Jason

Francesco Cavalli - Autumn 2013

One of the most groundbreaking operas of the 17th century, Jason is a tale of passion, betrayal and reconciliation set during ancient Greece’s heroic age.

Conductor 
Joseph McHardy
Director 
Ted Huffman
Orchestra 
Old Street Band
Designer 
Samal Blak
Lighting Designer 
Ace McCarron

★★★★ The Guardian
★★★★ The Independent
★★★★ Daily Telegraph

Loosely based on the story of Jason and the Golden Fleece, Cavalli’s Jason was a runaway hit when it premiered in Venice in 1649, and it proved one of the most popular operas of the 17th century.

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Like many operas from this period, the story uses classical myth as a jumping off point. The opera opens after Jason has abandoned his wife, Isiphile, for the sorceress Medea. Cupid, protector of Isiphile, intervenes on her behalf, sending Jason and a motley cast of characters on a rocky journey back to his family in Lemnos.

Cavalli’s dazzling score careens fluidly between humour and pathos, intrigue and adventure. Witty, melodic and entertainingly decadent, this new production is directed by Ted Huffman (The Lighthouse) and stars Hannah Pedley as Medea and Clint Van Der Linde as Jason.

New production, sung in English
Touring with a live period orchestra
Running time: approx. 2 hours 5 minutes (incl. interval)
This production contains haze effects

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Showing At

  1. Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, London
    4th Oct 2013 - 7:30 pm
  2. Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, London
    5th Oct 2013 - 7:30 pm
  3. Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, London
    10th Oct 2013 - 7:30 pm
  4. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    17th Oct 2013 - 7:30 pm
  5. Malvern Theatres
    26th Oct 2013 - 7:30 pm
  6. Theatre Royal Bath
    29th Oct 2013 - 7:30 pm
  7. Harrogate Theatre
    31st Oct 2013 - 7:30 pm
  8. Gala Theatre, Durham
    5th Nov 2013 - 7:30 pm
  9. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    13th Nov 2013 - 7:30 pm
  10. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    20th Nov 2013 - 7:30 pm
  1. Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, London — 4th Oct 2013 - 7:30 pm

    Prince Consort Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2BS

  2. Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, London — 5th Oct 2013 - 7:30 pm

    Prince Consort Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2BS

  3. Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, London — 10th Oct 2013 - 7:30 pm

    Prince Consort Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2BS

  4. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 17th Oct 2013 - 7:30 pm

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

  5. Malvern Theatres — 26th Oct 2013 - 7:30 pm

    Malvern Theatres, Grange Road, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 3HB

  6. Theatre Royal Bath — 29th Oct 2013 - 7:30 pm

    Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath, BA1 1ET

  7. Harrogate Theatre — 31st Oct 2013 - 7:30 pm

    Harrogate Theatre, Oxford Street, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 1QF

  8. Gala Theatre, Durham — 5th Nov 2013 - 7:30 pm

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

  9. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 13th Nov 2013 - 7:30 pm

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

  10. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 20th Nov 2013 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

Joseph McHardy

Joseph McHardy

Conductor

Joseph McHardy studied at Edinburgh University (prizes for Early Music and Conducting), RAM, and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. He was assistant conductor for Vivaldi, L’incoronazione di Dario (Garsington Opera); Handel, Tamerlano (Teatro Real, Madrid); Handel, Alcina (Komische Oper, Berlin) and Monteverdi, Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria (Birmingham Opera Company). As repetiteur, he has worked for Glyndebourne in Purcell, The Fairy Queen and Handel, Giulio Cesare. He works regularly with ETO as a repetiteur and harpsichordist, which included 2009’s Handelfest. He has performed with Gabrieli Players, OAE, the London Handel Orchestra, Retrospect Ensemble, La Nuova Musica, ENO, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and with Vivaldi specialists La Serenissima, with whom he has made several recordings.

Ted Huffman

Ted Huffman

Director

American stage director Ted Huffman has created opera and theatre productions throughout North America and Europe. New productions in 2012/13 include The Lighthouse (Maxwell Davies) for English Touring Opera, opening at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Les mamelles de Tirésias for the Aldeburgh Festival and the Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles, Threepenny Opera at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and Royal Festival Hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Vladimir Jurowski, A Soldier’s Tale for the Greenwich Music Festival, Der Kaiser von Atlantis for Central City Opera in collaboration with the Colorado Symphony, Hänsel und Gretel for Pittsburgh Opera, Carmen for Opera Birmingham, and Apprentice Scenes for Santa Fe Opera; Ted also joins the directing staff of the Metropolitan Opera during the 2011-12 season for the revival of Billy Budd.

Ted co-founded the Greenwich Music Festival in Connecticut; he continues to serve as the company’s Artistic Director. At the festival, Ted has created productions of Poulenc’s La voix humaine, Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis, Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, and Henze’s El Cimarrón, for which he received a nomination for “Best Opera Direction 2010” in Opernwelt.

As a guest teacher and director, Ted has been engaged by many young artist development programs, including Canadian Opera Company’s Studio, LA Opera’s Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program, Pittsburgh Opera Studio and the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program.

Ted attended Choate Rosemary Hall and Yale University, where he majored in Humanities. He is also a graduate of San Francisco’s Merola Opera Program and the Jerwood Opera Writing Programme at the Aldeburgh Festival (UK). Ted apprenticed with director Robert Wilson at the Watermill Center.

Old Street Band

Old Street Band

Orchestra

Samal Blak

Samal Blak

Designer

Ace McCarron

Ace McCarron

Lighting Designer

Cast

Clint van der Linde

Clint van der Linde

Countertenor

Jason

Clint studied at the RCM. He has worked as a soloist with many groups such as the OAE; RPO; The Academy of Ancient Music; The London Handel Orchestra; Le Musiche Nove; Israel Camerata. Clint’s opera roles include Lotario/ Flavio/ Flavio; Dardano/ Amadigi; Judas/ Brockes Passion; In November 2001 he sang the role of Oberon/ A Midsummer Night‘s Dream, which was the launch of the BBIOS, and also performed this role in the ROH in Copenhagen in 2004. Festival engagements include Carmina Burana (Ludwigsburger Schossfestspiele); Halle Händel Festspiele; Cuenca Festival, Spain. In addition, Clint recorded the title role of Francesco Conti’s David with the Lautten Compagney. In December, Clint will tour Handel’s Messiah (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Queensland Orchestra).

Hannah Pedley

Hannah Pedley

Mezzo soprano

Medea

Hannah trained at the Royal Northern College of Music.
Current and future engagements include Metella in Offenbach’s La Vie Parisienne for Opera Della Luna at Iford, Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana for Opera Holland Park, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel for English Pocket Opera and 3rd Lady and Papagena in an evening exploring die Zauberflöte with Marcus du Sautoy at the Linbury.
Recent engagements have included Carmen Olga, Rita the Rat in Fantastic Mr Fox all for Opera Holland Park, Judith in Bluebeard’s Castle for English Pocket Opera, Mother in The Knife’s Tears for Opera Diversa in Prague and covering Melissa in Anna Nicole at the Royal Opera House.
Other highlights have included Romeo I Capuleti e i Montecchi at Grange Park and on tour with Pimlico Opera, Nancy Albert Herring for New Kent Opera, Duck and Policeman in ROH2’s Linbury production of the Wind in the Willows, Princess Death Cocteau in the Underworld for ROH2 at Brighton Festival, Smeton Anna Bolena and Orlofsky Die Fledermaus for Swansea City Opera.
Hannah has also worked closely with Second Movement, singing Dinah Trouble in Tahiti, Madam Flora The Medium, Ruth The Impresario, Mother The Knife’s Tears, Marfa Rothschild’s Violin and Sally in A Hand of Bridge.
She has created roles in The Witch by Andrew M Wilson at Tavistock Festival, Hollow Hill by Ian McQueen at Buxton Festival, Fade by Stefan Weisman for Second Movement and Twitterdammerung at the Royal Opera House. She also performed roles in several new pieces for Exposure at the Linbury with ROH2 in 2010 and 2011.
Future concert work includes Elgar’s Music Makers with the Bath Philharmonia, Rossini’s Stabat Mater with Bournemouth Bach Choir and Messiahs with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Hannah will also be guest artist with Newcastle Male Voice Choir in 2014.

Catrine Kirkman

Catrine Kirkman

Soprano

Isiphile

Catrine Kirkman graduated with a Masters from The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and continues to study with Jessica Cash. Recent roles include Zerlina/ Don Giovanni (Focus Opera); Tebaldo/ Don Carlo (Midsummer Opera); Susanna/ Figaro, Papagena/ Magic Flute (both Opera Brava); Suor Genovieffa/ Suor Angelica (Midsummer Opera). Catrine performed the solo vocalise in a world premiere by Benjamin Ellin at the opening catwalk show of London Fashion Week 2010. She sings the role of Inn Hostess on the Naxos recording of Edward German’s Tom Jones, and plays the title role in forthcoming cinema release In Love with Alma Cogan (Capriol Films). Future engagements include the role of Laetitia (Sullivan’s The Zoo) for Charles Court Opera in Gettysburg, USA, in June. Catrine has previously appeared with ETO as Barbarina/ Figaro and Moth/ A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Andrew Slater

Andrew Slater

Bass

Hercules

Andrew studied at Royal Northern College of Music and St Petersburg Conservatoire. He has performed more than 75 opera roles including Lotario, Ariodate, Falstaff, Bottom, Bartolo, Blitch, Alfonso, Donald and Araspe (All ETO); Ben Selim (Royal Opera House), Nachtigal (Grange Park Opera), Golaud (Glyndebourne Touring Opera), Faninal (Scottish Opera), Basilio (Welsh National Opera), Sacristan (Opera North), Colline (English National Opera) etc.

Recordings include Nyman, Love Counts and Mozart 252 (MNR); Michael Berkeley, Jane Eyre (Chandos); Stravinsky, The Flood (Twentieth Century Classics).

Stuart Haycock

Stuart Haycock

Tenor

Demus

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.

Michal Czerniawski

Michal Czerniawski

Countertenor

Delfa

Polish countertenor Michal Czerniawski studied at the Gdansk Academy of Music and at GSMD. He was a member of 2007 edition of Le Jardin des Voix, touring Europe and USA with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants, and is alumnus of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme. His stage credits include Arsamene (Handel Serse), Timagene (Hasse Cleofide), Orfeo (Gluck Orfeo ed Euridice), Guido (Handel Flavio – cover) and Crazy Jane (Purcell The Fairy Queen). He has performed in concert with conductors including Christie, Suzuki, Hogwood and Beck. Recently he sang the title role in Agostino Steffani’s Orlando Generoso at The Barber Institute of Fine Arts in Birmingham.

John-Colyn Gyeantey

John-Colyn Gyeantey

Tenor

Egeus

Piotr Lempa

Piotr Lempa

Bass

Orestes

SPRING 2014 – THE MAGIC FLUTE
The role of Sarastro will be sung by Mr Piotr Lempa for the following performances: Truro (10 March), Cheltenham (5 April), York (15 April), Crawley (5 May), Exeter (13 May), Perth (22 May), and Cambridge (31 May).

Mr Piotr Lempa will sing the role of Speaker on the following dates: London (7, 8 March), Poole (13 March), Wolverhampton (17 March), Snape (27 March), Cheltenham (3, 4 April), Leicester (7 April), Sheffield (11 April), Canterbury (22 April), Norwich (27 April), Coventry (9, 10 May), Exeter (14, 15 May), Durham (19 May), and Cambridge (29, 30 May).

Piotr Lempa is a native of Poland and graduate of RAM, Cardiff International Academy of Voice and the Vocal and Acting Faculty at the Music Academy in Gdansk, Poland. He made his opera debut singing Oroveso Norma for ETO. He has since appeared in productions of La bohème, Die Zauberflöte, Ariadne auf Naxos, Kátya Kabanová, Halka, Don Giovanni, Rigoletto, Le nozze di Figaro, Bastien und Bastienne, and Salome, in Wales, England, Germany and Poland. Future plans include Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte), Patroclus (King Priam) and Publius (La Clemenza di Tito). www.piotrlempa.com

Remarkably compelling … Van der Linde, with his silky countertenor, sounds glamorous as well as looks it, and by the end we fully understand why Hannah Pedley’s self-assured Medea and Catrine Kirkman’s desperate Isiphile are trapped in his orbit.

★★★★ The Guardian

English Touring Opera have a sure touch in choosing repertoire: their exhumations of neglected works are always successful. No praise too high for the continuo support from the Old Street Band, under its director Joseph McHardy: a period-instrument ensemble with an unerring feel for idiom.

★★★★ The Independent

I like Medea’s conjuring-trick, setting a book on fire with her bare hands… and lovers of swashbuckler will enjoy the sword fight.

The Times

Hannah Pedley, however, brings plenty of vocal and physical charisma to the sorceress Medea, while Catrine Kirkman manages to suggest both Isiphile’s vulnerability and her clinging quality.

The Stage

Fun and light… It’s done exceptionally well: everything – lyrics, music, humor and action – moves seamlessly.

Bachtrack

Pedley’s Medea is seductive and competently delivered… Catrine Kirkman’s Isiphile was sweetly sung, while a surprisingly tender Delfa from Michal Czerniawski, a cleanly comic Orestes (Piotr Lempa) and a stand-in Demus (Aisher, stuttering wonderfully) rounded out a true ensemble cast.

The Arts Desk

It was lovely to make the acquaintance of this opera again and I had a finely entertaining evening in the theatre.

Planet Hugill

Showing At

  1. Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, London
    4th Oct 2013 - 7:30 pm
  2. Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, London
    5th Oct 2013 - 7:30 pm
  3. Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, London
    10th Oct 2013 - 7:30 pm
  4. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    17th Oct 2013 - 7:30 pm
  5. Malvern Theatres
    26th Oct 2013 - 7:30 pm
  6. Theatre Royal Bath
    29th Oct 2013 - 7:30 pm
  7. Harrogate Theatre
    31st Oct 2013 - 7:30 pm
  8. Gala Theatre, Durham
    5th Nov 2013 - 7:30 pm
  9. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    13th Nov 2013 - 7:30 pm
  10. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    20th Nov 2013 - 7:30 pm

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