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Rossini: Fireworks!

Gioachino Rossini - Spring 2018

A concert of sparkling vocal displays

Director 
James Conway
Conductor 
John Andrews

A thrilling concert of highlights from Rossini’s greatest operas – his serious ones! These were the operas of which Rossini was most proud, and which contain his most brilliant writing for orchestra, and his most challenging vocal fireworks. John Andrews will conduct the full ETO orchestra in exciting scenes from Rossini’s Otello (including his melting ‘Willow Song’), La donna del lago (a Walter Scott feast), Maometto II (the most testing of them all), Elisabetta (the story of Queen Elizabeth I of England) and Ermione.

“I have a great admiration for Rossini. For me, he occupies an essential place in the history of music. His freedom, his life and his genius have always impressed me. He took opera out of its yoke by offering a new freedom to the voice: he completely reinvented lyrical singing. From Barbiere to Il viaggio a Reims through Cenerentola, he created an irresistible style – but I am also sensitive to his serious operas, such as Moses or Maometto II, which are given so rarely.”

Emmanuel Macron

Sung in Italian

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    22nd Feb 2018 - 7:30 pm
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  2. Buxton Opera House
    25th Mar 2018 - 3:00 pm
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  3. G Live Guildford
    3rd Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm
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  4. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    24th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm
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  5. Perth Festival, Perth Theatre
    18th May 2018 - 7:30 pm
  6. Victoria Hall, Stoke
    5th Jun 2018 - 7:30 pm
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  7. Coronation Hall, Ulverston
    7th Jun 2018 - 7:30 pm
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  1. Hackney Empire — 22nd Feb 2018 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  2. Buxton Opera House — 25th Mar 2018 - 3:00 pm

    Water Street, SK17 6XN

  3. G Live Guildford — 3rd Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm

    London Road, Guildford, GU1 2AA

  4. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 24th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  5. Perth Festival, Perth Theatre — 18th May 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Mill Street, Perth, PH1 5HZ

  6. Victoria Hall, Stoke — 5th Jun 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Bagnall Street, ST1 3AD

  7. Coronation Hall, Ulverston — 7th Jun 2018 - 7:30 pm

    County Square, Ulverston, LA12 7LZ

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.

Cast

Luciano Botelho

Luciano Botelho

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)

Catherine Carby

Catherine Carby

Mezzo soprano Catherine Carby studied at the Canberra School of Music and the RCM, London. In her native Australia, she has performed with the major opera companies including Opera Australia, Opera Queensland and Victoria State Opera. UK engagements have included performances with BFO, ENO, ROH and SO. She sang Messiah at the 2013 Three Choirs Festival; other concert work has included performances with the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra, the City of London Sinfonia, the Hallé, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Northern Sinfonia, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. For ETO, she has previously sung Aurelio L’assedio di Calais.

John-Colyn Gyeantey

John-Colyn Gyeantey

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.

Gillian Ramm

Gillian Ramm

Born in Australia, Gillian Ramm trained at the Western Australian Conservatorium of Music and the West Australian Opera Young Artist Programme, before receiving a scholarship at RNCM. Gillian was awarded the John Cameron Lieder Prize and the Ricordi Prize for Opera. Operatic engagements include Fiordiligi/ Così fan tutte (GFO, GTO); Rosalinde/ Die Fledermaus (GTO); Second Niece/ Peter Grimes (Teatro di San Carlo); Aci/ Aci Galatea e Polifemo (London Handel Festival); Valencienne/ The Merry Widow (West Australian Opera); Anne Truelove/ The Rake’s Progress (RNCM); Clorinda/ La Cenerentola (Ryedale Festival); Yum Yum/ The Mikado (Carl Rosa). Gillian has sung in concert with The Classical Opera Company, ON, LPO and Teatro Comunale di Bologna. Future and recent plans include her debut with ENO as First Niece in a new production of Peter Grimes and Fiordiligi/ Così fan tutte (GTO). Gillian has previous performed with ETO as Tytania/ A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Elena Xanthoudakis

Elena Xanthoudakis

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    22nd Feb 2018 - 7:30 pm
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  2. Buxton Opera House
    25th Mar 2018 - 3:00 pm
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  3. G Live Guildford
    3rd Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm
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  4. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    24th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm
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  5. Perth Festival, Perth Theatre
    18th May 2018 - 7:30 pm
  6. Victoria Hall, Stoke
    5th Jun 2018 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  7. Coronation Hall, Ulverston
    7th Jun 2018 - 7:30 pm
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