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Flavio

Handel - Handelfest

Director 
James Conway
Conductor 
Jonathan Peter Kenny
Designer 
Joanna Parker
Lighting Designer 
Kevin Treacy

Flavio will be revived in Autumn 2011’s festival of baroque opera

Flavio is a semi-seria – which means in this case that it blends one very serious, high minded story with a comic plot, and that it resolves in jubilation. Flavio (incidentally the son of Rodelinda and Bertarido, the protagonists of Handel’s great Rodelinda) is a dilettante king, his tendency to infatuation reminiscent of the younger Hanoverian kings of Handel’s England. This highly original opera opens with a duet of promiscuous lovers, rather like Romeo and Juliet at dawn, and proceeds by way of garrotting to general celebration in with one of Handel’s most joyous choruses. ETO’s production, in period costume, on Joanna Parker’s lucid blue set, pays due respect to every mood swing in this lively opera.

Running time 2 hours and 45 minutes including 2 intervals

a highly enjoyable evening, well worth catching, along with the rest of Handelfest

George Hall, The Stage

Showing At

  1. Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, London
    15th Oct 2009 - 7:30 pm
  2. Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, London
    21st Oct 2009 - 7:30 pm
  3. Malvern Theatres
    27th Oct 2009 - 7:30 pm
  4. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    3rd Nov 2009 - 7:30 pm
  5. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    14th Nov 2009 - 7:30 pm
  6. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    17th Nov 2009 - 7:30 pm
  1. Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, London — 15th Oct 2009 - 7:30 pm

    Prince Consort Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2BS

  2. Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, London — 21st Oct 2009 - 7:30 pm

    Prince Consort Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2BS

  3. Malvern Theatres — 27th Oct 2009 - 7:30 pm

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

  4. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 3rd Nov 2009 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  5. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 14th Nov 2009 - 7:30 pm

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

  6. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 17th Nov 2009 - 7:30 pm

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

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).

Jonathan Peter Kenny

Jonathan Peter Kenny

Conductor

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.

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.

Kevin Treacy

Kevin Treacy

Lighting Designer

Kevin’s designs include The Shawshank Redemption (Wyndhams Theatre, West End); The Nose (The Performance Corporation – winner for Best Lighting Design, Irish Times Theatre Awards for 2008); Dr. Ledbetter’s Experiment (Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Kilkenny Festival); The Yokohama Delegation (Kilkenny Festival); Drive-By (Dublin Fringe Festival and Canterbury Festival); This is our Youth (Bedrock Productions); Il barbiere di Siviglia, Don Giovanni, Rigoletto, Hänsel und Gretel, Les contes d’Hoffmann, Il viaggio a Reims, Pagliacci, The Medium and Suor Angelica (Wexford Festival Opera 2002-2008); La Tragédie de Carmen (WFO and ETO – nominated Best Opera, Irish Times Theatre Awards 2007); The Little Magic Flute (ETO and OTC); The Kiss, Hänsel und Gretel, Il barbiere di Siviglia and Xerxes (OTC).

Cast

Paula Sides

Paula Sides

Soprano

Emilia

Ms Paula Sides will sing the role of Tosca on 4 March (London), 18 March (Poole), 21 March (Sheffield), 8 April (York), 11 April (Wolverhampton), 13 April (Leicester), 19 April (Cheltenham), 28 April (Cambridge), 4 May (Buxton), 16 May (Durham), 18 May (Perth), 23 & 26 May (Exeter), 1 June (Norwich) and 7 June (Ulverston).

Paula received the Tagor Gold Medal from the RCM and the Karaviotis Prize at the Les Azuriales International Competition. At RCM, she was a finalist for the Young Concert Artists Trust and received the Coutts & Co. Award along with the Sir Thomas Allen Scholarship supported by a Clayton Award. Operatic roles include Norina/ Don Pasquale, Gilda/ Rigoletto (Preggio Opera Festival, Italy); Atalanta/ Atalanta (Handel Society); Bastienne/ Bastien und Bastienne (Skipton Camerata); Mimi/ La bohème, Inez/ Il trovatore (both Opus I Opera); Grasshopper/ The Cunning Little Vixen (RCM). Covers include Governess/ Turn of the Screw (Opera North). Concert engagements include Mozart Unwrapped (King’s Place with Roger Vignoles November 2011), City of Dreams (Philharmonia Orchestra concert series 2009); City Music Society series (Eric Falk Trust Award). Paula has also recorded a Peroni advert soundtrack. Previously for ETO, Paula has performed the roles of Pamina/ The Magic Flute, Clizia/ Teseo, Emilia/ Flavio, Susanna/ Figaro.
www.operauk.com/paula-sides

Angelica Voje

Angelica Voje

Mezzo Soprano

Vitige

Angelica studied in Norway; Bel Canto Scandinavia, Denmark; RCM and the BBIOS. In 2006/7 she was the recipient of the Opperby-Stokowski Scholarship and in 2006 she also was given the Young Musician of the Year award from the Odd Fellow Slagelse, Denmark. Angelica is currently a member of the International Opera Studio Zurich. Opera roles include Fox/ The Cunning Little Vixen; Cherubino/ Le nozze di Figaro, Teseo/ Teseo, Waltraute/ Die Walküre, Waltraute/ Wellgunde/ Nibelungen for Children and as a soloist in the ballet version of Peer Gynt (Opernhaus Zurich). Future engagements include Bregenzer Festspiele/ Das Portrait – a new opera by Mieczyslaw Weinberg. Concert performances include Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle and Haydn Missa in tempore belli (Bath Philharmonia).

Carolyn Dobbin

Carolyn Dobbin

soprano

Teodata

Carrickfergus born mezzo- soprano and Samling scholar, trained at the RSAMD and on the YAP of OTC in Dublin in 2006.

Carolyn has worked with many UK and Swiss Opera companies. Repertoire includes, Lucretia/ The Rape of Lucretia, Carmen, Alisa / Lucia di Lammermoor, Bradamante / Alcina, Teodata / Flavio, Lisetta / Il mondo della luna, Dorabella / Così fan tutte( radio3), Second Lady / The Magic Flute, Idamante/Idomeno, Nicklaus / The Tales of Hoffmann, Dido and First Witch / Dido and Aeneas, Ottavia/ The coronation of Poppea, Cherubino / La nozze di Figaro, Concepcion / L’heure espagnole, Orlofsky / Die Fledermaus and Maddalena / Rigoletto, flora / La traviata, Janet / The Doctor’s Tale for ROH2, Scipio / Caligula (radio3) and Hannah / The Passenger both for ENO, Andronico / Tamerlano, Meg Page / Falstaff for OHP, Emilia / Otello for DO, Maddalena / Rigoletto and Polina/ Pique Dame for GPO. During 2010 Carolyn was a WNO Associate Artist and the recipient of the WNO Chris Ball Bursary and the Sir John Moores Award.
Her recordings include Lynne Plowman’s Cries Like Silence (London Mozart Players).

Roles at Lucerne Theatre – Penelope / Il ritorno d’Ulisse, Annio / La clemenza di Tito, Tisbe / La cenerentola, Lidwina/ Fraulein Bixel und Herr Glück, Flora Bervoix / La traviata. Bradamante/ Alcina, and the title role of Carmen. She made her debut for Bern Stadtheater as Annina & Flora/ La Traviata.
Recent and future engagements include the roles of Polina/Pique Dame, Emilia in Rossinis Othello -Buxton Festival, Elgars ‘Dream of Gerontius’ ,Title role The rape of Lucretia for IYO, Fatima/ Oberon NSO, The Page / Salome for OperaNI and The Verdi Requiem, Third Lady in Magic flute in Switzerland, Angelina in La Cenerentola, Devils jukebox for ON, and the role of Charlotte in Werther for ETO. www.carolyndobbin.com

Clint van der Linde

Clint van der Linde

Counter tenor

Flavio

Clint studied at the RCM. He has worked as a soloist with many groups such as the OAE; RPO; The Academy of Ancient Music; The London Handel Orchestra; Le Musiche Nove; Israel Camerata. Clint’s opera roles include Lotario/ Flavio/ Flavio; Dardano/ Amadigi; Judas/ Brockes Passion; In November 2001 he sang the role of Oberon/ A Midsummer Night‘s Dream, which was the launch of the BBIOS, and also performed this role in the ROH in Copenhagen in 2004. Festival engagements include Carmina Burana (Ludwigsburger Schossfestspiele); Halle Händel Festspiele; Cuenca Festival, Spain. In addition, Clint recorded the title role of Francesco Conti’s David with the Lautten Compagney. In December, Clint will tour Handel’s Messiah (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Queensland Orchestra).

James Laing

James Laing

Counter tenor

Guido

James studied at RCM and was selected by OPERA NOW as amongst ‘Who’s Hot’ for his performance as Nerone/ Agrippina at the London Handel Festival. Operatic engagements include Giuliano/ Eliogabalo (GPO); Andronico/ Tamerlano (Opera by Definition); Ascanio/ Ascanio in Alba (Classical Opera Company); Oberon/ A Midsummer Night’s Dream (ON); Medoro/ Orlando (Early Opera Company). Concert engagements include Handel Messiah (both Choeur de Chambre de Namur and Hallé); J.S. Bach St. John Passion (Irish Chamber Orchestra); Other Shakespearean Dreamers (Liceu, Barcelona). Future engagements include Oberon/ A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Garsington Opera) and J.S. Bach Cantata 106 (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra). Recordings include J.S. Bach St. John Passion (RTE); Dove The Adventures of Pinocchio (Opus Arte DVD); In Tune (BBC Radio 3).

Joseph Cornwell

Joseph Cornwell

Tenor

Ugone

Joseph trained at GSMD. Operatic roles include Eumete/ Il ritorno d’Ulisse (Teatro Real, Madrid); Orfeo/ L’anima del filosofo (Atelier Lyrique de Tourcoing); Il Conte/ Le nozze di Dorina (Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci); Snout/ A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Teatro Di San Carlo, Naples); Polimone/ Il Tito (Opéra national du Rhin). Joseph’s recent concert engagements have included J.S. Bach B Minor Mass (Capella Cracoviensis); Handel Messiah (Choeur de Chambre de Namur) and Purcell Dido and Aeneas (New London Consort). He has also appeared on a number of recordings including Handel Israel in Babylon (K617); Monteverdi Vespers 1610 (DG); Mozart Mass in C Minor (Erato); Purcell King Arthur (Glossa); Vivaldi Arsilda, regina di Ponto (CPO).

Andrew Slater

Andrew Slater

Baritone

Lotario

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).

“An astonishing achievement… the theatricality emerges with effortless artifice.”

Sunday Times

“Director James Conway perfectly hits the mark with his vibrant production”

The Independent

“Vocally, it’s exceptionally strong.”

The Guardian

“The elusive mood of Flavio…is beautifully conveyed, especially by Paula Sides, a pinpoint-accurate high soprano, and Carolyn Dobbin, a warm-toned mezzo with a mischievous comic touch”

The Times

“Well worth catching”

The Stage

Showing At

  1. Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, London
    15th Oct 2009 - 7:30 pm
  2. Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, London
    21st Oct 2009 - 7:30 pm
  3. Malvern Theatres
    27th Oct 2009 - 7:30 pm
  4. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    3rd Nov 2009 - 7:30 pm
  5. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    14th Nov 2009 - 7:30 pm
  6. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    17th Nov 2009 - 7:30 pm

Your Comments

  1. 23rd October
    I really enjoyed Flavio at RCM on the 21st. Great singing, staging etc. I felt I should go to support as I was one of your leading ladies (Lady Bilows)in 1992 I think. Martyn Brabbins conducted.

    I teach in an opera room at JDRCM, but was displaced temporarily because of you !

    Said Margaret Maguire at 15:35pm on 23rd Oct 2009

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