Katya Kabanova

Leoš Janáček - Spring 2009

Janacek’s intimate love story

Conductor 
Michael Rosewell
Assistant Director 
Robin Norton-Hale
Director 
James Conway

This first ETO production of Janacek’s intimate love story promises to be an evening of strong feelings. It is conducted by Michael Rosewell, and directed by James Conway (the team responsible for ETO’s memorable Jenufa in 2006); Linda Richardson and Fiona Kimm make their debuts as Katya and her harsh mother-in-law, and three fine tenors (Richard Roberts, Colin Jusdon and Michael Bracegirdle) play the men between them.

Janacek’s mature opera Katya Kabanova is the moving story of a sensitive married woman who falls in love with an attractive young man. This near perfect blend of lyrical music and intense drama is based on the classic Russian play, The Storm; like the play it is dominated by the river Volga, a brooding, fatal presence.

Inspired by the composer’s own deep love for a married woman, Katya is a woman with whom every listener falls in love, and who transcends the small town prejudices that overwhelm the other characters.

“The singing and acting are impeccable…. The opera has never felt so disturbing or so real”

4 * The Guardian

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    13th Mar 2009 - 7:30 pm
  2. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    20th Mar 2009 - 7:30 pm
  3. Hall for Cornwall, Truro
    24th Mar 2009 - 7:30 pm
  4. Lighthouse, Poole
    28th Mar 2009 - 7:30 pm
  5. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    3rd Apr 2009 - 7:30 pm
  6. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
    7th Apr 2009 - 7:30 pm
  7. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    17th Apr 2009 - 7:30 pm
  8. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
    21st Apr 2009 - 7:30 pm
  9. Buxton Opera House
    24th Apr 2009 - 7:30 pm
  10. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    29th Apr 2009 - 7:30 pm
  11. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    1st May 2009 - 7:30 pm
  12. The Hawth, Crawley
    6th May 2009 - 7:30 pm
  13. Warwick Arts Centre
    13th May 2009 - 7:30 pm
  14. Warwick Arts Centre
    15th May 2009 - 7:30 pm
  15. Perth Festival, Perth Concert Hall
    22nd May 2009 - 7:30 pm
  1. Hackney Empire — 13th Mar 2009 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  2. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 20th Mar 2009 - 7:30 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  3. Hall for Cornwall, Truro — 24th Mar 2009 - 7:30 pm

    Back Quay, Truro, TR1 2LL

  4. Lighthouse, Poole — 28th Mar 2009 - 7:30 pm

    Kingland Road, Poole, BH15 1UG

  5. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 3rd Apr 2009 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  6. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield — 7th Apr 2009 - 7:30 pm

    55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA

  7. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 17th Apr 2009 - 7:30 pm

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

  8. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre — 21st Apr 2009 - 7:30 pm

    Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1DE

  9. Buxton Opera House — 24th Apr 2009 - 7:30 pm

    Water Street, SK17 6XN

  10. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 29th Apr 2009 - 7:30 pm

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

  11. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 1st May 2009 - 7:30 pm

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

  12. The Hawth, Crawley — 6th May 2009 - 7:30 pm

    Hawth Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6YZ

  13. Warwick Arts Centre — 13th May 2009 - 7:30 pm

    University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL

  14. Warwick Arts Centre — 15th May 2009 - 7:30 pm

    University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL

  15. Perth Festival, Perth Concert Hall — 22nd May 2009 - 7:30 pm

    Mill Street, Perth, PH1 5HZ

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.

Robin Norton-Hale

Robin Norton-Hale

Assistant Director

Robin studied English Literature at Oxford University and completed the King’s Head Theatre’s trainee assistant director scheme. Directing credits include Best Man Speech (UK tour); Pick ‘n’ Myths (UK tour); Spirit of Vienna (ETO); Live Canon (Greenwich and Finborough Theatres); Happy Campers (site specific performances at Montagu Close); Pimpinone (Colourhouse Theatre); The Rover (Network Theatre). As associate director Robin has worked on Cloudcuckooland (UK tour); assistant director credits include Sweet Charity (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane); Katya Kabanova and Il Seraglio (ETO). Robin is a creative producer for Maya Productions and artistic director of Flat Earth Theatre, and also works as a performer and devisor for Big Wheel Theatre Company.

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).

Cast

Fiona Kimm

Fiona Kimm

Kabanicha

Fiona trained at the RCM and NOS and was a recipient of the John Christie Award at Glyndebourne. Recent operatic engagements include Mrs Chin and Old Crone/ A Night at the Chinese Opera (SO); Jane’s Mother/ Snow White (Nationale Reisopera); Ma/ House of the Gods (Music Theatre Wales); Annina/ Der Rosenkavalier (Opera Zuid); Ulrica/ Un Ballo in Maschera (Canadian Opera Company); Mistress Quickly/ Falstaff (Garsington); Azucena/ Il Trovatore (Stowe Opera); Rosa Mamai/ L’Arlesiana (OHP). She was also Katharina Schratt/ Mayerling for the Royal Ballet on tour to Tokyo. Concert performances include work at the Concertgebouw, South Bank and Wigmore Hall. Recording and broadcast work includes In Flanders Fields (Quartz); L’Enfance Du Christ (Thames); Rusalka (BBC); Taverner (NMC); Greek (Decca). Fiona has previously performed Jezibaba/ Rusalka and Kabanicha/ Katya Kabanova with English Touring Opera. Future engagements include Governess/ The Queen of Spades (ON).

Sion Goronwy

Sion Goronwy

Bass

Sion trained at GSMD and the Benjamin Britten International Opera School. Operatic roles include Sarastro/Die Zauberflöte, Tiresias/Oedipus Rex, Simone/Gianni Schicchi, Claudio/Agrippina, Superintendent Budd/Albert Herring, Snug/Lion/Quince/A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bonze/Madama Butterfly, Frank/Die Fledermaus, Gremin/Zaretsky/Eugene Onegin, Sparafucile/Rigoletto, Truffaldine/Lakai/Ariadne auf Naxos, Kaspar/Eremit/Der Freischutz. He has performed with the Norwegian Royal Opera, Opera Valladolid Spain, Clonter Opera, Mid Wales Opera and Glyndebourne on Tour. Concert work includes Haydn The Creation, Scarlatti St. Cecelia Mass; Mozart Requiem, Coronation Mass and Vesperae Solennes de Confessore. He has also performed Osmin/ Die Entführung aus dem Serail with the ETO. Future plans include Pistola in Falstaff for Glyndebourne on Tour Autumn 2009.

Robert Davies

Robert Davies

Bass

Robert studied at the University of Sheffield and GSMD. He received the 2003 Erich Vietheer Memorial Award at Glyndebourne and appeared as Mr. Gedge/Albert Herring, Marcello/La Boheme, Count Almaviva/Le Nozze di Figaro and Doctor Falke/Die Fledermaus on the Festival Tour. Other notable roles at Glyndebourne include Curo/Julio Cesare, Indian/The Bartered Bride, Guccio/Gianni Schicchi, Shepherd/Pelleas et Melisande and Guide/Carmen. He was Greek Captain in the Gramophone Award-winning production of Les Troyens at (Châtelet Theatre). Other roles include Lalo’s premiere of Verrina/Fiesque (UCL); Belcore/L’Elisir d’Amore and Sharpless/Madame Butterfly (Opera Box); Dancaïre/Carmen and Jailer/Tosca (Diva Opera). Concert performances include Monteverdi Vespers (St. Mark’s, Venice), Handel Messiah (St. David’s Hall, Cardiff), Elgar The Kingdom and Caractacus, Mendelssohn Elijah and Orff Carmina Burana.

Richard Roberts

Richard Roberts

Tenor

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.

Piotr Lempa

Piotr Lempa

Chorus

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

Patricia Orr

Patricia Orr

Chorus

Patricia trained at RCM and the National Opera Studio.  She was the 2006 winner of the Alfred Alexander Prize, finalist in the 2006 Royal Overseas League Competition and a 2008 finalist in the Bruce Millar Competition.  She has received an Independent Opera Voice Fellowship, a Donald Dewar Arts Award, a Madeline Finden Award and Sir Richard Stapley Award. Operatic roles include Laura/Iolanta (OHP); Enfant/L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, Bianca/The Rape of Lucretia, Prince Orlovsky/Die Fledermaus (RCM); Tolomeo/Tolomeo (London Handel Society); Yolande/The Sofa (Independent Opera), in addition to covering Conception/L’Heure Espagnole (RCM); Flora/La Traviata and Tisbe/Cenerentola (SO); Rosina/Il Barbiere di Siviglia (ENO) and Julia/The Departed (Independent Opera). In concert, Patricia has worked with the London Mozart Players, the English Chamber Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Edinburgh Quartet. She has recently performed the Sorceress/Dido and Aeneas and Orimeno/Erismene with ETO. Future plans include Varvara/Katya Kabanova (OHP).

Niamh Kelly

Niamh Kelly

Mezzo-soprano

From Moville, Co Donegal, Niamh is an hons graduate of NUI Maynooth and University of Limerick. Supported by the Arts Council of Ireland she then attended RNCM graduating with a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance with Distinction. She continues her studies with Anne Mason.

The first recipient of ETO’s Young Artist Bursary Niamh’s operatic performances include Cherubino, The Marriage of Figaro, Hermia, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 3rd lady, The Magic Flute, Smeton, Anna Bolena, Mrs Ott, Susannah and Olga, Eugene Onegin (all ETO), Dorabella, Cosi fan tutte (Mananan Opera Festival), Maurya, Riders to the Sea (Opera Fringe Northern Ireland); Cherubino, Le Nozze di Figaro, Mercedes, Carmen (Opera Brava); Eurynome, Penelope (Wexford Festival Opera).

Recent performances include 1st Norn and Grimgerde in concert performances of Götterdämmerung and Die Walkure with The Wagner Society and David Syrus, and Hansel in NI Opera’s production of Hansel and Gretel.

Michael Bracegirdle

Michael Bracegirdle

Tenor

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.

Jane Harrington

Jane Harrington

Soprano

Jane Harrington initially trained as an actress and completed her Ba Hons at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama. She then continued her post-graduate studies at The Royal Academy of Music, completing the opera course with a distinction and a DipRAM. Whilst at college Jane won the AESS English song prize, the Thelma King award and was awarded the Dame Eva Turner scholarship. Roles at college included Pamina Die Zauberflote conducted by Sir Colin Davis.
Jane has most recently performed Galatea Acis and Galatea Mid Wales Opera and Vicki in the Southbank award winning opera Ghost Patrol by Stuart Macrae for Scottish Opera and Music Theatre Wales.
Operatic performances include Eurydice Orpheus in the Underworld, Susanna Le nozze di Figaro, Little Moon A Night at the Chinese Opera Scottish Opera, Varvara Katya Kabanova Longborough Festival Opera, Susanna Le nozze di Figaro, Cupid Orpheus in the Underworld Opera Holland Park, Virtu L’incoronazione di Poppea English National Opera, Morgana Alcina for Opera Theatre Company, Varvara Katya Kabanova, Filia Carissimis Jephthe, Belinda Dido and Aeneas, Ninfa L’orfeo, Jano Jenufa English Touring Opera.
Other performance highlights include Brigomedie/The Angel/Mina in the European premiere of Detlev Glanerts Three Water Plays Almeida Opera, a world premiere of Ian Wilsons Humpty Dumpty for Psappha Ensemble, Jazz trio Trouble in Tahiti Psappha Ensemble at Southbank Bernstein Festival, Lucy Beggars Opera, Adele Die Fledermaus Opera Project.
Her concert schedule has included appearances with the London Symphony Orchestra and London Philharmonic Orchestra, as Soprano Soloist in Raymond Gubbay’s Viennese Gala at the Barbican Hall. In addition she sang Poulenc’s Gloria at Cadogan Hall, and has also been featured on BBC Radio 3.

Helen Johnson

Helen Johnson

Mezzo Soprano

Helen studied her PG Diploma at TCM and is represented by Steven Swales.
Opera roles include Azucena Trovatore, Annina Traviata (Dorset Opera); Larina Onegin (Stanley Hall); Bianca Lucretia, Marcellina Figaro (Opera East); Jezibaba Rusalka (Iford); Marguerite Faust (Pigotts); Mrs Goodbody Parson’s Pirates (Opera Della Luna).
For ETO Helen has sung Kolusina Jenůfa, Filipyevna Onegin, Feklusha Katya Kabanova, Clotilde Norma; covered Larina Onegin, Giovanna Seymour Anna Bolena, Kabanicha Katya Kabanova, Frugola Tabarro and Agnes Fantastic Mr Fox.
In 2008 Helen was a Wagner Society Bayreuth Bursary Competition Finalist.
Future engagements include Mozart Requiem, Coventry Philharmonic Choir, Mezzo Soloist, June 2014.

Colin Judson

Colin Judson

Tenor

Colin studied singing at the Guildhall School of Music. Operatic roles include Snout/A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Teatro Real Madrid); Jaquino/Fidelio (Chelsea Opera Group, SO); Remendado/Carmen, L’Incredibile/Andrea Chenier (SO); Mime/Der Ring des Nibelungen (Opera National du Rhin); Jaquino/Fidelio (ONB);  Monostatos/The Magic Flute (Theatre du Capitole Toulouse); Pang/Turandot (ROH); Third Jew/Salome (ENO); Pedrillo/Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail, Truffaldino/The Love of Three Oranges, Hirt/Junge Seeman/Tristan und Isolde, Spoletta/Tosca, Venditore/Il Tabarro, Goro/Madama Butterfly and Gaston/La Traviata (Opera Cologne); Coryphee/Le Comte D’Ory and Andrew/The Last Supper (GFO); Alfred/Die Fledermaus (SO).  A series of short operas featuring Colin was recently broadcast on BBC 2. Previous performances with the ETO include the title role in Werther.

Cheryl Enever

Cheryl Enever

Soprano

Cheryl Enever graduated from Bath Spa University as a cellist before training as a lyric soprano. She has sung for Royal Opera House, creating the lead soprano role of Joanna in the community opera Ludd and Isis; Franzi, Wienerblut, Tatyana, Eugene Onegin, Donna Anna, Don Giovanni and First Lady, Magic Flute (for ETO).

Other roles include Tosca, Tosca, Fiordiligi, Così fan tutte and Pamina, Magic Flute (Opera a la Carte); Countess Almaviva, Le Nozze di Figaro and Donna Anna under Ben Ellin; Countess, Capriccio (The Wagner Society); Eva, Der Meistersinger, The Mastersingers under Anthony Legge at the Linbury Studio Theatre; cover Tamiri, Il Re Pastore for the Classical Opera Company; and Sandrina, L’infedeltà delusa (BCO).

Her concert work has included Verdi Requiem (Cadogan Hall); Brahms Requiem, Mahler Fourth and Eighth Symphonies (BIF); Beethoven Ninth Symphony and Mass in C (Rochester Cathedral); Mozart C Minor Mass, Requiem (St John’s Smith Square, King’s College Chapel, Cambridge), Solemn Vespers and Exsultate Jubilate (Queen Elizabeth Hall); Fanshawe African Sanctus; Handel Messiah with the London Festival Orchestra.

Charne Rochford

Charne Rochford

Chorus

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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.

Catrine Kirkman

Catrine Kirkman

Chorus

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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.

Blake Fischer

Blake Fischer

Tenor

Blake was born in Melbourne where he attended the VCA, then moved to Sydney where he debuted at Opera Australia in 1997 before moving to the UK to study at the RNCM as a Peter Moores Scholar. A multiple prize-winner, Blake was awarded RNCM’s Gold Medal in 2003. Operatic roles include Danilo/Merry Widow (SO) Lensky/Eugene Onegin (SO on tour). Spoletta/Tosca (ETO) Jean Valjean/Les Miserables (Pimlico Opera) the Lawyer/Ensemble/Peter Grimes (Salzberg Osterfestspiele/Berlin Philharmonic) Alfredo/La Traviata (Pavilion Opera), Errand Boy/A Dinner Engagement (Lindbury Studio & CHANDOS recording), Panas/Cherevichki (Garsington) and Rodolfo/ La Boheme (Wedmore Opera). Concert engagements include Handel Messiah (English Symphony Orchestra), Beethoven Symphony No.9 (Northern Sinfonia). Blake’s future plans include Ravenal/ Showboat for Cape Town Opera.

Andrew Slater

Andrew Slater

Bass-baritone

Mr Andrew Slater will sing the role of Scarpia on 30 March (Snape), 25 April (Cambridge), 3 May (Buxton), 16 May (Durham), 23 May (Exeter) and 29 May (Truro).

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).

Andrew Friedhoff

Andrew Friedhoff

Chorus

Born in London, Andrew’s previous operatic roles include Ferrando/Cosi fan tutte, the title role in Offenbach’s Robinson Crusoe, Pinkerton/Madama Butterfly, Tony/West Side Story, Nemorino/L’elisir d’amore, Il Contino Belfiore/La Finta Giardiniera and Tanzmeister/Ariadne auf Naxos (Garsington), Alfredo/La Traviata, Paisii in Tchaikovsky’s Charodeyka (GPO); Nadir/Les Pêcheurs de Perles (Opéra de Baugé, France); Faust/Faust and Tom Rakewell/The Rake’s Progress (Theater Lübeck); Desiré and Rouvel/Fedora and St Brioche/The Merry Widow (OHP). He made his 2004 Glyndebourne debut as Chodec/Katya Kabanova. Additionally, he has taken part in a number of recitals in the Crush Room at the Royal Opera House.

Linda Richardson

Linda Richardson

Soprano

Linda studied at RNCM and at the National Opera Studio. As an ENO Company Principal, her roles included Virtue/The Coronation of Poppea, Fiordiligi/Così fan tutte, Lauretta/Gianni Schicchi, Micaela/Carmen, Gretel/Hansel and Gretel, Gilda/Rigoletto, Zerlina and Donna Anna/Don Giovanni, Sophie/Der Rosenkavalier, Mimi/La Bohème, The Fairy Queen/The Fairy Queen, Alcina/Alcina, Violetta/La Traviata, Woglinde/Rhinegold, Helena/A Midsummer Night´s Dream. Elsewhere, she has appeared as Gilda/Rigoletto, Nanetta/Falstaff and Countess/The Marriage of Figaro (ON); Lisetta/La Vera Constanza (Garsington); Norina/Don Pasquale (Clonter Opera); First Niece/Peter Grimes (Netherlands Opera), Countess/Figaro (Diva Opera) and Amina/La Sonnambula (OHP). Future engagements include Mimi/La Boheme (OHP). Recordings include Hearts and Flowers, a collection of Victorian Parlour Songs` and Oscar/Un Ballo in Maschera for Chandos.

Crew

Adam Wiltshire

Adam Wiltshire

Set and Costume Designer

Adam received his BA with Honours in Theatre Design at the RWCMD. He was a group winner of the Linbury Biennial Prize for Stage Design in 2003. Recent operatic engagements include design for I was Looking at the Ceiling and then I Saw the Sky (Stratford East Royal Theatre); Roméo et Juliette (ON); Le nozze di Figaro (RNCM); As I Crossed the Bridge of Dreams (Almeida Opera). Ballet engagements include Children of Adam and Sensorium (Royal Ballet at the ROH). Additionally, Adam worked with ETO as designer for Country Matters, Katya Kabanova and Teseo.

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).

“The singing and acting are impeccable…. The opera has never felt so disturbing or so real” 4* The Guardian

“Accolades to conductor Michael Rosewell … and to a strong cast led by Linda Richardson in the title role” The Independent

“You can feel the Ache within Katya, sung with impassioned radiance by Linda Richardson.” 4* The Times

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    13th Mar 2009 - 7:30 pm
  2. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    20th Mar 2009 - 7:30 pm
  3. Hall for Cornwall, Truro
    24th Mar 2009 - 7:30 pm
  4. Lighthouse, Poole
    28th Mar 2009 - 7:30 pm
  5. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    3rd Apr 2009 - 7:30 pm
  6. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
    7th Apr 2009 - 7:30 pm
  7. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    17th Apr 2009 - 7:30 pm
  8. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
    21st Apr 2009 - 7:30 pm
  9. Buxton Opera House
    24th Apr 2009 - 7:30 pm
  10. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    29th Apr 2009 - 7:30 pm
  11. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    1st May 2009 - 7:30 pm
  12. The Hawth, Crawley
    6th May 2009 - 7:30 pm
  13. Warwick Arts Centre
    13th May 2009 - 7:30 pm
  14. Warwick Arts Centre
    15th May 2009 - 7:30 pm
  15. Perth Festival, Perth Concert Hall
    22nd May 2009 - 7:30 pm

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