Iphigenie en Tauride

Christoph Willibald Gluck - Spring 2016

When Oreste and Pylade are shipwrecked on the island of Tauride, the king Thoas demands they be sacrificed. At the center of the drama is Iphigénie: forced to live among her enemies, she holds Oreste’s life in her hands – unaware that he is her brother.

Conductor 
Martin André
Director 
James Conway
Designer 
Anna Fleischle
Lighting Designer 
Guy Hoare

Musically it’s terrific.

5 STARS, Guardian

And if you want to hear world-class singing, that’s what you’ll get from soprano Catherine Carby in the title role.

4 STARS, Independent

Serious opera lovers shouldn’t miss it.

4 STARS, Telegraph

One of the most refined and perfect of operas, Iphigénie en Tauride is a stark, beautiful account of the meeting of Iphigenia and Orestes, children of Agamemnon, in the aftermath of the Trojan War.

Snatched from human sacrifice by a goddess at the outset of the war, Iphigenia (Catherine Carby) is Diana’s priestess at Aulis, where her instructions are to sacrifice all strangers. Led there by fate is the brother (Grant Doyle) she can hardly remember, fresh from the family bloodbath back home.

With characters like gods, and a goddess like a child, Gluck’s opera is an eloquent, heart-wrenching masterpiece.

New production, sung in French with English surtitles
Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes (incl. interval)

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    5th Mar 2016 - 7:30 pm
  2. Hall for Cornwall, Truro
    16th Mar 2016 - 7:30 pm
  3. Lighthouse, Poole
    19th Mar 2016 - 7:30 pm
  4. Norwich Theatre Royal
    23rd Mar 2016 - 7:30 pm
  5. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
    5th Apr 2016 - 7:45 pm
  6. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    9th Apr 2016 - 7:30 pm
  7. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    15th Apr 2016 - 7:30 pm
  8. Buxton Opera House
    22nd Apr 2016 - 7:30 pm
  9. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    29th Apr 2016 - 7:30 pm
  10. The Hawth, Crawley
    5th May 2016 - 7:30 pm
  11. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
    7th May 2016 - 7:30 pm
  12. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
    9th May 2016 - 7:30 pm
  13. Grand Theatre Blackpool
    13th May 2016 - 7:30 pm
  14. Gala Theatre, Durham
    17th May 2016 - 7:30 pm
  15. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    27th May 2016 - 7:30 pm
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  16. Curve, Leicester
    1st Jun 2016 - 7:30 pm
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  1. Hackney Empire — 5th Mar 2016 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  2. Hall for Cornwall, Truro — 16th Mar 2016 - 7:30 pm

    Back Quay, Truro, TR1 2LL

  3. Lighthouse, Poole — 19th Mar 2016 - 7:30 pm

    Kingland Road, Poole, BH15 1UG

  4. Norwich Theatre Royal — 23rd Mar 2016 - 7:30 pm

    Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RL

  5. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield — 5th Apr 2016 - 7:45 pm

    55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA

  6. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 9th Apr 2016 - 7:30 pm

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

  7. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 15th Apr 2016 - 7:30 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  8. Buxton Opera House — 22nd Apr 2016 - 7:30 pm

    Water Street, SK17 6XN

  9. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 29th Apr 2016 - 7:30 pm

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

  10. The Hawth, Crawley — 5th May 2016 - 7:30 pm

    Hawth Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6YZ

  11. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury — 7th May 2016 - 7:30 pm

    The Friars, Canterbury, CT1 2AS

  12. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre — 9th May 2016 - 7:30 pm

    Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1DE

  13. Grand Theatre Blackpool — 13th May 2016 - 7:30 pm

    33 Church Street, Blackpool, FY1 1HT

  14. Gala Theatre, Durham — 17th May 2016 - 7:30 pm

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

  15. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 27th May 2016 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  16. Curve, Leicester — 1st Jun 2016 - 7:30 pm

    Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1SB

Martin André

Martin André

Conductor

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).

Anna Fleischle

Anna Fleischle

Designer

Anna is the winner of the Evening Standard Award 2016 and The Critics Circle Theatre Award 2016 for her design for Hangmen (Royal Court, Wyndhams Theatre), written by Martin McDonagh; she is nominated in the 2016 Olivier Awards in Best Design Category for Hangmen.

For theatre, productions include: Henry V (Regents Park); Beware of Pity (Schaubühne Berlin/Complicite); Two Noble Kinsmen, Cymbeline, Love’s Sacrifice (RSC); Around the World in 80 Days (SFE & Fogg Productions, St James Theatre); Liberian Girl (Royal Court); Blindsided, Saturday Night & Sunday Morning, Rats’ Tales (Royal Exchange, Manchester); Before the Party (Almeida); Love the Sinner (National); Exit the King (Theatre Royal, Bath); Troilus & Cressida (Globe); Love & Money, You Can See the Hills (Young Vic/Royal Exchange, Manchester); The Sacred Flame (ETC); The Saints (Nuffield Playing Field); Coram Boy (Bristol Old Vic); As You Like It (Curve, Leicester); The Love Girl & The Innocent (Southwark); Someone Else’s Shoes (ETT/Soho); Some Voices (Young Vic).

For opera, productions include: Don Giovanni, Iphigénie en Tauride (ETO); Candide (Opera National De Lorraine, France); King Priam, Paul Bunyan (Winner of the Oliver Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera; ETO/ROH/UK tour); Albert Herring (RCM); Zaide (Sadler’s Wells).

For dance, productions include: John, Can We Talk About This? (Australian Helpmann Award for Best Ballet of Dance Work and Tanz Award for Production of the Year; DV8); Second Coming (Scottish Dance); Grope & Find It & Pull It Out (Deborah Hay); Triptych (Sadler’s Wells).

Guy Hoare

Guy Hoare

Lighting Designer

Opera includes: The Lighthouse; Albert Herring; Gianni Schicchi; Il Tabarro; Promised End; Katya Kabanova; Don Giovanni; Eugene Onegin (ETO); Jakob Lenz (ENO); American Lulu; The Firework-Maker’s Daughter (The Opera Group).

Theatre includes: Strange Interlude (National); Roots; Serenading Louie; Be Near Me (Donmar); A Doll’s House (Young Vic); NSFW; In Basildon (Royal Court); A Delicate Balance; Waste (Almeida); Peter Pan (NTS); The Little Mermaid, Faith Healer (BOV); Rutherford & Son; Othello (Northern Broadsides).

Dance includes: The Metamorphosis (Royal Ballet); The Land of Yes, The Land of No (Sydney Dance Company); Frontline (Aterbaletto); Dream (NDCWales); Pavlova’s Dogs (Scottish Dance Theatre); Dracula (Mark Bruce Company); Mischief (Theatre Rites).

Cast

Catherine Carby

Catherine Carby

Iphigénie

Grant Doyle

Grant Doyle

Oreste

Grant was born in Adelaide and studied at the University of Adelaide, the Royal College of Music in London and was a Young Artist at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. His opera credits include Ping Turandot (Royal Opera House); Don Giovanni, Forester Cunning Little Vixen (Garsington Opera); Marcello La bohème, Zurga Les pêcheurs de perles (Opera Holland Park); Robin Oakapple Ruddigore (Opera North), and Abraham in Clemency at the Edinburgh Festival/Scottish Opera.

Other appearances include Billy in Anna Nicole, Tarquinius Rape of Lucretia, Harlequin Ariadne auf Naxos and Schaunard La bohème for the Royal Opera; Figaro Barber of Seville, Paolo Simon Boccanegra and Hector King Priam (ETO); Marcello and Figaro (Longborough Festival); Count Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro (Garsington, State Opera of South Australia) and the role of Starbuck in the new Jake Heggie opera Moby Dick (SOSA) for which he won a Helpmann Award.

As a busy concert soloist, Grant has sung Carmina Burana with the Bach Choir at the Royal Festival Hall, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, Ulster Orchestra as well as at the Royal Albert Hall. Other performances include Fauré Requiem (Hallé Orchestra, Carl Davis), Brahms’ Requiem with the Bach Choir/Philharmonia at the Westminster Cathedral, Britten’s War Requiem (Huddersfield Choral Society), Tippett’s A Child of Our Time (Crouch End Festival Chorus/Barbican), and Messiah with the Royal Choral Society at the Royal Albert Hall.

Future work includes Oreste Iphigénie en Tauride (Pinchgut), Dancaire Carmen (ROH) and Don Giovanni (SOSA).

John-Colyn Gyeantey

John-Colyn Gyeantey

Pylade

The role of Ubaldo will be sung by Mr John-Colyn Gyeantey for the following performances of Pia de’ Tolomei: London (10 March), Snape (7 April), Cheltenham (12 April), Buxton (24 April) and Cambridge (26 April).

British tenor John Gyeantey is steadily gaining a reputation as a fine exponent of the bel canto repertoire. As a high tenor, he has a facility to sustain the tessitura essential for the speciality roles of Rossini, Donizetti and Bellini. He is an alumnus of the prestigious Accademia Rossiniana, Pesaro, where he worked closely with Alberto Zedda, and began his training at the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio as a Peter Moores Foundation Major Scholar. In 2015, John performed the role of Luke in Tippett’s The Ice Break for Birmingham Opera Company and toured throughout the UK and Europe with Diva Opera as Normanno, Lucia di Lammermoor and Basilio, Le nozze di Figaro.

Craig Smith

Craig Smith

Thoas

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)

Susanna Fairbairn

Susanna Fairbairn

Priestess

Samantha Hay

Samantha Hay

Priestess

The role of Donna Elvira will be sung by Ms Samantha Hay for the following performances: Cheltenham (16 April), Cambridge (28 April) and Exeter (28 May).

British soprano Samantha Hay studied at the Royal College of Music, and Birmingham Conservatoire of Music, where she was the recipient of the Reginald Vincent Lieder Prize, Cecil Drew Oratorio Prize, and the Symphony Hall Recital Prize.

Her 2014/15 engagements include further performances of her signature role Königin der Nacht Die Zauberflöte and her role début as Frasquita Carmen for Welsh National Opera.

Previous seasons highlights include Königin der Nacht Die Zauberflöte for English Touring Opera, also covering Hecuba King Priam; La Modista Il cappello di paglia di Firenze for Wexford Festival Opera; Zerlina Don Giovanni, ‘Pit Soprano’ in the UK premiere of Jonathan Hervey’s Wagner Dream, Fünfzehnjahrige Lulu and Slave Salome, also covering, Musetta La bohème, Angel Jephtha, Alice Ford Falstaff, Echo Ariadne auf Naxos, Karolka Jenufa, High Priestess Aida, and Beau in Sweetness and Badness by Will Todd all for Welsh National Opera; Lucia Rape of Lucretia in Hungary, Latvia and at the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg with Opera Europe; the title role Princess Ida for Buxton Opera Festival; Elsie Maynard Yeomen of the Guard, Yum-Yum Mikado and Josephine HMS Pinafore for the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company at the Savoy Theatre, and Bird in the world première of James Macmillan’s The Sacrifice.
Future engagements see Samantha return to English Touring Opera for Donna Elvira Don Giovanni, Priestess Iphigénie en Tauride, and covers the title role in Pia de’Tolomei, she also performs throughout the UK and Ireland in Strauss gala concerts for Raymond Gubbay Ltd.

It’s a remarkable piece of music theatre that arouses pity and terror – as classical tragedy always should

5 STARS, Guardian

How brave of English Touring Opera to address the problem of Gluck’s seldom heard masterpiece

4 STARS, Telegraph

The sublime beauty of his work is splendidly honoured

4 STARS, Independent

Martin Andre and the orchestra impressed with the sense of style and contained passion that they brought to the music

4 STARS, Planet Hugill

…his 27-strong cast is led by a distinguished central trio of Grant Doyle and John-Colyn Gyeantey as Oreste and Pylade, with the splendid Catherine Carby as the title character

The Stage

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    5th Mar 2016 - 7:30 pm
  2. Hall for Cornwall, Truro
    16th Mar 2016 - 7:30 pm
  3. Lighthouse, Poole
    19th Mar 2016 - 7:30 pm
  4. Norwich Theatre Royal
    23rd Mar 2016 - 7:30 pm
  5. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
    5th Apr 2016 - 7:45 pm
  6. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    9th Apr 2016 - 7:30 pm
  7. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    15th Apr 2016 - 7:30 pm
  8. Buxton Opera House
    22nd Apr 2016 - 7:30 pm
  9. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    29th Apr 2016 - 7:30 pm
  10. The Hawth, Crawley
    5th May 2016 - 7:30 pm
  11. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
    7th May 2016 - 7:30 pm
  12. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
    9th May 2016 - 7:30 pm
  13. Grand Theatre Blackpool
    13th May 2016 - 7:30 pm
  14. Gala Theatre, Durham
    17th May 2016 - 7:30 pm
  15. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    27th May 2016 - 7:30 pm
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  16. Curve, Leicester
    1st Jun 2016 - 7:30 pm
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Your Comments

  1. Who sang the part of Thoas

    He's an amazing singer.

    Said Fiona at 15:57pm on 23rd Jan 2016

  2. Hello Maestro Martin André!
    Sitting in a rehearsal at TNSC of this very opera and look what I found on the web! Many wishes for a great production! First rehearsal here and not much for the flutes to do, but a singer just appeared and things livened up, to say the least. Hope you are well! - Katharine

    Said Katharine at 12:58pm on 23rd Feb 2016

  3. Iphigenie en Tauride was truly breath-taking tonight. Visually striking and musically powerful. Dramatically and musically inspiring with wonderful performances from all soloists and the chorus. Catherine Carby as Iphigenie provided the glue to hold the opera together with a voice and presence that was memorable.

    This production raises the question of why Gluck's operas are so frequently neglected/

    Said Jan Wilson at 00:01am on 18th May 2016

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