Il tabarro & Gianni Schicchi

Giacomo Puccini - Spring 2018

Puccini’s double bill is back by popular demand

Director (Il tabarro) 
James Conway
Director (Gianni Schicchi) 
Liam Steel
Conductor 
Michael Rosewell
Designer 
Neil Irish
Staff Director 
Matthew Bosley

Ensemble work doesn’t get tighter than this

Independent on Sunday
★★★★★ The Independent
★★★★★ Sunday Express
★★★★ Daily Telegraph
★★★★ Mail on Sunday
★★★★ The Times

Puccini’s one-act operas Il tabarro and Gianni Schicchi could hardly be more different: one is a moody romance ending in a grotesque murder on a barge in Paris, and the other is a sparkling comedy about a family inheritance in Florence. First performed in 2011 to great critical acclaim, this double bill shows Puccini at his finest as a master of the theatre that speaks to the heart.

Sung in Italian with English surtitles
Approx. running time: 2 hours 10 minutes (inc. 25 minute interval)

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    2nd Mar 2018 - 7:30 pm
  2. Hall for Cornwall, Truro
    14th Mar 2018 - 7:30 pm
  3. Lighthouse, Poole
    17th Mar 2018 - 7:30 pm
  4. Storyhouse, Chester
    21st Mar 2018 - 7:30 pm
  5. Buxton Opera House
    24th Mar 2018 - 7:30 pm
  6. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    14th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm
  7. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    18th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm
  8. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    19th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm
  9. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    26th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm
  10. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    27th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm
  11. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
    1st May 2018 - 7:30 pm
  12. Norwich Theatre Royal
    5th May 2018 - 7:30 pm
  13. Churchill Theatre, Bromley
    9th May 2018 - 7:30 pm
  14. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
    12th May 2018 - 7:45 pm
  15. Gala Theatre, Durham
    15th May 2018 - 7:30 pm
  16. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    24th May 2018 - 7:30 pm
  17. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    25th May 2018 - 7:30 pm
  18. Curve, Leicester
    30th May 2018 - 7:30 pm
  19. York Theatre Royal
    2nd Jun 2018 - 7:30 pm
  1. Hackney Empire — 2nd Mar 2018 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  2. Hall for Cornwall, Truro — 14th Mar 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Back Quay, Truro, TR1 2LL

  3. Lighthouse, Poole — 17th Mar 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Kingland Road, Poole, BH15 1UG

  4. Storyhouse, Chester — 21st Mar 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Hunter Street, Chester, CH1 2AR

  5. Buxton Opera House — 24th Mar 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Water Street, SK17 6XN

  6. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 14th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm

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

  7. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 18th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm

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

  8. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 19th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm

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

  9. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 26th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  10. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 27th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  11. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury — 1st May 2018 - 7:30 pm

    The Friars, Canterbury, CT1 2AS

  12. Norwich Theatre Royal — 5th May 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RL

  13. Churchill Theatre, Bromley — 9th May 2018 - 7:30 pm

    High Street, Bromley, Kent, BR1 1HA

  14. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield — 12th May 2018 - 7:45 pm

    55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA

  15. Gala Theatre, Durham — 15th May 2018 - 7:30 pm

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

  16. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 24th May 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  17. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 25th May 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  18. Curve, Leicester — 30th May 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1SB

  19. York Theatre Royal — 2nd Jun 2018 - 7:30 pm

    YO1 7HD

James Conway

James Conway

Director (Il 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 (Gianni Schicchi)

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.

Michael Rosewell

Michael Rosewell

Conductor

Michael began his career at the Vienna State Opera as a member of the music staff and assistant to Claudio Abbado. Having worked closely with many of the world’s greatest singers including Pavarotti, Domingo, Gruberova, Freni, Carreras, Alfredo Kraus, and Cappuccilli, he went on to conduct extensively throughout Germany; notably the opera houses in Kassel, Wiesbaden and the Nationaltheater, Mannheim, where he held the position of Kapellmeister. He has also conducted at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, for Kent Opera, ENO, and regularly at the International Festivals in Aldeburgh, Bath, Perth, Buxton and Montepulciano.

In concert Michael has conducted amongst others, the Staatsorchester, Rheinische Philharmonie, the Nationalorchester, Mannheim, the Staatsorchester, Wiesbaden, the Pforztheimer Kammerorchester, the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, the RTE Symphony Orchestra, the London Mozart Players, the BT Scottish Ensemble and the Aurora Orchestra. He has also worked extensively with leading period instrument ensemble ‘The London Handel Orchestra’ with which, as ‘Associate Conductor’, he introduced many rarely performed Handel operas to the London stage. He has broadcast for Radio France Musique, RTE Dublin and Süddeutsche Rundfunk. His recording of Lehar arias, with Grammy award winning tenor Alfie Boe and the Orchestra of Scottish Opera was recently re-released under the Decca record label.

Recent projects include mentoring Craig Revel Horwood through to winning the BBC Maestro at the Opera, filmed in association with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, to conducting a Bach’s St John Passion with the RTE Symphony Orchestra, Dublin. His most recent performances with ETO included Michael Tippett’s King Priam at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; a production which won the Olivier Award for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Opera’, 2014.

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.

Matthew Bosley

Matthew Bosley

Staff Director

Cast

Andrew Slater

Andrew Slater

Gianni Schicchi

For the last thirty years Andrew has been singing principal roles with UK opera companies. Thanks to the solid singing technique provided by the RNCM in the 1980s his voice has remained fresh as the odd grey hair has arrived, and he now looks and sounds ideal for the low voice roles of nobility or malevolence which abound in the repertoire. He is also good as the fat funny bloke. There is, in fact a role to suit him in almost every opera. He is eternally good humoured – taking as a blessing that his job is the activity he would do for fun around a conventional career. Married to a soprano whose international career allows him to travel the world in style, he also teaches a bit at the University of Huddersfield.

Craig Smith

Craig Smith

Michele (tab)

Mr Craig Smith will sing the role of Scarpia on 4 & 9 March (London), 18 March (Poole), 21 March (Sheffield), 25 March (Bromley), 1 April (Snape), 8 April (York), 11 April (Wolverhampton), 13 April (Leicester), 19 & 22 April (Cheltenham), 28 & 29 April (Cambridge), 2 May (Guildford), 5 May (Buxton), 9 May (Coventry), 13 May (Canterbury), 18 May (Perth), 26 & 27 May (Exeter), 1 & 2 June (Norwich). 5 June (Stoke), 7 June (Ulverston) and 10 June (Blackpool).

Born Bolton
Training Manchester University, RNCM
Awards Ricordi Prize for Opera
Opera Ford Falstaff (ETO), Michele/Tonio Tabarro/Pagliacci (ON), Nabucco (ENO & Bucharest), Rigoletto (Tokyo), Les Dialogues des Carmelites (Theater an der Wien & Covent Garden), Germont La Traviata (ENO & St. Margarethen Festival)
Concert Handel Messiah (Liverpool Philharmonic), Cilea Adriana Lecouvreur (Queen Elizabeth Hall), Tchaikovsky Maid of Orleans (BBC Philharmonic)
Recordings Martin In Terra Pax (Swiss Radio), Les Dialogues des Carmelites (Oehms Classics)

Sarah-Jane Lewis

Sarah-Jane Lewis

Giorgetta (tab)

Luciano Botelho

Luciano Botelho

Young Lover (tab) | Rinuccio (GS)

Born in Brazil, he studied at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Welsh International Academy of Voice. He was finalist in both the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and the Francisco Viñas Competitions, leading to appearances with international companies such as ROH Covent Garden, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Oper Frankfurt, Malmö Opera, Scottish Opera and Hamburgische Staatsoper. His roles include Comte Ory, Orfeo, Edgardo Lucia, Tamino Zauberflöte, Elvino Sonnambula, Ferrando Così Fan Tutte, Don Ottavio Don Giovanni, Tonio La Fille du Régiment, Percy Anna Bolena and Ernesto Don Pasquale. Recently for ETO he appeared as Rinuccio Gianni Schicchi.

Bradley Travis

Bradley Travis

Young Lover (tab) | Betto (GS)

Bradley Travis was born in Cheshire and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal College of Music International Opera School. He has won the Garsington Opera Leonard Ingrams Award and is a Samling Artist.

Roles performed include Figaro Le nozze di Figaro (Opera North), Bunthorne Patience and Betto Gianni Schicchi (ETO), Siegfried Sassoon in Roxanna Panufnik’s Silver Birch (Garsington Opera), Angelotti Tosca (Birgitta Festival), Masetto Don Giovanni (Classical Opera, Opera Project and ETO) plus Robin Oakapple Ruddigore and Strephon Iolanthe (National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company).

Bradley is also heavily involved in education and community, working as the Associate Artist (Education) at English Touring Opera to devise and perform operas for children.

Galina Averina

Galina Averina

Young Lover (tab) | Lauretta (GS)

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)

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.

Timothy Dawkins

Timothy Dawkins

Talpa (tab) | Simone (GS)

Dominic Walsh

Dominic Walsh

Ballad Singer / Stevedore (tab) | Ser Amantio / body of Buoso (GS)

Clarissa Meek

Clarissa Meek

La 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.

Ed Ballard

Ed Ballard

Stevedore (tab) | Marco (GS)

Maciek O'Shea

Maciek O'Shea

Stevedore (tab) | Maestro Spinelloccio (GS)

Guildhall School of Music and Drama trained Baritone Maciek O’Shea has worked for companies including English National Opera, Opera Holland Park, Buxton
Festival. He has toured extensively with English Touring Opera most recently taking the role of Dr Spinelloccio in Gianni Schicchi and Captain Worsley in Shackleton’s Cat. He sang the lead role in the Opera Up Close production of Don Giovanni at the Soho Theatre.

Maciek sang and was a puppeteer in ETO’s production of Laika the Spacedog which won 2 Best Production Awards at the Armel Opera Festival in Szeged, Hungary. He has worked for the OHP Inspire Programme and was part of the team that was awarded the 2018 International Opera Award for Education and Outreach.

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.

Joanna Marie Skillett

Joanna Marie Skillett

Nella (GS)

Ian Beadle

Ian Beadle

Stevedore (tab) | Witness (GS)

Emma Watkinson

Emma Watkinson

La Ciesca (GS)

Jamie Rock

Jamie Rock

Stevedore (tab) | Witness (GS)

Reviews from spring 2011

★★★★★ The Independent
★★★★★ Sunday Express
★★★★ Daily Telegraph
★★★★ Mail on Sunday
★★★★ The Times

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.

Independent

A joy from the first bars

The Sunday Express

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

The Times

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

Independent on Sunday

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    2nd Mar 2018 - 7:30 pm
  2. Hall for Cornwall, Truro
    14th Mar 2018 - 7:30 pm
  3. Lighthouse, Poole
    17th Mar 2018 - 7:30 pm
  4. Storyhouse, Chester
    21st Mar 2018 - 7:30 pm
  5. Buxton Opera House
    24th Mar 2018 - 7:30 pm
  6. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    14th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm
  7. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    18th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm
  8. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    19th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm
  9. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    26th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm
  10. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    27th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm
  11. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
    1st May 2018 - 7:30 pm
  12. Norwich Theatre Royal
    5th May 2018 - 7:30 pm
  13. Churchill Theatre, Bromley
    9th May 2018 - 7:30 pm
  14. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
    12th May 2018 - 7:45 pm
  15. Gala Theatre, Durham
    15th May 2018 - 7:30 pm
  16. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    24th May 2018 - 7:30 pm
  17. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    25th May 2018 - 7:30 pm
  18. Curve, Leicester
    30th May 2018 - 7:30 pm
  19. York Theatre Royal
    2nd Jun 2018 - 7:30 pm

Your Comments

  1. Just enjoyed Schicchi at the Hall for Cornwall. I've seen several productions in my life but this was the best, far above any of the others. From the opening tableau to the final curtain it was superb, superb. Thank you, Chris.

    Said Chris Farrell at 14:18pm on 15th Mar 2018

  2. I attended the Hall for Cornwall yesterday evening for the double Puccini performance.
    Both were brilliant, but my friend and I were both thrilled by the voice and performance of Giorgetta. Thank you so much for a wonderful evening!

    Said Mrs A Shannon at 22:38pm on 15th Mar 2018

  3. I saw Gianni Schicchi last night at the Poole Lighthouse. It was the second time I have seen this ETO production. It was nothing short of brilliant. The wacky makeup, vibrant costumes, pantomime-ish acting, plus of course great singing make this for me the definitive production of this opera. Thank you for doing it again this year and please keep it in your repertoire!

    Said Mary Chamberlain at 11:33am on 18th Mar 2018

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