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Eugene Onegin

Tchaikovsky - Spring 07

James Conway directs Tchaikovsky’s heartbreaking, youthful opera

Director 
James Conway
Conductor 
Michael Rosewell
Designer 
Joanna Parker

One of the strongest ETO successes in recent years, ETO’s production by General Director James Conway of Tchaikovsky’s heartbreaking, youthful opera Eugene Onegin is one the company is sure to revive. The orchestra and chorus were at their very best, and seemed much larger than their actual numbers, inspired by conductor Michael Rosewell. A strong cast was led by Amanda Echalaz, Roland Wood and Michael Bracegirdle. Joanna Parker’s huge, mirrored set was in fact simplicity itself – but lit by Guy Hoare a wonderful, poetic depiction of regret, lost youth, and unanswered love.

Images by Keith Pattison

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    15th Mar 2007 - 7:30 pm
  2. Hackney Empire
    17th Mar 2007 - 7:30 pm
  3. The Hawth, Crawley
    20th Mar 2007 - 7:30 pm
  4. Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
    24th Mar 2007 - 7:30 pm
  5. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    29th Mar 2007 - 7:30 pm
  6. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    31st Mar 2007 - 7:30 pm
  7. Hall for Cornwall, Truro
    3rd Apr 2007 - 7:30 pm
  8. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    12th Apr 2007 - 7:30 pm
  9. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    14th Apr 2007 - 7:30 pm
  10. Lighthouse, Poole
    18th Apr 2007 - 7:30 pm
  11. De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill
    21st Apr 2007 - 7:30 pm
  12. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
    24th Apr 2007 - 7:30 pm
  13. Buxton Opera House
    27th Apr 2007 - 7:30 pm
  14. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
    30th Apr 2007 - 7:30 pm
  15. Kendal Leisure Centre
    5th May 2007 - 7:30 pm
  16. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    9th May 2007 - 7:30 pm
  17. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    12th May 2007 - 7:30 pm
  18. Warwick Arts Centre
    16th May 2007 - 7:30 pm
  19. Warwick Arts Centre
    19th May 2007 - 7:30 pm
  20. Gala Theatre, Durham
    22nd May 2007 - 7:30 pm
  21. Perth Festival, Perth Concert Hall
    25th May 2007 - 7:30 pm
  1. Hackney Empire — 15th Mar 2007 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  2. Hackney Empire — 17th Mar 2007 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  3. The Hawth, Crawley — 20th Mar 2007 - 7:30 pm

    Hawth Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6YZ

  4. Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells — 24th Mar 2007 - 7:30 pm

    TN1 2LU

  5. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 29th Mar 2007 - 7:30 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  6. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 31st Mar 2007 - 7:30 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  7. Hall for Cornwall, Truro — 3rd Apr 2007 - 7:30 pm

    Back Quay, Truro, TR1 2LL

  8. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 12th Apr 2007 - 7:30 pm

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

  9. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 14th Apr 2007 - 7:30 pm

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

  10. Lighthouse, Poole — 18th Apr 2007 - 7:30 pm

    Kingland Road, Poole, BH15 1UG

  11. De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill — 21st Apr 2007 - 7:30 pm

    TN40 1DP

  12. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre — 24th Apr 2007 - 7:30 pm

    Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1DE

  13. Buxton Opera House — 27th Apr 2007 - 7:30 pm

    Water Street, SK17 6XN

  14. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield — 30th Apr 2007 - 7:30 pm

    55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA

  15. Kendal Leisure Centre — 5th May 2007 - 7:30 pm

  16. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 9th May 2007 - 7:30 pm

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

  17. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 12th May 2007 - 7:30 pm

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

  18. Warwick Arts Centre — 16th May 2007 - 7:30 pm

    University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL

  19. Warwick Arts Centre — 19th May 2007 - 7:30 pm

    University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL

  20. Gala Theatre, Durham — 22nd May 2007 - 7:30 pm

    1 Millennium Place, Town Centre, Durham, DH1 1WA

  21. Perth Festival, Perth Concert Hall — 25th May 2007 - 7:30 pm

    Mill Street, Perth, PH1 5HZ

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).

Michael Rosewell

Michael Rosewell

Conductor

Michael began his career at the Vienna State Opera as a member of the music staff and assistant to Claudio Abbado. Having worked closely with many of the world’s greatest singers including Pavarotti, Domingo, Gruberova, Freni, Carreras, Alfredo Kraus, and Cappuccilli, he went on to conduct extensively throughout Germany; notably the opera houses in Kassel, Wiesbaden and the Nationaltheater, Mannheim, where he held the position of Kapellmeister. He has also conducted at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, for Kent Opera, ENO, and regularly at the International Festivals in Aldeburgh, Bath, Perth, Buxton and Montepulciano.

In concert Michael has conducted amongst others, the Staatsorchester, Rheinische Philharmonie, the Nationalorchester, Mannheim, the Staatsorchester, Wiesbaden, the Pforztheimer Kammerorchester, the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, the RTE Symphony Orchestra, the London Mozart Players, the BT Scottish Ensemble and the Aurora Orchestra. He has also worked extensively with leading period instrument ensemble ‘The London Handel Orchestra’ with which, as ‘Associate Conductor’, he introduced many rarely performed Handel operas to the London stage. He has broadcast for Radio France Musique, RTE Dublin and Süddeutsche Rundfunk. His recording of Lehar arias, with Grammy award winning tenor Alfie Boe and the Orchestra of Scottish Opera was recently re-released under the Decca record label.

Recent projects include mentoring Craig Revel Horwood through to winning the BBC Maestro at the Opera, filmed in association with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, to conducting a Bach’s St John Passion with the RTE Symphony Orchestra, Dublin. His most recent performances with ETO included Michael Tippett’s King Priam at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; a production which won the Olivier Award for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Opera’, 2014.

Joanna Parker

Joanna Parker

Designer

Designs for theatre, opera and dance. Joanna’s opera engagements include The Rape of Lucretia (RCM); Flavio, Eugene Onegin, Falstaff, Alcina, Le nozze di Figaro, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Cunning Little Vixen (all ETO). She has also worked with the ROH, SO, and OTC Dublin.

Joanna’s designs for theatre include The Young Vic, Hampstead Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Salisbury Playhouse and The Lyric Hammersmith. She designed The Noise of Time for Theatre de Complicité at the Lincoln Centre NY, Barbican Centre London and European Festivals.

Dance designs include Cholmondeleys, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company and London Contemporary Dance Theatre. She is Senior Lecturer in Scenography at Central School of Speech and Drama.

Crew

Bernadette Iglich

Bernadette Iglich

Assistant Director/Choreographer

Opera and theatre work: Choreographer: The Cunning Little Vixen (ETO, OTC); Sweeney Todd (RAM); Who Killed Mr Drum (Treatment Theatre), Jenufa, Eugene Onegin, Susannah and Don Giovanni ( ETO); Casanova (Told by an Idiot); Tartuffe and The Hypochondric (Liverpool Playhouse) Director: Hänsel und Gretel (Stowe Opera); Jephtha (ETO). Le nozze di Figaro and Eugene Onegin (Iford Arts)
Bernadette’s career as a dancer and performer includes working for Tanztheater Wuppertal, ARC Dance Company, Siobhan Davies, Aletta Collins, London Contemporary Dance Theatre, Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre, Corp Feasa and many leading choreographers and directors in dance, opera and theatre.

Michael Bracegirdle

Michael Bracegirdle

Lensky

A graduate of RNCM, Michael’s operatic roles during college included Tom Rakewell/The Rake’s Progress, Sandy and First Officer/The Lighthouse and Ruggero/La Rondine. He was the 2006 winner of the Emmy Destinn Award for Young Singers and a prizewinner at the Mezzo Television International Opera Competition and Festival 2008. Operatic roles include Tamino/The Magic Flute (ENO); Boris/Katya Kabanova (SO); First Armed Man/The Magic Flute (ENO and OHP); Lensky/Eugene Onegin, Steva/Jenufa and Cavaradossi/Tosca (ETO); Judge Danforth/The Crucible (Dicapo Opera, New York); Don José/Carmen, Rodolfo/La bohème and Jenik/The Bartered Bride (Mid Wales Opera). In concert and broadcast Michael has performed with RLPO, RPO, English Chamber Orchestra and BBC Concert Orchestra at venues including Barbican Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Tom Littler

Tom Littler

assistant to the director

Ilona Karas Prokopcova

Ilona Karas Prokopcova

Associate Designer

Linda Hibberd

Linda Hibberd

Filippyevna

Born London
Training RAM
Opera Frugola Il Tabarro (WNO), Auntie Peter Grimes, Katisha The Mikado (both ENO), Innkeeper’s Wife The Cunning Little Vixen (City of Birmingham Touring Opera), Filipyevna Eugene Onegin (ON)
Concert Elgar Sea Pictures (City of Southampton Symphony Orchestra), Verdi Requiem (Singapore Symphony Orchestra), Beethoven Symphony no. 9 (Hallé Orchestra)
Recordings Robert Saxton Caritas (Collins Classics), various musicals including The Sound of Music, Carousel, Fiddler on the Roof, South Pacific and a Gershwin album (Carlton Label)

Geoffry Moses

Geoffry Moses

Gremin

Clare Shearer

Clare Shearer

Larina

Marie Elliott

Marie Elliott

Olga

Roland Wood

Roland Wood

Onegin

Born
Reading

Training
RNCM; NOS

Awards
Prizewinner 2003 Cardiff Singer of the World; 2nd Prize 2000 Kathleen Ferrier Awards

Opera
Eugene Onegin Eugene Onegin (ETO); Henry Kissinger Nixon in China (ENO); Papageno Magic Flute, Schaunard La Boheme and Falke Die Fledermaus (SO as Company Principal Artist); Nick Shadow Rake’s Progress (GFO); Escamillo Carmen (Castleward and Cork Opera House)

Concerts
Rosenblatt Recital (St John’s, Smith Square); Walton Belshazzar’s Feast (Hallé); Britten War Requiem (Bydgoscz/Filarmonika Pomorska); Bernstein Candide (Edinburgh Festival); Bellini La Straniera (LPO)

Recordings
Fauré Requiem; A Masked Ball, Madam Butterfly and The Carmelites (Chandos); Il Diluvio Universale, La Straniera (Opera Rara)

Future Plans
Papageno (OHP); Alfio Cavalleria Rusticana and Shelkalov Boris Godunov (ENO); Renato Ballo in maschera (Reisopera); Belcore L’elisir d’amore (WNO);

Amanda Echalaz

Amanda Echalaz

Tatyana

Born South Africa
Training Neil Howlett
Awards Represented South Africa in Cardiff Singer of the World 2005, Kathleen Ferrier Competition finalist, winner of Bayreuth Bursary and Great Elm Singing Competition.
Opera Alcina Alcina, Fiordiligi Così fan tutte (both ETO), Barena Jen_fa (GFO), Tosca Tosca (London City Opera, Central Festival Opera, Northampton), First Bridesmaid Le Nozze di Figaro, Flowermaiden Parsifal (both WNO)
Concert Mendelssohn St Paul (Tring Choral Society), Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony (Tring Choral Society), Victorian Parlour Songs with Robert Tear
Future Manon Lescaut Manon Lescaut (OHP)

“Strongly acted … thrillingly sung, Onegin illustrates how impactful simplicity can be”

Independent on Sunday

“Director James Conway makes sure that the drama proceeds at a cracking pace and builds the climaxes with lively energy”

Warwick Thompson, Bloomberg

“Remarkable new production”

**** Guardian

“Intelligent, restrained staging” rn.

Observer

“Has both power and beauty”

Evening Standard

“Sheds more light on Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece than any other recent UK production”

**** Guardian

“English Touring Opera has undoubtedly scored another success with their new production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin”

Gloucestershire Echo

“Conway has put an enormous amount of thought into this production … and it has paid enormous dividends”

Independent on Sunday

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    15th Mar 2007 - 7:30 pm
  2. Hackney Empire
    17th Mar 2007 - 7:30 pm
  3. The Hawth, Crawley
    20th Mar 2007 - 7:30 pm
  4. Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
    24th Mar 2007 - 7:30 pm
  5. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    29th Mar 2007 - 7:30 pm
  6. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    31st Mar 2007 - 7:30 pm
  7. Hall for Cornwall, Truro
    3rd Apr 2007 - 7:30 pm
  8. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    12th Apr 2007 - 7:30 pm
  9. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    14th Apr 2007 - 7:30 pm
  10. Lighthouse, Poole
    18th Apr 2007 - 7:30 pm
  11. De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill
    21st Apr 2007 - 7:30 pm
  12. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
    24th Apr 2007 - 7:30 pm
  13. Buxton Opera House
    27th Apr 2007 - 7:30 pm
  14. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
    30th Apr 2007 - 7:30 pm
  15. Kendal Leisure Centre
    5th May 2007 - 7:30 pm
  16. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    9th May 2007 - 7:30 pm
  17. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    12th May 2007 - 7:30 pm
  18. Warwick Arts Centre
    16th May 2007 - 7:30 pm
  19. Warwick Arts Centre
    19th May 2007 - 7:30 pm
  20. Gala Theatre, Durham
    22nd May 2007 - 7:30 pm
  21. Perth Festival, Perth Concert Hall
    25th May 2007 - 7:30 pm

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