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Lyric Solitude: Programme Three

- Autumn 2020

Remember your lovers who gave you more than love

Director | Lullabies 
James Conway
Designer 
Louie Whitemore
Choreographer | Boyhood's End 
Rae Piper
Choreographer and Dancer | Boyhood's End 
Paul Chantry
Movement | John Donne and Heart's Assurance 
Bernadette Iglich
Movement | Poems 
Rahel Vonmoos

Boyhood’s End (Tippett)
The Holy Sonnets of John Donne (Britten)
Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva (Shostakovich)
The Heart’s Assurance (Tippett)
A Charm of Lullabies (Britten)

Remember your lovers who gave you more than love – Sidney Keyes

The drama of living in a state of war runs through this programme, featuring responses in movement made to the music and poetry. Thomas Elwin (tenor) is the soloist in the ecstatic Boyhood’s End (1943), to which Paul Chantry and Rae Piper make response in dance. Elwin is also the soloist in The Heart’s Assurance – the most remarkable and fearless setting of poetry by young men who fought and died in WW2. These poems, thrusting sensual desire into a landscape of death, finds response in movement by Bernadette Iglich. Iglich also sets Britten’s eloquent, searing response to what he saw at the concentration camp at Belsen at the end of the war in The Holy Sonnets of John Donne. Donne’s sonnets ravish and twist, and call out for love and understanding. They are sung by tenor Richard Dowling.

Mezzo soprano Katie Stevenson is the soloist in Shostakovich’s tribute to Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva, an utterly unique voice in the maelstrom of the inter war and war years. Choreographer Rahel Vonmoos has devised a response in movement. Stevenson is also the soloist in Britten’s bizarre Charm of Lullabies, composed on poems by William Blake, Robert Burns, Robert Greene, Thomas Randolph and John Phillip – maybe not the kind of thing to sing you to sleep.

Song and movement work in partnership with piano, played by Ian Tindale.

Approx. running time: 1 hour
Venues subject to change depending on government Covid-19 advice

Showing At

  1. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    24th Oct 2020 - 3:00 pm
  2. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    24th Oct 2020 - 7:00 pm
  3. Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
    1st Nov 2020 - 3:30 pm
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  4. Hackney Empire
    6th Nov 2020 - 7:30 pm
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  5. The Altrincham Garrick Playhouse
    20th Nov 2020 - 7:30 pm
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  6. Lighthouse, Poole
    28th Nov 2020 - 7:00 pm
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  1. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 24th Oct 2020 - 3:00 pm

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

  2. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 24th Oct 2020 - 7:00 pm

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

  3. Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells — 1st Nov 2020 - 3:30 pm

    TN1 2LU

  4. Hackney Empire — 6th Nov 2020 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  5. The Altrincham Garrick Playhouse — 20th Nov 2020 - 7:30 pm

    Barrington Road , Altrincham, WA14 1HZ

  6. Lighthouse, Poole — 28th Nov 2020 - 7:00 pm

    Kingland Road, Poole, BH15 1UG

James Conway

James Conway

Director | Lullabies

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.

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).

Rae Piper

Rae Piper

Choreographer | Boyhood's End

Rae Piper and Paul Chantry are a choreographic duo with extensive performance careers, including at The Royal Opera House, Sadler’s Wells, and London’s West End.

They’ve choreographed Opera and Operetta work for The Royal Opera House, Teatro Dell’Opera Di Roma, and the Royal Festival Hall. Other shows include Anyone For Tea (Les Enfants Terribles), Shadowbox (BESIX and the Prince of Belgium), and Birmingham Stage Company’s Horrible Histories, and David Walliams’ award-winning, Olivier-nominated Gangsta Granny and Billionaire Boy.

Paul and Rae are Co-Artistic Directors of Chantry Dance, whose creations include Chinese Calligraphy Concert (Sadler’s Wells), and multiple UK tours.

Paul Chantry

Paul Chantry

Choreographer and Dancer | Boyhood's End

Rae Piper and Paul Chantry are a choreographic duo with extensive performance careers, including at The Royal Opera House, Sadler’s Wells, and London’s West End.

They’ve choreographed Opera and Operetta work for The Royal Opera House, Teatro Dell’Opera Di Roma, and the Royal Festival Hall. Other shows include Anyone For Tea (Les Enfants Terribles), Shadowbox (BESIX and the Prince of Belgium), and Birmingham Stage Company’s Horrible Histories, and David Walliams’ award-winning, Olivier-nominated Gangsta Granny and Billionaire Boy.

Paul and Rae are Co-Artistic Directors of Chantry Dance, whose creations include Chinese Calligraphy Concert (Sadler’s Wells), and multiple UK tours.

Bernadette Iglich

Bernadette Iglich

Movement | John Donne and Heart's Assurance

As a dance artist and performer Bernadette has worked with various international and UK based choreographers, directors and dance companies. Her performances included devised, improvised and site specific theatre. She has choreographed and created commissioned works for students within vocational colleges and universities, as well as choreographing and facilitating movement and physical embodiment for opera and theatre with various productions and companies. From 2001 to 2016 Bernadette was a Lecturer on BA (hons) Contemporary Dance courses in the UK. With English Touring Opera. Bernadette has been director, assistant director and movement co-coordinator on a number of productions since 2002.

Rahel Vonmoos

Rahel Vonmoos

Movement | Poems

Swiss-British independent dance, performance and film maker Rahel Vonmoos has created a substantial body of work for theatres, galleries, festivals and site-specific venues nationally and internationally, including the Hayward Gallery and Dance Umbrella. She has worked collaboratively with dancer/choreographer Wally Cardona and filmmaker Ruth Schlaepfer amongst others, and has worked with Rosemary Butcher, Iztok Kovac (for film), Philippe Gehmacher, Charles Linehan, and Philippe Saire. Rahel has been commissioned by Tanzhaus Zurich, CH and Joyce SoHo, US and was a Compass Commission recipient in 2015 for to find a place which was performed in UK and abroad.

Cast

Ian Tindale

Ian Tindale

Pianist

British pianist and song specialist Ian Tindale was awarded the Pianist’s Prize in the Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation Song Competition in 2017, following studies at Selwyn College, Cambridge and the Royal College of Music. Ian is a Samling Artist and a Britten Pears Young Artist. Ian has performed across the UK and Europe, at venues including the Wigmore Hall, London with Soraya Mafi, and with baritone Josep-Ramon Olivé in Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Palau de la Música in Barcelona. Other recent highlights include giving the world premiere of Daniel Kidane’s cycle Songs of Illumination with Nick Pritchard at the Leeds Lieder Festival, and a ‘Rising Star’ recital with Harriet Burns in the International Lied Festival Zeist.

Katie Stevenson

Katie Stevenson

Singer | Lullabies and Poems

As a Harewood Artist with English National Opera, Katie Stevenson has appeared in Harrison Birtwistle’s The Mask of Orpheus, as Kate Pinkteron in Madam Butterfly, and as Nefertiti in Akhnaten. This season she sings her first Grimgerde for the company in The Valkyrie, as well as for Longborough Festival Opera.

On the concert platform, Katie made her BBC Proms debut in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, and joined Orquesta Sinfónica Del Principado De Asturias for Kindertotenlieder. In competition, she won all three prizes at the Wagner Society Singing Competition, culminating in an invitation to attend the Bayreuth Young Scholars Programme.

Thomas Elwin

Thomas Elwin

Singer | Boyhood's End and Heart's Assurance

Thomas Elwin returns following his company debut at this years spring tour, in which he performed the roles of Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutte (“the outstanding voice” – Rupert Christiansen, Telegraph) and Tenor soloist in Bach’s John Passion. A former young artist at Oper Stuttgart, Thomas has sung lead roles across Europe including Belmonte/_Die Entfuhrung_ in Bregenz, Ferrando/_Cosi Fan Tutte_ in Stuttgart, Sam Kaplan/_Street Scene_ in Cologne, and Don Ottavio/_Don Giovanni_ at English National Opera. Thomas was recently appointed an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, and lives in Herefordshire with his wife, Amy, and 2 year old Labrador, Lyra.

Richard Dowling

Richard Dowling

Singer | John Donne

Richard is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music’s Opera Course and is now generously supported by Opera Prelude.

Richard returns here for his second season, having played an Evangelist in their productions of Bach’s St Matthew Passion and a variety of roles in their triple bill of Purcell, Carissimi and Gesualdo. More recently he travelled to Tokyo with ‘Diva Opera’ to perform as ‘Pedrillo’ in their production of Mozart’s ‘Entführung aus dem Serail’.

Richard originally studied Chemical Engineering at The University of Manchester, where he completed a PhD in the field of crystallisation.

Showing At

  1. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    24th Oct 2020 - 3:00 pm
  2. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    24th Oct 2020 - 7:00 pm
  3. Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
    1st Nov 2020 - 3:30 pm
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  4. Hackney Empire
    6th Nov 2020 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  5. The Altrincham Garrick Playhouse
    20th Nov 2020 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  6. Lighthouse, Poole
    28th Nov 2020 - 7:00 pm
    Book Online Now

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