Ottone

George Frideric Handel - Autumn 2014

One of Handel’s finest tragedies, Ottone is a romantic account of a 10th-century German emperor and his Byzantine bride.

Conductor 
Jonathan Peter Kenny
Director 
James Conway
Designer 
takis
Lighting Designer 
Lee Curran

“Thrilling” ★★★★ The Times
“Sparky and stylish” ★★★★ Independent
“A rare delight for Handel lovers” ★★★★ Telegraph

Returning to that area of repertoire for which we have found such an enthusiastic audience – and critical acclaim – this season we are presenting one of Handel’s finest tragedies, taken from the decade that marked the highest achievement in opera in Britain.

Ottone, a rarely performed masterpiece, describes a bloody coup and the arrival of a Byzantine bride around the year 1000AD. The opera has a treasure trove of fantastic arias – a number of which are regularly performed in concert. One deceptively simple aria, ‘Falsa immagine’, was at first scorned by the great Italian soprano Francesca Cuzzoni – and it is reported that Handel convinced her of its genius as he leaned her out of a high window!

A chance to see the full opera in ETO’s characteristic style will be a treat for opera fans old and new.

Running time: 2 hours 46 minutes (including 20 minute interval)

Louise Kemeny and Clint van der Linde sing “How dark was our dreaming”


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Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    18th Oct 2014 - 7:30 pm
  2. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
    23rd Oct 2014 - 7:30 pm
  3. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
    24th Oct 2014 - 7:30 pm
  4. Theatre Royal Bath
    28th Oct 2014 - 7:30 pm
  5. Harrogate Theatre
    31st Oct 2014 - 7:30 pm
  6. Gala Theatre, Durham
    5th Nov 2014 - 7:30 pm
  7. Buxton Opera House
    7th Nov 2014 - 7:30 pm
  8. Malvern Theatres
    12th Nov 2014 - 7:30 pm
  9. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    15th Nov 2014 - 7:30 pm
  10. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    21st Nov 2014 - 7:30 pm
  11. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    22nd Nov 2014 - 7:30 pm
  1. Hackney Empire — 18th Oct 2014 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  2. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge — 23rd Oct 2014 - 7:30 pm

    11 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DP

  3. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge — 24th Oct 2014 - 7:30 pm

    11 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DP

  4. Theatre Royal Bath — 28th Oct 2014 - 7:30 pm

    Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath, BA1 1ET

  5. Harrogate Theatre — 31st Oct 2014 - 7:30 pm

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

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

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

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

    Water Street, SK17 6XN

  8. Malvern Theatres — 12th Nov 2014 - 7:30 pm

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

  9. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 15th Nov 2014 - 7:30 pm

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

  10. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 21st Nov 2014 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  11. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 22nd Nov 2014 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

Jonathan Peter Kenny

Jonathan Peter Kenny

Conductor

Jonathan is from Liverpool and studied at the University of Exeter and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is a founder of the Old Street Band.

He has performed a wide range of music from Monteverdi to the present day, including 14 Handel operas, 13 oratorios and numerous premieres for composers such as Michael Nyman, Jonathan Dove, Pawel Mykietyn, Fabio Vacchi, Deirdre Gribbin, Thomas Ades and Roxanna Panufnik. He has sung for the Royal Opera Covent Garden, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, English National Opera, English Touring Opera, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Royal Opera Copenhagen, Salzburg Festival, Halle Handel Festival, Badischestaatsteater Karlsruhe, BBC Proms, Glimmerglass Festival NY, Teatr Wielki Warsaw, Opera du Rhin and in Australia and Japan.

Jonathan has performed with Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, English Baroque Soloists, Gabrieli Consort, Ulster Orchestra under such conductors as Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Richard Hickox, David Parry, Ivan Fischer, Thierry Fischer, Jane Glover, Andrew Parrott, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Ivor Bolton, Paul McCreesh, Harry Bicket. Recordings include Mattheus-Passion (Miller/Goodwin); Agrippina (Gardiner); Buxtehude/Cantatas (Immerseel); La conversione di Clodoveo (Gester); Israel in Babylon (Fontaine).

Jonathan is baroque specialist at the Royal College of Music International Opera School and prepared singers for Handel’s Poro, Atalanta, Alessandro, Il pastor fido and Rodelinda, as well as Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea with Michael Rosewell whom he also assisted on Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen. For Trinity-Laban, Jonathan worked on Giustino and Rinaldo.

Jonathan’s performing edition of Tamerlano has been performed in London, Melbourne, Lisbon, Dublin and Prague.

After many years leading his own ensembles, Jonathan made his operatic conducting debut in 2005 with a staging of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater on Valentia Island for artist Dorothy Cross and OTC Dublin. The film was shown at the Irish Museum of Modern Art and in Los Angeles. In 2007 he conducted a new production of Handel’s Teseo for ETO, touring the UK, and in 2009 a new production of Flavio which opened to great enthusiasm as part of the HANDELFEST marking the 250th anniversary of Handel’s death. From these performances, a new period instrument orchestra, the Old Street Band, was formed, making a highly acclaimed debut in autumn 2011 in a new production of Xerxes. Other appearances include a staging of Carissimi’s Jephte for the National Churches Trust; Monteverdi: 1610 and all that at the RCM and a highly praised The Duchess of Malfi Webster/Gesualdo at the Royal and Derngate Theatre Northampton.

Plans include a revival of Flavio, a production of Alcina in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, where Ariosto (author of Orlando furioso on which Alcina is based) was governor, in summer 2012, a reconstruction of Muzio Scevola (Amadei/Buoncini/Handel) and a new production of Agrippina.

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).

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

Clint van der Linde

Clint van der Linde

Ottone

Clint studied at the RCM. He has worked as a soloist with many groups such as the OAE; RPO; The Academy of Ancient Music; The London Handel Orchestra; Le Musiche Nove; Israel Camerata. Clint’s opera roles include Lotario/ Flavio/ Flavio; Dardano/ Amadigi; Judas/ Brockes Passion; In November 2001 he sang the role of Oberon/ A Midsummer Night‘s Dream, which was the launch of the BBIOS, and also performed this role in the ROH in Copenhagen in 2004. Festival engagements include Carmina Burana (Ludwigsburger Schossfestspiele); Halle Händel Festspiele; Cuenca Festival, Spain. In addition, Clint recorded the title role of Francesco Conti’s David with the Lautten Compagney. In December, Clint will tour Handel’s Messiah (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Queensland Orchestra).

Andrew Radley

Andrew Radley

Adelberto

British countertenor Andrew Radley read music at Clare College, Cambridge and studied at the Royal Academy of Music and the Paris Conservatoire.

Roles include Gandarte Poro (Göttingen Handel Festival with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin/Konrad Junghänel); Orindo Admeto (Göttingen Handel and Edinburgh Festivals/Nicholas McGegan); the title role in Flavio and Joachim Susanna (Early Opera Company/Christian Curnyn); the title role in Gluck’s Orfeo (Spitalfields Festival); the title role in Tamerlano and Ottone Agrippina (Cambridge Handel Opera Group); First Wise Man and covering the roles of Daniel and Cyrus in Handel’s Belshazzar (Aix-en-Provence, Innsbruck Festivals, the Berlin Staatsoper/René Jacobs); Nireno Giulio Cesare (Freiburger Barockorchester under Jacobs); the title role in Handel’s Orlando (Opera Theatre Company Ireland); Didymus Theodora (London Handel Festival/Laurence Cummings); Hamor Jephtha (Royal Danish Opera/Lars Ulrik Mortensen); Refugee in Jonathan Dove’s Flight (British Youth Opera/Nicholas Cleobury); Medoro Orlando (Scottish Opera/Paul Goodwin); Edward in Arne’s Alfred (Classical Opera Company/Ian Page) and Arsamene in Xerxes (Iford Festival Opera).

Recent and future highlights include Nireno Giulio Cesare for Opera North, CPE Bach’s St Luke’s Passion with Il Fondamento, concert performances of Mozart’s Apollo et Hyacinthus with Classical Opera and Ian Page, his Welsh National Opera debut as Hamor in Katie Mitchell’s production of Jephtha conducted by Paul Goodwin, his Danish National Opera debut singing the title role in the world premiere of Dorian Gray by Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen, and the roles of Secrecy and Adam The Fairy Queen for Nationale Reisopera.
Andrew’s first solo CD Conversazioni has recently been released on Avie Records to great critical acclaim.

Grant Doyle

Grant Doyle

Emireno

Grant was born in Adelaide and studied at the University of Adelaide, the Royal College of Music in London and was a Young Artist at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. His opera credits include Ping Turandot (Royal Opera House); Don Giovanni, Forester Cunning Little Vixen (Garsington Opera); Marcello La bohème, Zurga Les pêcheurs de perles (Opera Holland Park); Robin Oakapple Ruddigore (Opera North), and Abraham in Clemency at the Edinburgh Festival/Scottish Opera.

Other appearances include Billy in Anna Nicole, Tarquinius Rape of Lucretia, Harlequin Ariadne auf Naxos and Schaunard La bohème for the Royal Opera; Figaro Barber of Seville, Paolo Simon Boccanegra and Hector King Priam (ETO); Marcello and Figaro (Longborough Festival); Count Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro (Garsington, State Opera of South Australia) and the role of Starbuck in the new Jake Heggie opera Moby Dick (SOSA) for which he won a Helpmann Award.

As a busy concert soloist, Grant has sung Carmina Burana with the Bach Choir at the Royal Festival Hall, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, Ulster Orchestra as well as at the Royal Albert Hall. Other performances include Fauré Requiem (Hallé Orchestra, Carl Davis), Brahms’ Requiem with the Bach Choir/Philharmonia at the Westminster Cathedral, Britten’s War Requiem (Huddersfield Choral Society), Tippett’s A Child of Our Time (Crouch End Festival Chorus/Barbican), and Messiah with the Royal Choral Society at the Royal Albert Hall.

Future work includes Oreste Iphigénie en Tauride (Pinchgut), Dancaire Carmen (ROH) and Don Giovanni (SOSA).

Johnny Herford

Johnny Herford

Emireno (from 8 Nov)

Johnny Herford won the Song Prize at the 2013 Kathleen Ferrier Awards, and the Jean Meikle Duo Prize at the 2013 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition. Born in London, he grew up in Oxfordshire and sang as a treble in New College Choir. He studied at Cambridge University and RAM, under Mark Wildman. He is a Samling scholar and Britten-Pears Young Artist, and currently studies with Russell Smythe.
He has sung principal roles in operas by Judith Weir, Jonathan Dove, Kim Ashton and Danyal Dhondy, and in Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Kommilitonen. Other operatic performances have included The Magic Flute (Papageno), Albert Herring (Sid), and The Merry Widow (Danilo).
He is grateful to the Sickle Foundation for their generous support.

Louise Kemeny

Louise Kemeny

Teofane

Louise Kemeny recently graduated with distinction from the Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and was awarded the Ian Smith of Stornoway Award.
While in Glasgow, Kemeny made her debut at Scottish Opera (with RCS) as Tytania A Midsummer Night’s Dream, receiving high praise from critics for her “radiant” performance (Opera Magazine, 2013). In the 2013/14 season Kemeny made her debut at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, singing First Noble Orphan in Richard Jones’ acclaimed new production of Der Rosenkavalier, Serpetta (cover) La Finta Giardiniera and Dew Fair (cover) Hänsel und Gretel for Glyndebourne on Tour. Other recent highlights on the operatic stage include her “beautifully anguished” Tiny Paul Bunyan (WhatsOnStage, 2013) with British Youth Opera, and Little Moon/Soprano Actor in the 25th anniversary production of Judith Weir’s A Night at the Chinese Opera, also with BYO, for which Kemeny received the 2012 Basil. A. Turner Prize.
Highlights on the concert platform include soprano solos in Mozart’s Mass in C minor at Goldsmith’s Hall, Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2 “Lobgesang”, and a recital appearance with Malcolm Martineau in Glasgow. A keen exponent of 20th century and contemporary repertoire, Kemeny has performed Stravinsky’s Les noces with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and Ravel’s Trois Poemes de Mallarme with MusicLab ensemble and Tippet’s The Heart’s Assurance and Britten’s On This Island at the the Dokumentationszentrum, Museen der Stadt Nürnberg, in commemoration of the First World War.
Forthcoming engagements include Teofane Ottone for English Touring Opera, Jano Jenůfa for Scottish Opera and a concert of arias and duets with mezzo-soprano Ann Murray DBE for ETO.
Kemeny is an Independent Opera Fellow and is generously supported by the Worshipful Company of Musicians, RCS, South Square and Joaninha Trusts.

www.louisekemeny.co.uk

Gillian Webster

Gillian Webster

Gismonda

Rosie Aldridge

Rosie Aldridge

Matilda

ETO’s latest foray into the darker recesses of the repertoire has revealed Ottone in its full splendour … Makes for a thrilling curtain-up for ETO’s new touring season … James Conway’s new production brings violence, tenderness, hope and fear to this most improbably human of epic tales.

★★★★ The Times

A performance that will give Handel lovers rare delight.

★★★★ Telegraph

ETO hits the road with some sparky and stylish Baroque.

★★★★ Independent

I was very taken with Ottone. It is more than effective as drama, and with some very strong arias. James Conway and his cast gave us it all in a highly seductive and fascinating whole.

★★★★ Planet Hugill

Magnificently alive.

Guardian

In this pacy reading by Jonathan Peter Kenny it bowls along with never a dull moment … A hugely enjoyable and impressive show.

Evening Standard

I implore any theatre-goer normally put off by early opera to see it; with some lovely music, singing and an inspired presentation, Ottone is a sure-fire hit for English Touring Opera.

A Younger Theatre

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    18th Oct 2014 - 7:30 pm
  2. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
    23rd Oct 2014 - 7:30 pm
  3. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
    24th Oct 2014 - 7:30 pm
  4. Theatre Royal Bath
    28th Oct 2014 - 7:30 pm
  5. Harrogate Theatre
    31st Oct 2014 - 7:30 pm
  6. Gala Theatre, Durham
    5th Nov 2014 - 7:30 pm
  7. Buxton Opera House
    7th Nov 2014 - 7:30 pm
  8. Malvern Theatres
    12th Nov 2014 - 7:30 pm
  9. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    15th Nov 2014 - 7:30 pm
  10. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    21st Nov 2014 - 7:30 pm
  11. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    22nd 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. Absolutely delighted you're doing Ottone, first Handel opera I ever saw back in 1973 at Sadlers Wells, starring James Bowman!

    Said Dianne Yeadon at 23:05pm on 8th Mar 2014

  2. Have just seen Ottone at the Theatre Royal, Bath. It was a brilliant performance! Thank you.

    Said Jennifer Harrison at 23:31pm on 28th Oct 2014

  3. I was lucky enough to see this at The Theatre Royal, Bath on 28th October. It was sublime from the first note to the last. Magnificent singing by all, accompanied by a first rate orchestra. An evening to remember. Warmest congratulations.

    Said Paul Lawrance at 19:23pm on 29th Oct 2014

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