Idomeneo

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Spring 2019

Mozart’s greatest opera seria

Director 
James Conway
Conductor 
Jonathan Peter Kenny
Designer 
Frankie Bradshaw
Lighting Designer 
Rory Beaton

What is clear from the outset is the extremely high standard of the musical performance

★★★★ Classical Source

The performances are superb

The Spectator

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
Running time: approx: 2 hours 35 minutes (inc. interval)

Showing At

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

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.

Frankie Bradshaw

Frankie Bradshaw

Designer

Rory Beaton

Rory Beaton

Lighting 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

In her native Australia, Catherine Carby has performed with the major opera companies and her wider engagements have included performances with Buxton Festival Opera, Chelsea Opera Group, ENO, Longborough Festival Opera and Scottish Opera, as well as at the Teatro Sao Carlos, Lisbon, and with orchestras including the CBSO, the OAE, the RPO and the Ulster Orchestra. Current highlights include include Penelope Il ritorno d’Ulisse for Pinchgut Opera, Annina La traviata and Siegrune Die Walküre for the Royal Opera, London, Girls’ Night Out (A Celebration of the Music of Richard Strauss) for the State Opera of South Australia and Katharina Schratt Mayerling for the Royal Ballet, London.

For ETO: Diana La Calisto, Aurelio L’Assiedo di Calais, Rodrigo Pia de’Tolomei, Cornelia Giulio Cesare, Iphigénie Iphigénie en Tauride and Rossini Fireworks!

Galina Averina

Galina Averina

Ilia

RECENT & UPCOMING
Ilia Idomeneo, Atalanta in Serse, Iphise in Rameau’s Dardanus, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi for the English Touring Opera, Marcelina Fidelio for Garsington Opera, Partenope Partenope for Iford Arts, Adela Die Fledermaus for Diva Opera, Pamina in Magic Flute for Mid Wales Opera and Oscar in Un ballo in maschera for West Green Opera, Mozart Residency at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.

OTHER ENGAGEMENTS
Brigitta in Iolanta, Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Kseniya in Boris Godunov, Noemi in Cendrillon, Ersilia in Le astuzie femminili, Charmion in Cleopatre, and Annina in La traviata, all for Perm State Opera Theatre; Despina in Così fan tutte at Dubrovnik Summer Festival; Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Calisto in Giove in Argo, Adele in Die Fledermaus, and Dalinda in Handel’s Ariodante at International Opera School of the Royal College of Music, London.

AWARDS
Handel Competition, London (2nd Prize, 2016), Francisco Viñas Competition (Sextio Premio, Audience Prize, 2015), Bampton Classical Opera Young Singers’ Competition (1st Prize, 2015), Les Azuriales Opera Festival Young Artists’ Competition, Nice (Haidee Saretski Prize, 2013)

Paula Sides

Paula Sides

Elettra

Recently applauded for her performance of Donna Anna with Longborough Festival Opera, Paula Sides has performed on stages and concert platforms across the UK, the United States and Europe. She was awarded the Tagor Gold Medal from the Royal College of Music, and was the winner of the Karavoitis Prize in the Les Azureal International Competition.

Recent roles include Giulietta in Verdi’s Un Giorno di Regno, as well as the title role in Massenet’s Thais with Chelsea Opera Group, Elettra in Mozart’s Idomeneo for English Touring Opera, and Cunegonde in Bernstein’s Candide for Iford Arts. Other roles include Tosca, Mimi La Boheme, Lauretta Gianni Schicchi, Eleonora L’Assedio di Calais, Gilda Rigoletto, Poppea Aggripina, and Calisto La Calisto.

Paula has performed under the baton of Richard Farnes in Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 7 Antarctica with the Stavanger Symfonikor as well as with the Opera North Orchestra. Other concert highlights include Strauss Four Last Songs, Mahler 8 at Ely Cathedral with Timothy Redmond and with David Hill with Opera North Symphony Orchestra, Mahler 2, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and Mass in C, Dvořák Te Deum, and Britten’s War Requiem with the Southampton Philharmonic and London Mozart Players.

Paula was born in Tennessee, and has long since made London her home. She is also a passionate singing teacher who has experience working in the Voice Clinic.

John-Colyn Gyeantey

John-Colyn Gyeantey

Arbace | High Priest

John-Colyn Gyeantey studied at the RCM, NOS and Accademia Rossiniana, Pesaro. Rossini roles include Ramiro La Cenerentola (Oper Schloss Hallwyl, Glyndebourne on Tour); Comte Ory Le comte Ory, Almaviva Il barbiere di Siviglia (WNO, Diva Opera and Festival Musique Cordiale); Zefirino Il viaggio a Reims (Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro); Gernando/Ubaldo Armida. He has sung Nemorino L’elisir d’amore (Anghiari Festival); Pylade Iphigénie en Tauride, Ubaldo/Ghino Pia de’ Tolomei, Arnalta and Egeus Jason by Cavalli all for ETO; and Luke in Tippett’s The Ice Break (Birmingham Opera). Other roles include Romeo (Riverside Opera); Don Ottavio (Mid-Wales Opera); Camille de Rosillon (Scottish Opera); Tamino (Iford Arts).

ETO’s tour venues have a real treat in store.

The Arts Desk

Clear-sighted staging… a definite success

The Stage

This is a production characterised by musical insight, dramatic composure and technical excellence

Opera Today

What is clear from the outset is the extremely high standard of the musical performance

★★★★ Classical Source

Emotional rawness alongside gleaming passagework

Bachtrack

The performances are superb

The Spectator

Showing At

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

Your Comments

  1. I'm looking forward to seeing this in York next month.

    Said Miss J D Atkinson at 12:23pm on 9th Feb 2019

  2. A truly brilliant and captivating performance at the Marlowe last night. Sincere congratulations to all involved for such a stunning piece of theatre.

    Said Kenneth Todd at 11:18am on 12th May 2019

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