Julia Riley (Sextus)

La clemenza di Tito

Mozart - Spring 2011

One of Mozart’s final works, and his most magnificent.

Conductor 
Richard Lewis
Director 
James Conway
Designer 
Neil Irish
Asst. Conductor 
Timothy Carey

“Anyone not yet convinced that Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito is one of the great operas of all time should immediately book a ticket at one of the 15 venues up and down the country on English Touring Opera’s spring route.” The Times (4 stars)

“When it presents work of this standard on a relatively small subsidy, ETO presents a superb bargain for the nation.”
The Telegraph (4 stars)

Mozart called this his ‘true opera’, referring to its noble subject and its vivid, colourful music. The opera’s hero, Titus, is a compelling portrait of a populist leader who learns the personal cost of political power. When his one friend, Sextus, is corrupted by a tough-minded beauty and driven to an act of terrorism, Titus forgives all, teaching a lesson in mercy as he gives up hope of happiness.

This is a rare chance to see one of Mozart’s ultimate works for the stage – in a striking production by James Conway, with ETO favourites Julia Riley (Anna Bolena), Mark Wilde (The Magic Flute) and Gillian Ramm (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) in leading roles. ETO restores the original sung dialogue, and the opera’s particular dramatic power.

This production will be sung in English. The following performances will be captioned: Sat 19 March (Cambridge); Sat 26 March (Exeter); Sat 2 April (Crawley); Sat 9 April (Cheltenham); Sat 16 April (Snape); Tues 19 April (Norwich); Sat 28 May (Belfast).

Total running time: 2 hours and 30 minutes, including a 20 minute interval.

Photograph by Richard Hubert Smith.

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    12th Mar 2011 - 7:30 pm
  2. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    16th Mar 2011 - 7:30 pm
  3. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    19th Mar 2011 - 7:30 pm
  4. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    23rd Mar 2011 - 7:30 pm
  5. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    26th Mar 2011 - 7:30 pm
  6. Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
    29th Mar 2011 - 7:30 pm
  7. The Hawth, Crawley
    2nd Apr 2011 - 7:30 pm
  8. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    6th Apr 2011 - 7:30 pm
  9. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    9th Apr 2011 - 7:30 pm
  10. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
    12th Apr 2011 - 7:45 pm
  11. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    16th Apr 2011 - 7:30 pm
  12. Norwich Theatre Royal
    19th Apr 2011 - 7:30 pm
  13. Buxton Opera House
    6th May 2011 - 7:30 pm
  14. Hall for Cornwall, Truro
    11th May 2011 - 7:30 pm
  15. Lighthouse, Poole
    14th May 2011 - 7:30 pm
  16. Gala Theatre, Durham
    17th May 2011 - 7:30 pm
  17. Perth Festival, Perth Concert Hall
    20th May 2011 - 7:30 pm
  18. Grand Opera House, Belfast
    28th May 2011 - 7:30 pm
  1. Hackney Empire — 12th Mar 2011 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  2. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 16th Mar 2011 - 7:30 pm

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

  3. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 19th Mar 2011 - 7:30 pm

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

  4. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 23rd Mar 2011 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  5. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 26th Mar 2011 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  6. Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells — 29th Mar 2011 - 7:30 pm

    TN1 2LU

  7. The Hawth, Crawley — 2nd Apr 2011 - 7:30 pm

    Hawth Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6YZ

  8. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 6th Apr 2011 - 7:30 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  9. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 9th Apr 2011 - 7:30 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  10. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield — 12th Apr 2011 - 7:45 pm

    55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA

  11. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 16th Apr 2011 - 7:30 pm

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

  12. Norwich Theatre Royal — 19th Apr 2011 - 7:30 pm

    Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RL

  13. Buxton Opera House — 6th May 2011 - 7:30 pm

    Water Street, SK17 6XN

  14. Hall for Cornwall, Truro — 11th May 2011 - 7:30 pm

    Back Quay, Truro, TR1 2LL

  15. Lighthouse, Poole — 14th May 2011 - 7:30 pm

    Kingland Road, Poole, BH15 1UG

  16. Gala Theatre, Durham — 17th May 2011 - 7:30 pm

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

  17. Perth Festival, Perth Concert Hall — 20th May 2011 - 7:30 pm

    Mill Street, Perth, PH1 5HZ

  18. Grand Opera House, Belfast — 28th May 2011 - 7:30 pm

    Great Victoria Street, Belfast, BT2 7HR

Richard Lewis

Richard Lewis

Conductor

Raised in Scotland, Richard read music at Magdalen College, Oxford and Edinburgh University. After a year at NOS he went to the Nationaltheater Mannheim where he worked on over 60 productions both as conductor and repetiteur. Since August 2000 Richard has worked as assistant to Adam Fischer at the Haydn festival in Eisenstadt, Austria, with the Danish Sinfonietta (on six Mozart cds 2002 – 2008) the annual Budapest Wagner Ring Cycle’s (2006 – 2010) and at the Salzburg Festival (2005/2009) In June 2007 Richard was appointed conductor and chorus master at Opera Queensland, making his Australian conducting debut with The Magic Flute (2008). He also gave the first Australian performance of Haydn’s L’isola disabitata (2009). Future plans include returning to La Monnaie Brussels to conduct performances of Dvorak’s Rusalka.

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).

Neil Irish

Neil Irish

Designer

Born
Birmingham

Training
Birmingham University
Slade UCL
National Film & Television school

Opera
Productions for Opera Holland Park, Almedia/ENO Opera Festival, Mid Wales Opera, Opera Theatre Company Dublin, Garden Opera, ETO, Pegasus Opera and Opera North

Future
A new Opera to coincide with the Beijing Olympics at Hackney Empire, a UK tour of the play The Dresser, a new play for the Drill Hall and a production of The Shape of Things in Istanbul.

Other
Neil has also worked for both set and costume departments for BBC TV.

Timothy Carey

Timothy Carey

Asst. Conductor

Recent theatre performances include appearances at The London Coliseum in the presence of HRH Prince Andrew, The Hong Kong Arts Festival and a return visit to Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu.

A devoted advocate of new music, he has collaborated with The Opera Group, Opera W11 and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group on new operas by Edward Rushton, Julian Philips, Stuart Hancock, and Jonathan Dove.

Recent opera engagements have included assisting on The Queen of Spades (Opera North) and Salome (Singapore Lyric Opera).

Previously for ETO, he has conducted The Marriage of Figaro, La Clemenza di Tito, Don Pasquale, Fantastic Mr Fox also assisting on A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Born in London, Timothy Carey studied the cello with Casals-pupil, Christopher Bunting in addition to the piano from a young age. He went on to study conducting with Prof. Ilya Musin at the St Petersburg Conservatoire.

Cast

Mark Wilde

Mark Wilde

Tito, Emperor of Rome

Mark Wilde was born in Scotland and studied at the University of East Anglia and RCM.
He made his Glyndebourne debut as Ferrando Così fan tutte, and has since appeared with ENO, Glyndebourne on Tour, WNO, the European Opera Centre, Birmingham Opera, Garsington Opera, the Savoy Theatre Opera, and the Netherlands Opera. Previously with ETO, Mark has sung Tamino Die Zauberflöte, the title role La Clemenza di Tito, Farmer Bunce in Picker’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Flavio, The Fairy Queen and the title role Albert Herring.
Mark is also a prominent concert singer, and has appeared with most of the UK’s and Europe’s major orchestras.
Engagements this season include Britten Spring Symphony in Ekaterinburg (Ural Philharmonic Orchestra), a Britten recital (Musica Sacra Maastricht) and Binet in Offenbach’s Vert Vert (Garsington Opera).

Gillian Ramm

Gillian Ramm

Vitellia, daughter of deposed Emperor

Born in Australia, Gillian Ramm trained at the Western Australian Conservatorium of Music and the West Australian Opera Young Artist Programme, before receiving a scholarship at RNCM. Gillian was awarded the John Cameron Lieder Prize and the Ricordi Prize for Opera. Operatic engagements include Fiordiligi/ Così fan tutte (GFO, GTO); Rosalinde/ Die Fledermaus (GTO); Second Niece/ Peter Grimes (Teatro di San Carlo); Aci/ Aci Galatea e Polifemo (London Handel Festival); Valencienne/ The Merry Widow (West Australian Opera); Anne Truelove/ The Rake’s Progress (RNCM); Clorinda/ La Cenerentola (Ryedale Festival); Yum Yum/ The Mikado (Carl Rosa). Gillian has sung in concert with The Classical Opera Company, ON, LPO and Teatro Comunale di Bologna. Future and recent plans include her debut with ENO as First Niece in a new production of Peter Grimes and Fiordiligi/ Così fan tutte (GTO). Gillian has previous performed with ETO as Tytania/ A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Rhona McKail

Rhona McKail

Servilia, sister of Sesto

Rhona McKail studies with John Evans and completed her training on the GSMD opera course in 2009 where she gained MMus and MMP degrees. Prior to that she received a BA Hons (Musical Studies) from the RSAMD. Most recently she won a Park Lane Group recital in the Purcell Room with pianist Yshani Perinpanayagam, and the Basil A Turner prise for her role as Ann Trulove in BYO’s production of The Rake’s Progress. In 2010 Rhona performed Josephine/ HMS Pinafore, Constance/ The Sorcerer, Adele/ Die Fledermaus (all for Opera Della Luna); Fiordiligi/ Cosí Fan Tutte (Vignette Productions). She also performed in the Paxos Festival, Greece and in children’s educational concerts for the Machynlleth Festival, Wales and for Leeds Lieder Festival. Rhona has recorded Messiaen’s La Mort du Nombre with Sholto Kynoch and Kaoru Yamada for Stone Records.

Julia Riley

Julia Riley

Sesto, friend of Tito

Praised for her “plush mezzo” and “lively presence on stage”, British mezzo-soprano Julia Riley is much sought after on both the operatic stage and the concert platform. She is currently a principal artist at the Zürich Opernhaus, where her roles so far have included Charlotte in Calixto Bieto’s groundbreaking production of Zimmerman’s Die Soldaten; Dinah Trouble in Tahiti; Tebaldo Don Carlo under Fabio Luisi; Second Niece Peter Grimes; Fidalma Il Matrimonio Segreto; Tisbe La Cenerentola; and Zweite Dame Die Zauberflöte.

Recent engagements elsewhere include role debuts as Sesto La Clemenza di Tito and Xerxes with English Touring Opera, as well as Dorabella Cosi fan tutte for Opera Holland Park, for which she received great critical acclaim: “This Dorabella, really rather a nasty piece of work, is sung with great flair and rhythmic rigour by the glowing mezzo of Julia Riley” (Hilary Finch, Times).
Other roles include Nancy Albert Herring for the Opéra Comique, Opera de Rouen, and Glyndebourne on Tour; Zweite Dame Die Zauberflöte for Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse, and Glyndebourne on Tour; Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro for Glyndebourne on Tour; Donna Elvira Don Giovanni and Giovanna Seymour Anna Bolena for English Touring Opera; and Alessandro Eliogabalo for Grange Park Opera.

Highlights of the current season include Second Maid Elektra, Flora in Jonathan Dove’s The Enchanted Pig, Giovanna Rigoletto, and Second Lady Die Zauberflöteat the Zürich Opernhaus, as well as Charlotte Die Soldaten at the Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires.

Recent concert highlights include performances with La Scintilla (Zürich Opernhaus Baroque Orchestra) under Laurence Cummings, her first Verdi Requiem with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall, and her BBC Proms debut in Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music under Sir Andrew Davis. She has also performed at London’s Barbican Centre, Birmingham Symphony Hall, London’s Cadogan Hall, BBC Welsh Proms, London Bach Festival, Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Lisbon, and with the Academy of Ancient Music under Richard Egarr at the Auditorio Nacional de Música, Madrid.

Julia Riley was born in York and studied at the Royal Academy of Music and the National Opera Studio. She is winner of the Mozart Singing Competition and an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

Charlotte Stephenson

Charlotte Stephenson

Annio, friend of Sesto

Charlotte Stephenson is a recent graduate of RAMs Opera Course and previously gained a First Class Honours Degree in vocal and opera studies from the RNCM. Opera engagements include Stella/ The Airman’s Tale (Imperial War Museum, 2005 premiere); The Devil/ The Soldiers Tale (The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester); Minsk Woman/ Flight (BYO); Hansel/ Hansel and Gretel, Phillide/ La Fedelta Premiata, Vava/ Cheryomushki, Diana/ La Calisto (all Royal Academy Opera). Charlotte made her Glyndebourne Opera debut as Valetto in The Corronation of Poppea in 2010 and performed with the London Symphony Orchestra as Mezzo Soloist in Mahler’s Das Klagende Lied under Vladimir Jurowski. Charlotte is in increasing demand on the concert platform and has performed at venues such as Cadagon Hall, St Martin’s in the Field and Christchurch Spitalfields.

Philip Spendley

Philip Spendley

Publio, Prefect of the Praetorian Guard

With considerable experience as an amateur singer, Philip Spendley gave up his job as a bank manager to study music full-time. Studying with professor Robert Dean, Philip received his music degree from GSMD, where he won the 2005 English Song competition and was awarded the Wyburd award for German Lieder and the 2006 Patrick Libby drama prize. Roles include Michele/ Il Tabarro, The Earl of Dunmow/ A Dinner Engagement, Figaro/ Le Nozze di Figaro, Olivier/ Capriccio (all GSMD); title role/ Eugene Onegin, Schaunard/ La Boheme (BYO, 2006 Tour of Italy and France). He has worked with such conductors as Sir David Willcocks and Sir Simon Rattle, and his performances have taken him to Paris, Turin, Madrid and Budapest. Future plans include the role of the Sacristan/ Tosca (Grange Park Opera).

Anyone not yet convinced that Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito is one of the great operas of all time should immediately book a ticket at one of the 15 venues up and down the country on English Touring Opera’s spring route. James Conway’s production bares the human heart of the opera; and Richard Lewis, conducting, makes it a pacy evening, releasing the true potency of Mozart’s music.

The Times (4 stars)

This is [ETO’s] best season yet. Conway offers a clear and intelligent vision of Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito, setting the conspiracy which drives the plot in inter-war Europe and suggestively raising questions relevant to Tito’s political persuasion and fitness to rule. When it presents work of this standard on a relatively small subsidy, ETO presents a superb bargain for the nation.

The Telegraph (4 stars)

Gillian Ramm’s Vitellia is coolly fierce and makes an immediate and lasting impression vocally. There’s real punch in the pit, with Richard Lewis pushing the tempos hard, lacking nothing in momentum and revealing a seam of raw emotion.

The Stage

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    12th Mar 2011 - 7:30 pm
  2. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    16th Mar 2011 - 7:30 pm
  3. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    19th Mar 2011 - 7:30 pm
  4. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    23rd Mar 2011 - 7:30 pm
  5. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    26th Mar 2011 - 7:30 pm
  6. Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
    29th Mar 2011 - 7:30 pm
  7. The Hawth, Crawley
    2nd Apr 2011 - 7:30 pm
  8. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    6th Apr 2011 - 7:30 pm
  9. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    9th Apr 2011 - 7:30 pm
  10. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
    12th Apr 2011 - 7:45 pm
  11. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    16th Apr 2011 - 7:30 pm
  12. Norwich Theatre Royal
    19th Apr 2011 - 7:30 pm
  13. Buxton Opera House
    6th May 2011 - 7:30 pm
  14. Hall for Cornwall, Truro
    11th May 2011 - 7:30 pm
  15. Lighthouse, Poole
    14th May 2011 - 7:30 pm
  16. Gala Theatre, Durham
    17th May 2011 - 7:30 pm
  17. Perth Festival, Perth Concert Hall
    20th May 2011 - 7:30 pm
  18. Grand Opera House, Belfast
    28th May 2011 - 7:30 pm

Your Comments

  1. Please let me know the booking dates for The Lighthouse, Poole as soon as they become available.

    Thank you

    Said Stephen Bell at 17:26pm on 6th Sep 2010

  2. Any plans to post the Synopsis on your website?

    Said Brian Hall at 11:50am on 9th Mar 2011

  3. Hi Brian, the synopsis is now on the website - you can find it here: http://englishtouringopera.org.uk/about-eto/opera-synopses/mozart-la-clemenza-di-tito/

    Andrea

    Said Andrea (ETO) at 11:27am on 10th Mar 2011

  4. It was great on Saturday – I’d never seen Tito before and it worked brilliantly in the intimate setting of the Hackney Empire (we normally go to ENO so we really enjoyed being so close to the action). You’ve definitely got us hooked!

    Said Clare Gittings at 10:34am on 15th Mar 2011

  5. I was lucky enough to witness the production at Buxton Opera House last night (06/05/2011).
    Quite simply it was a stunning production which had me riveted from the onset.
    All the main five characters were wonderful in their own right, but I feel I have to highlight Gillian Ramm's performance of Vitellia, which I found absolutely stunning. Her rendition of "Non più di fiori" towards the conclusion of Act 2 was quite simply breathtaking... Thank you to all the the artists for a wonderful production.

    Said Tony at 12:17pm on 7th May 2011

  6. Just a note to say how very much I enjoyed ETO’s visit to the Northcott Theatre in Exeter in late March this year.

    I took my granddaughter to see Fantastic Mr Fox not being sure I would enjoy it, but knowing my granddaughter would. In fact, I enjoyed it very much and thought the staging, the costumes, the music and singing were brilliant – a lovely evening.

    I took myself to La clemenza di Tito and again was impressed by the staging and suitable setting and period. The music of course was lovely.

    My friend joined me for Il tabarro and Gianni Schicchi, neither of which we knew anything about. In their totally different ways we thoroughly enjoyed them.

    So I had a whole new experience of operas I knew little or nothing about. It was a lovely week. Thank you.

    Said C M Wise at 12:09pm on 11th May 2011

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