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Idomeneo

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Spring 2019

Mozart’s greatest opera seria

Director 
James Conway
Conductor 
Jonathan Peter Kenny
Designer 
Frankie Bradshaw

Returning from the Trojan War and caught in the midst of a storm, King Idomeneo promises the raging seas that he will sacrifice the first person he meets, in return for his safe passage. Cruelly, the first person he encounters is his only son, Idamante.

The rivalry between the princesses Ilia and Elettra for the heart of Idamante coupled with a king’s ill-fated promise provide a rich, emotional drama and unforgettable music.

Idomeneo remains one the greatest of his ‘opera seria’’ (serious operas). This is an opera that explores royalty, high ideals and deep emotions.

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    8th Mar 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  2. Storyhouse, Chester
    16th Mar 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  3. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
    26th Mar 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  4. York Theatre Royal
    30th Mar 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  5. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    3rd Apr 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  6. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    6th Apr 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  7. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    13th Apr 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  8. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
    17th Apr 2019 - 7:45 pm
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  9. Norwich Theatre Royal
    27th Apr 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  10. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    1st May 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  11. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    4th May 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  12. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
    11th May 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  13. Gala Theatre, Durham
    14th May 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  14. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    22nd May 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  15. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    25th May 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  16. Lighthouse, Poole
    1st Jun 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  1. Hackney Empire — 8th Mar 2019 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  2. Storyhouse, Chester — 16th Mar 2019 - 7:30 pm

    Hunter Street, Chester, CH1 2AR

  3. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre — 26th Mar 2019 - 7:30 pm

    Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1DE

  4. York Theatre Royal — 30th Mar 2019 - 7:30 pm

    YO1 7HD

  5. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 3rd Apr 2019 - 7:30 pm

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

  6. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 6th Apr 2019 - 7:30 pm

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

  7. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 13th Apr 2019 - 7:30 pm

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

  8. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield — 17th Apr 2019 - 7:45 pm

    55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA

  9. Norwich Theatre Royal — 27th Apr 2019 - 7:30 pm

    Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RL

  10. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 1st May 2019 - 7:30 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  11. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 4th May 2019 - 7:30 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  12. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury — 11th May 2019 - 7:30 pm

    The Friars, Canterbury, CT1 2AS

  13. Gala Theatre, Durham — 14th May 2019 - 7:30 pm

    1 Millennium Place, Town Centre, Durham, DH1 1WA

  14. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 22nd May 2019 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  15. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 25th May 2019 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  16. Lighthouse, Poole — 1st Jun 2019 - 7:30 pm

    Kingland Road, Poole, BH15 1UG

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.

Frankie Bradshaw

Frankie Bradshaw

Designer

Cast

Christopher Turner

Christopher Turner

Idomeneo

Christopher Turner was born in Birmingham, and studied at Hull University, the RNCM and the National Opera Studio where he was sponsored by the Scottish Endowment Trust and The Friends of Covent Garden. He made his professional debut as Dr Blind Die Fledermaus (Scottish Opera On Tour) before joining the Young Singers Programme at English National Opera where roles included Robert Wilson Doctor Atomic, First Armed Man/First Priest The Magic Flute, Beppe Pagliacci, Simpleton Boris Godunov, Spoletta Tosca, Pong Turandot and Messenger Aida. Since then he has sung Janek The Makropulos Case and Esquire Parsifal (ENO), Don Ottavio and Roderigo Otello (Opera North), Borsa Rigoletto and Pong (Scottish Opera), Dr Caius Falstaff (Opera Holland Park), Damon Acis and Galatea and Prunier La Rondine (Iford Arts), the title role Albert Herring (Mid Wales Opera) and Tebaldo I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Chelsea Opera Group). His recordings include Aubrey Maria di Rohan and Keeper of the Tower of Siena Pia de Tolomei for Opera Rara. He sings regularly in concert and recent engagements include Beethoven Symphony No. 9 (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall and Philharmonia at the Lichfield Festival) and Mozart Requiem and Messiah with the Orchestra of St John’s Smith Square.

Catherine Carby

Catherine Carby

Idamante

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.

Galina Averina

Galina Averina

Ilia

Galina Averina studied vocal performance in Russian University of Theatre Arts in Moscow. Laureate of international contests, she has participated in performances in France, Ireland, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Latvia and England.

Her roles have included Brigitta in Iolanta (Tchaykovsky), Frascita in Carmen (Bizet) and Ksenia in Boris Godunov (Musorgsky). In July 2013 she sang Despina in Cosi fan tutte (Mozart) on Dubrovnik Summer Festival (director – Sally Burgess, conductor -Oliver Gilmour).

Participated in Les Azuriales Russian Festival in Nice (April 2013) and Les Azuriales Young Artist’s Competition and Masterclass (August 2013), where won Haidee Saretski Prize.

Paula Sides

Paula Sides

Elettra

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

John-Colyn Gyeantey

John-Colyn Gyeantey

Arbace | High Priest

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.

Arshask Kuzikyan

Arshask Kuzikyan

Voice | Chorus

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    8th Mar 2019 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  2. Storyhouse, Chester
    16th Mar 2019 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  3. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
    26th Mar 2019 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  4. York Theatre Royal
    30th Mar 2019 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  5. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    3rd Apr 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  6. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    6th Apr 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  7. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    13th Apr 2019 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  8. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
    17th Apr 2019 - 7:45 pm
    Book Online Now
  9. Norwich Theatre Royal
    27th Apr 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  10. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    1st May 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  11. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    4th May 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  12. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
    11th May 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  13. Gala Theatre, Durham
    14th May 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  14. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    22nd May 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  15. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    25th May 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  16. Lighthouse, Poole
    1st Jun 2019 - 7:30 pm
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