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 Adelaide, Grant Doyle completed his studies at the Royal College of Music in London before joining the Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Subsequent roles for the Royal Opera have included Tarquinius The Rape of Lucretia, Ping Turandot, Harlequin Ariadne auf Naxos, Schaunard La bohème, Demetrius A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Morales and Dancairo Carmen, and roles in the Covent Garden premiere of Janáček’s From the House of the Dead, as well as three world premieres; the Narrator in Dominique LeGendre’s Bird of Night, Billy in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Anna Nicole and Abraham in James MacMillan’s Clemency, a role he repeated for Scottish Opera.

Other opera credits include Yeletsky Queen of Spades, Zurga Pearl Fishers (Opera Holland Park); Forester Cunning Little Vixen, Don Giovanni and Enric in the world premiere of David Sawer’s The Skating Rink (Garsington Opera); Figaro Le Nozze di Figaro (Longborough Festival) Abraham Clemency (Scottish Opera), Robin Oakapple Ruddigore (Opera North), Schaunard La bohème (Glyndebourne), Marcello La bohème at the Royal Albert Hall (Raymond Gubbay), Demetrius Midsummers Night’s Dream (Madrid & Berlin), Ned Keene Peter Grimes (Gran Canaria), Mike in John Adams’ I Was Looking at the Ceiling (Rome), Starbuck Moby-Dick, Count Le nozze di Figaro and Zurga Pearl Fishers (State Opera of South Australia). He also performed the role of Sir Thomas Bertram in Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park at the inaugural festival at The Grange in the UK. For English Touring Opera he has sung the title role in The Barber of Seville, Orestes in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride, Marcello La bohème, Hector King Priam, Nello Pia de’ Tolomei, and Teucer Dardanus.

A busy concert soloist, Grant Doyle works with major orchestras across the UK and Australia in repertoire which includes Carmina Burana (Bournemouth Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Australian Ballet), Fauré Requiem (Hallé Orchestra), Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass (Philharmonia), A Child of Our Time (Crouch End Festival Chorus/Barbican) and Messiah (Royal Choral Society/Royal Albert Hall).

John-Colyn Gyeantey

John-Colyn Gyeantey

Tigrane

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.

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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