La Calisto

Francesco Cavalli - Autumn 2016

When Jove falls in love with a mortal, Calisto, his goddess wife seeks revenge.

Conductor and Director 
Tim Nelson
Designer 
takis
Lighting Designer 
Mark Howland

Cavalli’s serene conception shines gloriously through.

★★★★★ Independent

Attractive and finely sung. The final scenes are unquestionably moving.

★★★★ Guardian

Full of lovely singing and eerie melodies.

★★★★ Broadway World

Nelson conducts superbly… The cast is strong, with particular accolades going to Catherine Carby, Katie Bray, Paula Sides and George Humphreys.

★★★★ Music OMH

Cavalli’s La Calisto irreverently charts the relations between gods, men and women, in a score so rich and heady it must have drawn as many blushes as gasps when first heard.

The infatuation of Jove (George Humphreys) with the lovely Calisto (Paula Sides) and the unlikely attraction of virgin Diana (Catherine Carby) to the handsome youth Endymion (Tai Oney) entangle them in love wars as comical as they are dangerous.

ETO’s new production is conducted and directed by Timothy Nelson, and features Paula Sides in the title role, with a plush collection of continuo instruments.

New production, sung in English with captions
Running time: 2 hours 50 minutes (incl. interval)
Age guidance: 12+ (contains moderate sex references)

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    14th Oct 2016 - 7:30 pm
  2. Malvern Theatres
    21st Oct 2016 - 7:30 pm
  3. Theatre Royal Bath
    24th Oct 2016 - 7:30 pm
  4. Harrogate Theatre
    29th Oct 2016 - 7:30 pm
  5. Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden
    3rd Nov 2016 - 7:30 pm
  6. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    12th Nov 2016 - 7:30 pm
  7. Buxton Opera House
    17th Nov 2016 - 7:30 pm
  8. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    23rd Nov 2016 - 7:30 pm
  1. Hackney Empire — 14th Oct 2016 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  2. Malvern Theatres — 21st Oct 2016 - 7:30 pm

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

  3. Theatre Royal Bath — 24th Oct 2016 - 7:30 pm

    Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath, BA1 1ET

  4. Harrogate Theatre — 29th Oct 2016 - 7:30 pm

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

  5. Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden — 3rd Nov 2016 - 7:30 pm

    Audley End Road, Saffron Walden , CB11 4UH

  6. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 12th Nov 2016 - 7:30 pm

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

  7. Buxton Opera House — 17th Nov 2016 - 7:30 pm

    Water Street, SK17 6XN

  8. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 23rd Nov 2016 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

Tim Nelson

Tim Nelson

Conductor and Director

takis

takis

Designer

takis’ work has been seen internationally and at many of the UK’s leading theatres, working on different platforms and genres of performances. He is the artistic director of ARTLUXE which produces visually driven interdisciplinary interactive performance installations throughout Europe. takis has been nominated for Off West End Awards for Set Design for the productions of Fear (Bush Theatre), His Teeth (Only Connect) and Stovepipe (National Theatre/HighTide).

takis studied Costume and Set Design at the Romanian National University of Arts in Bucharest and continued his studies at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art on the Theatre Technical Arts Course. He undertook practice-based research at London College of Fashion and currently he is a Doctoral Candidate at Aalto University.

Music Performances includes: Chicago (Leicester Curve), The Jungle Book (Citizens Theatre), The Good Person of Sichuan (Mercury Theare), West Side Story (NYMT, Manchester).

Theatre includes: The Memory of Water (New Vic Theatre/Stephen Joseph Theatre), Fear (Bush Theatre), Bacchae (Royal & Derngate), Napoli (West Yorkshire Playhouse & tour), Clytemnestra and Measure for Measure (Sherman Theatre), Ditch (Old Vic/HighTide), Signs of a Star Shaped Diva (Theatre Royal Stratford East & National Tour), Stovepipe (National Theatre/HighTide).

Installations include: Plus or Minus, Suit Your Self (Design Museum Helsinki), Rover (Hampton Court Palace), Forgotten Peacock (Design Museum/The Brunswick).

Mark Howland

Mark Howland

Lighting Designer

Mark studied, briefly, at Oxford University prior to training in Stage Lighting Design at RADA.

Previously for ETO: Dardanus, Tosca, Patience, Ulysses’ Homecoming, La Calisto, Xerxes, The Tales of Hoffmann, Werther, Pelleas et Melisande, La Boheme, The Siege of Calais, Wild Man of the West Indies.

Other designs include: La Rondine, Don Giovanni (Opera Holland Park); Twelve Angry Men (Birmingham Rep & West End); Elixir of Love, Rodelinda (Scottish Opera); Sweeney Todd (Aarhus Theatre, Denmark); Singin’ in the Rain (Det Ny Teater, Copenhagen) and numerous productions for The Gate Theatre London, The Curve, Nottingham Playhouse, Lyric Theatre Belfast amongst many others.

Cast

Paula Sides

Paula Sides

Calisto

Recently applauded for her performance of Donna Anna with Longborough Festival Opera, Paula Sides has performed on stages and concert platforms across the UK, the United States and Europe. She was awarded the Tagor Gold Medal from the Royal College of Music, and was the winner of the Karavoitis Prize in the Les Azureal International Competition.

Recent roles include Giulietta in Verdi’s Un Giorno di Regno, as well as the title role in Massenet’s Thais with Chelsea Opera Group, Elettra in Mozart’s Idomeneo for English Touring Opera, and Cunegonde in Bernstein’s Candide for Iford Arts. Other roles include Tosca, Mimi La Boheme, Lauretta Gianni Schicchi, Eleonora L’Assedio di Calais, Gilda Rigoletto, Poppea Aggripina, and Calisto La Calisto.

Paula has performed under the baton of Richard Farnes in Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 7 Antarctica with the Stavanger Symfonikor as well as with the Opera North Orchestra. Other concert highlights include Strauss Four Last Songs, Mahler 8 at Ely Cathedral with Timothy Redmond and with David Hill with Opera North Symphony Orchestra, Mahler 2, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and Mass in C, Dvořák Te Deum, and Britten’s War Requiem with the Southampton Philharmonic and London Mozart Players.

Paula was born in Tennessee, and has long since made London her home. She is also a passionate singing teacher who has experience working in the Voice Clinic.

George Humphreys

George Humphreys

Giove

Nick Pritchard

Nick Pritchard

Mercurio

Born in West Sussex, Nick Pritchard sang in the choir of New College, Oxford (where he read music) and studied with Russell Smythe at The Royal College of Music International Opera School (RCMIOS), where, on graduation, he was awarded the Eric Joseph Shilling Prize. He was awarded The London Bach Society Bach Singer’s Prize in 2013 and is a Samling Artist.

Concert appearances include Haydn’s The Seasons for The English Haydn Festival, Winter Words for the Oxford Lieder Festival, Messiah for The Instruments of Time and Truth (c. Edward Higginbottom) in Barcelona, the St. Matthew Passion for St. Paul’s Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota (c. Paul McCreesh) and Beethoven’s Missa Solemenis (c. Stephen Cleobury), the Bach Missae Breves and Christmas Oratorio on European Tour with Pygmalion, Messiah with the Nieuwe Philharmonie in the Netherlands, King Arthur (c. Christian Curnyn, The Early Opera Company, Wigmore Hall), Bach’s Mass in B minor (c. Sir John-Eliot Gardiner, the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists), Messiah (c. Brian Kay, English Festival Orchestra, Royal Albert Hall) and with the Nieuwe Philharmonie in Utrecht, Bach Cantatas for Ensemble Pygmalion and Raphaël Pichon, the Bach Magnificat (c. Laurence Cummings, The English Concert), Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 (c. Daniel Hyde), the St. John Passion (c. Robert Quinney, The Choir of New College, Oxford), the St. Matthew Passion (Leith Hill Music Festival), Vaughan-Williams’ On Wenlock Edge for BBC Radio 3, Die Schöne Müllerin (Elgar Room, The Royal Albert Hall with Gary Matthewman) Britten’s Spring Symphony (c. David Hill), Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings (c. John Rutter), Winter Words (Brighton Festival with Simon Lepper) and the world première of Gabriel Jackson’s Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ with the choir of Merton College, Oxford.

Recent opera roles include title role Ruggiero in Caccini’s La Liberazione di Ruggierio for The Brighton Early Music Festival, Aquilio in J.C. Bach’s Adriano in Siria (c. Ian Page with the Classical Opera Company), Albert Herring for the RCMIOS, Prologue The Turn of the Screw for Opera Holland Park, Telemaco The Return of Ulysses for Iford Arts (c. Christian Curnyn), Paulino The Secret Marriage (British Youth Opera – for which he won the Dame Hilda Bracket award from Sadler’s Wells), Tamino, Lucano L’incoronazione di Poppea and Torquemada L’heure espagnole for the RCMIOS, title role Acis and Galatea for Handel House and _La Nuova Musica- (c. Laurence Cummings).

Current Season/future plans: the première of Matthew Pleasure (Mark Simpson) for Opera North (house début)/Aldeburgh/Linbury; Telemachus Ulysses’ Homecoming and Mercurio La Calisto for English Touring Opera; concerts for the Cheltenham Bach Choir, the Leith Hill Music Festival and in Chester Cathedral.

Tai Oney

Tai Oney

Endimione

Tai Oney countertenor hailed by Opera News for the “richness and pliability of his [voice]” has been a prizewinner in several competitions, including claiming a prestigious Sullivan Foundation Award. He is a Ruth West Scholar supported by a Pidem Award and Fulbright alumnus. Tai is a member of the Royal College of Music International Opera School studying under the tutelage of Russell Smythe. A Finalist in the Cesti Singing Competition, Semi-Finalist in the Palm Beach Opera Competition, and a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Tai made his professional opera debut with Opera Boston in collaboration with Boston Baroque performing the role of Athamas in Handel’s Semele. Among his many solo appearances, Mr Oney has performed in Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Paukenmesse, Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Honegger’s King David, to name a few. Tai has been a member of the Central City Opera and a guest artist for the Palm Beach Opera young artist program. He holds degrees from Stetson University, Boston University and the New England Conservatory of Music.

Catherine Carby

Catherine Carby

Diana

In her native Australia, Catherine Carby has performed with the major opera companies and her wider engagements have included performances with Buxton Festival Opera, Chelsea Opera Group, ENO, Longborough Festival Opera and Scottish Opera, as well as at the Teatro Sao Carlos, Lisbon, and with orchestras including the CBSO, the OAE, the RPO and the Ulster Orchestra. Current highlights include include Penelope Il ritorno d’Ulisse for Pinchgut Opera, Annina La traviata and Siegrune Die Walküre for the Royal Opera, London, Girls’ Night Out (A Celebration of the Music of Richard Strauss) for the State Opera of South Australia and Katharina Schratt Mayerling for the Royal Ballet, London.

For ETO: Diana La Calisto, Aurelio L’Assiedo di Calais, Rodrigo Pia de’Tolomei, Cornelia Giulio Cesare, Iphigénie Iphigénie en Tauride and Rossini Fireworks!

Adrian Dwyer

Adrian Dwyer

Linfea

Adrian Dwyer studied at GSMD and the NOS. Opera includes: Andres Wozzeck, Jaquino Fidelio, Arturo Lucia di Lammermoor, Officer The Passenger (ENO); Sam Kaplan Street Scene (Toulon); Rodolfo La Bohème (Los Angeles, Cape Town Opera, Royal Albert Hall); Almaviva Il barbiere di Siviglia, Macduff Macbeth (Scottish Opera); Alfredo La traviata, Almaviva (Opera Queensland), Ismaele Nabucco (State Opera of South Australia); Janek Makropulos Case, Cherevin House of the Dead, Robert Skin Deep, Miroslav Mr Broucek (ON); Tamino Magic Flute (OTC, Grange Park); Hagenbach La Wally, Don Ottavio Don Giovanni (Holland Park); Steuermann Der Fliegende Holländer (NI Opera).

Katie Bray

Katie Bray

Satirino

John-Colyn Gyeantey

John-Colyn Gyeantey

Pane

John-Colyn Gyeantey studied at the RCM, NOS and Accademia Rossiniana, Pesaro. Rossini roles include Ramiro La Cenerentola (Oper Schloss Hallwyl, Glyndebourne on Tour); Comte Ory Le comte Ory, Almaviva Il barbiere di Siviglia (WNO, Diva Opera and Festival Musique Cordiale); Zefirino Il viaggio a Reims (Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro); Gernando/Ubaldo Armida. He has sung Nemorino L’elisir d’amore (Anghiari Festival); Pylade Iphigénie en Tauride, Ubaldo/Ghino Pia de’ Tolomei, Arnalta and Egeus Jason by Cavalli all for ETO; and Luke in Tippett’s The Ice Break (Birmingham Opera). Other roles include Romeo (Riverside Opera); Don Ottavio (Mid-Wales Opera); Camille de Rosillon (Scottish Opera); Tamino (Iford Arts).

Peter Brathwaite

Peter Brathwaite

Silvanno

Susanna Fairbairn

Susanna Fairbairn

Juno

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    14th Oct 2016 - 7:30 pm
  2. Malvern Theatres
    21st Oct 2016 - 7:30 pm
  3. Theatre Royal Bath
    24th Oct 2016 - 7:30 pm
  4. Harrogate Theatre
    29th Oct 2016 - 7:30 pm
  5. Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden
    3rd Nov 2016 - 7:30 pm
  6. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    12th Nov 2016 - 7:30 pm
  7. Buxton Opera House
    17th Nov 2016 - 7:30 pm
  8. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    23rd Nov 2016 - 7:30 pm

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