Paul Bunyan

Benjamin Britten - Spring 2014

Britten’s operetta about the folkloric American lumberjack is a musical rollercoaster ride, incorporating folk songs, blues and hymns.

Conductor 
Philip Sunderland
Director 
Liam Steel
Designer 
Anna Fleischle
Lighting Designer 
Guy Hoare

“Flawless from start to finish” ★★★★★ Independent
“It could give any Broadway hit
a run for its money” ★★★★ Telegraph
★★★★ Guardian
★★★★ The Arts Desk

Paul Bunyan is probably Britten’s least performed opera, even though it is a remarkable collaboration with the poet W.H. Auden.
Musically charming, dreamlike, as surprising and innocent as a Chagall painting, this cross between an opera and a musical re-creates the great myth of the American frontier – peopled by a giant, an accountant, singing geese and cats, lumberjacks, and good and bad cooks.

New production, sung in English
Touring with a live orchestra
Running time: 2 hours 14 minutes (including interval)

Listen

Slim’s Song
Lumberjacks’ Chorus
Blues Quartet

Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Damian Lewis gives his voice to Paul Bunyan’s title character. Click to play.

Showing At

  1. Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London
    17th Feb 2014 - 7:30 pm
  2. Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London
    19th Feb 2014 - 7:30 pm
  3. Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London
    20th Feb 2014 - 7:30 pm
  4. Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London
    21st Feb 2014 - 7:30 pm
  5. Hall for Cornwall, Truro
    11th Mar 2014 - 7:30 pm
  6. Lighthouse, Poole
    14th Mar 2014 - 7:30 pm
  7. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
    18th Mar 2014 - 7:30 pm
  8. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    28th Mar 2014 - 7:30 pm
  9. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    1st Apr 2014 - 7:30 pm
  10. Curve, Leicester
    8th Apr 2014 - 7:30 pm
  11. York Theatre Royal
    16th Apr 2014 - 7:30 pm
  12. Norwich Theatre Royal
    25th Apr 2014 - 7:30 pm
  13. The Hawth, Crawley
    6th May 2014 - 7:30 pm
  14. Warwick Arts Centre
    8th May 2014 - 7:30 pm
  15. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    16th May 2014 - 7:30 pm
  16. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    28th May 2014 - 7:30 pm
  1. Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London — 17th Feb 2014 - 7:30 pm

    Covent Garden, London , WC2E 9DD

  2. Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London — 19th Feb 2014 - 7:30 pm

    Covent Garden, London , WC2E 9DD

  3. Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London — 20th Feb 2014 - 7:30 pm

    Covent Garden, London , WC2E 9DD

  4. Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London — 21st Feb 2014 - 7:30 pm

    Covent Garden, London , WC2E 9DD

  5. Hall for Cornwall, Truro — 11th Mar 2014 - 7:30 pm

    Back Quay, Truro, TR1 2LL

  6. Lighthouse, Poole — 14th Mar 2014 - 7:30 pm

    Kingland Road, Poole, BH15 1UG

  7. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre — 18th Mar 2014 - 7:30 pm

    Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1DE

  8. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 28th Mar 2014 - 7:30 pm

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

  9. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 1st Apr 2014 - 7:30 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  10. Curve, Leicester — 8th Apr 2014 - 7:30 pm

    Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1SB

  11. York Theatre Royal — 16th Apr 2014 - 7:30 pm

    YO1 7HD

  12. Norwich Theatre Royal — 25th Apr 2014 - 7:30 pm

    Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RL

  13. The Hawth, Crawley — 6th May 2014 - 7:30 pm

    Hawth Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6YZ

  14. Warwick Arts Centre — 8th May 2014 - 7:30 pm

    University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL

  15. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 16th May 2014 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  16. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 28th May 2014 - 7:30 pm

    6 St Edward's Passage, Cambridge, CB2 3PJ

Philip Sunderland

Philip Sunderland

Conductor

Philip was born in Norwich and was educated at the Cathedral School. He is a graduate of RAM and NOS.
Philip has conducted La Traviata and Sweeney Todd for ON, where he was Chorus Master from 1999 to 2004. He also conducted numerous concerts with the chorus and orchestra, including an acclaimed performance of Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem in York Minster.
For ETO, Philip has conducted The Marriage of Figaro, La Cenerentola, The Pearl Fishers and Daughter of the Regiment. He conducted Eugene Onegin at ROH for the National Youth Opera event 2006.
As well as his work at RCM, Philip is Music Director to W11 Opera for Young People, for whom he conducts a new commission each year. His opera The Glass Knight will receive its premiere at Saffron Walden County High School next year.

Liam Steel

Liam Steel

Director

Opera Direction: Country Matters; Gianni Schicchi; Magic Flute (ETO); The Marriage of Figaro (OHP); Orpheus in the Underworld (RCM); The Singing Circle (ROH).
Theatre Direction includes: Jungle Book (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Barnum (Chichester Festival Theatre); Into the Woods (Delacorte Theatre, New York); Lord Of The Flies; Into the Woods (Olivier Award, Best Musical Revival); The Tempest (all Regents Park Open Air Theatre); Knots (CoisCeim Dance Theatre); Absolute Beginners (Lyric Hammersmith); Heavenly; Hymns; (Frantic Assembly); Oliver Twist; Tom’s Midnight Garden (Library Theatre).
Film: Liam was responsible for all the musical staging of the BAFTA and Oscar winning film of Les Misérables.

Anna Fleischle

Anna Fleischle

Designer

Anna is the winner of the Evening Standard Award 2016 and The Critics Circle Theatre Award 2016 for her design for Hangmen (Royal Court, Wyndhams Theatre), written by Martin McDonagh; she is nominated in the 2016 Olivier Awards in Best Design Category for Hangmen.

For theatre, productions include: Henry V (Regents Park); Beware of Pity (Schaubühne Berlin/Complicite); Two Noble Kinsmen, Cymbeline, Love’s Sacrifice (RSC); Around the World in 80 Days (SFE & Fogg Productions, St James Theatre); Liberian Girl (Royal Court); Blindsided, Saturday Night & Sunday Morning, Rats’ Tales (Royal Exchange, Manchester); Before the Party (Almeida); Love the Sinner (National); Exit the King (Theatre Royal, Bath); Troilus & Cressida (Globe); Love & Money, You Can See the Hills (Young Vic/Royal Exchange, Manchester); The Sacred Flame (ETC); The Saints (Nuffield Playing Field); Coram Boy (Bristol Old Vic); As You Like It (Curve, Leicester); The Love Girl & The Innocent (Southwark); Someone Else’s Shoes (ETT/Soho); Some Voices (Young Vic).

For opera, productions include: Don Giovanni, Iphigénie en Tauride (ETO); Candide (Opera National De Lorraine, France); King Priam, Paul Bunyan (Winner of the Oliver Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera; ETO/ROH/UK tour); Albert Herring (RCM); Zaide (Sadler’s Wells).

For dance, productions include: John, Can We Talk About This? (Australian Helpmann Award for Best Ballet of Dance Work and Tanz Award for Production of the Year; DV8); Second Coming (Scottish Dance); Grope & Find It & Pull It Out (Deborah Hay); Triptych (Sadler’s Wells).

Guy Hoare

Guy Hoare

Lighting Designer

Opera includes: The Lighthouse; Albert Herring; Gianni Schicchi; Il Tabarro; Promised End; Katya Kabanova; Don Giovanni; Eugene Onegin (ETO); Jakob Lenz (ENO); American Lulu; The Firework-Maker’s Daughter (The Opera Group).

Theatre includes: Strange Interlude (National); Roots; Serenading Louie; Be Near Me (Donmar); A Doll’s House (Young Vic); NSFW; In Basildon (Royal Court); A Delicate Balance; Waste (Almeida); Peter Pan (NTS); The Little Mermaid, Faith Healer (BOV); Rutherford & Son; Othello (Northern Broadsides).

Dance includes: The Metamorphosis (Royal Ballet); The Land of Yes, The Land of No (Sydney Dance Company); Frontline (Aterbaletto); Dream (NDCWales); Pavlova’s Dogs (Scottish Dance Theatre); Dracula (Mark Bruce Company); Mischief (Theatre Rites).

Cast

Mark Wilde

Mark Wilde

Tenor

Johnny Inkslinger / Balladeer

Mark Wilde was born in Scotland and studied at the University of East Anglia and RCM.
He made his Glyndebourne debut as Ferrando Così fan tutte, and has since appeared with ENO, Glyndebourne on Tour, WNO, the European Opera Centre, Birmingham Opera, Garsington Opera, the Savoy Theatre Opera, and the Netherlands Opera. Previously with ETO, Mark has sung Tamino Die Zauberflöte, the title role La Clemenza di Tito, Farmer Bunce in Picker’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Flavio, The Fairy Queen and the title role Albert Herring.
Mark is also a prominent concert singer, and has appeared with most of the UK’s and Europe’s major orchestras.
Engagements this season include Britten Spring Symphony in Ekaterinburg (Ural Philharmonic Orchestra), a Britten recital (Musica Sacra Maastricht) and Binet in Offenbach’s Vert Vert (Garsington Opera).

Adrian Dwyer

Adrian Dwyer

Tenor

Johnny Inkslinger / Balladeer

Adrian Dwyer studied at GSMD and the NOS. Opera includes: Andres Wozzeck, Jaquino Fidelio, Arturo Lucia di Lammermoor, Officer The Passenger (ENO); Sam Kaplan Street Scene (Toulon); Rodolfo La Bohème (Los Angeles, Cape Town Opera, Royal Albert Hall); Almaviva Il barbiere di Siviglia, Macduff Macbeth (Scottish Opera); Alfredo La traviata, Almaviva (Opera Queensland), Ismaele Nabucco (State Opera of South Australia); Janek Makropulos Case, Cherevin House of the Dead, Robert Skin Deep, Miroslav Mr Broucek (ON); Tamino Magic Flute (OTC, Grange Park); Hagenbach La Wally, Don Ottavio Don Giovanni (Holland Park); Steuermann Der Fliegende Holländer (NI Opera).

Wyn Pencarreg

Wyn Pencarreg

Baritone

Hel Helson

Wyn Pencarreg was born in Wales and studied at the RNCM. He has sung for companies including the Royal Opera, WNO, Opera North, Glyndebourne, Garsington, Grange Park, Mid Wales Opera, Lyric Opera Dublin, OTC Dublin and L’Opéra de Monte-Carlo Opera. Roles include Count Le nozze di Figaro, Leporello Don Giovanni, Sharpless Madam Butterfly, Ford Falstaff, Alidoro La cenerentola, Lescaut Manon, and he created the roles of Papin Babette’s Feast (ROH) and Lachland The Firework Maker’s Daughter (The Opera Group on tour in the UK and in New York). In concert he has sung with the Ulster Orchestra, Hallé and BBC Philharmonic.

Caryl Hughes

Caryl Hughes

Mezzo soprano

Tiny

SPRING 2014 – THE MAGIC FLUTE
The role of Papagena will be sung by Ms Caryl Hughes for the following performances: London (7 March), Truro (10 March), Wolverhampton (17 March), Snape (27 March), Cheltenham (3 and 4 April), Leicester (7 April), Sheffield (11 April), York (15 April), Canterbury (22 April), Coventry (9 and 10 May), Exeter (14 and 15 May), Durham (19 May), Perth (22 May), and Cambridge (29-30 May).

Caryl was born in Wales and studied at the RAM. She was awarded the Towyn Roberts scholarship at the 2005 National Eisteddfod and won the Stuart Burrows competition in 2009. Engagements have included Cenerentola La Cenerentola (Iford Opera), Yniold Pelleas et Melisande (Independent Opera), Flora The Enchanted Pig (The Opera Group), Varvara Katya Kabanova, Cenerentola La Cenerentola (both Scottish Opera), Teti Le nozze di Teti e di Peleo and Orlovsky Die Fledermaus (WNO). She has recorded Britten’s Cabaret Songs with Malcolm Martineau. Concert highlights include a UK tour with Bryn Terfel (Raymond Gubbay).

Ashley Catling

Ashley Catling

Tenor

Hot Biscuit Slim

SPRING 2014 – THE MAGIC FLUTE
The role of Tamino will be sung by Mr Ashley Catling for the following performances: London (7 March), Truro (10 March), Snape (27 March), Cheltenham (3 and 5 April), Sheffield (11 April), Canterbury (22 April), Norwich (27 April), Warwick (10 May), Exeter (13 and 14 May), Perth (22 May), and Cambridge (29 and 31 May).

Ashley Catling studied at the GSMD with William McAlpine‚ and at the National Opera Studio. Performances include Ernesto Don Pasquale (New Zealand Opera)‚ Don Ottavio (Opera Zuid)‚ Nanki-Poo The Mikado (Nationale Reisopera)‚ Apollo Orfeo_‚ Kudryas _Katya Kabanova_‚ Giannetto _La gazza ladra_‚ Fenton _Falstaff and Tamino The Little Magic Flute (ON) Nadir Les Pecheurs de Perles (Dorset Opera)‚ and Zotico Eliogabalo (Grange Park Opera). He has appeared on European and US tours and in concert throughout the UK‚ including St Matthew Passion (Winchester Cathedral) and a recital of Britten songs for voice and harp (Aldeburgh).

Stuart Haycock

Stuart Haycock

Tenor

Sam Sharkey/Andy Anderson

Australian-born tenor Stuart Haycock studied in Sydney and RAM. Engagements include Goro Madame Butterfly (MWO/New Devon Opera), Bardolph Falstaff (MWO), Don Curzio Le nozze di Figaro (Garsington), Borsa Rigoletto and Gastone La Traviata (Iford Arts Festival), Ferrando Così fan tutte (English Chamber Opera), Parpignol La Boheme (Longborough), Mole Fantastic Mr Fox, Giovanni D’aire L’assedio di Calais, Captain Simon Boccanegra, Lucano L’incoronazione di Poppea and Demus Jason (ETO), Triquet Eugene Onegin and Beppe Pagliacci (Stanley Hall Opera), St Brioche The Merry Widow (Opera Project). He has covered roles in The Tales of Hoffmann, Wolfgang Rihm’s Jacob Lenz, Martinu’s Julietta and Vaughan Williams’s The Pilgrim’s Progress for ENO.

Piotr Lempa

Piotr Lempa

Bass

Ben Benny

The role of Il Commendatore will be sung by Mr Piotr Lempa for the following performances: London (12 March), Norwich (22 March), Snape (8 April), Cheltenham (13 and 14 April), Buxton (23 April), Cambridge (27 and 28 April), Wolverhampton (10 May), Exeter (25 and 26 May), Leicester (30 and 31 May), York (3 June) and Stoke (6 June).

Piotr Lempa is a native of Poland and graduate of RAM, Cardiff International Academy of Voice and the Vocal and Acting Faculty at the Music Academy in Gdansk, Poland. He made his opera debut singing Oroveso Norma for ETO. He has since appeared in productions of La bohème, Die Zauberflöte, Ariadne auf Naxos, Kátya Kabanová, Halka, Don Giovanni, Rigoletto, Le nozze di Figaro, Bastien und Bastienne, and Salome, in Wales, England, Germany and Poland. Future plans include Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte), Patroclus (King Priam) and Publius (La Clemenza di Tito). www.piotrlempa.com

Abigail Kelly

Abigail Kelly

Soprano

Fido

Having initially trained at Birmingham Conservatoire, Abigail completed her operatic studies at the RCS. Performances with ETO include Naiad Rusalka, Cobweb A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Despina Cosi fan tutte. As a recitalist Abigail has performed with Opera South Africa and the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra as well as solo recitals at St John Smith Square and across the Caribbean. Abigail’s work includes roles in many children’s operas including the award winning Laika the Spacedog. Abigail is grateful to the Peter Moores Foundation, English Touring Opera and Chris Ball for bursaries to further her professional development.

Amy J Payne

Amy J Payne

Mezzo soprano

Moppet

SPRING 2014 – THE MAGIC FLUTE
The role of Second Lady will be sung by Ms Amy Payne for the following performances: London (7 March), Truro (10 March), Wolverhampton (17 March), Snape (27 March), Cheltenham (4 and 5 April), Leicester (7 April), York (15 April), Canterbury (22 April), Norwich (27 April), Coventry (9 and 10 May), Exeter (13 and 14 May), Perth (22 May), and Cambridge (30, 31 May).

Amy hails from South Devon and trained at GSMD, where she won both the English Song Prize and The Susan Longfield Competition.
Roles include: Florence Pike Albert Herring, Suzuki Madam Butterfly (MWO); Edith The Pirates of Penzance (G&S Opera Company); Ragonde Count Ory (Opera South); Mrs. Partlet The Sorcerer, Ruth Pirates of Penzance (Charles Court Opera); Annabel Clark Through the Looking Screen (Edinburgh Fringe Festival); Second Lady The Magic Flute (Garsington Emerging Artists); Mrs. Noye Noye’s Fludde (Faversham Fludde Festival). She has covered roles at Scottish Opera and Garsington Opera, as well as previously for ETO.

Emma Watkinson

Emma Watkinson

Mezzo soprano

Poppet / Moon

Emma Watkinson studied at City University, TCM and The Flanders Operastudio in Gent. She now works with Raymond Connell in London. Operatic highlights to date include Julie by Philippe Boesmans, Nancy Albert Herring under Steuart Bedford, the title role in Giustino with Olivia Fuchs, Dido Dido & Aeneas, Ino Semele, Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro, Olga Eugene Onegin and numerous smaller roles with ETO,Wexford Festival Opera, Pavilion Opera, Grange Park Opera and ROH, in Linda di Chamounix under Mark Elder. Recent highlights include Rossini Petite Messe Solenelle in Dresden, Germany and VW Serenade To Music, RFH with the RPO and Barts Choir. Emma is thrilled to be returning to ETO for the spring season 2014.

Matt R J Ward

Matt R J Ward

Tenor

Wester Union Boy

Matt is a recent graduate of RCM, where he studied with Justin Lavender supported by the RCM Yvonne Wells Award. Roles at RCM include Arnalta in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Frick in La Vie Parisienne, Don Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro and Messenger in The Life to Come (libretto and direction by Stephen Fry). Other roles include Mercury in Orpheus in the Underworld, Nanki-Poo (cover) in The Mikado, The Rector (cover) in Peter Grimes (West Australian Opera Company), Laurie in Little Women, Le Chevalier in Dialogues of the Carmelites, and Flute in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (West Australian Academy of Performing Arts). www.mattrjward.com

Adam Tunnicliffe

Adam Tunnicliffe

Tenor

John Shears / Blues Singer

Canadian Tenor Adam Tunnicliffe studied at Christ Church, Oxford and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Operatic roles include the title roles in Massenet’s Werther at Grimebourn Festival, Weber’s Oberon at the Cadogan Hall, The Rake’s Progress Saffron Opera Group and Albert Herring for English Touring Opera. Adam has sung numerous roles for ETO including Sandy in Peter Maxwell Davis’ The Lighthouse, Lensky -Eugene Onegin, Young Guard in their Olivier award winning production of Tippett’s King Priam, John Shears in Britten’s Paul Bunyan, Edmondo -L’assedio di Calais (Donizetti), Porcupine in Picker’s Fantastic Mr Fox, Young Lover -Il Tabarro and Masquerader in Linley’s The Duenna. Other roles include Quint in Turn of the Screw, Rinuccio -Gianni Schicchi for Opera Holland Park’s young artist programme, Sumers in Cimerosa’s Italian Girl in London for Bampton Classical Opera, Canio -I Pagliacci (Garden Opera), Ferrando -Cosi fan Tutte, Vogelsang -Der Schauspieldirektor, Beppe -Rita (Donizetti), Alfredo -La Traviata, Prince Phillipe in Berkeley’s A Dinner Engagement, Chevalier -Le Comte d’Ory (Rossini), Don Pelagio -La Canterina (Haydn), and Artabanes in Arne’s Artaxerxes. Adam has also enjoyed working in physical music theatre with the renowned troupe Nico and the Navigators in Berlin. World premier performances include Captain in Goehr’s Promised End (ETO), Admiral in Le Gendre’s Burial at Thebes (The Globe Theatre) and Oh, Whistle and I’ll Come by Louis Mander at this year’s Tete a Tete Festival.

Matthew Sprange

Matthew Sprange

Baritone

Cross Crosshaulson / Farmer

Matthew has worked for companies including WNO, SO, MWO, Chelsea Opera Group, London Festival Opera and BYO and worked with ETO for the first time last year. He has performed roles including title role Le nozze di Figaro, Marcello / Schaunard La bohème, Guglielmo Così fan tutte, Sid Albert Herring, Eustachio L’assedio di Calais, Germont Pere La Traviata and Yamadori Madame Butterfly. He studied on the Opera Course at GSMD and continues to study privately with John Evans.

Johnny Herford

Johnny Herford

Baritone

Blues Singer / Crony

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.

Maciek O'Shea

Maciek O'Shea

Bass

Jen Jenson / Crony

The role of Masetto will be sung by Mr Maciek O’Shea for the following performances: Stoke-on-Trent (6 June), Ulverston (8 June) and Carlisle (10 June).

Maciek studied History at UCL and voice at GSMD. Operatic engagements include: Don Giovanni Don Giovanni (Opera Up Close) Mr Fox Fantastic Mr Fox (Opera Holland Park), Crebillon/Rabonier La Rondine (OHP), Mars Orpheus in the Underworld (OHP), Fiorello Il barbiere di Siviglia (Hand Made Opera), Roger Ciboulette (University College Opera). Previous roles with ETO include: Korolev/Nikolai Laika the Spacedog, Zaretsky Eugene Onegin, Farmer Bean Fantastic Mr Fox, Dr Spinelloccio Gianni Schicchi, Theseus covered and played Midsummer Night’s Dream, First Priest & Second Armed Man covered and played Magic Flute, Gamekeeper Rusalka, Zuniga La tragedie de Carmen.

Simon Gfeller

Simon Gfeller

Tenor

Pete Peterson

Canadian tenor Simon Gfeller studied voice with Gail Desmarais in Montréal and at the GSMD under Adrian Thompson.

Engagements in 2013 include Weill’s Mahagonny-Songspiel for the LPO at Royal Festival Hall, Franz Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Monostatos Die Zauberflöte for Opera Project, Pastore II Orfeo, Silent Opera and 6th Servant Capriccio for the ROH, Covent Garden.

Other opera roles also include Ringmaster and Vasek The Bartered Bride BYO, Second priest and Man in Arm Die Zauberflöte for Opéra de Montréal, Alfred Die Fledermaus, El Remendado Carmen, Prince Paul La Grande Duchesse de Gérolstein and Don Pedro La Périchole.

Henry Manning

Henry Manning

Baritone

Blues Singer / Crony

Henry Manning read Economic History at the University of Edinburgh, before studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and subsequently in Ghent, Belgium where he joined the Flanders Opera Studio. He is a student of Robert Dean, and recent engagements have included Guglielmo Così fan tutte, Schaunard La bohème, Traveller Curlew River, Pritschitsch in Lehár’s The Merry Widow, Noye Noyes Fludde, Morales Carmen, Florian in Princess Ida at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Buxton, and becoming a 2013 Britten-Pears Young Artist. This is Henry’s second season with ETO having debuted with the company in Spring 2013.

Hannah Sawle

Hannah Sawle

Soprano

Goose / Wind

SPRING 2014 – THE MAGIC FLUTE
The role of Papagena will be sung by Ms Hannah Sawle for the following performances: London (8 March), Poole (13 March), Cheltenham (5 April), Norwich (27 April), Crawley (5 May), Exeter (13 May), and Cambridge (31 May).

Hannah studied at Chethams, the GSMD and on ENO’s Opera Works Course. At Guildhall she won awards for her English and Contemporary Song and she has been guest soloist on BBC World Service, Radio 3 and Radio 4. Solo recordings include Swayne’s Four Passiontide Motets with NYCGB and Respighi’s La Pentola Magica with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.
Roles include Girl (Spin) for ETO, Voce interna, Gianetta, Slim Girl, Lady Dunmow, Trio Soprano and Premiere Adolescent for Wexford, Nedda and Mademoiselle Silberklang for Garden Opera, Fiordiligi for Jackdaws, Pamina, Adina and Elletra for Hampstead Garden Opera and covering Tsarevna, Serpetta and Lena for Buxton.
Summer 2014 will see her touring as Fiordiligi for Pop-up Opera.

Lorna Bridge

Lorna Bridge

Soprano

Goose

SPRING 2014 – THE MAGIC FLUTE
The role of First Lady will be sung by Ms Lorna Bridge for the following performances: London (8 March), Poole (13 March), Cheltenham (3 April), Sheffield (11 April), Coventry (9 May), Exeter (13 May), and Perth (22 May).

Lorna Bridge made her debut at ROH as Solo Ragazzi in concert performances of Linda da Chamounix conducted by Sir Mark Elder in 2009. Elsewhere Lorna has appeared as Meleagro Atalanta and Erato Terpsicore/Il Pastor Fido for LHF [London Handel Festival], Gretel Hänsel und Gretel for Dorset Productions, Fox The Cunning Little Vixen for Woodhouse Opera, and Tatyana Eugene Onegin for White Horse Opera. As a student at the Benjamin Britten International Opera School, she performed the roles of Mařenka The Bartered Bride, Erste Dame Die Zauberflöte and Arminda La Finta Giardiniera. Last season Lorna sang several performances of Fiordiligi Cosi fan tutte for ETO, and later this season will cover Ginevra Ariodante for the Aix en Provence Festival.

Annabel Mountford

Annabel Mountford

Soprano

Goose / Heron

SPRING 2014 – THE MAGIC FLUTE
The role of Pamina will be sung by Ms Annabel Mountford for the following performances: 3 April (Cheltenham), 13 May (Exeter), 19 May (Durham) and 30 May (Cambridge).

British Soprano Annabel Mountford studied at RCM IOS. Studies supported by RCM’s Sir Gordon Palmer Award, Coutts & Co, Josephine Baker Trust. Samling Scholar, semi-finalist International Vocal Competition-Hertogenbosch and Montserrat Caballé International Singing Competition.

Member of Glyndebourne Festival Chorus, performing First Fairy/chorus The Fairy Queen, and chorus Hippolyte et Aricie. For London Handel Festival performed Eurilla Il Pastor Fido. Other roles: Galatea Acis and Galatea, Eurydice Orpheus in the Underworld, Musetta La Bohème, Gretel Hansel and Gretel, Zerlina Don Giovanni, Adèle Die Fledermaus, Miss Wordsworth Albert Herring, Vixen The Cunning Little Vixen. Recently performed the Poseidon/Woman in World Premiere of Una Tragedia di Proporzione Titaniche (Laurence Osborn).

Helen Johnson

Helen Johnson

Mezzo soprano

Blues Singer / Squirrel

Helen studied her PG Diploma at TCM and is represented by Steven Swales.
Opera roles include Azucena Trovatore, Annina Traviata (Dorset Opera); Larina Onegin (Stanley Hall); Bianca Lucretia, Marcellina Figaro (Opera East); Jezibaba Rusalka (Iford); Marguerite Faust (Pigotts); Mrs Goodbody Parson’s Pirates (Opera Della Luna).
For ETO Helen has sung Kolusina Jenůfa, Filipyevna Onegin, Feklusha Katya Kabanova, Clotilde Norma; covered Larina Onegin, Giovanna Seymour Anna Bolena, Kabanicha Katya Kabanova, Frugola Tabarro and Agnes Fantastic Mr Fox.
In 2008 Helen was a Wagner Society Bayreuth Bursary Competition Finalist.
Future engagements include Mozart Requiem, Coventry Philharmonic Choir, Mezzo Soloist, June 2014.

Susan Moore

Susan Moore

Contralto

Beetle

SPRING 2014 – THE MAGIC FLUTE
The role of Third Lady will be sung by Ms Susan Moore for the following performances: London (8 March), Poole (13 March), Cheltenham (3 April), Sheffield (11 April), Coventry (9, 10 May), Exeter (14, 15 May), Durham (19 May), Perth (22 May), and Cambridge (29 May).

Susan Moore studied at TCM and now works privately with Susan McCulloch. Recent roles include Valentina in Laika the Spacedog, Filipyevna (cover) Eugene Onegin and Mrs Herring (cover) Albert Herring (ETO); Suzuki Madame Butterfly (Opera Brava); Florence Pike Albert Herring (Surrey Opera); Katisha The Mikado (Charles Court Opera); Marcellina Le nozze di Figaro (LFO); Widow Browe Peter the Great (Opera South) and Mrs Partlet The Sorcerer (Opera della Luna). Susan recently premiered her narrated recital programme What is Life?, a celebration of contralto Kathleen Ferrier. She also continues to develop and run opera workshops for Opera Minima and Streetwise Opera.

Emily-Jane Thomas

Emily-Jane Thomas

Soprano

Young Tree / Boy

Cardiff-born Emily-Jane trained at GSMD under Yvonne Kenny. She also studied at Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Hamburg and was a young artist on ENO’s ‘Opera Works’.
Roles include Second Fairy/Second Woman The Fairy Queen (Glyndebourne and BBC Proms, William Christie, Laurence Cummings, OAE), Cis Albert Herring (Steuart Bedford, BBC Symphony Orchestra), Juliet The Little Sweep (S4C), understudy Flora The Turn of the Screw (ON) and Zerlina Don Giovanni (Bahrain under Orlando Jopling).
Concert engagements include Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, Handel’s Messiah under Sarah Walker and Haydn’s Creation under Sir David Willcocks.
Previously for ETO, Emily-Jane sang Cis Albert Herring.

Damian Lewis

Damian Lewis

The Voice of Paul Bunyan

With an expansive list of diverse film, theatre and television credits, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor Damian Lewis has evolved into one of this generation’s most respected and sought-after actors.

Lewis was most recently seen starring as Sergeant Nicholas Brody in Showtime’s critically acclaimed and award-winning television series Homeland, developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa. Later this month he will begin production on Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert, starring opposite Nicole Kidman and Robert Pattinson.

Other notable credits include his Golden Globe-nominated performance as World War II hero Richard Winters in the award-winning HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, as well as his performance as Soames Forsyte in the acclaimed British production of The Forsyte Saga.

In as fine-tuned an ensemble as this it’s invidious to single out individual performances; suffice it to say that I was bewitched by the burgeoning love-affair between Tiny (Caryl Hughes) and Slim (Ashley Catling), intrigued by Inkslinger (Mark Wilde), and convulsed by the campest pair of cooks in Christendom. Philip Sunderland and his band hit the button throughout.

★★★★★ Independent

The score flows with an exuberant melodic invention and innocent charm which could give any Broadway hit a run for its money: it presses the romantic, funny, rumbustious and uplifting buttons as confidently as the contemporary Oklahoma! … ETO lets us enjoy the fun and tap our feet.

★★★★ Telegraph

This is an ensemble piece with no weak links in the vital cast, but there are memorable standouts from Mark Wilde’s astute Johnny Inkslinger, Ashley Catling’s gentle Hot Biscuit Slim, Caryl Hughes’s tender Tiny and Wyn Pencarreg’s lofty Hel Helson, while Philip Sunderland’s conducting displays Britten’s inventive score to its best advantage.

★★★★ Guardian

In a large and well-balanced cast there are no weak links … Caryl Hughes as Tiny gets some good solo material and sings it brightly and sensitively. Wyn Pencarreg is an impressive Hel Helson.

★★★★ The Arts Desk

On the musical side ETO has hit the jackpot with the best-sung rendition of the work I’ve yet encountered. In a company show with no weak links every singer deserves praise, though if pressed I’d have to single out Mark Wilde’s Johnny Inkslinger, Abigail Kelly’s dog Fido and Caryl Hughes who, as Bunyan’s daughter, Tiny, sings the heart out of the achingly beautiful song/aria ‘Mother, O Mother’.

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Showing At

  1. Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London
    17th Feb 2014 - 7:30 pm
  2. Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London
    19th Feb 2014 - 7:30 pm
  3. Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London
    20th Feb 2014 - 7:30 pm
  4. Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London
    21st Feb 2014 - 7:30 pm
  5. Hall for Cornwall, Truro
    11th Mar 2014 - 7:30 pm
  6. Lighthouse, Poole
    14th Mar 2014 - 7:30 pm
  7. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
    18th Mar 2014 - 7:30 pm
  8. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    28th Mar 2014 - 7:30 pm
  9. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    1st Apr 2014 - 7:30 pm
  10. Curve, Leicester
    8th Apr 2014 - 7:30 pm
  11. York Theatre Royal
    16th Apr 2014 - 7:30 pm
  12. Norwich Theatre Royal
    25th Apr 2014 - 7:30 pm
  13. The Hawth, Crawley
    6th May 2014 - 7:30 pm
  14. Warwick Arts Centre
    8th May 2014 - 7:30 pm
  15. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    16th May 2014 - 7:30 pm
  16. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    28th May 2014 - 7:30 pm
  1. Curve, Leicester — Tue 8th April 2014, 7:30pm

    60 Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1SB
    Ticket offers: £10 under-18s school groups; £15 16-26year-olds

  2. York Theatre Royal — Wed 16th April 2014, 7:30pm

    St Leonard’s Place, York YO1 7HD
    Ticket offers: £5 student and under-25s; 10 free tickets available per performance for under-25s: contact the theatre for more information

  3. Exeter Northcott Theatre — Fri 16th Mayl 2014, 7:30pm

    University Of Exeter, Stocker Road, Exeter EX4 4QB
    Ticket offers: £8 standby tickets

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