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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.

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

More venues to be announced

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    8th Mar 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  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
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  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
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  11. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    4th May 2019 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  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

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

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    8th Mar 2019 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  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
    Book Online Now
  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
    Book Online Now
  11. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    4th May 2019 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  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

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