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Giulio Cesare (Julius Caesar)

George Frideric Handel - Spring 2020

A revival of ETO’s critically acclaimed 2017 production

Director 
James Conway
Conductor 
Jonathan Peter Kenny
Designer 
Cordelia Chisholm
Lighting Designer 
Mark Howland

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(Giulio Cesare, 2017)

One of Handel’s most celebrated operas: a story of passion and revenge, featuring a treasure trove of great arias with immense dramatic intensity. The opera follows the events surrounding Julius Caesar’s conquest of Egypt, as well as his uneasy alliance and romance with fabled Egyptian queen, Cleopatra.

Handel’s epic opera returns to ETO in an adapted revival of their widely acclaimed 2017 production, led by ETO’s Artistic Director, James Conway and conductor, Jonathan Peter Kenny who will lead the Old Street Band.

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

Giulio Cesare 2017 production trailer

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    7th Mar 2020 - 7:30 pm
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  2. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    14th Mar 2020 - 7:30 pm
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  3. Lighthouse, Poole
    21st Mar 2020 - 7:30 pm
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  4. York Theatre Royal
    4th Apr 2020 - 7:30 pm
  5. Storyhouse, Chester
    7th Apr 2020 - 7:30 pm
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  6. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
    16th Apr 2020 - 7:30 pm
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  7. Malvern Theatres
    25th Apr 2020 - 7:30 pm
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  8. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    30th Apr 2020 - 7:30 pm
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  9. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    2nd May 2020 - 7:30 pm
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  10. Lancaster Priory
    8th May 2020 - 7:45 pm
  11. Curve, Leicester
    16th May 2020 - 7:30 pm
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  12. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
    18th May 2020 - 7:45 pm
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  13. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    30th May 2020 - 7:30 pm
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  1. Hackney Empire — 7th Mar 2020 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  2. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 14th Mar 2020 - 7:30 pm

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

  3. Lighthouse, Poole — 21st Mar 2020 - 7:30 pm

    Kingland Road, Poole, BH15 1UG

  4. York Theatre Royal — 4th Apr 2020 - 7:30 pm

    YO1 7HD

  5. Storyhouse, Chester — 7th Apr 2020 - 7:30 pm

    Hunter Street, Chester, CH1 2AR

  6. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury — 16th Apr 2020 - 7:30 pm

    The Friars, Canterbury, CT1 2AS

  7. Malvern Theatres — 25th Apr 2020 - 7:30 pm

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

  8. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 30th Apr 2020 - 7:30 pm

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

  9. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 2nd May 2020 - 7:30 pm

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

  10. Lancaster Priory — 8th May 2020 - 7:45 pm

    LA1 1XB

  11. Curve, Leicester — 16th May 2020 - 7:30 pm

    Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1SB

  12. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield — 18th May 2020 - 7:45 pm

    55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA

  13. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 30th May 2020 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

James Conway

James Conway

Director

As General Director of ETO for 17 years and ETO’s Artistic Director since April 2019, James Conway has directed productions of operas by Monteverdi, Handel, Mozart, Donizetti, Janácek, Puccini, Debussy, Ullmann, Britten and Tippett, as well as a world premiere by Alexander Goehr. Before coming to ETO he was General Director of Opera Theatre Company in Dublin; his productions for that company travelled to New York (Brooklyn Academy of Music), and to festivals in Melbourne, London, Buxton, Paris, Dusseldorf, Prague, Brno, Lisbon and Porto. Notable among his freelance directing is the long-running production of The Cunning Little Vixen at the Janácek Theatre, Brno.

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.

Cordelia Chisholm

Cordelia Chisholm

Designer

Mark Howland

Mark Howland

Lighting Designer

Mark studied, briefly, at Oxford University prior to training in Stage Lighting Design at RADA.

Previously for ETO: Dardanus, Tosca, Patience, Ulysses’ Homecoming, La Calisto, Xerxes, The Tales of Hoffmann, Werther, Pelleas et Melisande, La Boheme, The Siege of Calais, Wild Man of the West Indies.

Other designs include: La Rondine, Don Giovanni (Opera Holland Park); Twelve Angry Men (Birmingham Rep & West End); Elixir of Love, Rodelinda (Scottish Opera); Sweeney Todd (Aarhus Theatre, Denmark); Singin’ in the Rain (Det Ny Teater, Copenhagen) and numerous productions for The Gate Theatre London, The Curve, Nottingham Playhouse, Lyric Theatre Belfast amongst many others.

Cast

Clint van der Linde

Clint van der Linde

Giulio Cesare

Clint’s opera and concert work has taken him to Australia, NZ, SA, US, Israel, Japan and through out Western and Central Europe. In Festivals including BBC proms (Royal Albert Hall), Mostly Mozart Festival at the Alice Tully Hall(NYC), Bach Festival Leipzich, Wellington Festival(NZ) and Edinbugh Festival. Collaborating with the AAM, The Goettingen Festspieler Orchestra, Il Fondamento, the Hanover Band, the Israel Camerata, the King`s Consort, the LHO, LMN, the OAE, the RPO the Salzburg Camerata, Stuttgart Baroque Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Bach Collegium Japan. Conducters, Masaaki Suzuki, Stephen Layton, Sir Roger Norrington, Frieder Bernius, Nicholas Kraemer, Stephen Cleobury, Peter Schreier, Wolfgang Katchner, George Petrou, Leonardo Alarcon and Paul Dombrecht.

Tim Morgan

Tim Morgan

Giulio Cesare

Mr Morgan will sing the role of Giulio Cesare at Lighthouse, Poole (Sat 21 Mar), Festival Theatres, Malvern (Sat 25 Apr) and Lancaster Priory (Fri 8 May).

Susanna Hurrell

Susanna Hurrell

Cleopatra

London-born soprano Susanna Hurrell is highly regarded as one of the most versatile singers of her generation. Since her critically acclaimed debut with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Lauretta Gianni Schicchi in 2016, her pure, clear tone and warm stage presence have garnered praise from audiences and critics throughout Europe and the UK.

Most recently Hurrell made her role debuts as Gretel Hansel and Gretel for the English National Opera / Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Rosalinde Die Fledermaus for Opera Holland Park and Anne Trulove The Rake’s Progress for Opera Glass Works at Wilton’s Music Hall. She also sang Micaela in Barrie Kosky’s new production of Carmen at the ROH, Mélisande Pelleas et Mélisande at the Norwegian National Opera and Aldimira in Cavalli’s Erismena for the Aix-en-Provence Festival.

Equally at home with contemporary repertoire, she recently sang Isabel in the Russian premiere of George Benjamin’s Lessons in Love and Violence at the Mariinsky Concert Hall, and in Philip Venables’ 4.48 Psychosis for the ROH, Prototype Festival in New York and Opéra national du Rhin, a role she originated in 2016. In 19/20 season, Hurrell will make her role debut as Cleopatra Giulio Cesare and reprise the title role of Ravi Shankar’s only opera Sukanya with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

On the concert platform, Hurrell has recently performed Mahler Symphony No. 4 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Britten Les Illuminations with the English Chamber Orchestra, the world premiere of David Oppenheimer’s Deborah with the Southbank Sinfonia, Dido Dido and Aenas with The English Concert, Handel Messiah with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, and Mozart Festival Orchestra; and Bach Mass in B Minor with the BBC Singers.

Paul-Antoine Bénos-Djian

Paul-Antoine Bénos-Djian

Tolomeo

Thomas Scott-Cowell

Thomas Scott-Cowell

Tolomeo

Mr Scott Cowell will sing the roll of Tolomeo at Lighthouse, Poole (Sat 21 Mar), Cambridge Arts Theatre (Thu 30 Apr & Sat 2 May) and Exeter Northcott (Sat 30 May).

Ann Taylor

Ann Taylor

Cornelia

Eirlys Myfanwy Davies

Eirlys Myfanwy Davies

Cornelia

Ms Davies will sing the role of Cornelia at The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury (Thu 16 Apr) and Lancaster Priory (Fri 8 May).

Kitty Whately

Kitty Whately

Sesto

Kitty Whately trained at Chetham’s School of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the Royal College of Music International Opera School. She was a BBC New Generation Artist from 2013-15.

Recent opera highlights include Peep-Bo The Mikado for English National Opera, Isabella Wuthering Heights (Opera National de Lorraine, Nancy), Paquette in Bernstein’s Candide (Bergen National Opera), Sesto Giulio Cesare (English Touring Opera), Mother/Other Mother in the world premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Coraline at the Barbican, and Dorabella Così fan tutte for Opera Holland Park.

Edward Hawkins

Edward Hawkins

Achilla

Mr Hawkins will sing the role of Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte at York Theatre Royal on Fri 3 Apr.

Edward read music at King’s College, London, studying trumpet at the Royal Academy of Music.

Having begun singing in his late twenties, Edward quickly began to develop a professional career, studying privately with Russell Smythe and Gary Coward.

From 2015 to 2018, Edward sang in the Glyndebourne Chorus in various productions, including performances at the BBC Proms and worldwide cinema broadcasts.

In 2019 Edward covered and performed the role of Banquo in Verdi’s Macbeth, and performed the role of the doctor, for English Touring Opera. He subsequently appeared as Banquo at the Minack Theatre, before covering Sparafucile in Rigoletto for Glyndebourne.

Alexander Simpson

Alexander Simpson

Nireno

Bradley Travis

Bradley Travis

Curio

Bradley Travis was born in Cheshire and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal College of Music International Opera School.

Roles performed include Figaro Le nozze di Figaro(Opera North), Bunthorne Patience and BettoGianni Schicchi (ETO), Siegfried Sassoon Silver Birch (Garsington Opera), plus Robin Oakapple Ruddigore and Strephon Iolanthe (National G&S Opera Company). Bradley also performed in Vaughan William’s Serenade to Music at the 2016 Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.

Bradley is heavily involved in music outreach, working as the Associate Artist (Learning & Participation) at English Touring Opera; commissioning and directing new operas for children, devising and leading workshops, and curating their education and community output.

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    7th Mar 2020 - 7:30 pm
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  2. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    14th Mar 2020 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  3. Lighthouse, Poole
    21st Mar 2020 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  4. York Theatre Royal
    4th Apr 2020 - 7:30 pm
  5. Storyhouse, Chester
    7th Apr 2020 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  6. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
    16th Apr 2020 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  7. Malvern Theatres
    25th Apr 2020 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  8. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    30th Apr 2020 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  9. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    2nd May 2020 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  10. Lancaster Priory
    8th May 2020 - 7:45 pm
  11. Curve, Leicester
    16th May 2020 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  12. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
    18th May 2020 - 7:45 pm
    Book Online Now
  13. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    30th May 2020 - 7:30 pm
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