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Falstaff

- Autumn 05

Growing old disgracefully with Falstaff

Director 
Damiano Michieletto
Conductor 
Stuart Stratford
Designer 
Joanna Parker

Verdi’s comic masterpiece brings Shakespeare’s well-loved Sir John Falstaff to life as no composer has managed before or since, with music full of wit and innovation. Overflowing with vivacious revelry, Falstaff is a life-enhancing picture of the human condition, which ends with a final comic coda by one of opera’s most prolific composers.

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    15th Oct 2005 - 7:30 pm
  2. Theatre Royal, Lincoln
    17th Oct 2005 - 7:30 pm
  3. Theatre Royal, Lincoln
    19th Oct 2005 - 7:30 pm
  4. Wycombe Swan Theatre
    22nd Oct 2005 - 7:30 pm
  5. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
    27th Oct 2005 - 7:30 pm
  6. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
    28th Oct 2005 - 7:30 pm
  7. Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
    31st Oct 2005 - 7:30 pm
  8. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    3rd Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm
  9. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    5th Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm
  10. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    10th Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm
  11. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    11th Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm
  12. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    15th Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm
  13. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    17th Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm
  14. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    18th Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm
  15. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    22nd Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm
  16. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    25th Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm
  17. Theatre Royal Bath
    28th Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm
  18. Theatre Royal Bath
    30th Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm
  19. Coronation Hall, Ulverston
    2nd Dec 2005 - 7:30 pm
  1. Hackney Empire — 15th Oct 2005 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  2. Theatre Royal, Lincoln — 17th Oct 2005 - 7:30 pm

    Clasketgate, Lincoln, LN2 1JJ

  3. Theatre Royal, Lincoln — 19th Oct 2005 - 7:30 pm

    Clasketgate, Lincoln, LN2 1JJ

  4. Wycombe Swan Theatre — 22nd Oct 2005 - 7:30 pm

    Saint Mary Street, High Wycombe, HP11 2XE

  5. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury — 27th Oct 2005 - 7:30 pm

    The Friars, Canterbury, CT1 2AS

  6. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury — 28th Oct 2005 - 7:30 pm

    The Friars, Canterbury, CT1 2AS

  7. Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells — 31st Oct 2005 - 7:30 pm

    TN1 2LU

  8. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 3rd Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm

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

  9. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 5th Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm

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

  10. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 10th Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  11. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 11th Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  12. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 15th Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  13. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 17th Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  14. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 18th Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  15. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 22nd Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm

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

  16. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 25th Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm

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

  17. Theatre Royal Bath — 28th Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm

    Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath, BA1 1ET

  18. Theatre Royal Bath — 30th Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm

    Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath, BA1 1ET

  19. Coronation Hall, Ulverston — 2nd Dec 2005 - 7:30 pm

    County Square, Ulverston, LA12 7LZ

Damiano Michieletto

Damiano Michieletto

Director

Director
Born Venice
Training Cà Foscari University, Venice, Paolo Grassi Theatre School, Milan
Awards 2003 Best Opera Production Irish Times Award for Svanda the Bagpiper (Wexford Festival Opera)
Opera Trionfo delle Belle (Rossini Opera Festival), The Little Sweep (Luglio Musicale Trapanese), Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Maggio Musicale Fiorentino), The Soldier’s Tale, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Carnival of the Animals, Noye’s Fludde (Auditorium di Milano)
Theatre Una notte, The Death of Ivan Ilyich, Amadeus (Teatro Franco Parenti, Milano), Quartetto Campanile (Teatro al Parco, Mestre), La Betìa (Festival Teatro in Campo, Venice)

Stuart Stratford

Stuart Stratford

Conductor

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

Wendy Dawn Thompson

Wendy Dawn Thompson

Meg

Wendy was born in Timaru, New Zealand and went on to train at Victoria University of Wellington, RNCM and RCM. In 2005 she was a Cardiff Singer of the World finalist and won the Kathleen Ferrier Award, Royal Overseas League Music Competition and Young Artist Trust in 2003. Opera roles include Isabella/ L’italiana in Algeri (New Zealand Opera); Fiduma/ The Secret Marriage (SO); Innocent/ The Minotaur (ROH); Messenger/ L’Orfeo (ENO); Der Komponist/ Ariadne auf Naxos (Garsington Opera); Varvara/ Katya Kabanova (ON). Concert appearances include Mahler Symphony No. 2 (Zagreb Philharmonic); Mozart Mass in C Minor (RLPO); Song Recital (Wigmore Hall).

Andrew Slater

Andrew Slater

Falstaff

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).

Tina Machugh

Tina Machugh

Lighting Designer

Julie Unwin

Julie Unwin

Julie Unwin studied at GSMD and NOS, and currently studies with Jacqueline Bremar. Operatic roles include Elsa/ Lohengrin (Wagner Society); Cio Cio-san/ Madama Butterfly (OHP); Countess/ The Marriage of Figaro (GTO, OHP); Donna Anna/ Don Giovanni (GTO); Mimì/ La bohème (Opera Zuid); Cleone Ermione (GFO); Micäela/ Carmen (RAH, WNO); Pamina/ The Magic Flute (ENO); Nancy/ Silas Marner (City of Birmingham Touring Opera); Tatyana/ Eugene Onegin (OHP). Awards include John Christie Award and Esso Singer’s Prize (Glyndebourne), International Singer of the Year at the Llangollen International Eistedfodd and Harold Rosenthal Opera Award. Previous concert appearances include Berlioz L’Enfance du Christ (Helsinki Philharmonic), Beethoven Symphony no. 9 (Helsinki Philharmonic) and Mahler Symphony no. 2 (Kaplan and London Philharmonic). Julie has previously performed with ETO as title role/ Anna Bolena; Alice Ford/ Falstaff; title role/ Tosca; Countess/ The Marriage of Figaro.

Ronnie Samm

Ronnie Samm

Born Port of Spain, Trinidad
Training GSMD, RNCM, NOS
Awards Peter Moores / Lord Pitt Foundation Scholarship to RNCM, Sybill Tutton Awards, Alexander Young Competition second prize
Opera Bardolph Falstaff (ETO), cover Otello Otello (GFO), cover Canio I Pagliacci (WNO), Canio I Pagliacci (English Pocket Opera), Florestan Fidelio, Drum-Major Wozzeck, Prodigal Son The Prodigal Son (all Birmingham Opera Company)
Concert Verdi Requiem, Verdi Otello (Royal Festival Hall)
Recordings / TV Don Jose Carmen and Otello Otello (Opera Works, BBC 2), Florestan Fidelio (South Bank Show)

Christopher Ovenden

Christopher Ovenden

Born Belfast
Training ENO Baylis
Opera Macduff Macbeth (Surrey Opera), Ferrando Così fan tutte (London Opera Players), Quint/Prologue The Turn of the Screw (Pigott’s Music Camp), Basilio/Curzio The Marriage of Figaro (Palace Opera), Alfred Die Fledermaus (Tête à Tête)
Concert Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle (Barnes Choral Society), Berlioz L’Enfance du Christ (Kensington Choral Society), Mendelssohn Elijah (Putney Choral Society)

Anthony Stuart Lloyd

Anthony Stuart Lloyd

Falstaff

Baritone
Born Cardiff
Training RWCMD, GSMD
Awards Sir Geraint Evans Memorial Prize, MOCSA Young Welsh Singer Competition, National Mozart Competition, Royal National Eisteddford Blue Riband
Opera Jacob Joseph (Bill Kenwright Ltd), Black Bob The Little Sweep (Alfresco Productions), Leoporello Don Giovanni and Mefistopheles Faust (Freiburg Opera), Basilio The Barber of Seville (WNO)
Concert Beethoven Symphony no 9 (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra), Berlioz La Damnation de Faust (London Symphony Orchestra), Mendelsohn Elijah (National Chamber Orchestra of Wales)
Recordings Gran Sacerdote Nabucco (BBC, WNO), King of Clubs Love for Three Oranges (Freiburg Opera, Südwest FUMK TV)

Thomas Walker

Thomas Walker

Fenton

Craig Smith

Craig Smith

Mr Craig Smith will sing the role of Scarpia on 4 & 9 March (London), 18 March (Poole), 21 March (Sheffield), 25 March (Bromley), 1 April (Snape), 8 April (York), 11 April (Wolverhampton), 13 April (Leicester), 19 & 22 April (Cheltenham), 28 & 29 April (Cambridge), 2 May (Guildford), 5 May (Buxton), 9 May (Coventry), 13 May (Canterbury), 18 May (Perth), 26 & 27 May (Exeter), 1 & 2 June (Norwich). 5 June (Stoke), 7 June (Ulverston) and 10 June (Blackpool).

Born Bolton
Training Manchester University, RNCM
Awards Ricordi Prize for Opera
Opera Ford Falstaff (ETO), Michele/Tonio Tabarro/Pagliacci (ON), Nabucco (ENO & Bucharest), Rigoletto (Tokyo), Les Dialogues des Carmelites (Theater an der Wien & Covent Garden), Germont La Traviata (ENO & St. Margarethen Festival)
Concert Handel Messiah (Liverpool Philharmonic), Cilea Adriana Lecouvreur (Queen Elizabeth Hall), Tchaikovsky Maid of Orleans (BBC Philharmonic)
Recordings Martin In Terra Pax (Swiss Radio), Les Dialogues des Carmelites (Oehms Classics)

Harriet Williams

Harriet Williams

Mistress Quickly

Harriet Williams studied at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Royal Opera début Erster Knappe, Parisfal, English National Opera début Polinesso, Ariodante, début Royal Ballet singing Duparc’s songs for Michael Corder’s L’Invitation au Voyage.

With The Opera Group Harriet sang Mrs Olsen Street Scene which was voted ‘Best Musical’ in Evening Standard Theatre Awards.

Has appeared with Welsh National Opera, ETO, Grange Park Opera, Longborough Festival Opera and Opera Holland Park. Her operatic roles include title roles in Ariodante, Carmen, Rosina, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Angelina, La Cenerentola, Mistress Quickly, Falstaff, Fenena, Nabucco, Suzuki, Madam Butterfly, Dido, Dido and Aeneas, Flora and Annina, La Traviata, Ottavia and Fortuna, L’incoronazione di Poppea, Smeaton, Anna Bolena.

Recent operatic engagements have included Mrs Olsen, Street Scene for Opera de Toulon, Marie, For You by Michael Berkeley and Ian McEwan in Rome, and Waltraute, Die Walküre at Longborough Festival. Forthcoming engagements include Flosshilde, Der Ring des Nibelungen for the Royal Opera.

Rebecca Bottone

Rebecca Bottone

Born Bedford
Training RAM
Awards Leverhulme Award (RAM), Sybil Tutton Award, Kathie Thomas Prize
Opera Tytania A Midsummer Night’s Dream (BYO), Flamina Il Mondo della Luna and Amore The Coronation of Poppea (RAM), Vixen The Cunning Little Vixen (Surrey Opera), Sabina Adriano in Siria (Classical Opera Company)
Concert Mozart Grabmusick (Wigmore Hall), Lunchtime Recital (ROH Linbury Studio), Handel Acis and Galatea (St Martin’s-in-the-Field)
Recordings Britten Albert Herring (BBC Radio 3 and Chandos, cond. Hickox)

Alan Fairs

Alan Fairs

Pistol

Alan Fairs has performed with WNO, as Dikoj, Katya Kabanova, Bartolo, The Marriage of Figaro, Basilio, The Barber of Seville, Dulcamara, L’elisir d’amore, Swallow, Peter Grimes, Monterone, Rigoletto, Sacristan, Tosca, Bonzo Madame Butterfly, Magnifico, La Cenerentola, and Talpa, Il tabarro.

At Glyndebourne, Alan has sung Antonio, The Marriage of Figaro, Starveling, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Micha and Kecal, The Bartered Bride. With Scottish Opera he has sung Bonzo, Madame Butterfly, Kommissar, Der Rosenkavalier, Raimondo, Lucia di Lammermoor, Le Comte des Grieux, Manon and Monterone, Rigoletto and also appeared as a concert soloist.

Elsewhere, he has sung a wide-ranging repertoire of roles, from Osmin and Sarastro to Falstaff, and Alberich, Das Rheingold. Recent concerts have included Verdi’s Requiem, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Dvořàk’s Stabat Mater, Haydn’s Creation and Bach’s St. Matthew and St. John Passions and his B Minor Mass. He looks forward to a Diamond Jubilee performance of Elgar’s The Kingdom on Elgar’s birthday in Worcester Cathedral with English String Orchestra.

Verdi’s comic masterpiece emerged triumphant.

This unpretentious, funny and touching Falstaff should win friends for Verdi’s underappreciated opera. I would gladly see it again.

SUNDAY TIMES

This plucky little company has triumphed. The humour is gentle, the characterisations warm, the diction first-class, and the music, courtesy of Jonathan Dove’s exquisite arrangement for chamber orchestra and Stuart Stratford’s vividly detailed conducting, utterly absorbing.

This is a marvellous show.

INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

Stuart Stratford, who kept the piece’s energies bubbling while remaining considerate of the singers. The orchestra played with gusto.

Andrew Slater (an amiable Falstaff), Craig Smith (Ford) and Julie Unwin (Alice) led a well-balanced team, all members of which put Andrew Porter’s excellent translation across with effortless clarity. Refreshingly, in the medium-sized Hackney Empire, with its warm acoustic, there was no need for surtitles.

THE TELEGRAPH

Andrew Slater is a characterful singer you would travel miles to see, and his oddly low-octane Falstaff is supported by a lovely turn by Rebecca Bottone as Nannetta and another collection of our best young singers.

THE TIMES

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    15th Oct 2005 - 7:30 pm
  2. Theatre Royal, Lincoln
    17th Oct 2005 - 7:30 pm
  3. Theatre Royal, Lincoln
    19th Oct 2005 - 7:30 pm
  4. Wycombe Swan Theatre
    22nd Oct 2005 - 7:30 pm
  5. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
    27th Oct 2005 - 7:30 pm
  6. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
    28th Oct 2005 - 7:30 pm
  7. Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
    31st Oct 2005 - 7:30 pm
  8. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    3rd Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm
  9. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    5th Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm
  10. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    10th Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm
  11. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    11th Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm
  12. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    15th Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm
  13. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    17th Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm
  14. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    18th Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm
  15. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    22nd Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm
  16. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    25th Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm
  17. Theatre Royal Bath
    28th Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm
  18. Theatre Royal Bath
    30th Nov 2005 - 7:30 pm
  19. Coronation Hall, Ulverston
    2nd Dec 2005 - 7:30 pm

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