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Lyric Solitude: Programme Two

- Autumn 2020

A celebration of Britten and Shostakovich

Director | Romances and Poet's Echo  
James Conway
Director | Song and Proverbs 
John Savournin

Songs and Proverbs of William Blake (Britten)
Romances on British Poetry (Shostakovich)
The Poet’s Echo (Britten)
Tel Jour Telle Nuit (Poulenc)

Songs and Proverbs of William Blake (Britten)
The visionary poet and painter William Blake inspired many composers, none more effectively than Benjamin Britten. This cycle, drawing a blazing picture of the innocence and injustice Blake saw around him, is staged John Savournin, with Cardiff Singer of the World 2019 finalist, Julien van Mellaerts, accompanied by Ella O’Neill.

Romances on British Poetry (Shostakovich)
Dimitri Shostakovich’s brooding, passionate settings of Robert Burns, Shakespeare and Raleigh conceal the composer’s deep feelings about life, caught as he was on the anvil of 1942, hammered by clashing totalitarian armies. Edward Hawkins (bass) is the voice of the man who awaits the reasonless midnight call of his killer, in a world in which beauty is crushed as soon as it is found. Accompanied by Sergey Rybin.

The Poet’s Echo (Britten)
Written in Armenia for the Russian soprano Galina Vishnevskaya, Britten’s careful, astonishing setting of the Russian poet Pushkin are rarely performed. ‘Who hears the poet? Who is listening to my song?’ as poet and composer. Directed by James Conway, Jenny Stafford is the soloist in this haunting work, sung in the original Russian, accompanied by Sergey Rybin.

Tel Jour Telle Nuit (Poulenc)
Snape Maltings – Fri 23 Oct, 7pm
Hackney Empire, London – Sat 7 Nov, 2.30pm

Poulenc’s affinity with the poet, and one of the founders of the Surrealist movement, Paul Éluard is made crystal clear in the nine separate, but musically interconnected melodies of Tel jour telle nuit. This was a watershed work for Poulenc and is his most celebrated song-cycle, giving voice to the quiet radiance, the humility and grandeur, the rapture, the terror, the profound humanity and compassion of this great poet. Baritone, Julien Van Mellaerts and pianist Sergey Rybin partner in James Conway’s staging.

Approx. running time: approx. 75 mins (no interval)
Venues subject to change depending on government Covid-19 advice

Showing At

  1. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    23rd Oct 2020 - 7:00 pm
  2. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    25th Oct 2020 - 3:00 pm
  3. Hackney Empire
    7th Nov 2020 - 2:30 pm
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  4. Hackney Empire
    7th Nov 2020 - 7:30 pm
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  5. Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
    15th Nov 2020 - 3:30 pm
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  6. The Altrincham Garrick Playhouse
    21st Nov 2020 - 7:30 pm
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  7. Lighthouse, Poole
    28th Nov 2020 - 3:00 pm
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  8. Lancaster Priory
    12th Dec 2020 - 7:30 pm
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  1. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 23rd Oct 2020 - 7:00 pm

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

  2. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 25th Oct 2020 - 3:00 pm

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

    • Sold Out

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

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

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

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  5. Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells — 15th Nov 2020 - 3:30 pm

    TN1 2LU

  6. The Altrincham Garrick Playhouse — 21st Nov 2020 - 7:30 pm

    Barrington Road , Altrincham, WA14 1HZ

  7. Lighthouse, Poole — 28th Nov 2020 - 3:00 pm

    Kingland Road, Poole, BH15 1UG

  8. Lancaster Priory — 12th Dec 2020 - 7:30 pm

    LA1 1XB

James Conway

James Conway

Director | Romances and Poet's Echo

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.

John Savournin

John Savournin

Director | Song and Proverbs

John enjoys a varied career as a director and singer. As a director, he has created productions for companies including Opera North, Opera Holland Park, Iford Arts, the National G&S Opera Company and Charles Court Opera, of which he is the Artistic Director. He has devised and delivered a broad range of Education/Outreach projects for the Royal Opera, Opera North and Opera Holland Park, CBBC and for BBC’s Opera Passion.

As a performer, he has sung roles for companies including English National Opera, Opera North, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera and Opera Holland Park

Cast

Ella O’Neill

Ella O’Neill

Pianist | Songs and Proverbs

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.

Sergey Rybin

Sergey Rybin

Pianist | Romances and Poet's Echo

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 | Songs and Proverbs

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.

Edward Hawkins

Edward Hawkins

Singer | Romances on English Poetry

Edward read music at King’s College, London, studying trumpet at the Royal Academy of Music.

Having begun singing in his late twenties, Edward quickly began to develop a professional career, studying privately with Russell Smythe and Gary Coward.

From 2015 to 2018, Edward sang in the Glyndebourne Chorus in various productions, including performances at the BBC Proms and worldwide cinema broadcasts.

In 2019 Edward covered and performed the role of Banquo in Verdi’s Macbeth, and performed the role of the doctor, for English Touring Opera. He subsequently appeared as Banquo at the Minack Theatre, before covering Sparafucile in Rigoletto for Glyndebourne.

Jenny Stafford

Jenny Stafford

Singer | Poet's Echo

Jenny Stafford was born in Yorkshire and trained at the Royal Academy of Music (where she won the Isabel Jay Operatic Prize and Dame Eva Turner Operatic Award), at ENO Opera Works and at the Georg Solti Accademia di Bel Canto.

Opera highlights include: Sarah MacMillan’s Clemency (Dutch National Opera), Tisbe Isouard’s Cendrillon and Eginia Storace’s Gli sposi malcontenti (Bampton Classical Opera), Pied Piper Willcocks’ The Pied Piper of Hamelin (Opera North), Micaëla _(North Aldborough Festival), _Vitellia (Cadogan Hall), Fiordiligi (Bury Court Opera), Sāvitri Holst’s Sāvitri and Alison in Holst’s Wandering Scholar (Grimeborn Festival) and Adina and Mimì (Woodhouse Opera).

Showing At

  1. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    23rd Oct 2020 - 7:00 pm
  2. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    25th Oct 2020 - 3:00 pm
  3. Hackney Empire
    7th Nov 2020 - 2:30 pm
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  4. Hackney Empire
    7th Nov 2020 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  5. Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
    15th Nov 2020 - 3:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  6. The Altrincham Garrick Playhouse
    21st Nov 2020 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  7. Lighthouse, Poole
    28th Nov 2020 - 3:00 pm
    Book Online Now
  8. Lancaster Priory
    12th Dec 2020 - 7:30 pm
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