Il tabarro / Gianni Schicchi

Puccini - Spring 2011

Two one-act operas from Puccini’s operatic trilogy, Il trittico.

Conductor 
Michael Rosewell
Director (tabarro) 
James Conway
Director (G. S.) 
Liam Steel
Designer 
Neil Irish
Asst. Conductor 
Philip Sunderland

“A joy from the first bars” The Sunday Express (5 stars)

“A punchy double bill… this is high-quality farce delivered with unflagging energy.” The Times (4 stars)

“Ensemble work doesn’t get any tighter than this, and the orchestra sounds divine.” The Independent on Sunday

Il tabarro (the cloak) and Gianni Schicchi couldn’t be more different – yet both one hour operas show Puccini as a master of the theatre who speaks to the heart.

The highly-charged drama Il tabarro takes place on a barge moored in Paris. Puccini’s haunting masterpiece, with big lyrical roles for soprano (Julie Unwin), tenor (Charne Rochford), and baritone (Simon Thorpe), is justly famous, though not often heard.

Gianni Schicchi is a brilliant Florentine comedy. The greedy family of poor, dead Buoso dry their eyes to claim his fortune; however the wily Schicchi (Richard Mosley-Evans) also has his eyes set on the inheritance. In the middle of Liam Steel’s pacy new production comes one of Puccini’s sweetest arias, ‘O! mio babbino caro’ (sung by Paula Sides, ETO’s Pamina, and a star of the ETO Handelfest). ETO Music Director Michael Rosewell conducts.

This production will be sung in Italian with English captions.

Total running time: 2 hours and 10 minutes, including a 25 minute interval.

Photograph by Richard Hubert Smith.

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    4th Mar 2011 - 7:30 pm
  2. Hackney Empire
    11th Mar 2011 - 7:30 pm
  3. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    17th Mar 2011 - 7:30 pm
  4. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    18th Mar 2011 - 7:30 pm
  5. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    24th Mar 2011 - 7:30 pm
  6. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    25th Mar 2011 - 7:30 pm
  7. Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
    28th Mar 2011 - 7:30 pm
  8. The Hawth, Crawley
    1st Apr 2011 - 7:30 pm
  9. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    7th Apr 2011 - 7:30 pm
  10. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    8th Apr 2011 - 7:30 pm
  11. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
    11th Apr 2011 - 7:45 pm
  12. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    15th Apr 2011 - 7:30 pm
  13. Norwich Theatre Royal
    20th Apr 2011 - 7:30 pm
  14. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
    3rd May 2011 - 7:30 pm
  15. Buxton Opera House
    5th May 2011 - 7:30 pm
  16. Hall for Cornwall, Truro
    10th May 2011 - 7:30 pm
  17. Lighthouse, Poole
    13th May 2011 - 7:30 pm
  18. Gala Theatre, Durham
    16th May 2011 - 7:30 pm
  19. Perth Festival, Perth Concert Hall
    21st May 2011 - 7:30 pm
  20. Grand Opera House, Belfast
    26th May 2011 - 7:30 pm
  21. Grand Opera House, Belfast
    27th May 2011 - 7:30 pm
  1. Hackney Empire — 4th Mar 2011 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  2. Hackney Empire — 11th Mar 2011 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  3. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 17th Mar 2011 - 7:30 pm

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

  4. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 18th Mar 2011 - 7:30 pm

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

  5. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 24th Mar 2011 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  6. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 25th Mar 2011 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  7. Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells — 28th Mar 2011 - 7:30 pm

    TN1 2LU

  8. The Hawth, Crawley — 1st Apr 2011 - 7:30 pm

    Hawth Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6YZ

  9. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 7th Apr 2011 - 7:30 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  10. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 8th Apr 2011 - 7:30 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  11. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield — 11th Apr 2011 - 7:45 pm

    55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA

  12. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 15th Apr 2011 - 7:30 pm

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

  13. Norwich Theatre Royal — 20th Apr 2011 - 7:30 pm

    Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RL

  14. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre — 3rd May 2011 - 7:30 pm

    Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1DE

  15. Buxton Opera House — 5th May 2011 - 7:30 pm

    Water Street, SK17 6XN

  16. Hall for Cornwall, Truro — 10th May 2011 - 7:30 pm

    Back Quay, Truro, TR1 2LL

  17. Lighthouse, Poole — 13th May 2011 - 7:30 pm

    Kingland Road, Poole, BH15 1UG

  18. Gala Theatre, Durham — 16th May 2011 - 7:30 pm

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

  19. Perth Festival, Perth Concert Hall — 21st May 2011 - 7:30 pm

    Mill Street, Perth, PH1 5HZ

  20. Grand Opera House, Belfast — 26th May 2011 - 7:30 pm

    Great Victoria Street, Belfast, BT2 7HR

  21. Grand Opera House, Belfast — 27th May 2011 - 7:30 pm

    Great Victoria Street, Belfast, BT2 7HR

Michael Rosewell

Michael Rosewell

Conductor

SPRING 2014 – THE MAGIC FLUTE
Mr Michael Rosewell will conduct in London (8 March), Wolverhampton (17 March), Norwich (27 April), Crawley (5 May), Exeter (15 May), Durham (19 May), Perth (22 May) and Cambridge (30 May).

Michael began his career at the Vienna State Opera, assisting Claudio Abbado and working closely with many of the world’s leading singers, including Cappuccilli, Freni, Gruberova, Domingo and Pavarotti. He has conducted extensively throughout Germany notably in Kassel, Wiesbaden, Mannheim; at the ROH, ENO, ETO and Kent Opera; at the Buxton, Bath, Perth and Montepulciano Festivals, and broadcast on Südwestfunk, Radio France Musique, RTE Dublin and the BBC. Michael conducted world premiere performances of Stephen Oliver’s Timon of Athens and is a renowned interpreter of Britten’s operas. He is currently Music Director for ETO and Opera Director at the RCM.

James Conway

James Conway

Director (tabarro)

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).

Liam Steel

Liam Steel

Director (G. S.)

Opera Direction: Country Matters; Gianni Schicchi; Magic Flute (ETO); The Marriage of Figaro (OHP); Orpheus in the Underworld (RCM); The Singing Circle (ROH).
Theatre Direction includes: Jungle Book (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Barnum (Chichester Festival Theatre); Into the Woods (Delacorte Theatre, New York); Lord Of The Flies; Into the Woods (Olivier Award, Best Musical Revival); The Tempest (all Regents Park Open Air Theatre); Knots (CoisCeim Dance Theatre); Absolute Beginners (Lyric Hammersmith); Heavenly; Hymns; (Frantic Assembly); Oliver Twist; Tom’s Midnight Garden (Library Theatre).
Film: Liam was responsible for all the musical staging of the BAFTA and Oscar winning film of Les Misérables.

Neil Irish

Neil Irish

Designer

Born
Birmingham

Training
Birmingham University
Slade UCL
National Film & Television school

Opera
Productions for Opera Holland Park, Almedia/ENO Opera Festival, Mid Wales Opera, Opera Theatre Company Dublin, Garden Opera, ETO, Pegasus Opera and Opera North

Future
A new Opera to coincide with the Beijing Olympics at Hackney Empire, a UK tour of the play The Dresser, a new play for the Drill Hall and a production of The Shape of Things in Istanbul.

Other
Neil has also worked for both set and costume departments for BBC TV.

Philip Sunderland

Philip Sunderland

Asst. Conductor

Philip was born in Norwich and was educated at the Cathedral School. He is a graduate of RAM and NOS.
Philip has conducted La Traviata and Sweeney Todd for ON, where he was Chorus Master from 1999 to 2004. He also conducted numerous concerts with the chorus and orchestra, including an acclaimed performance of Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem in York Minster.
For ETO, Philip has conducted The Marriage of Figaro, La Cenerentola, The Pearl Fishers and Daughter of the Regiment. He conducted Eugene Onegin at ROH for the National Youth Opera event 2006.
As well as his work at RCM, Philip is Music Director to W11 Opera for Young People, for whom he conducts a new commission each year. His opera The Glass Knight will receive its premiere at Saffron Walden County High School next year.

Cast

Simon Thorpe

Simon Thorpe

Michele (tab)

Simon trained at the GSMD, where he was awarded the Harold Rosenthal Prize, and the NOS. Recent operatic engagements include John the Butcher/ Hugh the Drover (New Sussex Opera); Rigoletto and Giorgo Germont/ La traviata (Opera Proejct); Belcore/ L’elisir d’amore, Pasha Selim/ Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Scarpia/ Tosca, Ford/ Falstaff and Kothner/ Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (all WNO); Alfio/ Cavalleria Rusticana (Dorset Opera); Anckarström/ Un ballo in maschera (Cork Opera 2005); Duke/ Roméo et Juliette (ON). Concert performances include work with the Armonico Consort, Hallé Orchestra and Raymond Gubbay Ltd. He also sang Howard Goodall’s Eternal Light: A Requiem for Rambert Dance Company. Recording and broadcast work includes Billy Budd (Erato). Simon has previously performed Escamillo/ Carmen and Giorgio Germont/ La traviata with ETO. Future engagements include Escamillo/ Carmen (State Opera of South Australia) and Herald/ Lohengrin (Opéra de Toulon).

Julie Unwin

Julie Unwin

Giorgetta (tab)

Julie Unwin studied at GSMD and NOS, and currently studies with Jacqueline Bremar. Operatic roles include Elsa/ Lohengrin (Wagner Society); Cio Cio-san/ Madama Butterfly (OHP); Countess/ The Marriage of Figaro (GTO, OHP); Donna Anna/ Don Giovanni (GTO); Mimì/ La bohème (Opera Zuid); Cleone Ermione (GFO); Micäela/ Carmen (RAH, WNO); Pamina/ The Magic Flute (ENO); Nancy/ Silas Marner (City of Birmingham Touring Opera); Tatyana/ Eugene Onegin (OHP). Awards include John Christie Award and Esso Singer’s Prize (Glyndebourne), International Singer of the Year at the Llangollen International Eistedfodd and Harold Rosenthal Opera Award. Previous concert appearances include Berlioz L’Enfance du Christ (Helsinki Philharmonic), Beethoven Symphony no. 9 (Helsinki Philharmonic) and Mahler Symphony no. 2 (Kaplan and London Philharmonic). Julie has previously performed with ETO as title role/ Anna Bolena; Alice Ford/ Falstaff; title role/ Tosca; Countess/ The Marriage of Figaro.

Charne Rochford

Charne Rochford

Luigi (tab)

Charne was born in London and trained at RAM. Roles include Eisenstein (RPO), Cavaradossi (Bermuda Festival), 1st Armed Man/ 2nd Priest (Glyndebourne/ON), Rodolpho (Lyric Opera, Dublin), Bacchus (Strauss Festival, London), Il Duca di Mantua (Neumunster Abbey, Luxembourg) Previously for ETO he has sung both Luigi Il tabarro and Adorno Simon Boccanegra. Recent concert work includes Glass’ Satyagraha for the Blickfelder Festival, Switzerland and a series of Verdi’s Requiem at Victoria Hall, Geneva and at Lausanne Cathedral. He made his cinematic debut as 2nd Officer in The Magic Flute, directed by Kenneth Branagh. Future engagements Rossini Stabat Mater at Exeter Cathedral, Canio I Pagliacci for Opera de Baugé and Lyonel Martha for the Volksoper Zürich.

Arwel Huw Morgan

Arwel Huw Morgan

Talpa (tab), Simone (GS)

After gaining a chemistry degree from Imperial College, Arwel joined WNO as a Principal artist. His roles there included Angelotti/ Tosca, Hobson/ Peter Grimes, Lictor/ Poppea, Parson/ The Cunning little Vixen, title role/ Don Giovanni, Paolo/ Simon Boccanegra. He later joined ENO, where for more than ten years he undertook a wide variety of mostly bass-baritone repertoire including the title roles of Figaro, Falstaff and Don Pasquale. Arwel’s opera appearances also include Snug/ Midsummer Night’s Dream (Teatro dell’ Opera di Roma; Aix-en-Provence Festival); Don Bartolo/ Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Opera Zuid, Masstricht; Spier Festivalm, South Africa); Fabrizio/ The Thieving Magpie (ON). On the concert platform he has appeared in opera galas at the Royal Albert and Festival Halls as well as the Teatro Amazonas in Brazil and recorded for the BBC, S4C and Decca.

Andrew Glover

Andrew Glover

Tinca (tab), Gherardo (GS)

Andrew was born in New Zealand and graduated the Australian Opera Studio with Honours and the Dux award for excellence.

Recent appearances have included Tinca, Il tabarro, Gherardo, Gianni Schicchi and cover Bunce, Fantastic Mr Fox (all ETO); Bardolfo, Falstaff, Abdallo, Nabucco (both IFAC Tokyo); Tito, La clemenza di Tito, Msr Triquet, Eugene Onegin (both New Zealand Opera); Remendado, Carmen, Un Voce, La Gioconda (both Opera Holland Park); Don Basilio, Le nozze di Figaro (Vignette Productions).

He has appeared in numerous concerts and recitals with ensembles including the Tokyo New Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hungarian Symphony Orchestra, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, the Perth Orchestra, the Australian Opera Studio, the NBR NZ Opera Company.

Future engagements include Vašek, The Bartered Bride.

Clarissa Meek

Clarissa Meek

Frugola (tab), Zita (GS)

SPRING 2014 – THE MAGIC FLUTE
The role of Second Lady will be sung by Ms Clarissa Meek for the following performances: London (8 March), Poole (13 March), Cheltenham (3 April), Sheffield (11 April), Crawley (5 May), Exeter (15 May), Durham (19 May), and Cambridge (29 May).

Clarissa studied at GSMD. Opera: 2nd Lady Magic Flute; 2nd Esquire, Heavenly Voice Parsifal (ROH) Katerina Shratt Mayerling (Royal Ballet, ROH), Virtu/Pallade Coronation of Poppea (Netherlands Opera), Sorceress Dido and Aeneas, Les Noces, 2nd Maid Elektra (ON); Iolanthe (title role), Annie Fisher Friend of the People (SO); Madam Larina Onegin (Glyndeboume); Mrs Grose Turn of the Screw (Grange Park); Dog-Fox Cunning Little Vixen, Frugola Il Tabarro, Zita Gianni Schicchi, Mrs Herring Albert Herring (ETO). Concert: Les Nuits d’Ete Flanders Symphony Orchestra, touring Belgium; Beethoven’s 9th Symphony Bamberger Symphoniker under Walter Weller; Elijah RSNO. Recording: Feodor Boris Godunov Brighton Festival.

Adam Tunnicliffe

Adam Tunnicliffe

Young Lover (tab)

Canadian tenor Adam Tunnicliffe read music at Christ Church, Oxford and studied as a postgraduate at GSMD. Roles with ETO include Sandy The Lighthouse, Albert Albert Herring, Lensky Eugene Onegin, Don Basilio The Marriage of Figaro, Mr. Porcupine Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Mask The Duenna, and Captain Promised End (Alexander Goehr, world premiere). Other roles include Rinuccio Gianni Schicchi at OHP, Fracasso La Finta Semplice, Apollonia La Canterina and Sumers in L’italiana in Londra for Bampton Classical Opera.

Lorna Bridge

Lorna Bridge

Young Lover (tab)

SPRING 2014 – THE MAGIC FLUTE
The role of First Lady will be sung by Ms Lorna Bridge for the following performances: London (8 March), Poole (13 March), Cheltenham (3 April), Sheffield (11 April), Coventry (9 May), Exeter (13 May), and Perth (22 May).

Lorna Bridge made her debut at ROH as Solo Ragazzi in concert performances of Linda da Chamounix conducted by Sir Mark Elder in 2009. Elsewhere Lorna has appeared as Meleagro Atalanta and Erato Terpsicore/Il Pastor Fido for LHF [London Handel Festival], Gretel Hänsel und Gretel for Dorset Productions, Fox The Cunning Little Vixen for Woodhouse Opera, and Tatyana Eugene Onegin for White Horse Opera. As a student at the Benjamin Britten International Opera School, she performed the roles of Mařenka The Bartered Bride, Erste Dame Die Zauberflöte and Arminda La Finta Giardiniera. Last season Lorna sang several performances of Fiordiligi Cosi fan tutte for ETO, and later this season will cover Ginevra Ariodante for the Aix en Provence Festival.

Greg Tassell

Greg Tassell

Song Vendor (tab)

Greg studied at Exeter University and the RAM where he performed the roles of Essex/Gloriana, Wilhiem/Mignon and Lenski/Eugene Onegin. His other roles include Acis/Acis and Galatea (Canterbury); Rinuccio/Gianni Schicchi (City Opera, London). In 2007 he gave the premiere performance of Rodney-Bennett’s Lost Songs (London Guitar Festival). Concert performances include Bach’s St Matthew and St John Passions; Stainer’s Crucifixion; Puccini’s Messa di Gloria.

Richard Mosley-Evans

Richard Mosley-Evans

Gianni Schicchi (GS)

Richard Mosley-Evans was born in Cardiff and trained at the Welsh College of Music and Drama. Awards include Silver Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians, the Sybil Tutton Opera Scholarship and twice winner of the Sir Geraint Evans Scholarship. Operatic roles include cover Gepetto/ The Adventure of Pinocchio (ON); Bosun/ Billy Budd, Doctor, Servant and Herald/ Macbeth, cover Father/ Hänsel und Gretel, Steuermann/ Tristan und Isolde (all for GFO); The Mayor/ Jenůfa (GTO); Le Dancaire/ Carmen, cover Don Alfonso/ Cosi fan tutte (both GFO and GTO); Sacristan/ Tosca (Raymond Gubbay at RAH). Recordings include DVD releases of Billy Budd, Tristan und Isolde, Gianni Schicchi for GFO, various TV/Radio broadcasts from Glyndebourne and at the Proms (RAH).

Paula Sides

Paula Sides

Lauretta (GS)

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

Ashley Catling

Ashley Catling

Rinnucio (GS)

SPRING 2014 – THE MAGIC FLUTE
The role of Tamino will be sung by Mr Ashley Catling for the following performances: London (7 March), Truro (10 March), Snape (27 March), Cheltenham (3 and 5 April), Sheffield (11 April), Canterbury (22 April), Norwich (27 April), Warwick (10 May), Exeter (13 and 14 May), Perth (22 May), and Cambridge (29 and 31 May).

Ashley Catling studied at the GSMD with William McAlpine‚ and at the National Opera Studio. Performances include Ernesto Don Pasquale (New Zealand Opera)‚ Don Ottavio (Opera Zuid)‚ Nanki-Poo The Mikado (Nationale Reisopera)‚ Apollo Orfeo_‚ Kudryas _Katya Kabanova_‚ Giannetto _La gazza ladra_‚ Fenton _Falstaff and Tamino The Little Magic Flute (ON) Nadir Les Pecheurs de Perles (Dorset Opera)‚ and Zotico Eliogabalo (Grange Park Opera). He has appeared on European and US tours and in concert throughout the UK‚ including St Matthew Passion (Winchester Cathedral) and a recital of Britten songs for voice and harp (Aldeburgh).

Jacqueline Varsey

Jacqueline Varsey

Nella (GS)

Jacqueline, born in London, was awarded an Entrance Scholarship to GSMD where she won prizes in the Liza Lehmann and Schubert competitions. She also received a bursary to study French song at Aldeburg with Suzanne Danco and Hugue Cuenod. Operatic roles include Mimi/ La bohème; Micaëla/ Carmen; title role/ Madame Butterfly; Nedda/ Pagliacci; Gretel/ Hänsel und Gretel. She created the role of L’Apparizione in Federico Bonetti Amedola’s opera Pergolesi: L’Apparizione e Mito (Jesi Festival, Italy) and her appearances with ENO have included New Ofglen/ The Handmaid’s Tale and Adjutant de Murat/ War & Peace. She has a wide concert and oratorio repertoire and has broadcast live on BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night. Jacqueline previously sung Goneril with ETO in the world premiere of Alexander Goehr’s Promised End.

Aidan Smith

Aidan Smith

Betto of Signa (GS)

Aidan studied at GSMD and RAM. He has worked for The Royal Opera, SO, Saltzburg Festival, Bregenez Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, Garsington Opera, OHP, Longborough Festival Opera and Opera Project. He has recorded Tosca for ORF (featured in the James Bond film A Quantum of Solace); Acis and Galatea and Dido and Anaeas for BBC; Opus Arte and The Beggar’s Opera for Chandos. Future engagements include Jevons/ Ludd and Isis (Royal Opera); Van Bette/ Zar und Zimmerman (Opera South).

Nicholas Merryweather

Nicholas Merryweather

Marco (GS)

Sheffield born, Nicholas Merryweather studied at the Musikhochschule in Cologne and on the opera course at GSMD. He was a recipient of the ETO Chris Ball Bursary in 2011 and the 2008 Glyndebourne Wessex Award. Nicholas’s operatic roles include Don Giovanni, Papageno The Magic Flute and Mozart’s Figaro (LFO); Don Polidoro The Italian Girl in London (Buxton Festival); Cassandro La Finta Semplice for Bampton Classical Opera; Blazes The Lighthouse, title role Fantastic Mr Fox, Marco Gianni Schicchi (ETO). Concert engagements include Bach with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Handel with the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra and Hallé Orchestra.

Lisa Anne Robinson

Lisa Anne Robinson

La Ciesca (GS)

Lisa Anne Robinson studied at Australia’s Victorian College of the Arts before a series of awards and scholarships brought her to Europe, including the Mozarteum Salzburger Festspiele Prize (2007); Opera Foundation Australia – American Institute of Musical Studies Award (2006); Australian National Liederfest (2006), Australian Singer of the Year (2003); The Herald-Sun Aria (2002). Operatic roles include Marchesa del Poggio/ Un Giorno di Regno (Iford Arts); Rosalinde/ Die Fledermaus (Opera Della Luna); Micaëla/ Carmen (Longborough Opera); Fordiligi/ Cosi fan Tutte; Countess/ Le Nozze di Figaro. Concert engagements include Bach St. Johns Passion, Faure Requiem, Gounod Messe Solennelle, and her broadcasts include In Tune for BBC Radio 3, London Classic FM, ABC Classic and 3MBS Australia.

Maciek O'Shea

Maciek O'Shea

Maestro Spinelloccio (GS)

Maciek studied History at UCL and voice at GSMD. Operatic engagements include: Don Giovanni Don Giovanni (Opera Up Close) Mr Fox Fantastic Mr Fox (Opera Holland Park), Crebillon/Rabonier La Rondine (OHP), Mars Orpheus in the Underworld (OHP), Fiorello Il barbiere di Siviglia (Hand Made Opera), Roger Ciboulette (University College Opera). Previous roles with ETO include: Korolev/Nikolai Laika the Spacedog, Zaretsky Eugene Onegin, Farmer Bean Fantastic Mr Fox, Dr Spinelloccio Gianni Schicchi, Theseus covered and played Midsummer Night’s Dream, First Priest & Second Armed Man covered and played Magic Flute, Gamekeeper Rusalka, Zuniga La tragedie de Carmen.

Stuart Haycock

Stuart Haycock

Ser Amantio Di Nicolao (GS)

Australian-born tenor Stuart Haycock studied in Sydney and RAM. Engagements include Goro Madame Butterfly (MWO/New Devon Opera), Bardolph Falstaff (MWO), Don Curzio Le nozze di Figaro (Garsington), Borsa Rigoletto and Gastone La Traviata (Iford Arts Festival), Ferrando Così fan tutte (English Chamber Opera), Parpignol La Boheme (Longborough), Mole Fantastic Mr Fox, Giovanni D’aire L’assedio di Calais, Captain Simon Boccanegra, Lucano L’incoronazione di Poppea and Demus Jason (ETO), Triquet Eugene Onegin and Beppe Pagliacci (Stanley Hall Opera), St Brioche The Merry Widow (Opera Project). He has covered roles in The Tales of Hoffmann, Wolfgang Rihm’s Jacob Lenz, Martinu’s Julietta and Vaughan Williams’s The Pilgrim’s Progress for ENO.

Philip Spendley

Philip Spendley

Pinellino (GS)

With considerable experience as an amateur singer, Philip Spendley gave up his job as a bank manager to study music full-time. Studying with professor Robert Dean, Philip received his music degree from GSMD, where he won the 2005 English Song competition and was awarded the Wyburd award for German Lieder and the 2006 Patrick Libby drama prize. Roles include Michele/ Il Tabarro, The Earl of Dunmow/ A Dinner Engagement, Figaro/ Le Nozze di Figaro, Olivier/ Capriccio (all GSMD); title role/ Eugene Onegin, Schaunard/ La Boheme (BYO, 2006 Tour of Italy and France). He has worked with such conductors as Sir David Willcocks and Sir Simon Rattle, and his performances have taken him to Paris, Turin, Madrid and Budapest. Future plans include the role of the Sacristan/ Tosca (Grange Park Opera).

Henry Grant Kerswell

Henry Grant Kerswell

Guccio (GS)

Henry trained at GSMD, the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and as a Britten-Pears Young Artist. Previous roles include Snug/ A Midsummer Night’s Dream (ETO, Opera de Bauge and BYO); Antonio/ Le Nozze di Figaro (ETO, BYO); Don Alfonso/ Cosi Fan Tutti (Grange Park Opera, Pimlico Opera); Superintendent Budd/ Albert Herring (Co-Opera Co, Dottore); Grenvil/ La Traviata (Opera de Bauge); covered and sang The Mikado/ The Mikado (Carl Rosa Opera, UK and US National Tours); Farmer Boggis/ Fantastic Mr Fox (Chamber Version World Premiere, OHP). Oratorios have included Haydn’s The Creation, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Mozart’s Requiem, Polyphemus in Handel’s Acis and Galatea at venues including St. Martin’s in the Fields and the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Future plans for 2011 include Perichaud/ La Rondine, Antonio/ Le Nozze di Figaro (OHP).

English Touring Opera are on the road again, and as their Puccini double-bill demonstrates, are on top form. James Conway’s direction gives the plot a seamless inexorability, and the murderous denouement is as spine-tingling as I have ever known it in this short masterpiece.

The Independent (5 stars)

A punchy double bill… this is high-quality farce delivered with unflagging energy.

The Times (4 stars)

English Touring Opera is … on top form with this Puccini double bill of tragedy and comedy that will appeal equally to newcomers and seasoned fans. Liam Steel’s glorious take on Gianni Schicchi…is a joy from the first bars. Baritone Richard Mosley-Evans is a dynamo in the role [and] ‘O mio babbino caro’ is sung exquisitely by Paula Sides’s Lauretta.

Sunday Express (5 stars)

Julie Unwin is excellent as the mousy wife who wants to break free from her loveless marriage and Charne Rochford is quite exceptional both vocally and physically as her lover. In the pit, ETO’s music director Michael Rosewell brings out all of the nuances of Puccini’s exquisitely delicate music.

Mail on Sunday (4 stars)

Ensemble work doesn’t get any tighter than this, and the orchestra sounds divine.

The Independent on Sunday

English Touring Opera sets off on its spring tour in fine step with this double bill.

The Stage

English Touring Opera have scored a winner with this double bill. I’ve generally enjoyed ETO productions in the past anyway, but this year they really seem to have stepped up a notch.

Intermezzo

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    4th Mar 2011 - 7:30 pm
  2. Hackney Empire
    11th Mar 2011 - 7:30 pm
  3. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    17th Mar 2011 - 7:30 pm
  4. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    18th Mar 2011 - 7:30 pm
  5. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    24th Mar 2011 - 7:30 pm
  6. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    25th Mar 2011 - 7:30 pm
  7. Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
    28th Mar 2011 - 7:30 pm
  8. The Hawth, Crawley
    1st Apr 2011 - 7:30 pm
  9. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    7th Apr 2011 - 7:30 pm
  10. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    8th Apr 2011 - 7:30 pm
  11. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
    11th Apr 2011 - 7:45 pm
  12. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    15th Apr 2011 - 7:30 pm
  13. Norwich Theatre Royal
    20th Apr 2011 - 7:30 pm
  14. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
    3rd May 2011 - 7:30 pm
  15. Buxton Opera House
    5th May 2011 - 7:30 pm
  16. Hall for Cornwall, Truro
    10th May 2011 - 7:30 pm
  17. Lighthouse, Poole
    13th May 2011 - 7:30 pm
  18. Gala Theatre, Durham
    16th May 2011 - 7:30 pm
  19. Perth Festival, Perth Concert Hall
    21st May 2011 - 7:30 pm
  20. Grand Opera House, Belfast
    26th May 2011 - 7:30 pm
  21. Grand Opera House, Belfast
    27th May 2011 - 7:30 pm

Your Comments

  1. Dates please for Il tabarro and Gianni Schicchi at Cheltenham 5-9 April

    Said Bernard Tapp at 16:34pm on 11th Jul 2010

  2. We're still waiting to confirm exactly which show will be on which night - will let you know as soon as we do.

    Said Thalia (ETO) at 11:33am on 28th Jul 2010

  3. is cheltenham the nearest you'll be coming to Bristol? no Bath/Yeovil dates. Good to see tabarro making an appearance

    Said Niall Hoskin at 13:35pm on 14th Dec 2010

  4. What a brilliant evening!
    Thank you...

    Said gill clark at 10:52am on 26th Mar 2011

  5. One of the best productions we've ever seen - Gianni Schicchi doesn't come better than this and Il Tabarro was hot, sultry and charged with emotion - please repeat...

    Said Caroline De Cruz at 11:55am on 27th Mar 2011

  6. I have just been to see and hear the E.T.O. production of 'Gianni Schicchi', and have to say that it was one of the best operas i have seen, even in 50 years of attending from Covent Garden, Welsh National and so on. The scenery was superb, the costumes and make up eccentric enough and the acting and singing was truly excellent! Well done to everyone involved, including the director!

    Said Tony Jackson at 10:31am on 8th Apr 2011

  7. Enjoyed the show at Hackney very much, the two Puccini productions contrasting beautifully - just the right length and never a dull moment!

    Said Jennifer Helfrecht at 11:51am on 8th Apr 2011

  8. Not that you need my comments again, but went to see the Puccini double bill again last night in Poole. Even better than the first time we saw it in Exeter - maybe it is being in a smaller scale theatre but in 35 years of going to the opera (often), these productions are right there at the top - attention to detail of the highest order, characterization which left nothing out, the inspired setting allowing Lauretta to contribute so wonderfully (albeit silently) and remind us of why Schicchi is doing what he is doing and, above all, ensemble work where it all worked perfectly. What about Les mamelles de Tirésias for a future outing...

    Said Caroline De Cruz at 11:51am on 14th May 2011

  9. An astonishing standard throughout. The singers, the orchestra, the sets all maintain the amazing standards ETO has maintained every time we have been lucky enough to be in the audience. Please come back to Durham soon.

    Said BOB ELSTON at 11:47am on 17th May 2011

  10. Thanks for having come to Belfast!
    We enjoyed every minute of the Puccini double-bill, especially as we had ourselves performed these operas, in a semi-professional production, in the early 1980s, as part of Studio Opera, organised by the late Dr Havelock Nelson of BBC NI, and directed by Paul Hernon. My wife was Giorgetta AND Nella, and I was Tinca AND Gherardo, and we had a young son, Gherardino, who had a line to sing - and you cut him out !!
    Anyway, a wonderful evening of high standards in all areas, of drama then frothy fun. (A couple in front of us had come specially all the way from Sligo, about 90 miles away). Congratulations to all concerned!

    Said Russell Birch at 21:30pm on 6th Jun 2011

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