Life on the Moon

Joseph Haydn - Autumn 2014

To trick an old miser, his daughter and her suitor convince him that he has flown to the moon – a topsy-turvy world in their control. This is Haydn at his best, with virtuoso arias and exhilarating ensembles.

Conductor 
Christopher Bucknall
Director 
Cal McCrystal
Designer 
takis
Lighting Designer 
Lee Curran

“Terrific fun” ★★★★ Guardian
“Singing of the highest order” ★★★★ Independent
“What a joyful opera this is” ★★★★ Mail on Sunday

Haydn’s Life on the Moon (Il mondo della luna) is a fast-moving operatic treatment of Goldoni’s classic play.

Larger-than-life characters, virtuosic playing and singing, and a witty new translation promise an evening of comedy to follow on the company’s well received 2007 production of Country Matters.

In this opera the action is transferred to the moon when a young heiress and her maid team up to teach their miserly father/master a lesson in conduct. The score includes some of Haydn’s finest vocal writing, including two wonderful, spirited, extended finales which anticipate Mozart and Beethoven.

Running time: 2 hours 22 minutes (including 20 minute interval)
Age guidance: 13+

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Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    17th Oct 2014 - 7:30 pm
  2. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
    22nd Oct 2014 - 7:30 pm
  3. Theatre Royal Bath
    27th Oct 2014 - 7:30 pm
  4. Harrogate Theatre
    1st Nov 2014 - 7:30 pm
  5. Gala Theatre, Durham
    4th Nov 2014 - 7:30 pm
  6. Buxton Opera House
    8th Nov 2014 - 7:30 pm
  7. Malvern Theatres
    11th Nov 2014 - 7:30 pm
  8. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    14th Nov 2014 - 7:30 pm
  9. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    19th Nov 2014 - 7:30 pm
  10. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    20th Nov 2014 - 7:30 pm
  1. Hackney Empire — 17th Oct 2014 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  2. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge — 22nd Oct 2014 - 7:30 pm

    11 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DP

  3. Theatre Royal Bath — 27th Oct 2014 - 7:30 pm

    Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath, BA1 1ET

  4. Harrogate Theatre — 1st Nov 2014 - 7:30 pm

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

  5. Gala Theatre, Durham — 4th Nov 2014 - 7:30 pm

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

  6. Buxton Opera House — 8th Nov 2014 - 7:30 pm

    Water Street, SK17 6XN

  7. Malvern Theatres — 11th Nov 2014 - 7:30 pm

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

  8. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 14th Nov 2014 - 7:30 pm

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

  9. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 19th Nov 2014 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  10. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 20th Nov 2014 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

Christopher Bucknall

Christopher Bucknall

Conductor

Conductor and harpsichordist Christopher Bucknall is a rising star both on the concert platform and in the opera house, sharing his passion for bringing music from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries alive.

Christopher made his conducting debut with Handel Apollo e Dafne at the Wigmore Hall and has also conducted critically acclaimed productions of Handel, Alcina (NNO), Monteverdi L’Orfeo (Silent Opera), Handel The Choice of Hercules (BCO) Pergolesi La Serva Padrona (Vestfolds International Festival, Norway) and Purcell Dido and Aeneas (Silent Opera). He has also worked extensively for GFO, ENO and ETO with conductors such as William Christie, Ottavio Dantone, Laurence Cummings, Christian Curnyn and Harry Bicket. Future projects include conducting Monteverdi L’Orfeo for ENO in Spring 2015.

On the concert platform, Christopher has appeared directing the BBC Singers, The Norwegian Wind Ensemble, International Baroque Players, and The Rare Theatricall in varied repertoire ranging from Monteverdi through to Mozart.
Christopher also frequents many of Europe’s top concert halls and festivals as harpsichordist and continuo player. As concerto soloist he has played Bach’s D minor Harpsichord at the Wigmore Hall with Brecon Baroque and at several other UK venues.

Passionate about choral music, Christopher has chorus mastered Rameau Hippolyte et Aricie and Purcell The Fairy Queen (GFO), Bach Matthäus-Passion (AM) and Charpentier Acteon (DIF) and frequently guest conducts chamber choirs.

Christopher studied at Lincoln College, Oxford and the RAM, studying harpsichord and fortepiano.

Cal McCrystal

Cal McCrystal

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).

Lee Curran

Lee Curran

Lighting Designer

Theatre credits include Arden of Faversham (RSC); Protest Song (NTS); Mametz (NTW); Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, Blindsided (REM); A Number (Nuffield Theatre); Turfed, 66 Minutes in Damascus (Lift Festival); Puffball, The Fat Girl Gets a Haircut (Roundhouse); The Jungle Book (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Regeneration, Dancing at Lughnasa (Royal & Derngate); Our Big Land (Romany Theatre); The Empty Quarter (Hampstead); The Sacred Flame (ETT/Rose Theatre Kingston); Clytemnestra (Sherman Cymru); Great Expectations (ETT/Watford); Desolate Heaven (Theatre 503) and Unbroken (Gate Theatre).

Lee received a 2013 Olivier nomination as Best Lighting Designer for CONSTELLATIONS in the West End and at the Royal Court Theatre. He will be lighting the show again on Broadway in December 2014.

His numerous dance credits include Sun, Political Mother, In Your Rooms, Uprising and The Art of Not Looking Back for Hofesh Shechter Company, The Measures Taken/All That is Solid Melts Into Air for Alexander Whitley; Interloper for Liz Roche Company, and designs for Rafael Bonachela, Jonzi D, James Cousins Dance, Darren Ellis Dance, Tony Adigun, Rambert, Candoco, and Ivan Blackstock.

Cast

Christopher Turner

Christopher Turner

Ecclitico

Christopher Turner was born in Birmingham, and studied at Hull University, the RNCM and the National Opera Studio where he was sponsored by the Scottish Endowment Trust and The Friends of Covent Garden. He made his professional debut as Dr Blind Die Fledermaus (Scottish Opera On Tour) before joining the Young Singers Programme at English National Opera where roles included Robert Wilson Doctor Atomic, First Armed Man/First Priest The Magic Flute, Beppe Pagliacci, Simpleton Boris Godunov, Spoletta Tosca, Pong Turandot and Messenger Aida. Since then he has sung Janek The Makropulos Case and Esquire Parsifal (ENO), Don Ottavio and Roderigo Otello (Opera North), Borsa Rigoletto and Pong (Scottish Opera), Dr Caius Falstaff (Opera Holland Park), Damon Acis and Galatea and Prunier La Rondine (Iford Arts), the title role Albert Herring (Mid Wales Opera) and Tebaldo I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Chelsea Opera Group). His recordings include Aubrey Maria di Rohan and Keeper of the Tower of Siena Pia de Tolomei for Opera Rara. He sings regularly in concert and recent engagements include Beethoven Symphony No. 9 (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall and Philharmonia at the Lichfield Festival) and Mozart Requiem and Messiah with the Orchestra of St John’s Smith Square.

Ronan Busfield

Ronan Busfield

Cecco

Jane Harrington

Jane Harrington

Clarice

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.

Andrew Slater

Andrew Slater

Buonafede

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).

Martha Jones

Martha Jones

Lisetta

Martha Jones’ current and future engagements include LISETTA Il mondo della Luna, MATILDA cover Ottone English Touring Opera, GOFFREDO Rinaldo Longborough Festival and 2nd WITCH Macbeth Scottish Opera.

Most recent engagements include NANCY Albert Herring English Touring Opera, COUNTESS CEPRANO Rigoletto Opéra-Théâtre Limoges, OLGA Eugene Onegin Southbank Sinfonia, EDITH (cover) Pirates of Penzance Scottish Opera, Mahler’s Rückert Lieder New English Ballet Theatre, Recital Showcase Wigmore Hall (with Malcolm Martineau and Sir Thomas Allen), St. John’s Smith Square and St. Barbabas, as well as a recording of Schubert Romanze BBC Philharmonic (cond. Paul Daniel).

Martha studied at Durham University, as well as with Janis Kelly at the Royal College of Music International Opera School. Whilst at the RCM she received the Baroness de Turckheim award, an MBF award, the Marjorie and Dorothy Whyte Memorial Award and a Susan Chilcott Scholarship. She was also supported in her studies by the Sophie’s Silver Lining Fund and the Josephine Baker Trust. Martha was a finalist in the Great Elm Vocal Award 2010, and she was awarded prizes in the RCM Schumann Competition and the Chelsea Schubert Festival.

Martha is a Britten-Pears Young Artist and a Samling Scholar and has given recitals at St John’s Smith Square, the National Portrait Gallery and for the Ryedale Festival with Christopher Glynn.

Terrific fun.

★★★★ Guardian

Breaks every rule in the Baroque book – except the cardinal one that the idiom of the music must be scrupulously honoured … Singing of the highest order.

★★★★ Independent

What a joyful opera this is… A credit to all concerned, especially director Cal McCrystal, whose many visual jokes all went well. It’s on the road for the next month, and really isn’t to be missed.

★★★★ Mail on Sunday

Haydn remade for the 21st-century Anglosphere and played at a cracking pace.

★★★★ The Stage

ETO has a comic hit on their hands … For all those who say “I didn’t know opera could be funny” – well it definitely can and here is a perfect example.

★★★★ Planet Hugill

Sugar-coated entertainment … Will tickle the primmest fancy.

Daily Telegraph

There’s plenty of comic potential … ETO are fortunate in having attractive and inventive designs by takis and spirited singing … Also on the plus side is Christopher Bucknall’s direction of his nine-person Old Street Band who overcome a thinness of sound to give an energetic account of Haydn’s score.

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Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    17th Oct 2014 - 7:30 pm
  2. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
    22nd Oct 2014 - 7:30 pm
  3. Theatre Royal Bath
    27th Oct 2014 - 7:30 pm
  4. Harrogate Theatre
    1st Nov 2014 - 7:30 pm
  5. Gala Theatre, Durham
    4th Nov 2014 - 7:30 pm
  6. Buxton Opera House
    8th Nov 2014 - 7:30 pm
  7. Malvern Theatres
    11th Nov 2014 - 7:30 pm
  8. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    14th Nov 2014 - 7:30 pm
  9. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    19th Nov 2014 - 7:30 pm
  10. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    20th Nov 2014 - 7:30 pm

Stepping onto the Moon

ETO is offering free short secondary school workshops this autumn exploring the real world of opera and how it is produced. At the core of the experience is the chance to see two great operas in brand-new productions by ETO’s Olivier Award-winning team.

What each school gets:

  • A short workshop with an ETO director about the operas and the evolution of the productions
  • A visit onto the stage of the local theatre prior to the show (whenever possible)
  • Discounted tickets to see Haydn’s Life on the Moon or Handel’s Ottone in their local venue
  • A meeting with members of the professional cast after the show

For more information or to book this experience, please contact Talia Lash: talia.lash@englishtouringopera.org.uk or call 020 7833 2555.

Your Comments

  1. Just saw your Life on the Moon at Hackney. Wonderful in every way, not the least the moon costumes which a gorgeous combination of beauty and absurdity.

    Said Chris Joseph at 10:13am on 20th Oct 2014

  2. Life on the Moon - stunning - beautiful singing, playing and set, with more laughs than any opera has a right to!

    Please bring your operas out on DVD/Blue Ray particularly this one. I know it could never replace a live performance but it would help fill the gaps between tours. It may also help convert non opera goers to try out the real thing!

    Keep up the good work

    Said Jan Wilson at 23:14pm on 4th Nov 2014

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