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St John Passion - cancelled

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.

Sung in German, with chorales in English

St John Passion 2017 Documentary

PARTICIPATING CHOIRS

HACKNEY EMPIRE
COLLEGIUM MUSICUM OF LONDON CHAMBER CHOIR
HACKNEY SINGERS
HACKNEY CHORAL
LONDON YOUTH BOYS’ CHOIR

BUXTON OPERA HOUSE
MANCHESTER CHAMBER CHOIR
BUXTON BACH CHOIR
LADY MANNERS SCHOOL PROJECT CHOIR

CHESTER STORYHOUSE
CHESTER FESTIVAL CHORUS
CHESTER CATHEDRAL SATURDAY SINGING CLUB
BEVERLEY MINSTER
EAST YORKSHIRE BACH COMMUNITY CHOIR

NORTHAMPTON DERNGATE THEATRE
NORTHAMPTON BACH CHOIR
NMPAT COMMUNITY CHOIR
THE CHOIR OF ALL SAINTS’ CHURCH

THEATRE BY THE LAKE
KESWICK CHORAL SOCIETY WIGTON CHORAL SOCIETY COCKERMOUTH HARMONIC SOCIETY

LANCASTER PRIORY
LANCASTER BACH VOICES WITH LANCASTER RIPIENO CHOIR

GALA THEATRE DURHAM
DURHAM MUSIC COLLECTIVE DURHAM UNIVERSITY SINGERS

EXETER CATHEDRAL
ANTIPHON THE TORBAY SINGERS THE DEVON COUNTY CHOIRS

TRURO CATHEDRAL
THREE SPIRES SINGERS CORNWALL JUNIOR CHOIR CORNWALL YOUTH CHAMBER CHOIR

Showing At

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

    • Cancelled

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

    Hunter Street, Chester, CH1 2AR

    • Cancelled

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

    38 Highgate, Beverley, HU17 0DN

    • Cancelled

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

    19-21 Guildhall Rd, Northampton, NN1 1DP

    • Cancelled

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

    Lake Rd, CA12 5DJ

    • Cancelled

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

    LA1 1XB

    • Cancelled

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

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

    • Cancelled

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

    1 The Cloisters, Exeter, EX1 1HS

    • Cancelled

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

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

    • Cancelled

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 Peter Kenny is from Liverpool. Conducting appearances include Flavio, Xerxes, Agrippina, Ottone, Iphigénie en Tauride, Giulio Cesare, Johannes-Passion, Mass in B minor, Matthäus-Passion (ETO), Cesare, Rinaldo, Radamisto, Alcina, Serse (Lucca),The Duchess of Malfi (Royal and Derngate), Stabat Mater (Dorothy Cross/OTC), Orfeo, Dido (RCM), Anxiety Fanfare (Kings Place, RFH), Memorial (London Barbican, Adelaide Festival, Brisbane Festival). He has performed with ROH, ENO, Glyndebourne, Salzburg Festival, Royal Opera Copenhagen, Teatro comunale Bologna, Glimmerglass NY, BBC Proms, AAM, OAE, EBS, RLPO, RSNO, UO, Gabrieli Consort, with Gardiner, Hickox, Fischer, Parrott, Mortensen, Bolton, and Bicket. Recordings include: Matthäus-Passion (Miller/Goodwin), Agrippina (Gardiner), Buxtehude Cantatas (Immerseel), Puccini Requiem (Fontaine). His edition of Handel’s Tamerlano has been produced in Dublin, Melbourne, Lisbon, and London.

Cast

Susanna Hurrell

Susanna Hurrell

Soprano

British soprano Susanna Hurrell is highly regarded as one of the most versatile singers of her generation, garnering critical praise for her clear, pure tone and warm stage presence.

Recent highlights include Gretel Hansel and Gretel for English National Opera / Regent’s Park, Rosalinde Die Fledermaus for Opera Holland Park, Anne Trulove The Rake’s Progress for Opera Glassworks, Mélisande Pelleas et Mélisande for Norwegian National Opera and Aldimira in Cavalli’s Erismena for the Aix-en-Provence festival. She also sang a critically acclaimed Lauretta Gianni Schicchi and subsequently Micaëla Carmen at the Royal Opera House, and created the title role in Ravi Shankar’s Sukanya with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

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).

Tim Morgan recently completed his studies at the RCM. A Samling Artist, he was a finalist in the 2019 Kathleen Ferrier Awards.

Recent and future engagements include Oberon A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Nevill Holt Opera, Purcell’s The Indian Queenwith Emanuelle Haïm and Le Concert D’Astrée at Opéra de Lille, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with the OAE, Gabriel at the Barbican Hall and the Saffron Hall with the English Consort under Harry Bicket, Handel’s Messiah with The Hanover Band, a recital of Vivaldi arias with Norwich Baroque Orchestra, and Purcell’s King Arthur with Vox Luminis.

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

Born in Dresden, Stephan Loges was an early winner of the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition, where he is now a regular recitalist. He has since made appearances at the Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Vienna Konzerthaus, Klavierfestival Ruhr, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Santiago de Compostela, Musée d’Orsay Paris, Vocal Arts Series in Washington, and with the MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, Melbourne and Sapporo Symphony Orchestras, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Gabrieli Consort.

Recent and future highlights include a return to La Monnaie in the world première of Mark Grey’s Frankenstein, his role debut as Falke Die Fledermaus with Northern Ireland Opera, performances with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Residentie Orkest, and Orquestra XXI, and recitals at the Oxford Lieder Festival and Lied Festival Victoria De Los Angeles, Barcelona.

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

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