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

★★★★ THE STAGE

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
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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

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 Tosca with English Touring Opera, Paula Sides was awarded the Tagor Gold Medal from the Royal College of the Music and was the winner of the Karavoitis Prize in the Les Azureal International Competition. In 2018 operatic performances include the title role of Thais with Chelsea Opera Group, receiving critical acclaim, Cunegonde, Iford Opera. and Sombra, The Arcadians Opera Della Luna. This year on the concert platform performances include Mahler 8, Britten’s War Requiem, Rutter’s Requiem, Dona Nobis Pacem, Vaughan Williams, Beethoven 9, Dvorak’s 9th Symphony. Upcoming engagements Donna Anna Don Giovanni Longborough Opera Summer 2019.

John-Colyn Gyeantey

John-Colyn Gyeantey

Arbace | High Priest

Studied at the RCM, NOS and Accademia Rossiniana, Pesaro.

Rossini roles include Ramiro La Cenerentola (Oper Schloss Hallwyl, Glyndebourne on Tour); Ruodi Guillaume Tell and Aronne Mosé in Egitto (covers for WNO); Comte Ory Le Comte Ory (Opera South); Almaviva Il Barbiere di Siviglia (WNO, Diva Opera and Festival Musique Cordiale); Zefirino Il viaggio a Reims, (Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro); Gernando/Ubaldo Armida (St. John’s, Smith Square). He has sung Nemorino L’elisir d’amore for the Anghiari Festival; Pylade Iphigénie en Tauride, Ubaldo/Ghino Pia de’ Tolomei, Arnalta The Coronation of Poppea, and Egeus Jason by Cavalli all for ETO; and Luke in Tippett’s The Ice Break (Birmingham Opera). Other roles include Romeo Romeo and Juliet (Riverside Opera); Don Ottavio Don Giovanni (Mid-Wales Opera); Camille de Rosillon The Merry Widow (Scottish Opera); Tamino The Magic Flute (Iford Arts and Swansea City Opera).

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

The Arts Desk

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

Opera Today

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
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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
    Book Online Now
  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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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

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