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Spirit of Vienna

Johann Strauss II - Spring 07

A concert performance of Johan Strauss frothy operetta Wiener Blut (Spirit of Vienna).

Conductor 
Gareth Hancock

In a new departure, ETO also staged a concert performance of Johann Strauss’ frothy operetta Spirit of Vienna (Wiener Blut), in Nigel Douglas’ translation. On stage, conducted by Gareth Hancock, the orchestra shone, and in the audience a rather different ETO following swayed to familiar Strauss waltzes, baked into a light sachertorte of a story about extra marital affairs at the Congress of Vienna.

Showing At

  1. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    27th Mar 2007 - 7:30 pm
  2. Hall for Cornwall, Truro
    4th Apr 2007 - 7:30 pm
  3. Lighthouse, Poole
    17th Apr 2007 - 7:30 pm
  4. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
    1st May 2007 - 7:30 pm
  5. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    10th May 2007 - 7:30 pm
  6. Warwick Arts Centre
    17th May 2007 - 7:30 pm
  1. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 27th Mar 2007 - 7:30 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  2. Hall for Cornwall, Truro — 4th Apr 2007 - 7:30 pm

    Back Quay, Truro, TR1 2LL

  3. Lighthouse, Poole — 17th Apr 2007 - 7:30 pm

    Kingland Road, Poole, BH15 1UG

  4. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield — 1st May 2007 - 7:30 pm

    55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA

  5. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 10th May 2007 - 7:30 pm

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

  6. Warwick Arts Centre — 17th May 2007 - 7:30 pm

    University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL

Gareth Hancock

Gareth Hancock

Conductor

Conductor
Gareth was born in Worcester and studied at the Royal Academy of Music and Clare College, Cambridge. Opera conducting includes: Rape of Lucretia (RAM); The Marriage of Figaro (Savoy Opera); The Barber of Seville (Savoy Opera); Rigoletto, Eugene Onegin, Seraglio, Spirit of Vienna (ETO); Madama Butterfly (ON); Misper (Glyndebourne Education) and, as Musical Director, Serenade To Music (St John’s, Smith Square). Recording work includes Kenneth Branagh’s film of The Magic Flute and Alfie Boe (Sony BMG/Classic FM) and Puccini Highlights (Chandos).

Crew

Robin Norton-Hale

Robin Norton-Hale

Staging

Richard Jackson

Richard Jackson

Minister

Patrick Ashcroft

Patrick Ashcroft

Joseph

Mary O'Sullivan

Mary O'Sullivan

Pepi

Mary was born in Dublin and trained at the DIT Conservatoire of Music, Royal Irish Academy of Music, RNCM, and completed her studies at The International Opera Studio, Zürich Opera House. Operatic roles include Elvira/L’italiana in Algeri, Nanetta/Falstaff, Valencienne/Merry Widow, several roles in Five:15, and cover Blonde/Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Scottish Opera); Susanna/Le Nozze di Figaro and Berta/The Barber of Seville (OTC); Nedda/Pagliacci (Wexford Festival Opera); Papagena/Die Zauberflöte and Sylvain/Die Lüstige Witwe for DVD (Zürich Opernhaus), Queen of the Night, Die Zauberflöte, (Sarganz, Switzerland and Diva Opera) and Donna Fulvia/La Pietra del Paragone (Stanley Hall Opera). Previously for ETO, Mary has sung Pepi, Der Wiener Blut and covered the role of Blonde/Die Entführung aus dem Serail.

Cheryl Enever

Cheryl Enever

Franzi

Cheryl Enever graduated from Bath Spa University as a cellist before training as a lyric soprano. She has sung for Royal Opera House, creating the lead soprano role of Joanna in the community opera Ludd and Isis; Franzi, Wienerblut, Tatyana, Eugene Onegin, Donna Anna, Don Giovanni and First Lady, Magic Flute (for ETO).

Other roles include Tosca, Tosca, Fiordiligi, Così fan tutte and Pamina, Magic Flute (Opera a la Carte); Countess Almaviva, Le Nozze di Figaro and Donna Anna under Ben Ellin; Countess, Capriccio (The Wagner Society); Eva, Der Meistersinger, The Mastersingers under Anthony Legge at the Linbury Studio Theatre; cover Tamiri, Il Re Pastore for the Classical Opera Company; and Sandrina, L’infedeltà delusa (BCO).

Her concert work has included Verdi Requiem (Cadogan Hall); Brahms Requiem, Mahler Fourth and Eighth Symphonies (BIF); Beethoven Ninth Symphony and Mass in C (Rochester Cathedral); Mozart C Minor Mass, Requiem (St John’s Smith Square, King’s College Chapel, Cambridge), Solemn Vespers and Exsultate Jubilate (Queen Elizabeth Hall); Fanshawe African Sanctus; Handel Messiah with the London Festival Orchestra.

Sylvia O'Brien

Sylvia O'Brien

Grafin

Born Dublin
Training Royal Irish Academy of Music, DIT College of Music, Trinity College Dublin
Awards Finalist Veronica Dunne Irish European Union Singing Competition, resident performer at Malkovich International Composers’ Competition
Opera Governess The Turn of the Screw (OTC), Barena Jen_fa (Opera Ireland)
Concerts Barry The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (NSOI), works by Raymond Deane (The Crash Ensemble), Haflidi Hallgrimsson, James Wilson (Vox 21), soloist and member of Irish National Chamber Choir (1998-2003), Mozart Exultate Jubilate (Orchestra of St.Cecilia, cond. David Agler)
Future Feldman Neither (RTE Living Music Festival), Mozart Die Schuldigkeit des erstens Gebots (NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Germany), Orchestra of St.Cecilia (Mozart Festival)

Nicky Spence

Nicky Spence

Count

“I left the theatre with a spring in my step and Strauss waltzes ringing in my ears”

Gloucestershire Echo

“The English Touring Opera performance was notable for Nicky Spence’s operatic debut as the philandering Count. With his lyrical tenor and commanding stage presence, this young Scotsman is clearly destined for stardom”

Gloucestershire Echo

Showing At

  1. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    27th Mar 2007 - 7:30 pm
  2. Hall for Cornwall, Truro
    4th Apr 2007 - 7:30 pm
  3. Lighthouse, Poole
    17th Apr 2007 - 7:30 pm
  4. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
    1st May 2007 - 7:30 pm
  5. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    10th May 2007 - 7:30 pm
  6. Warwick Arts Centre
    17th May 2007 - 7:30 pm

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