Pia de' Tolomei

Gaetano Donizetti - Spring 2016

Ghino has fallen in love with Pia, wife of his brother Nello. When she refuses his love, as revenge Ghino informs Nello that he has discovered a secret message proving that Pia has an adulterous relation.

Conductor 
John Andrews
Director 
James Conway
Designer 
Loren Elstein
Lighting Designer 
Guy Hoare

A superb evening of opera.

★★★★★ Bachtrack

An exciting production of this taut bel canto drama.

★★★★ Guardian

Donizetti’s rarely performed Pia de’ Tolomei is drawn from an episode in Dante’s Divine Comedy in which a noblewoman is locked in a tower in the Maremma by her jealous husband, whose heart has been poisoned by a friend and kinsman – whose advances the innocent wife had rejected.

The characters are drawn with extraordinary intensity, and the two men in particular are reminiscent of Iago and Othello. This production, performed by an exceptional cast, should be a very special event.

New production, sung in Italian with English surtitles
Running time: 2 hours 17 minutes (incl. interval)

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• Conductor’s notes: Pia Unpacked

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Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    10th Mar 2016 - 7:30 pm
  2. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    7th Apr 2016 - 7:30 pm
  3. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    12th Apr 2016 - 7:30 pm
  4. Buxton Opera House
    24th Apr 2016 - 3:00 pm
  5. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    26th Apr 2016 - 7:30 pm
  6. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    24th May 2016 - 7:30 pm
  7. York Theatre Royal
    3rd Jun 2016 - 7:30 pm
  1. Hackney Empire — 10th Mar 2016 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  2. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 7th Apr 2016 - 7:30 pm

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

  3. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 12th Apr 2016 - 7:30 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  4. Buxton Opera House — 24th Apr 2016 - 3:00 pm

    Water Street, SK17 6XN

  5. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 26th Apr 2016 - 7:30 pm

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

  6. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 24th May 2016 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  7. York Theatre Royal — 3rd Jun 2016 - 7:30 pm

    YO1 7HD

John Andrews

John Andrews

Conductor

Mr John Andrews will be conducting for the following performances of Don Giovanni: Poole (18 March), Sheffield (4 April), Cheltenham (13, 14 & 16 April), Wolverhampton (10 May), Blackpool (14 May), Durham (16 May), Exeter (25 & 26 May), York (3 June) and Carlisle (10 June).

Described recently in the Observer as a ‘tremendous young conductor’, John Andrews is conductor-in-association of the English Symphony Orchestra, and currently works regularly with The BBC Concert Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra. ​With a special affinity for Italian bel canto and the English baroque, John has conducted over 40 operas for Garsington Opera (Humperdink: Hänsel und Gretel; Rossini: La Cenerentola), English Touring Opera (Handel: Tolomeo; Mozart: Don Giovanni; Donizetti: Anna Bolena), Opera Holland Park (The Pirates of Penzance), Stanley Hall Opera (Rossini: The Barber of Seville; Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin; Leoncavallo: Pagliacci), Co-Opera (Sullivan: The Mikado) and Opéra de Baugé (Handel: Riccardo Primo & Giulio Cesare in Egitto; Donizetti: Don Pasquale; Verdi: La Traviata; Puccini: La Boheme: Donizetti: L’elisir d’amore), and most recently at the Volkstheater Rostock (Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail).

A powerful exponent of neglected English music, John has recently conducted recordings of Sir Arthur Sullivan’s Shakespearean music with the BBC Concert Orchestra, and newly-discovered works by Sir Malcolm Sargent with the Leicester Symphony Orchestra. Future plans include ​three further recordings of English music with the BBC Concert Orchestra and the premier of Percy Sherwood’s ‘Double Concerto’ for Violin and Cello with the English Symphony Orchestra at the English Music Festival.

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).

Loren Elstein

Loren Elstein

Designer

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

Elena Xanthoudakis

Elena Xanthoudakis

Pia

Luciano Botelho

Luciano Botelho

Ghino

Born
Brazil

Training
Cardiff International Academy of Voice; GSMD; University of Rio de Janeiro

Opera
Tamino Zauberflöte (Teatro Amazonas/TMRJ); Don Otavio Don Giovanni (Teatro Amazonas); Le Comte Ory Le comte Ory (Nantes/Angers); Giannetto La Gazza ladra (Massy); Don Ramiro La Cenerentola (Belgrade National Theatre); Il conte d’Almaviva Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Teatro Amazonas) Nemorino L’Elisir d’Amore (TMRJ); Fenton Faltaff (Palácio das Artes/GSMD); Fadinard Il Cappelo di Paglia di Firenze (TMSP); Orfeo Orfeo (TMRJ/TMSP); Tebaldo I Capuleti ei Montecchi (TMRJ); Rinuccio Gianni Schicchi (GSMD) Nadir Les Pecheurs des Perles (TMRJ)

Concerts
Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings (Teatro Amazonas); Britten Les illuminations (Teatro Amazonas); Rossini Stabat Mater (Ravenna); Mozart Requiem (TMRJ) Carl Orff Carmina Burana (TMRJ) Bach Magnificat (Sala Cecilia Meirelles)

Recordings
Gianni Schicchi (Radio Cultura SP); Stabat Mater (RAI 3) Il cappello di paglia di Firenze (Radio cultura SP)

Grant Doyle

Grant Doyle

Nello

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).

Catherine Carby

Catherine Carby

Rodrigo

Mezzo soprano Catherine Carby studied at the Canberra School of Music and the RCM, London. In her native Australia, she has performed with the major opera companies including Opera Australia, Opera Queensland and Victoria State Opera. UK engagements have included performances with BFO, ENO, ROH and SO. She sang Messiah at the 2013 Three Choirs Festival; other concert work has included performances with the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra, the City of London Sinfonia, the Hallé, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Northern Sinfonia, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. For ETO, she has previously sung Aurelio L’assedio di Calais.

John-Colyn Gyeantey

John-Colyn Gyeantey

Ubaldo

British tenor John Gyeantey is steadily gaining a reputation as a fine exponent of the bel canto repertoire. As a high tenor, he has a facility to sustain the tessitura essential for the speciality roles of Rossini, Donizetti and Bellini. He is an alumnus of the prestigious Accademia Rossiniana, Pesaro, where he worked closely with Alberto Zedda, and began his training at the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio as a Peter Moores Foundation Major Scholar. In 2015, John performed the role of Luke in Tippett’s The Ice Break for Birmingham Opera Company and toured throughout the UK and Europe with Diva Opera as Normanno, Lucia di Lammermoor and Basilio, Le nozze di Figaro.

Simon Gfeller

Simon Gfeller

Ubaldo

Swiss-Canadian tenor Simon Gfeller studied with Gail Desmarais in Montréal, with Adrian Thompson at the GSMD and attended the Franz-Schubert Institut (Vienna).

Recent engagements include Pete Peterson Paul Bunyan, 2nd Priest (and cover Tamino) Die Zauberflöte for ETO and Die Schumann Sonate in Zurich and Luzern
. He also sang the title role of Glück’s Antigon_o with Ensemble Serse and 6th Servant in Strauss’ _Capriccio for ROH, Covent Garden.

Other operatic credits include St-Brioche The Merry Widow, Billy Mahagonny-_Songspiel_, Ringmaster The Bartered Bride, 4 servants Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Pastore Orfeo, Armed Man Die Zauberflöte, Alfred Die Fledermaus, El Remendado Carmen, for companies such as London Phlharmonic Orchestra, Opéra de Montréal, Ryedale Festival, Opera Project and British Youth Opera.

Craig Smith

Craig Smith

Lamberto

Born Bolton
Training Manchester University, RNCM
Awards Ricordi Prize for Opera
Opera Ford Falstaff (ETO), Michele/Tonio Tabarro/Pagliacci (ON), Nabucco (ENO & Bucharest), Rigoletto (Tokyo), Les Dialogues des Carmelites (Theater an der Wien & Covent Garden), Germont La Traviata (ENO & St. Margarethen Festival)
Concert Handel Messiah (Liverpool Philharmonic), Cilea Adriana Lecouvreur (Queen Elizabeth Hall), Tchaikovsky Maid of Orleans (BBC Philharmonic)
Recordings Martin In Terra Pax (Swiss Radio), Les Dialogues des Carmelites (Oehms Classics)

Piotr Lempa

Piotr Lempa

Piero

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

Susanna Fairbairn

Susanna Fairbairn

Bice

A ferociously dramatic, exquisitely beautiful work, and a superb evening of opera. […] This opera is dramatically compelling, historically fascinating and profoundly moving, and above all, worth seeing for its astonishing central performances.

★★★★★ Bachtrack

An exciting production of this taut bel cant drama… It is in its four central performances that ETO’s touring production scores most highly. Elena Xanthoudakis takes on a sequence of substantial vocal challenges in the title role, in a performance that is invariably bold and accomplished. Luciano Botelho’s soft-grained tenor helps him create a credibly three-dimensional portrait of the conflicted Ghino. Grant Doyle’s furious Nello and Catherine Carby’s proudly lyrical Rodrigo are big assets, too.

★★★★ Guardian

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    10th Mar 2016 - 7:30 pm
  2. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    7th Apr 2016 - 7:30 pm
  3. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    12th Apr 2016 - 7:30 pm
  4. Buxton Opera House
    24th Apr 2016 - 3:00 pm
  5. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    26th Apr 2016 - 7:30 pm
  6. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    24th May 2016 - 7:30 pm
  7. York Theatre Royal
    3rd Jun 2016 - 7:30 pm

Your Comments

  1. Pia de Tolomei at York...wonderful in every way and oh! So heart-breaking! There were tears at the end. Big thanks to everyone for a memorable evening - made the journey from Ireland more than worthwhile!

    Said Annie Stanyon Ley at 09:40am on 4th Jun 2016

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