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Jenufa

Janáček - Spring 06

Janáček’s sense of drama and lyrical, rhythmic style make his operas among the most powerful and accessible ever written.

Director 
James Conway
Conductor 
Michael Rosewell

ETO’s second Janacek production by James Conway, in stark, intelligent designs by Michael Vale and Aideen Malone, was strong, clear, and finally exhilarating. Conductor (and new Music Director) Michael Rosewell took the orchestra and chorus to a new level with this work, beautifully interpreted by Amanda Echalaz and Anne Mason as Jenufa and Kostelnicka, Dwayne Jones as Laca, and Richard Roberts as Steva.

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    10th Mar 2006 - 7:30 pm
  2. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    22nd Mar 2006 - 7:30 pm
  3. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    24th Mar 2006 - 7:30 pm
  4. The Hawth, Crawley
    28th Mar 2006 - 7:30 pm
  5. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    31st Mar 2006 - 7:30 pm
  6. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
    4th Apr 2006 - 7:30 pm
  7. De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill
    8th Apr 2006 - 7:30 pm
  8. Hall for Cornwall, Truro
    11th Apr 2006 - 7:30 pm
  9. Lighthouse, Poole
    21st Apr 2006 - 7:30 pm
  10. Salisbury City Hall
    25th Apr 2006 - 7:30 pm
  11. Kendal Leisure Centre
    29th Apr 2006 - 7:30 pm
  12. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
    3rd May 2006 - 7:30 pm
  13. Buxton Opera House
    5th May 2006 - 7:30 pm
  14. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    10th May 2006 - 7:30 pm
  15. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    12th May 2006 - 7:30 pm
  16. Warwick Arts Centre
    17th May 2006 - 7:30 pm
  17. Warwick Arts Centre
    19th May 2006 - 7:30 pm
  18. Gala Theatre, Durham
    23rd May 2006 - 7:30 pm
  19. Perth Festival, Perth Concert Hall
    26th May 2006 - 7:30 pm
  1. Hackney Empire — 10th Mar 2006 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  2. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 22nd Mar 2006 - 7:30 pm

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

  3. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 24th Mar 2006 - 7:30 pm

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

  4. The Hawth, Crawley — 28th Mar 2006 - 7:30 pm

    Hawth Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6YZ

  5. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 31st Mar 2006 - 7:30 pm

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

  6. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield — 4th Apr 2006 - 7:30 pm

    55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA

  7. De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill — 8th Apr 2006 - 7:30 pm

    TN40 1DP

  8. Hall for Cornwall, Truro — 11th Apr 2006 - 7:30 pm

    Back Quay, Truro, TR1 2LL

  9. Lighthouse, Poole — 21st Apr 2006 - 7:30 pm

    Kingland Road, Poole, BH15 1UG

  10. Salisbury City Hall — 25th Apr 2006 - 7:30 pm

  11. Kendal Leisure Centre — 29th Apr 2006 - 7:30 pm

  12. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre — 3rd May 2006 - 7:30 pm

    Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1DE

  13. Buxton Opera House — 5th May 2006 - 7:30 pm

    Water Street, SK17 6XN

  14. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 10th May 2006 - 7:30 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  15. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 12th May 2006 - 7:30 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  16. Warwick Arts Centre — 17th May 2006 - 7:30 pm

    University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL

  17. Warwick Arts Centre — 19th May 2006 - 7:30 pm

    University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL

  18. Gala Theatre, Durham — 23rd May 2006 - 7:30 pm

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

  19. Perth Festival, Perth Concert Hall — 26th May 2006 - 7:30 pm

    Mill Street, Perth, PH1 5HZ

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).

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.

Crew

Bernadette Iglich

Bernadette Iglich

Assistant Director - Jenufa

Opera and theatre work: Choreographer: The Cunning Little Vixen (ETO, OTC); Sweeney Todd (RAM); Who Killed Mr Drum (Treatment Theatre), Jenufa, Eugene Onegin, Susannah and Don Giovanni ( ETO); Casanova (Told by an Idiot); Tartuffe and The Hypochondric (Liverpool Playhouse) Director: Hänsel und Gretel (Stowe Opera); Jephtha (ETO). Le nozze di Figaro and Eugene Onegin (Iford Arts)
Bernadette’s career as a dancer and performer includes working for Tanztheater Wuppertal, ARC Dance Company, Siobhan Davies, Aletta Collins, London Contemporary Dance Theatre, Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre, Corp Feasa and many leading choreographers and directors in dance, opera and theatre.

Richard Roberts

Richard Roberts

Steva (incl. 1st night)

Richard studied at the University of Kansas. Operatic engagements include Matteo/Arabella (Opera Australia); Truffaldino/The Love of Three Oranges and Witch/Hansel and Gretel (Staatstheatre Kassell); Rinuccio/Gianni Schicchi, Platon Karataeyev/War and Peace and Goro/Madame Butterfly (ENO); Pinkerton/Madame Butterfly (OHP). Concert appearances include Salome (LSO at the Barbican); Beethoven Choral Symphony (Brighton Dome); Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (Stadhalle Kassel); Mozart Requiem (RFH); Steuermann/Flying Dutchman (RPO at the Barbican). He recorded the role of Bardolf in Falstaff for Chandos Records and is the voice of the Cockerel on the BBC Films animated version of Janacek’s Cunning Little Vixen. He has recently performed Prince/Rusalka, Rudolfo/La Boheme and Steva/Jenufa with the ETO.

Michael Bracegirdle

Michael Bracegirdle

Cavaradossi

A graduate of RNCM, Michael’s operatic roles during college included Tom Rakewell/The Rake’s Progress, Sandy and First Officer/The Lighthouse and Ruggero/La Rondine. He was the 2006 winner of the Emmy Destinn Award for Young Singers and a prizewinner at the Mezzo Television International Opera Competition and Festival 2008. Operatic roles include Tamino/The Magic Flute (ENO); Boris/Katya Kabanova (SO); First Armed Man/The Magic Flute (ENO and OHP); Lensky/Eugene Onegin, Steva/Jenufa and Cavaradossi/Tosca (ETO); Judge Danforth/The Crucible (Dicapo Opera, New York); Don José/Carmen, Rodolfo/La bohème and Jenik/The Bartered Bride (Mid Wales Opera). In concert and broadcast Michael has performed with RLPO, RPO, English Chamber Orchestra and BBC Concert Orchestra at venues including Barbican Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Peter Selwyn

Peter Selwyn

Born in London, Peter Selwyn began his career on the Music Staff of ENO, before moving to London’s Royal Opera. At the Bayreuth Festival, he worked for three seasons as assistant to Adam Fischer and Giuseppe Sinopoli on Der Ring des Nibelungen. From 1999 to 2005 he was Kapellmeister and Head of Music at the Staatstheater Nuremberg.

He has conducted Jenufa and La cenerentola for ETO, and other companies with whom he has worked include Singapore Lyric Opera, Stadttheater Fürth, Opera Holland Park, Opera North, Pegasus Opera and WNO.

Peter Selwyn is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Internationales Kammermusik Festival Nürnberg.

Amanda Echalaz

Amanda Echalaz

Born South Africa
Training Neil Howlett
Awards Represented South Africa in Cardiff Singer of the World 2005, Kathleen Ferrier Competition finalist, winner of Bayreuth Bursary and Great Elm Singing Competition.
Opera Alcina Alcina, Fiordiligi Così fan tutte (both ETO), Barena Jen_fa (GFO), Tosca Tosca (London City Opera, Central Festival Opera, Northampton), First Bridesmaid Le Nozze di Figaro, Flowermaiden Parsifal (both WNO)
Concert Mendelssohn St Paul (Tring Choral Society), Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony (Tring Choral Society), Victorian Parlour Songs with Robert Tear
Future Manon Lescaut Manon Lescaut (OHP)

Linda Hibberd

Linda Hibberd

Born London
Training RAM
Opera Frugola Il Tabarro (WNO), Auntie Peter Grimes, Katisha The Mikado (both ENO), Innkeeper’s Wife The Cunning Little Vixen (City of Birmingham Touring Opera), Filipyevna Eugene Onegin (ON)
Concert Elgar Sea Pictures (City of Southampton Symphony Orchestra), Verdi Requiem (Singapore Symphony Orchestra), Beethoven Symphony no. 9 (Hallé Orchestra)
Recordings Robert Saxton Caritas (Collins Classics), various musicals including The Sound of Music, Carousel, Fiddler on the Roof, South Pacific and a Gershwin album (Carlton Label)

Eddie Wade

Eddie Wade

Born Barnsley
Training NOS, GSMD
Awards first prize in the National Mozart Competition, Verdi / Wagner prize
Opera Baron Douphol La Traviata (ROH, WNO, GTO), Mandarin Turandot (ROH), Marcello La Bohème (WNO), Executioner Inés de Castro, Sharpless Madama Butterfly (both SO)
Concert Mendelssohn Elijah (Exeter and Wells Cathedrals), Essential Scottish Opera (SO), Verdi Requiem (Pontypridd Choral Society)
Recordings Baron Douphol La Traviata (WNO broadcast on S4C)

Jennifer Rhys-Davies

Jennifer Rhys-Davies

Born Wales
Training TCM
Opera Berta The Barber of Seville, Amaltea Moses in Eqypt, Clorinda La Cenerentola, Marianne Der Rosenkavalier, Widow Babette’s Feast (all ROH), Rosalinde Die Fledermaus (Nurnberg), Hilda Mack Elegy for Young Lovers (Switzerland), Sieglinde The Valkyrie (Covent Garden and Bath International Festivals), Lady Macbeth Macbeth (Oberhausen Maifest), Donna Anna and Donna Elvira Don Giovanni, Konstanze The Escape from the Seraglio, Arminda La Finta Giardiniera, Elettra Idomeneo, Abigaille Nabucco, title role Lucia di Lammermoor, title role Semiramide, Queen of the Night The Magic Flute (for Basel, Scottish Opera, Niedersachsische, Staatstheater Hannover, Garsington Opera), Italian Singer Capriccio (GFO), Olympia, Antonia, Giulietta Les Contes d’Hoffman (Grande Theatre Limoges and Germany), Elizabeth Mary Stuart (ETO, Theater Basel)
Recordings Berta The Barber of Seville, Marianne Der Rosenkavalier (both Chandos), several for Opera Rara including Sabine Orazi e Curazi and One Hundred Years of Italian Opera

Anne Mason

Anne Mason

Born Lincolnshire
Training Opera Studio, RAM
Opera includes Mary Mary, Queen of Scots (ETO), Fricka Der Ring des
Nibelungen, Sesto La Clemenza di Tito, Adalgisa Norma (all SO), Minsk Woman Flight (GFO), Duchess of York Richard III (Vlaamse
Opera), Marcellina The Marriage of Figaro (ENO, WNO, GTO), Suzuki Madam Butterfly, Annio La Clemenza di Tito, Guinevere Gawain, Emilia Otello (all ROH), Julius Cesar Julius Cesar (Basel Opera), Amneris Aida (Lyric Opera Productions, Dublin), Teresa La Sonnambula (OHP)
Concert includes world premiere of Jonathan Dove’s song cycle All the Future Days
Recordings includes Marcellina The Marriage of Figaro (EMI, cond. Haitink), Candida Emila di Liverpool, Ismene Medea (both Opera Rara, cond. Parry), Azucena Il Trovatore (Chandos cond. Parry), Helen King Priam (on video for Kent Opera, cond. Norrington)
TV Jonathan Dove’s Death of a Princess (Channel 4)

Dwayne Jones

Dwayne Jones

Born Australia
Training Opera Australia Young Artist Programme, The Victorian College of The Arts, Melbourne
Awards Joan Sutherland Operatic Award (2000)
Opera Schoolmaster / Mosquito The Cunning Little Vixen (ETO), Radames Aida (Lyric Opera, Dublin), Rodolfo La Bohème (Bremen), Lenski Eugene Onegin (SO), cover Cavaradossi Tosca (ON), Licinius La Vestale (ENO), Rodolfo La Bohème, Alfredo La Traviata (both Australian Opera)
Concert Puccini Spectacular concerts (UK tour), Howard Blake The Bear (UK première, Barbican and Birmingham)

“The company’s Jenufa is truly astounding… ETO’s cast is stunning”

The Independent

“James Conway’s lucid production preserves its visceral charge”

The Times

“Anne Mason’s devastatingly played and sung Kostelnicka, and Amanda Echalaz’s tragic but ultimately radiant Jenufa, with excellent support from Dwayne Jones’s burly Laca and Bracegirdle’s handsome, feckless Steva”

The Sunday Times

“Amanda Echalaz is a born Jenufa: tall, bright-eyed, sensitive and serious, with a voice that has muscle, intelligence and delicacy.”

The Independent on Sunday

“Anne Mason follows up her ETO Mary Stuart with an even more involving Kosteknička, fearlessly sung and gut-wrenchingly acted… It’s thrilling that this wonderful opera will be seen in places as far-flung as Poole and Perth …I would be surprised if anyone who sees this Jenufa leaves the theatre unshaken or unstirred.”

Opera Magazine

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    10th Mar 2006 - 7:30 pm
  2. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    22nd Mar 2006 - 7:30 pm
  3. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    24th Mar 2006 - 7:30 pm
  4. The Hawth, Crawley
    28th Mar 2006 - 7:30 pm
  5. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    31st Mar 2006 - 7:30 pm
  6. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
    4th Apr 2006 - 7:30 pm
  7. De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill
    8th Apr 2006 - 7:30 pm
  8. Hall for Cornwall, Truro
    11th Apr 2006 - 7:30 pm
  9. Lighthouse, Poole
    21st Apr 2006 - 7:30 pm
  10. Salisbury City Hall
    25th Apr 2006 - 7:30 pm
  11. Kendal Leisure Centre
    29th Apr 2006 - 7:30 pm
  12. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
    3rd May 2006 - 7:30 pm
  13. Buxton Opera House
    5th May 2006 - 7:30 pm
  14. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    10th May 2006 - 7:30 pm
  15. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    12th May 2006 - 7:30 pm
  16. Warwick Arts Centre
    17th May 2006 - 7:30 pm
  17. Warwick Arts Centre
    19th May 2006 - 7:30 pm
  18. Gala Theatre, Durham
    23rd May 2006 - 7:30 pm
  19. Perth Festival, Perth Concert Hall
    26th May 2006 - 7:30 pm

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