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Lyric Solitude: Programme One

- Autumn 2020

A celebration of Poulenc and Argento

Director | Voix 
James Conway
Director | Waterbird 
Susan Bickley
Designer 
Louie Whitemore

La Voix Humaine (Poulenc)
Waterbird Talk (Argento)

La Voix Humaine (Poulenc)
Snape Maltings – Fri 23 Oct, 3pm
Hackney Empire, London – Sat 7 Nov, 2.30pm
Altrincham – Sat 21 Nov, 3pm

Poulenc’s final opera, written for the extraordinary soprano Denise Duval, is based on Jean Cocteau’s play. The opera (45 minutes) is the last conversation between a young woman and her lover, who is abandoning her. Through her little lies, and his thunderous lies, the truth of their relationship becomes clear. It is an overwhelming account of love, and love’s ending. Soprano Paula Sides is ‘the human voice’, partnered by Sergey Rybin on the piano and directed by James Conway.

A Waterbird Talk (Argento)
Snape Maltings – Fri 23 Oct, 7pm

In the course of an illustrated lecture on the mating habits of water fowl, an ornithologist (baritone Julien Van Mellaerts) describes his oppressive marriage. Each song-like section of the drama describes a different species, and onto each he projects his own feelings – to the evident concern of his wife in the audience, whose bird-like coughs interrupt his lyric digressions. Light hearted and melancholy in equal measure.

Susan Bickley, widely regarded as one of the most accomplished mezzo-sopranos of her generation, makes her directorial debut, and the pianist is Ella O’Neill. Sung in English. Adapted by Dominick Argento from the On the Harmfulness of Tobacco by Anton Chekov and The Birds of America by J. J. Audobon. A contemporary opera, premiered in 1977.

Approx running time: 90 minutes (no interval)
Venues subject to change depending on government Covid-19 advice

Showing At

  1. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    23rd Oct 2020 - 3:00 pm
  2. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    23rd Oct 2020 - 7:00 pm
  3. Hackney Empire
    5th Nov 2020 - 7:30 pm
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  4. Hackney Empire
    7th Nov 2020 - 2:30 pm
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  5. The Altrincham Garrick Playhouse
    21st Nov 2020 - 3:00 pm
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  6. The Altrincham Garrick Playhouse
    22nd Nov 2020 - 3:00 pm
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  7. Lighthouse, Poole
    27th Nov 2020 - 7:00 pm
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  8. Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
    6th Dec 2020 - 3:30 pm
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  1. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 23rd Oct 2020 - 3:00 pm

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

  2. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 23rd Oct 2020 - 7:00 pm

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

  3. Hackney Empire — 5th Nov 2020 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  4. Hackney Empire — 7th Nov 2020 - 2:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  5. The Altrincham Garrick Playhouse — 21st Nov 2020 - 3:00 pm

    Barrington Road , Altrincham, WA14 1HZ

  6. The Altrincham Garrick Playhouse — 22nd Nov 2020 - 3:00 pm

    Barrington Road , Altrincham, WA14 1HZ

  7. Lighthouse, Poole — 27th Nov 2020 - 7:00 pm

    Kingland Road, Poole, BH15 1UG

  8. Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells — 6th Dec 2020 - 3:30 pm

    TN1 2LU

James Conway

James Conway

Director | Voix

James Conway (ETO Director) has directed productions of operas by Monteverdi, Handel, Mozart, Donizetti, Janácek, Puccini, Debussy, Ullmann, Britten and Tippett, as well as a world premiere by Alexander Goehr. Before coming to ETO he was General Director of Opera Theatre Company in Dublin; his productions for that company travelled to New York (Brooklyn Academy of Music), and to festivals in Melbourne, London, Buxton, Paris, Dusseldorf, Prague, Brno, Lisbon and Porto. Notable among his freelance directing is the long-running production of The Cunning Little Vixen at the Janácek Theatre, Brno.

Susan Bickley

Susan Bickley

Director | Waterbird

Susan Bickley is regarded as one of the most accomplished mezzo-sopranos of her generation, with a wide repertory encompassing the Baroque, the great 19th and 20th century dramatic roles, as well as contemporary repertoire. In May 2011 she received the prestigious Singer Award at the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards, the highest recognition for live classical music in the UK.

Highlights of the 20/21 season include Mother in Hansel and Gretel at ROH, Fricka in Die Walkure at ENO and Kabanicha in Katya Kabanova at Rome Opera. She recently sang Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro at ENO and recorded the role of Auntie in Peter Grimes with Ed Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.

Louie Whitemore

Louie Whitemore

Designer

Offie Nominated for Best Costume Designer for The Daughter-in-Law at the Arcola Theatre and Best Set Designer for Tonight at 8.30 at Jermyn Street. Associate Designer to Jermyn Street Theatre.

Credits include Messiah (Danish opera, Frankfurt opera); Banished (Blackheath Halls); Serse / Der Kaiser (RSC Glasgow); The Magic Flute, Carmen, La Bohème, Albert Herring, The Marriage of Figaro (costume design for Co Opera Co). Nora (English National Ballet); Egle (Lithuania National Ballet); Beckett Triple Bill, (Jermyn Street Theatre); Handbagged, Single Spies, Miss Julie, Creditors, Lady Killers, Little Voice, Dear Uncle, (Theatre by the Lake); The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson (The Park Theatre, UK Tour); Three Birds (Bush Theatre/ Royal Exchange Manchester); The Daughter-In-Law, The Dog, the Night and the Knife (Arcola Theatre).

Cast

Ella O’Neill

Ella O’Neill

Pianist | Waterbird

Ella O’Neill graduated from the Royal College of Music last year, where she studied with Simon Lepper. During her final year there she won the Accompanist Prize in the Kathleen Ferrier Awards at Wigmore Hall, as well as multiple college competitions. Recent recital venues include the Royal Opera House Crush Room, Cadogan Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, the Sage Gateshead and Buxton Festival. Ella is a Samling Artist. Away from the concert platform, she has worked as a répétiteur for Grange Park Opera, Tête à Tête Festival, Mid Wales Opera and will next year join Waterperry Festival for their postponed 2020 season.

Paula Sides

Paula Sides

Singer | Voix

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.

Sergey Rybin

Sergey Rybin

Pianist | Voix

Since completing his studies the Royal Academy of Music in London under tutelage of Malcolm Martineau, Sergey has worked extensively for City of Birmingham Opera, English Touring Opera, Garsington Opera, Opera Holland Park and Grange Park Opera. Sergey has been elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, London and joined the coaching staff at Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at ROH, Covent Garden. After working as a chief repetiteur on the Royal Opera House’s production of Eugene Onegin he joined the music staff team for the productions of Lucia di Lammermoor, Nabucco, The Nose, Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Der Rosenkavalier. Maintaining various coaching commitments throughout the year, Sergey has traveled to La Monnaie in Brussels for Rimsky-Korsakov’s Tale of Tsar Saltan and will return and to Glyndebourne in 2021.

Julien Van Mellaerts

Julien Van Mellaerts

Singer | Waterbird

Winner of the 2017 Wigmore Hall / Kohn Foundation International Song Competition, the 2017 Kathleen Ferrier Awards and the Maureen Forrester Prize at the 2018 Concours musical international de Montréal, Julien Van Mellaerts represented New Zealand at Cardiff Singer of the World 2019.

Career highlights include Figaro Le nozze di Figaro (Salzburg MozartWoche), Papageno Die Zauberflöte (Verbier Festival), Schaunard La bohème (New Zealand Opera) and Elizabeth (Royal Ballet).

Recital engagements include touring for Chamber Music New Zealand; London’s Wigmore Hall; Berlin’s Pierre Boulez Saal; the Juan March Foundation, Madrid; LIFE Victoria, Barcelona; and NI Opera’s Glenarm Festival of Voice.

Upcoming debuts include: Israeli Opera; Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Lisbon; Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.

Showing At

  1. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    23rd Oct 2020 - 3:00 pm
  2. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    23rd Oct 2020 - 7:00 pm
  3. Hackney Empire
    5th Nov 2020 - 7:30 pm
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  4. Hackney Empire
    7th Nov 2020 - 2:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  5. The Altrincham Garrick Playhouse
    21st Nov 2020 - 3:00 pm
    Book Online Now
  6. The Altrincham Garrick Playhouse
    22nd Nov 2020 - 3:00 pm
    Book Online Now
  7. Lighthouse, Poole
    27th Nov 2020 - 7:00 pm
    Book Online Now
  8. Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
    6th Dec 2020 - 3:30 pm
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