Radamisto

George Frideric Handel - Autumn 2018

‘recommended to all Handel lovers’ The Telegraph

Director 
James Conway
Conductor 
Peter Whelan
Designer 
Adam Wiltshire

★★★★ INDEPENDENT
★★★★ TELEGRAPH
★★★★ THE TIMES
★★★★ THE STAGE

Handel tells the dramatic story of a royal family in old Armenia, locked in mortal conflict. Radamisto is famous for its aria “Ombra cara”, which stunned audiences and was sung in drawing rooms for decades thereafter. Thematically, it champions faithfulness and married love, but it also has a fine gallery of moral depravity and intolerance. Certainly one for collectors, this is nonetheless a moving and accessible piece of music theatre for anyone wanting to try opera. Peter Whelan conducts, and James Conway directs a new production in Adam Wiltshire’s designs, inspired by the art of early Christian Armenia.

Sung in Italian with English surtitles
Running time: 2 hours 25 minutes (incl. interval)

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    6th Oct 2018 - 7:30 pm
  2. Hackney Empire
    13th Oct 2018 - 7:30 pm
  3. Gala Theatre, Durham
    23rd Oct 2018 - 7:30 pm
  4. Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden
    27th Oct 2018 - 7:30 pm
  5. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    2nd Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm
  6. Coronation Hall, Ulverston
    6th Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm
  7. Buxton Opera House
    9th Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm
  8. Theatre Royal Bath
    12th Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm
  9. Oxford Town Hall
    15th Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm
  10. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    20th Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm
  11. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    24th Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm
  1. Hackney Empire — 6th Oct 2018 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  2. Hackney Empire — 13th Oct 2018 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  3. Gala Theatre, Durham — 23rd Oct 2018 - 7:30 pm

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

  4. Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden — 27th Oct 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Audley End Road, Saffron Walden , CB11 4UH

  5. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 2nd Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm

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

  6. Coronation Hall, Ulverston — 6th Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm

    County Square, Ulverston, LA12 7LZ

  7. Buxton Opera House — 9th Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Water Street, SK17 6XN

  8. Theatre Royal Bath — 12th Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath, BA1 1ET

  9. Oxford Town Hall — 15th Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm

    St Aldate's, Oxford, OX1 1BX

  10. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 20th Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  11. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 24th Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

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).

Peter Whelan

Peter Whelan

Conductor

Adam Wiltshire

Adam Wiltshire

Designer

Adam received his BA with Honours in Theatre Design at the RWCMD. He was a group winner of the Linbury Biennial Prize for Stage Design in 2003. Recent operatic engagements include design for I was Looking at the Ceiling and then I Saw the Sky (Stratford East Royal Theatre); Roméo et Juliette (ON); Le nozze di Figaro (RNCM); As I Crossed the Bridge of Dreams (Almeida Opera). Ballet engagements include Children of Adam and Sensorium (Royal Ballet at the ROH). Additionally, Adam worked with ETO as designer for Country Matters, Katya Kabanova and Teseo.

Cast

William Towers

William Towers

Radamisto

Katie Bray

Katie Bray

Zenobia

Ellie Laugharne

Ellie Laugharne

Polissena

Grant Doyle

Grant Doyle

Tiridate

Born in Australia, he studied in Adelaide and the RCM. A former Royal Opera Young Artist, his roles there have included Čekunov House of the Dead, Ping Turandot, Le Dancaïre Carmen, Billy Anna Nicole, Schaunard and Harlequin Ariadne auf Naxos. Other appearances include Prince Yeletsky (Opera Holland Park), Forester Cunning Little Vixen, Don Giovanni (Garsington), Robin Oakapple Ruddigore (Opera North), Abraham Clemency (Scottish Opera), Sir Thomas in Dove’s Mansfield Park (Grange Festival), Oreste (Sydney), Zurga Les pêcheurs de perles (Opera Queensland), Starbuck in Jake Heggie’s Moby-Dick (Adelaide), Ned Keene Peter Grimes (Gran Canaria), Mike in Adams’s I Was Looking at the Ceiling (Rome) and Demetrius (Madrid, Berlin). ETO roles include Figaro (Barber of Seville), Paolo (Simon Boccanegra), Hector (King Priam), Emireno (Ottone), Eduardo (L’assedio di Calais), Marcello (La boheme), Oreste (Iphigénie en Tauride), Nello (Pia de’ Tolomei), Teucer (Dardanus) and Tiridate (Radamisto).

John-Colyn Gyeantey

John-Colyn Gyeantey

Tigrane

Studied at the RCM, NOS and Accademia Rossiniana, Pesaro.

Rossini roles include Ramiro La Cenerentola (Oper Schloss Hallwyl, Glyndebourne on Tour); Ruodi Guillaume Tell and Aronne Mosé in Egitto (covers for WNO); Comte Ory Le Comte Ory (Opera South); Almaviva Il Barbiere di Siviglia (WNO, Diva Opera and Festival Musique Cordiale); Zefirino Il viaggio a Reims, (Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro); Gernando/Ubaldo Armida (St. John’s, Smith Square). He has sung Nemorino L’elisir d’amore for the Anghiari Festival; Pylade Iphigénie en Tauride, Ubaldo/Ghino Pia de’ Tolomei, Arnalta The Coronation of Poppea, and Egeus Jason by Cavalli all for ETO; and Luke in Tippett’s The Ice Break (Birmingham Opera). Other roles include Romeo Romeo and Juliet (Riverside Opera); Don Ottavio Don Giovanni (Mid-Wales Opera); Camille de Rosillon The Merry Widow (Scottish Opera); Tamino The Magic Flute (Iford Arts and Swansea City Opera).

Andrew Slater

Andrew Slater

Farasmane

Andrew studied at Royal Northern College of Music and St Petersburg Conservatoire. He has performed more than 75 opera roles including Lotario, Ariodate, Falstaff, Bottom, Bartolo, Blitch, Alfonso, Donald and Araspe (All ETO); Ben Selim (Royal Opera House), Nachtigal (Grange Park Opera), Golaud (Glyndebourne Touring Opera), Faninal (Scottish Opera), Basilio (Welsh National Opera), Sacristan (Opera North), Colline (English National Opera) etc.

Recordings include Nyman, Love Counts and Mozart 252 (MNR); Michael Berkeley, Jane Eyre (Chandos); Stravinsky, The Flood (Twentieth Century Classics).

‘cool, intelligent production’

★★★★ Independent

‘Katie Bray’s ferociously combative portrayal of the wife, Zenobia — her resistance hurled out in a series of spitfire arias — […] really impresses’

★★★★ The Times

‘warmly recommended to all Handel lovers’

★★★★ The Telegraph

‘brilliantly designed and well-sung production’

★★★★ The Stage

‘ETO has spread the news about Handel’s operatic masterpieces further and wider than any other company.’

The Sunday Times

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    6th Oct 2018 - 7:30 pm
  2. Hackney Empire
    13th Oct 2018 - 7:30 pm
  3. Gala Theatre, Durham
    23rd Oct 2018 - 7:30 pm
  4. Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden
    27th Oct 2018 - 7:30 pm
  5. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    2nd Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm
  6. Coronation Hall, Ulverston
    6th Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm
  7. Buxton Opera House
    9th Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm
  8. Theatre Royal Bath
    12th Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm
  9. Oxford Town Hall
    15th Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm
  10. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    20th Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm
  11. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    24th Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm

Your Comments

  1. Excellent production and singing.

    Said David Palmer at 08:00am on 15th Oct 2018

  2. At Radamisto in Durham last night. Just to say what a thoroughly enjoyable performance it was. Singing, orchestra, production all came together to make a memorable night.

    Said Stephen Knowles at 07:08am on 24th Oct 2018

  3. Fantastic performance, wonderful music, brilliant singing and playing, delivered with passion and wit, highly recommended.

    Said Joshua Getzler at 09:26am on 16th Nov 2018

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