Rusalka

Dvořák - Autumn 08

Dvorak’s dark fairy tale opera

Director 
James Conway
Conductor 
Alexander Ingram
Designer 
Paul Wills

She is the mermaid forbidden to mix with mortals. He is the handsome prince for whom she risks everything. Together they embark on a love affair that sees her sacrifice her home and her immortality. Dvorak’s rapturous score, presented here in an acclaimed chamber version, is crowned by the poignant ‘Song to the Moon’.

A new production by James Conway and associate director Tom Daley, conducted by Alex Ingram, with designs by Paul Wills. Donna Bateman (Susannah, ETO Spring 2008) sings the title role, with Richard Roberts as the Prince, Fiona Kimm as Ježibaba, Camilla Roberts as the Foreign Princess.

“Donna Bateman tugs our heartstrings in the title role”

The Observer

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    10th Oct 2008 - 7:30 pm
  2. Malvern Theatres
    15th Oct 2008 - 7:30 pm
  3. Malvern Theatres
    18th Oct 2008 - 7:30 pm
  4. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    22nd Oct 2008 - 7:30 pm
  5. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    25th Oct 2008 - 7:30 pm
  6. Theatre Royal, Lincoln
    31st Oct 2008 - 7:30 pm
  7. Theatre Royal Bath
    3rd Nov 2008 - 7:30 pm
  8. Kendal Leisure Centre
    8th Nov 2008 - 7:30 pm
  9. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    14th Nov 2008 - 7:30 pm
  10. Buxton Opera House
    18th Nov 2008 - 7:30 pm
  11. Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
    22nd Nov 2008 - 7:30 pm
  12. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    26th Nov 2008 - 7:30 pm
  13. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    29th Nov 2008 - 7:30 pm
  1. Hackney Empire — 10th Oct 2008 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  2. Malvern Theatres — 15th Oct 2008 - 7:30 pm

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

  3. Malvern Theatres — 18th Oct 2008 - 7:30 pm

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

  4. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 22nd Oct 2008 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  5. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 25th Oct 2008 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  6. Theatre Royal, Lincoln — 31st Oct 2008 - 7:30 pm

    Clasketgate, Lincoln, LN2 1JJ

  7. Theatre Royal Bath — 3rd Nov 2008 - 7:30 pm

    Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath, BA1 1ET

  8. Kendal Leisure Centre — 8th Nov 2008 - 7:30 pm

  9. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 14th Nov 2008 - 7:30 pm

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

  10. Buxton Opera House — 18th Nov 2008 - 7:30 pm

    Water Street, SK17 6XN

  11. Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells — 22nd Nov 2008 - 7:30 pm

    TN1 2LU

  12. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 26th Nov 2008 - 7:30 pm

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

  13. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 29th Nov 2008 - 7:30 pm

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

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).

Alexander Ingram

Alexander Ingram

Conductor

Born
London

Training
Cambridge; GSMD; NOS

Opera
Tosca; La Boheme; Madam Butterfly; Don Pasquale; Les pêcheurs de perles (All ENO); Il Trovatore; Tosca (Opera Queensland); Tosca (ONZ)

Ballet
Swan Lake (Covent Garden, Bolshoi and Mariinsky Theatres); Sleeping Beauty; Romeo and Juliet; Nutcracker (ENB); Cinderella (Göteborg Ballet); and ballets for Sylvie Guillem (Japan)

Recordings
Radio (with Adelaide SO); Turandot excerpts for the film Life of David Gale (Alan Parker)

Paul Wills

Paul Wills

Designer

Cast

Maciek O'Shea

Maciek O'Shea

Game keeper

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.

Richard Roberts

Richard Roberts

The Prince

Richard studied at the University of Kansas. Operatic engagements include Matteo/Arabella (Opera Australia); Truffaldino/The Love of Three Oranges and Witch/Hansel and Gretel (Staatstheatre Kassell); Rinuccio/Gianni Schicchi, Platon Karataeyev/War and Peace and Goro/Madame Butterfly (ENO); Pinkerton/Madame Butterfly (OHP). Concert appearances include Salome (LSO at the Barbican); Beethoven Choral Symphony (Brighton Dome); Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (Stadhalle Kassel); Mozart Requiem (RFH); Steuermann/Flying Dutchman (RPO at the Barbican). He recorded the role of Bardolf in Falstaff for Chandos Records and is the voice of the Cockerel on the BBC Films animated version of Janacek’s Cunning Little Vixen. He has recently performed Prince/Rusalka, Rudolfo/La Boheme and Steva/Jenufa with the ETO.

Camilla Roberts

Camilla Roberts

Foreign Princes

Welsh Soprano Camilla Roberts trained at the GSMD and NOS and was a WNO Associate Artist. Significant roles include Fiordiligi Cosi fan tutte, Donna Anna Don Giovanni, Countess Le nozze di Figaro, Micaela Carmen (WNO); Tatyana Eugene Onegin (OHP); Marenka Bartered Bride and Mimi La Boheme (MWO); Foreign Princess Rusalka (ETO). Concert highlights include Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 at the Barbican Hall, Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Sir Willard White and Verdi’s Requiem with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera. Recent and future engagements include Irene Belisario (Opera Rara); Elsa (cover) Lohenghrin (WNO); Elisabetta Maria Stuarda (WNO, ROH Muscat); Eglantine Euryanthe (Chelsea Opera Group) and a return to WNO in 2015.

Fiona Kimm

Fiona Kimm

Jezibaba

Fiona trained at the RCM and NOS and was a recipient of the John Christie Award at Glyndebourne. Recent operatic engagements include Mrs Chin and Old Crone/ A Night at the Chinese Opera (SO); Jane’s Mother/ Snow White (Nationale Reisopera); Ma/ House of the Gods (Music Theatre Wales); Annina/ Der Rosenkavalier (Opera Zuid); Ulrica/ Un Ballo in Maschera (Canadian Opera Company); Mistress Quickly/ Falstaff (Garsington); Azucena/ Il Trovatore (Stowe Opera); Rosa Mamai/ L’Arlesiana (OHP). She was also Katharina Schratt/ Mayerling for the Royal Ballet on tour to Tokyo. Concert performances include work at the Concertgebouw, South Bank and Wigmore Hall. Recording and broadcast work includes In Flanders Fields (Quartz); L’Enfance Du Christ (Thames); Rusalka (BBC); Taverner (NMC); Greek (Decca). Fiona has previously performed Jezibaba/ Rusalka and Kabanicha/ Katya Kabanova with English Touring Opera. Future engagements include Governess/ The Queen of Spades (ON).

Jessica Summers

Jessica Summers

Born Exeter
Training ENO Baylis, Birmingham Conservatoire, King’s College, London
Opera Mustardseed A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bridesmaid The Marriage of Figaro (both ETO), La Sirena La Liberazione di Ruggiero (St.John’s Smith Square), Ines Die Drei Pintos (Opera Omnibus), education performances and projects for ETO, Opera North and ROH
Concert Young Artists Series (Blackheath Halls), new music at Brighton, Kings Lynn, Hoxton and York Late Music Festivals & Britten-Pears School, Berio Laborintus II / Soloist I (Composers Ensemble, Dartington Hall)
Recordings Scelsi Intégrale des oeuvres chorales (New London Chamber Choir, Percussive Rotterdam), Dove Death of a Princess (Channel 4)
Futre Birtwistle Ring A Dumb Carillon (The Warehouse, London)

Abigail Kelly

Abigail Kelly

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.

Angela Caesar

Angela Caesar

Nymph/Naiad-2 plus cabaret

Soprano
Angela was born in Manchester and studied voice at Trinity College of Music, London and at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland. In Opera, Angela has worked with the Royal Opera House, ENO and many of the regional opera companies performing roles such as Alice Ford/Falstaff, Gianetta/L’Elisir d’Amore and Suor Angelica. Television and radio credits include Carmina Burana, Porgy and Bess, The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny and the Pergolesi Stabat Mater. She has recently appeared as Moon, in the Olivier Award winning production, Caroline, or Change at the National Theatre and in productions of Mass Carib and An African Cargo with the Nitro Theatre Company as part of the Greenwich Festival.

Alison Crookendale

Alison Crookendale

Nymph/Naiad-3 plus cabaret

Alison studied at the GSMD and then won a Peter Moores Foundation scholarship to study at the RNCM. Alison has appeared with ON, BOC, OHP and recently the ROH in Fidelio and in the premiere of Dominique le Gendre’s Bird of Night at the Lindbury, Covent Garden. Most recent operatic work includes creating the role of Jennifer in Silent Twins (Almeida Opera) and Porgy and Bess (Opera de Lyon). Alison’s solo concert performances include: Berlioz’s Les Nuit D’été with Salisbury Sinfonia, Beethoven’s Choral Symphony, Handel’s Messiah, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Bach’s B Minor Mass, Haydn’s St Nicholai and Nelson Masses, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mendelssohn’s St Paul, Durufle’s Requiem and Mother Earth in Anthony Biggin’s Cry of the Earth with the Liverpool Philharmonic.

Donna Bateman

Donna Bateman

Ms Donna Bateman will sing the role of Musetta on 11 April (Everyman Theatre, matinee performance), 1 May (Exeter Northcott Theatre) and 29 May (Cambridge Arts Theatre).

Donna is an award-winning Soprano who has been honored as an Associate of the Royal Academy Of Music.
She sang her first major role, Marzelline, in BOC’s award-winning production of Fidelio and has returned to sing Cunegonde in Candide, Zerbinetta in the prologue of Ariadne auf Naxos and Elettra in Idomeneo.
Other opera roles include Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro, Helena A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Rusalka for ETO.
Her expertise in contemporary operatic repertoire has earned her several major premieres, including her debut for The ROH, ROH2 as Miranda in The Gentle Giant; the role of Estella in Life is a dream, by Jonathan Dove and the title role in American Lulu – Neuwirth/Berg for The Opera Group, Young Vic, Scottish Opera and Bregenz Festspiele co-production.
Concert highlights include La Cuisinière in Le Rossignol with the CBSO conducted by Sakari Oramo and Bernstein’s Mass with the LSO, conducted by Marin Alsop.
Recent and future roles include Giorgetta in ‘Il Tabarro’, Geraldine in ‘A Hand Of Bridge’ and for the Music series at King’s Place, London the role of Emilie in the British premiere of Ernest Tochs’ Egon Und Emilie.

Keel Watson

Keel Watson

Born London
Training Trinity College of Music
Awards 1998 American Express Prize for Outstanding Performance
Opera Caronte L’Orfeo (ENO), Papageno The Magic Flute (Mid-Wales Opera), The Elder The Country of the Blind (Aldeburgh Festival/ENO Contemporary Opera Studio), Bosun Billy Budd (ROH), Tonio I Pagliacci (Opera Holland Park)
Concerts Bernstein Whitehouse Cantata (London Symphony Orchestra), Orff Carmina Burana (RFH), Puccini Tosca (St John’s, Smith Square).
Recordings Harasta The Cunning Little Vixen (BBC cartoon, cond. Nagano), Bernstein Whitehouse Cantata (Deutsche Grammaphone), guest soloist Friday Night is Music Night (BBC Radio 2)
Future Abbot Curlew River (BOC/BBC Proms 2004), Leporello Don Giovanni (Garden Opera)

Crew

Adam Mackenzie

Adam Mackenzie

Bassonist/Carmen workshops

Adam Mackenzie studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (GSMD) with Robin O’Neill and Meyrick Alexander and also at the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala, Milan. Whilst at GSMD he became the first bassoonist to reach the final of the prestigious Gold Medal competition and was awarded the runner up prize. Adam also won the Principal’s Prize for the highest mark in a final recital and was awarded a first in his undergraduate degree. During his Postgraduate year at GSMD he won the Friends of the Philharmonia Woodwind Prize through the Martin Music Scholarship Scheme and performed a bassoon and strings recital with the Soloists of the Philharmonia Orchestra. As a member of the Bozza Trio, Adam also won the Martin Music Scholarship Access and Outreach Award for community education and now regularly works as a workshop leader with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia and most of the other major London orchestras. Other awards include the NYOS Staffa Prize, GSMD Woodwind Prize and the Park Lane Group. Recently, Adam has recorded two solo CDs for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, given a solo performance on Radio 3, and played a role in the Soldiers Tale play at the Old Vic. He is a freelance musician and regularly works with the Philharmonia and many of the other London orchestras. Adam is currently Director of Education at English Sinfonia.

Andrew Gourlay

Andrew Gourlay

Asst conductor/Trombone(Carmen)

Andrew conducted the London Symphony Orchestra in June 2008 in a public masterclass with Valery Gergiev. As a Scholar at the RCM Music in London, he prepared the RCM orchestras for conductors such as Bernard Haitink, Sir Roger Norrington, Marin Alsop and Andrew Litton. He conducted the St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra whilst studying with Alexander Polianichko in Russia. Andrew was an Assistant Conductor for all operas of the Grange Park Opera 2008 season. He has performed as concerto soloist on both the trombone and the piano. As a trombonist, he has freelanced with orchestras such as the BBC Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Philharmonia, Hallé, London Sinfonietta and Opera North. Andrew has pesented The Early Music Show on BBC Radio 3. He is the Principal Conductor of the Orpheus Sinfonia and the Assistant Conductor of the Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra. Future plans include working at the Royal Ballet as Cover Conductor for Barry Wordsworth.

Tom Daley

Tom Daley

Assoc. Director

David Holmes

David Holmes

Lighting Designer

Lighting Designer
David trained at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow and the GSMD. Credits include: Days of Significance (RSC at the Tricycle Theatre, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon and Davidson College, North Carolina); Ma Vie En Rose (Young Vic, Maria Theatre); Alaska (Royal Court, Theatre Upstairs); Cyrano de Bergerac, A Taste of Honey, See How They Run (Manchester Royal Exchange); The Rise and Fall of Little Voice and Rope (Watermill Theatre, Newbury); Things of Dry Hours (The Gate, London and Studio, Manchester Royal Exchange); Sweetness and Badness (Welsh National Opera MAX); Othello, Woman In Mind (Salisbury Playhouse); TILT Triple Bill (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh); Cruising (The Bush Theatre, London); Fijis (South Bank Centre and The Place, London); Trestle at Pope Lick Creek (Manchester Royal Exchange and Southwark Playhouse); Dov and Ali, The Water Engine, The Water Harvest (Theatre 503, Battersea), A Taste of Honey (Manchester Royal Exchange).

“James Conway’s sensitive production for ETO works because the culture in which it is set believes in magic and water spirits.” The Evening Standard

“Donna Bateman tugs our heartstrings in the title role” The Observer

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    10th Oct 2008 - 7:30 pm
  2. Malvern Theatres
    15th Oct 2008 - 7:30 pm
  3. Malvern Theatres
    18th Oct 2008 - 7:30 pm
  4. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    22nd Oct 2008 - 7:30 pm
  5. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    25th Oct 2008 - 7:30 pm
  6. Theatre Royal, Lincoln
    31st Oct 2008 - 7:30 pm
  7. Theatre Royal Bath
    3rd Nov 2008 - 7:30 pm
  8. Kendal Leisure Centre
    8th Nov 2008 - 7:30 pm
  9. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    14th Nov 2008 - 7:30 pm
  10. Buxton Opera House
    18th Nov 2008 - 7:30 pm
  11. Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
    22nd Nov 2008 - 7:30 pm
  12. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    26th Nov 2008 - 7:30 pm
  13. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    29th Nov 2008 - 7:30 pm

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