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Giulio Cesare (Julius Caesar)

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

★★★★ The Times
★★★★ WhatsonStage
★★★★ The Stage
(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
  2. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    14th Mar 2020 - 7:30 pm
  3. Lighthouse, Poole
    21st Mar 2020 - 7:30 pm
    Cancelled
  4. York Theatre Royal
    4th Apr 2020 - 7:30 pm
    Cancelled
  5. Storyhouse, Chester
    7th Apr 2020 - 7:30 pm
    Cancelled
  6. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
    16th Apr 2020 - 7:30 pm
    Cancelled
  7. Malvern Theatres
    25th Apr 2020 - 7:30 pm
    Cancelled
  8. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    30th Apr 2020 - 7:30 pm
    Cancelled
  9. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    2nd May 2020 - 7:30 pm
    Cancelled
  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

    • Cancelled

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

    YO1 7HD

    • Cancelled

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

    Hunter Street, Chester, CH1 2AR

    • Cancelled

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

    The Friars, Canterbury, CT1 2AS

    • Cancelled

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

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

    • Cancelled

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

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

    • Cancelled

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

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

    • Cancelled

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 Peter Kenny is from Liverpool. Conducting appearances include Flavio, Xerxes, Agrippina, Ottone, Iphigénie en Tauride, Giulio Cesare, Johannes-Passion, Mass in B minor, Matthäus-Passion (ETO), Cesare, Rinaldo, Radamisto, Alcina, Serse (Lucca),The Duchess of Malfi (Royal and Derngate), Stabat Mater (Dorothy Cross/OTC), Orfeo, Dido (RCM), Anxiety Fanfare (Kings Place, RFH), Memorial (London Barbican, Adelaide Festival, Brisbane Festival). He has performed with ROH, ENO, Glyndebourne, Salzburg Festival, Royal Opera Copenhagen, Teatro comunale Bologna, Glimmerglass NY, BBC Proms, AAM, OAE, EBS, RLPO, RSNO, UO, Gabrieli Consort, with Gardiner, Hickox, Fischer, Parrott, Mortensen, Bolton, and Bicket. Recordings include: Matthäus-Passion (Miller/Goodwin), Agrippina (Gardiner), Buxtehude Cantatas (Immerseel), Puccini Requiem (Fontaine). His edition of Handel’s Tamerlano has been produced in Dublin, Melbourne, Lisbon, and London.

Cordelia Chisholm

Cordelia Chisholm

Designer

Cordelia studied English Literature at Cambridge University before training on the Motley Theatre Design Course. She is an International Opera Awards nominee for best designer (2016). Designs for opera include: L’Oracolo, Mala Vita and Vanessa (Wexford Festival Opera), Agreed (Glyndebourne Opera), Rinaldo (Estonian National Opera), Traviata and The Queen of Spades (Opera Holland Park), Inés de Castro (Scottish Opera – costume design), Der Graf von Luxemburg (Landestheater Niederbayern), Otello (Opera på Skäret), Carmen (Scottish Opera), Hansel and Gretel (Opera North), La Finta Giardiniera (Den Norske Opera for Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo), The Bartered Bride (BYO), Werther (Les Azuriales Opera Festival) and many productions for The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music.

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).

Tim Morgan recently completed his studies at the RCM. A Samling Artist, he was a finalist in the 2019 Kathleen Ferrier Awards.

Recent and future engagements include Oberon A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Nevill Holt Opera, Purcell’s The Indian Queenwith Emanuelle Haïm and Le Concert D’Astrée at Opéra de Lille, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with the OAE, Gabriel at the Barbican Hall and the Saffron Hall with the English Consort under Harry Bicket, Handel’s Messiah with The Hanover Band, a recital of Vivaldi arias with Norwich Baroque Orchestra, and Purcell’s King Arthur with Vox Luminis.

Susanna Hurrell

Susanna Hurrell

Cleopatra

British soprano Susanna Hurrell is highly regarded as one of the most versatile singers of her generation, garnering critical praise for her clear, pure tone and warm stage presence.

Recent highlights include Gretel Hansel and Gretel for English National Opera / Regent’s Park, Rosalinde Die Fledermaus for Opera Holland Park, Anne Trulove The Rake’s Progress for Opera Glassworks, Mélisande Pelleas et Mélisande for Norwegian National Opera and Aldimira in Cavalli’s Erismena for the Aix-en-Provence festival. She also sang a critically acclaimed Lauretta Gianni Schicchi and subsequently Micaëla Carmen at the Royal Opera House, and created the title role in Ravi Shankar’s Sukanya with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Paul-Antoine Bénos-Djian

Paul-Antoine Bénos-Djian

Tolomeo

Paul-Antoine’s recent appearances include Ottone Agrippina in Halle and Marte in Legrenzi’s La divisione del mondo in Cologne and Versailles, both with Christophe Rousset/Les Talens Lyriques, Nireno Giulio Cesare with Opera North, Unulfo Rodelinda at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées with Emmanuelle Haïm/Le Concert d’Astrée, the title role in performances and a recording of Stradella’s San Giovanni Battista, the title role in Rinaldo and Clerio Erismena with Leonardo García Alarcon.

Future plans include Ottone L’incoronazione di Poppea for the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, plus reprises of Erismena in Lisbon as Idraspe/Erineo, La Nuit des rois at La Comédie Française in Paris and San Giovanni Battista with Le Banquet Céleste.

Tom Scott-Cowell

Tom 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).

Countertenor, Tom Scott-Cowell is a graduate of the Royal College of Music, where he completed his undergraduate and master’s degrees with distinction. Past engagements on stage have included Polinesso Ariodante and Gernando Faramondo (London Handel Festival), Nireno Giulio Cesare (English Touring Opera), Prospero The Enchanted Island (BYO), Unulfo Rodelinda (Cambridge Handel Opera Company), Acis Acis and Galatea (RCM), Oberon A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RCM International Opera School), Armindo Partenope (Iford Arts), Korimako Agreed (Glyndebourne), Eustazio Rinaldo (Glyndebourne on Tour), Mago Christiano (cover) Rinaldo (Glyndebourne Festival) and his US debut as Ottone L’incoronazione di Poppea at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.

Ann Taylor

Ann Taylor

Cornelia

Ann Taylor has sung with major companies in the UK and across Europe during her thirty year career, performing many of the major operatic roles for mezzo-soprano including Ariodante, Rosina, Hänsel, Cherubino, Dorabella and the Britten roles of Kate Owen Wingrave, Hermia A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Nancy Albert Herring.

She also created the roles of Stewardess in Flight for Glyndebourne and Sarah in Tobias and the Angel (both by Jonathan Dove), and Judy/Grey Wolf in Michael Berkeley’s Baa Baa Black Sheep for Opera North. Most recently, she has sung Mother/Chinese Cup/Squirrel L’enfant et les sortilèges, Miss Stuhlá Osud and Suzuki Madam Butterfly (all for Opera North).

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).

Welsh Mezzo-Soprano Eirlys Myfanwy Davies was born in Carmarthenshire. A Samling Artist and London Welsh Young Singer of the Year winner, Eirlys is a recent Young Artist graduate from the National Opera Studio, after previously studying at the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the RCS, The Royal Academy of Music, and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff.

Recent operatic performances include the role of Madame de la Haltiere in Cendrillon, Third Lady (Cover) Die Zauberflöte, Mother in Madama Butterfly, Annina (Cover) La Traviata, all for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Maddalena (Cover) Rigoletto for Glyndebourne Touring Opera, and Portia (Cover) The Merchant of Venice for Welsh National Opera.

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

British countertenor Alexander Simpson is a versatile young singer and actor who enjoys performing a wide range of repertoire and styles.

Recent operatic roles include Cowslip Fairy Queen (Waterperry Opera Festival), Athamas Semele (Royal Academy of Music), Arsace Partenope (Iford Arts Festival), Arcane Teseo (London Handel Festival), Refugee Flight (Royal Academy Opera) and Juno Semele (Cambridge University Opera Society).

Alexander won the Accademia Vivaldi Scholarship at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in April, both the Rosalind Armstrong Prize and the Tony Lowrey Audience Prize in the Hurn Court Opera Singing Competition and was a finalist in the prestigious Froville International Baroque Singing Competition.

Alexander read Music at St John’s College, Cambridge and graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with a DipRAM for an outstanding final recital. He has just finished Royal Academy Opera.

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
  2. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    14th Mar 2020 - 7:30 pm
  3. Lighthouse, Poole
    21st Mar 2020 - 7:30 pm
    Cancelled
  4. York Theatre Royal
    4th Apr 2020 - 7:30 pm
    Cancelled
  5. Storyhouse, Chester
    7th Apr 2020 - 7:30 pm
    Cancelled
  6. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
    16th Apr 2020 - 7:30 pm
    Cancelled
  7. Malvern Theatres
    25th Apr 2020 - 7:30 pm
    Cancelled
  8. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    30th Apr 2020 - 7:30 pm
    Cancelled
  9. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    2nd May 2020 - 7:30 pm
    Cancelled

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