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St John Passion

Johann Sebastian Bach - Spring 2020

Bach’s St John Passion featuring the Old Street Band

Director 
James Conway
Conductor 
Jonathan Peter Kenny

Following the overwhelming success of ETO’s performances of the great choral masterpieces of J. S. Bach, ETO will present St John Passion, in an immersive and semi-staged performance this spring. Professional soloists perform with more than 30 choirs from across the country as well as period orchestra, the Old Street Band, for these distinctive and reimagined performances.

ETO have commissioned new translations of the Chorales from theological and literary figures including the Anglican priest, journalist and broadcaster, Dr Giles Anthony Fraser and former Archbishop of Canterbury and poet, Dr Rowan Williams.

Sung in German and English with English surtitles

St John Passion 2017 Documentary

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    5th Mar 2020 - 7:30 pm
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  2. Buxton Opera House
    26th Mar 2020 - 7:30 pm
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  3. Storyhouse, Chester
    9th Apr 2020 - 7:30 pm
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  4. Beverley Minster
    11th Apr 2020 - 7:30 pm
  5. Derngate Theatre, Northampton
    3rd May 2020 - 7:30 pm
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  6. Theatre by the Lake, Keswick
    7th May 2020 - 7:30 pm
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  7. Lancaster Priory
    9th May 2020 - 7:30 pm
  8. Gala Theatre, Durham
    12th May 2020 - 7:30 pm
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  9. Exeter Cathedral
    29th May 2020 - 7:30 pm
  10. Truro Cathedral
    27th Jun 2020 - 7:30 pm
  1. Hackney Empire — 5th Mar 2020 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  2. Buxton Opera House — 26th Mar 2020 - 7:30 pm

    Water Street, SK17 6XN

  3. Storyhouse, Chester — 9th Apr 2020 - 7:30 pm

    Hunter Street, Chester, CH1 2AR

  4. Beverley Minster — 11th Apr 2020 - 7:30 pm

    38 Highgate, Beverley, HU17 0DN

  5. Derngate Theatre, Northampton — 3rd May 2020 - 7:30 pm

    19-21 Guildhall Rd, Northampton, NN1 1DP

  6. Theatre by the Lake, Keswick — 7th May 2020 - 7:30 pm

    Lake Rd, CA12 5DJ

  7. Lancaster Priory — 9th May 2020 - 7:30 pm

    LA1 1XB

  8. Gala Theatre, Durham — 12th May 2020 - 7:30 pm

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

  9. Exeter Cathedral — 29th May 2020 - 7:30 pm

    1 The Cloisters, Exeter, EX1 1HS

  10. Truro Cathedral — 27th Jun 2020 - 7:30 pm

    14 St Mary's St, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 2AF

James Conway

James Conway

Director

As General Director of ETO for 17 years and ETO’s Artistic Director since April 2019, James Conway has directed productions of operas by Monteverdi, Handel, Mozart, Donizetti, Janácek, Puccini, Debussy, Ullmann, Britten and Tippett, as well as a world premiere by Alexander Goehr. Before coming to ETO he was General Director of Opera Theatre Company in Dublin; his productions for that company travelled to New York (Brooklyn Academy of Music), and to festivals in Melbourne, London, Buxton, Paris, Dusseldorf, Prague, Brno, Lisbon and Porto. Notable among his freelance directing is the long-running production of The Cunning Little Vixen at the Janácek Theatre, Brno.

Jonathan Peter Kenny

Jonathan Peter Kenny

Conductor

Jonathan is from Liverpool and studied at the University of Exeter and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is a founder of the Old Street Band.

He has performed a wide range of music from Monteverdi to the present day, including 14 Handel operas, 13 oratorios and numerous premieres for composers such as Michael Nyman, Jonathan Dove, Pawel Mykietyn, Fabio Vacchi, Deirdre Gribbin, Thomas Ades and Roxanna Panufnik. He has sung for the Royal Opera Covent Garden, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, English National Opera, English Touring Opera, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Royal Opera Copenhagen, Salzburg Festival, Halle Handel Festival, Badischestaatsteater Karlsruhe, BBC Proms, Glimmerglass Festival NY, Teatr Wielki Warsaw, Opera du Rhin and in Australia and Japan.

Jonathan has performed with Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, English Baroque Soloists, Gabrieli Consort, Ulster Orchestra under such conductors as Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Richard Hickox, David Parry, Ivan Fischer, Thierry Fischer, Jane Glover, Andrew Parrott, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Ivor Bolton, Paul McCreesh, Harry Bicket. Recordings include Mattheus-Passion (Miller/Goodwin); Agrippina (Gardiner); Buxtehude/Cantatas (Immerseel); La conversione di Clodoveo (Gester); Israel in Babylon (Fontaine).

Jonathan is baroque specialist at the Royal College of Music International Opera School and prepared singers for Handel’s Poro, Atalanta, Alessandro, Il pastor fido and Rodelinda, as well as Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea with Michael Rosewell whom he also assisted on Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen. For Trinity-Laban, Jonathan worked on Giustino and Rinaldo.

Jonathan’s performing edition of Tamerlano has been performed in London, Melbourne, Lisbon, Dublin and Prague.

After many years leading his own ensembles, Jonathan made his operatic conducting debut in 2005 with a staging of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater on Valentia Island for artist Dorothy Cross and OTC Dublin. The film was shown at the Irish Museum of Modern Art and in Los Angeles. In 2007 he conducted a new production of Handel’s Teseo for ETO, touring the UK, and in 2009 a new production of Flavio which opened to great enthusiasm as part of the HANDELFEST marking the 250th anniversary of Handel’s death. From these performances, a new period instrument orchestra, the Old Street Band, was formed, making a highly acclaimed debut in autumn 2011 in a new production of Xerxes. Other appearances include a staging of Carissimi’s Jephte for the National Churches Trust; Monteverdi: 1610 and all that at the RCM and a highly praised The Duchess of Malfi Webster/Gesualdo at the Royal and Derngate Theatre Northampton.

Plans include a revival of Flavio, a production of Alcina in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, where Ariosto (author of Orlando furioso on which Alcina is based) was governor, in summer 2012, a reconstruction of Muzio Scevola (Amadei/Buoncini/Handel) and a new production of Agrippina.

Cast

Susanna Hurrell

Susanna Hurrell

Soprano

London-born soprano Susanna Hurrell is highly regarded as one of the most versatile singers of her generation. Since her critically acclaimed debut with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Lauretta Gianni Schicchi in 2016, her pure, clear tone and warm stage presence have garnered praise from audiences and critics throughout Europe and the UK.

Most recently Hurrell made her role debuts as Gretel Hansel and Gretel for the English National Opera / Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Rosalinde Die Fledermaus for Opera Holland Park and Anne Trulove The Rake’s Progress for Opera Glass Works at Wilton’s Music Hall. She also sang Micaela in Barrie Kosky’s new production of Carmen at the ROH, Mélisande Pelleas et Mélisande at the Norwegian National Opera and Aldimira in Cavalli’s Erismena for the Aix-en-Provence Festival.

Equally at home with contemporary repertoire, she recently sang Isabel in the Russian premiere of George Benjamin’s Lessons in Love and Violence at the Mariinsky Concert Hall, and in Philip Venables’ 4.48 Psychosis for the ROH, Prototype Festival in New York and Opéra national du Rhin, a role she originated in 2016. In 19/20 season, Hurrell will make her role debut as Cleopatra Giulio Cesare and reprise the title role of Ravi Shankar’s only opera Sukanya with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

On the concert platform, Hurrell has recently performed Mahler Symphony No. 4 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Britten Les Illuminations with the English Chamber Orchestra, the world premiere of David Oppenheimer’s Deborah with the Southbank Sinfonia, Dido Dido and Aenas with The English Concert, Handel Messiah with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, and Mozart Festival Orchestra; and Bach Mass in B Minor with the BBC Singers.

Jenny Stafford

Jenny Stafford

Soprano

Jenny Stafford was born in Yorkshire and trained at the Royal Academy of Music (where she won the Isabel Jay Operatic Prize and Dame Eva Turner Operatic Award), at ENO Opera Works and at the Georg Solti Accademia di Bel Canto.

Opera highlights include: Sarah MacMillan’s Clemency (Dutch National Opera), Tisbe Isouard’s Cendrillon and Eginia Storace’s Gli sposi malcontenti (Bampton Classical Opera), Pied Piper Willcocks’ The Pied Piper of Hamelin (Opera North), Micaëla _(North Aldborough Festival), _Vitellia (Cadogan Hall), Fiordiligi (Bury Court Opera), Sāvitri Holst’s Sāvitri and Alison in Holst’s Wandering Scholar (Grimeborn Festival) and Adina and Mimì (Woodhouse Opera).

Martha Jones

Martha Jones

Alto

Martha Jones’ recent engagements include HERMIA A Midsummer Night’s Dream Nevill Holt Opera, DORABELLA Così fan tutte Classical Opera, ANNINA La Traviata and DAUGHTER Akhnaten English National Opera.

Other engagements include FANNY PRICE Mansfield Park The Grange Festival, 2nd LADY The Magic Flute Mid Wales Opera and 2nd WITCH/Lady in Waiting Macbeth Scottish Opera and SANDMAN “Hänsel und Gretel” (cover) Glyndebourne.

Martha studied at the RCMIOS, and was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society‘s Susan Chilcott scholarship. She took part in young artist programmes at Carnegie Hall, Ravinia Festival and as a Samling Scholar. Martha has given recitals at St John’s Smith Square and Kings Place.

Tim Morgan

Tim Morgan

Alto

Mr Morgan will sing the role of Giulio Cesare at Lighthouse, Poole (Sat 21 Mar), Festival Theatres, Malvern (Sat 25 Apr) and Lancaster Priory (Fri 8 May).

Thomas Elwin

Thomas Elwin

Tenor

Thomas Elwin studied at the Royal Academy of Music, the Solti Accademia Bel Canto and the Verbier Academy and was a member of the opera studio at Oper Stuttgart. Recent and future opera engagements include Ferrando for Teatro Barocco, Staatstheater Stuttgart and English Touring Opera, Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) for English National Opera, Jacquino for the Landestheater Bregenz and Sam Kaplan for Oper Köln.

In concert he performs extensively as a soloist across Europe. Recent and future appearances include Bach Passions in the UK, Germany and Spain, Messiah with various orchestras throughout Europe, Britten’s Serenade at Kings Place, a concert at the BBC Proms, The Creation at Winchester Cathedral and Mozart’s Requiem with the Munich Philharmonic and at the Mozart Festival in Gdansk.

Thomas has an extensive recital repertoire and has appeared at the Oxford Lieder Festival, Song in the City, with the Royal Academy Song Circle and the London Song Festival.

Richard Dowling

Richard Dowling

Tenor

Mr Dowling will sing the role of Ferrando in Così fan tutte at Snape Maltings Concert Hall (Fri 13 May), Buxton Opera House (Sat 28 Mar), Festival Theatre, Malvern (Thu 23 Apr) and Exeter Northcott (Wed 27 May).

Richard is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music’s Opera Course and is now generously supported by Opera Prelude.

Richard returns here for his second season, having played an Evangelist in their productions of Bach’s St Matthew Passion and a variety of roles in their triple bill of Purcell, Carissimi and Gesualdo. More recently he travelled to Tokyo with ‘Diva Opera’ to perform as ‘Pedrillo’ in their production of Mozart’s ‘Entführung aus dem Serail’.

Richard originally studied Chemical Engineering at The University of Manchester, where he completed a PhD in the field of crystallisation.

Stephan Loges

Stephan Loges

Bass

Edward Hawkins

Edward Hawkins

Bass

Mr Hawkins will sing the role of Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte at York Theatre Royal on Fri 3 Apr.

Edward read music at King’s College, London, studying trumpet at the Royal Academy of Music.

Having begun singing in his late twenties, Edward quickly began to develop a professional career, studying privately with Russell Smythe and Gary Coward.

From 2015 to 2018, Edward sang in the Glyndebourne Chorus in various productions, including performances at the BBC Proms and worldwide cinema broadcasts.

In 2019 Edward covered and performed the role of Banquo in Verdi’s Macbeth, and performed the role of the doctor, for English Touring Opera. He subsequently appeared as Banquo at the Minack Theatre, before covering Sparafucile in Rigoletto for Glyndebourne.

Bradley Travis

Bradley Travis

Bass

Bradley Travis was born in Cheshire and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal College of Music International Opera School.

Roles performed include Figaro Le nozze di Figaro(Opera North), Bunthorne Patience and BettoGianni Schicchi (ETO), Siegfried Sassoon Silver Birch (Garsington Opera), plus Robin Oakapple Ruddigore and Strephon Iolanthe (National G&S Opera Company). Bradley also performed in Vaughan William’s Serenade to Music at the 2016 Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.

Bradley is heavily involved in music outreach, working as the Associate Artist (Learning & Participation) at English Touring Opera; commissioning and directing new operas for children, devising and leading workshops, and curating their education and community output.

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    5th Mar 2020 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  2. Buxton Opera House
    26th Mar 2020 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  3. Storyhouse, Chester
    9th Apr 2020 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  4. Beverley Minster
    11th Apr 2020 - 7:30 pm
  5. Derngate Theatre, Northampton
    3rd May 2020 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  6. Theatre by the Lake, Keswick
    7th May 2020 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  7. Lancaster Priory
    9th May 2020 - 7:30 pm
  8. Gala Theatre, Durham
    12th May 2020 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  9. Exeter Cathedral
    29th May 2020 - 7:30 pm
  10. Truro Cathedral
    27th Jun 2020 - 7:30 pm

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