factory); Andronico Tamerlano (WNO); Marchese Landi Addio Garibaldi (La Scala, Milan); Shepherd Orfeo (ENO); Bertarido Rodelindo (Aldeburgh Festival)

Concerts
As a conductor: Handel Joshua, Bach Magnificat (both Orlando Chamber Choir at St John’s Smith Square)
As a singer: Bach Cantatas, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (Vienna Festival)

Recordings
Handel Israel in Egypt (Erato); Purcell Ode for St Cecilia’s Day (Erato); Handel Tamerlano (BBC)

Other
Having sung professionally for 15 years Brian Gordon now concentrates on voice coaching and choral conducting.

Crew

Rachel Nicholls

Rachel Nicholls

Erismena

Rachel was born in Bedford and trained at RCM and York University. She received the President’s Rosebowl at the RCM and won 2nd prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Competition. Operatic roles include Armida/ Rinaldo (Edinburgh Festival); Nerone/ L’incoronazione di Poppea (New Theatre Tokyo); Dorinda/ Orlando (Atelier Lyrique de Tourcoing); Flora/ The Knot Garden (SO); Echo/ Ariadne auf Naxos (ROH). Concert engagements include Beethoven Mass in C (Bochum Symphony Orchestra); J.S. Bach Jauchzet Gott (OAE); Handel Messiah (Bach Collegium Japan). She has also made a number of recordings including J.S. Bach B Minor Mass (BIS); Handel Silla (SOMM); Hummel Mass in D Minor (CHANDOS); Dvorak Stabat Mater (BBC). In 2010, Rachel will perform Fiordiligi/ Cosi fan tutte (Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris).

Jonathan Peter Kenny

Jonathan Peter Kenny

Idraspe

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.

Patricia Orr

Patricia Orr

Orimeno

Patricia trained at RCM and the National Opera Studio.  She was the 2006 winner of the Alfred Alexander Prize, finalist in the 2006 Royal Overseas League Competition and a 2008 finalist in the Bruce Millar Competition.  She has received an Independent Opera Voice Fellowship, a Donald Dewar Arts Award, a Madeline Finden Award and Sir Richard Stapley Award. Operatic roles include Laura/Iolanta (OHP); Enfant/L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, Bianca/The Rape of Lucretia, Prince Orlovsky/Die Fledermaus (RCM); Tolomeo/Tolomeo (London Handel Society); Yolande/The Sofa (Independent Opera), in addition to covering Conception/L’Heure Espagnole (RCM); Flora/La Traviata and Tisbe/Cenerentola (SO); Rosina/Il Barbiere di Siviglia (ENO) and Julia/The Departed (Independent Opera). In concert, Patricia has worked with the London Mozart Players, the English Chamber Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Edinburgh Quartet. She has recently performed the Sorceress/Dido and Aeneas and Orimeno/Erismene with ETO. Future plans include Varvara/Katya Kabanova (OHP).

Andrew Slater

Andrew Slater

Erimante

Mr Andrew Slater will sing the role of Scarpia on 30 March (Snape), 25 April (Cambridge), 3 May (Buxton), 16 May (Durham), 23 May (Exeter) and 29 May (Truro).

Andrew studied at Royal Northern College of Music and St Petersburg Conservatoire. He has performed more than 75 opera roles including Lotario, Ariodate, Falstaff, Bottom, Bartolo, Blitch, Alfonso, Donald and Araspe (All ETO); Ben Selim (Royal Opera House), Nachtigal (Grange Park Opera), Golaud (Glyndebourne Touring Opera), Faninal (Scottish Opera), Basilio (Welsh National Opera), Sacristan (Opera North), Colline (English National Opera) etc.

Recordings include Nyman, Love Counts and Mozart 252 (MNR); Michael Berkeley, Jane Eyre (Chandos); Stravinsky, The Flood (Twentieth Century Classics).

Hilary Norris

Hilary Norris

Harpsichordist

Rodney Grant

Rodney Grant

Scenery and Lighting Designer

Laura Mitchell

Laura Mitchell

Ms Laura Mitchell will sing the role of Tosca on 9 March (London), 25 March (Bromley), 30 March & 1 April (Snape), 8 April (York), 11 April (Wolverhampton), 13 April (Leicester), 22 April (Cheltenham), 25 & 29 April (Cambridge), 2 May (Guildford), 5 May (Buxton), 9 May (Coventry), 13 (Canterbury), 27 May (Exeter), 29 May (Truro), 2 June (Norwich), 5 June (Stoke) and 10 June (Blackpool).

Born in Hertfordshire, Laura studied at the Royal College of Music where she gained a first-class honours degree and postgraduate diploma. She then joined the Benjamin Britten International Opera School, studying with Lillian Watson. In 2007, she won the Song prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards and the Lies Askonas Prize. Laura attended the National Opera Studio during the 2007/08 season.

While at the NOS, Laura took part in residencies at WNO, Scottish Opera, Theatre Royal and Opera North, singing Illia/Idomeneo, Helena/A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Donna Elvira/Don Giovanni, Leila/The Pearlfishers. Other operatic roles include Countess Almaviva/Le nozze di Figaro and Elisa/Tolomeo for BBIOS, Aldimira in Cavalli ‘s Erismena, First Witch/Dido and Aeneas, Ninfa and Proserpina/Orfeo (cover), all for English Touring Opera. More recently, she appeared at Scottish Opera in Smetana’s Two Widows, covering the role of Lidka.

Concert work includes Tippett’s Spirituals and Rutter’s Requiem at St.John Smith Square, Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate and Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras no 5 with the Emerald Ensemble at Bristol Cathedral, Bach’s B Minor Mass at St John Smith Square, Haydn’s Nelson Mass with Sir David Willcocks, Handel’s Messiah at Kings College Cambridge with Stephen Cleobury,Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate with the London Pro Arte Orchestra in Denmark and Strauss’ Four Last Songs at the Hatfield Auditorium, conducted by Peter Stark.

In 2007/08, Laura sang Bach’s St. John Passion with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Mark Padmore at the QEH in London, which was followed by a tour through South Korea and Japan.
As a recitalist she has performed at the Teatro dei Rozzi Siena, the St.Peters Basilica Rome as well as the Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, St Martin in the Fields, St.James’ Piccadilly, and the Windsor, Chester and Beaumaris Festivals.
She has taken part in master classes with Robin Stapleton (Amici di Verdi) and with Roger Vignoles at the Leeds Lieder Festival.

Her most recent appearances include Bach’s St Matthew Passion at the Royal Festival Hall with Mark Padmore and the OAE, recitals for the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Ismene/Mitridate for WNO with Sir Charles Mackkeras, Gilda/Rigoletto for the Grange Park Opera ‘Rising Stars’ series and ‘Messiah’ concerts with John Nelson and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg.

Future engagments include Helena and Countess Almaviva for ETO, Donna Elvira at Opera Holland Park and Kristina/The Makropoulos Case at ENO.

Laura gratefully receives the support of The Countess of Munster Musical Trust for their Funding and Recital scheme, the Concordia Foundation for the Barthel Prize, the Wingate Scholarship, the Zetland Foundation, and the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

David Stout

David Stout

Born
Oundle

Training
St. John’s College, Cambridge
GSMD

Awards
Harold Rosenthal Award, John Hosier (Award) Scholar (both GSMD)

Opera
Marullo Rigoletto (OHP); Falstaff Falstaff, Gianni Schicchi Gianni Schicchi; Opera Director Les Mamelles de Tirésias (GSMD); Forester Cunning Little Vixen, Guglielmo Così fan Tutte (both BYO); Hardy Nelson (Greenbaum)

Concerts
Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony (David Hill and the Bach Choir); Britten Child of Our Time (Stephen Cleobury and CUMS); Mozart Requiem (Sir Roger Norrington and the OAE); Mozart Requiem (Ivor Setterfield); Messiah (John Lubbock and the Orchestra of St. John’s)

Huw Rhys-Evans

Huw Rhys-Evans

Born Tregaron, Wales
Training RAM, NOS
Awards Tenor Award (3 times) & Blue Riband Prize for Singer of the Year (Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales), Tenor Prize (Great Grimsby International Competition)
Opera title role Le Comte Ory (Bad Wildbad Rossini Festival), Count Almaviva The Barber of Seville (Opera North), Pilade Ermione and Idreno Semiramide (Chelsea Opera Group), Brighella Ariadne on Naxos (ETO), First Jew Salome (Bastille Opera)
Concert Handel Saul (Darmstadt), Mendelssohn Elijah (Singapore), Strauss Elektra (BBC Proms)
Recordings Gouvy Stabat Mater (Le Philharmonie de Lorraine), Mendelssohn Die Hochzeit des Camacho (Channel Classics), All Through the Night (Welsh Songs with Harp – Claudio)

“A cracking piece” The Evening Standard

“Staged with sensuous clarity” The Guardian

“The singers had class” Fiona Maddocks, Evening Standard

“The staging blends well the original’s mix of the heroic and the ironic.” George Hall, The Guardian

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    7th Oct 2006 - 7:30 pm
  2. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    18th Oct 2006 - 7:30 pm
  3. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    24th Oct 2006 - 7:30 pm
  4. National Centre for Early Music
    6th Nov 2006 - 7:30 pm
  5. Coronation Hall, Ulverston
    17th Nov 2006 - 7:30 pm
  6. Malvern Theatres
    24th Nov 2006 - 7:30 pm
  7. Theatre Royal Bath
    28th Nov 2006 - 7:30 pm

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