Teseo

Handel - Handelfest

Director 
James Conway
Conductor 
Michael Rosewell
Designer 
Adam Wiltshire
Lighting Designer 
Aideen Malone
Revival Director 
William Oldroyd

Teseo (1713) is an early Handel opera, formally his closest in style to the great French mythological operas. It is a piece of extraordinary brilliance and vocal difficulty, with many shorter, dazzling arias. Based on one episode from the story of the Greek hero Theseus (not very heroic, it is true, in his dealings with women!), Handel’s opera is translated in ETO’s production to the late 17th century, and its design by Adam Wiltshire shows a clear influence of Dutch painting; it is set in a church where some characters take sanctuary from battle.
With a hero in the image of dashing Prince Rupert of the Rhine, and all the rest dressed in late Stuart splendour, ETO’s Teseo is a delight for all the senses.

Running time 2 hours 39 minutes including one interval

Showing At

  1. Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, London
    16th Oct 2009 - 7:30 pm
  2. Malvern Theatres
    28th Oct 2009 - 7:30 pm
  3. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    4th Nov 2009 - 7:30 pm
  4. Theatre Royal Bath
    10th Nov 2009 - 7:30 pm
  5. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    18th Nov 2009 - 7:30 pm
  1. Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, London — 16th Oct 2009 - 7:30 pm

    Prince Consort Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2BS

    • Sold Out

  2. Malvern Theatres — 28th Oct 2009 - 7:30 pm

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

  3. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 4th Nov 2009 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  4. Theatre Royal Bath — 10th Nov 2009 - 7:30 pm

    Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath, BA1 1ET

  5. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 18th Nov 2009 - 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).

Michael Rosewell

Michael Rosewell

Conductor

Michael began his career at the Vienna State Opera as a member of the music staff and assistant to Claudio Abbado. Having worked closely with many of the world’s greatest singers including Pavarotti, Domingo, Gruberova, Freni, Carreras, Alfredo Kraus, and Cappuccilli, he went on to conduct extensively throughout Germany; notably the opera houses in Kassel, Wiesbaden and the Nationaltheater, Mannheim, where he held the position of Kapellmeister. He has also conducted at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, for Kent Opera, ENO, and regularly at the International Festivals in Aldeburgh, Bath, Perth, Buxton and Montepulciano.

In concert Michael has conducted amongst others, the Staatsorchester, Rheinische Philharmonie, the Nationalorchester, Mannheim, the Staatsorchester, Wiesbaden, the Pforztheimer Kammerorchester, the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, the RTE Symphony Orchestra, the London Mozart Players, the BT Scottish Ensemble and the Aurora Orchestra. He has also worked extensively with leading period instrument ensemble ‘The London Handel Orchestra’ with which, as ‘Associate Conductor’, he introduced many rarely performed Handel operas to the London stage. He has broadcast for Radio France Musique, RTE Dublin and Süddeutsche Rundfunk. His recording of Lehar arias, with Grammy award winning tenor Alfie Boe and the Orchestra of Scottish Opera was recently re-released under the Decca record label.

Recent projects include mentoring Craig Revel Horwood through to winning the BBC Maestro at the Opera, filmed in association with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, to conducting a Bach’s St John Passion with the RTE Symphony Orchestra, Dublin. His most recent performances with ETO included Michael Tippett’s King Priam at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; a production which won the Olivier Award for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Opera’, 2014.

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.

Aideen Malone

Aideen Malone

Lighting Designer

Aideen was born in Dublin and trained in Dublin and London. Her opera engagements include Turn of the Screw, Le nozze di Figaro, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cosi fan tutte, Mary Queen of Scotts, Jenufa and Tosca (all for ETO); Dialogues des Carmélites (RCM). In theatre, Aideen’s work has included Lighten Up, The Thought That Counts and In One Ear (Theatre Rites); Greed and Kiss My Echo (Clod Ensemble); Hirja and Dogs Barking (Bush Theatre); Coyote on a Fence (Royal Exchange Manchester/ West End). Aideen’s dance work includes A Compas (Paco Pena); Ether and Bhakti (Angika Dance Co.); Kaash and Polaroid Feet (Akram Khan Co.).

William Oldroyd

William Oldroyd

Revival Director

William studied at Durham University and went on to RADA where he took his MA in Directing and Dramaturgy. He has directed Ghosts (The Young Vic); Kean (Hori Pro and Thelma Holt, Tokyo); Scenes from An Execution (Hackney Empire); Two Noble Kinsmen (RSC). In 2010 William will direct Don Pasquale for ETO.

Cast

Claire Booth

Claire Booth

Soprano

Agliea

Claire studied at Oxford University; GSMD; NOS, where she was sponsored by ON. She was a finalist in the 2004 Kathleen Ferrier Awards. Operatic highlights include Nora/ Riders to the Sea (ENO); Mrs Green/ Down by the Greenwood Side and Soprano Narrator/ Into the Little Hill (Royal Opera Linbury Theatre); Mélisande/ Pelléas et Mélisande (OTC); Elle/ La Voix humaine, 1st Niece/ Peter Grimes and Zerlina/ Don Giovanni (ON); Anicia Eritea/ Eliogabalo (GPO); Concert engagements include appearances with the CBSO; CSO; BBCSO; BBCSSO; Miranda/ The Tempest (NRO); London Sinfonietta. Recent performances include Benjamin A Mind of Winter (Lucerne International Festival) and George Crumb Ancient Voices of Children (Proms). Future engagements include performances with the BBCSO, London Sinfonietta and the Nash Ensemble.

Claire Ormshaw

Claire Ormshaw

Soprano

Medea

Born in Lancashire, Claire studied at the RNCM and NOS. In 2005, she received the prestigious John Christie Award from Glyndebourne Opera for the most promising young singer. Other awards include a Peter Moores Foundation Major Scholarship and scholarships from ENO, the Sybil Tutton Charitable Trust and the Countess of Munster Trust. Opera engagements include Emmie/ Albert Herring (GFO and GTO); Blonde/ Entführung (Frankfurt Opera), Nannetta/ Falstaff (WNO and GPO), Barbarina/ Le nozze di Figaro (ENO and GFO). Recently her roles include Despina/ Cosi fan tutte (Ivan Fischer in Budapest and Spain); Marzelline/ Fidelio (Garsington Opera). Future plans include Blonde/ Entführung (WNO); Tytania/ A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Susanna/ Le nozze diFigaro (ETO).

Paula Sides

Paula Sides

Soprano

Ms Paula Sides will sing the role of Tosca on 4 March (London), 18 March (Poole), 21 March (Sheffield), 8 April (York), 11 April (Wolverhampton), 13 April (Leicester), 19 April (Cheltenham), 28 April (Cambridge), 4 May (Buxton), 16 May (Durham), 18 May (Perth), 23 & 26 May (Exeter), 1 June (Norwich) and 7 June (Ulverston).

Paula received the Tagor Gold Medal from the RCM and the Karaviotis Prize at the Les Azuriales International Competition. At RCM, she was a finalist for the Young Concert Artists Trust and received the Coutts & Co. Award along with the Sir Thomas Allen Scholarship supported by a Clayton Award. Operatic roles include Norina/ Don Pasquale, Gilda/ Rigoletto (Preggio Opera Festival, Italy); Atalanta/ Atalanta (Handel Society); Bastienne/ Bastien und Bastienne (Skipton Camerata); Mimi/ La bohème, Inez/ Il trovatore (both Opus I Opera); Grasshopper/ The Cunning Little Vixen (RCM). Covers include Governess/ Turn of the Screw (Opera North). Concert engagements include Mozart Unwrapped (King’s Place with Roger Vignoles November 2011), City of Dreams (Philharmonia Orchestra concert series 2009); City Music Society series (Eric Falk Trust Award). Paula has also recorded a Peroni advert soundtrack. Previously for ETO, Paula has performed the roles of Pamina/ The Magic Flute, Clizia/ Teseo, Emilia/ Flavio, Susanna/ Figaro.
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Anne Marie Gibbons

Anne Marie Gibbons

Mezzo Soprano

Teseo

Anne Marie studied in Dublin and RNCM supported by the Peter Moores Foundation. Opera roles include Dorabella/ Cosi fan tutte, Anna/ Ascanius/ The Trojans at Carthage, Ino/ Semele, Sister Mathilde/ The Dialogue of the Carmelites, Pitti-Sing/ The Mikado, Flora/ La traviata, Bacchis/ La belle Hélène, Nero/ Agrippina, Kasturbai/ Satyagraha and Annio/ La clemenza di Tito (ENO);  Ariodante and La Cenerentola (OTC); Siegrune/ Gutrune/ Der Ring des Nibelungen (Limerick/ Birmingham); Pippo/ The Thieving Magpie (ON); Peter Eötvös/ As I Crossed the Bridge of Dreams (Almeida Opera); Anna/ Maria Stuarda (Chelsea Opera Group); Second Lady/ The Magic Flute (WNO); Rosmira/ Partenope (Les Azuriales Festival, France). Recordings include Elvida and Il diluvio universale (Opera Rara); The Dialogue of the Carmelites and Italian Girl in Algiers (CHANDOS).

Lina Markeby

Lina Markeby

Mezzo Soprano

Arcane

Lina was born in Sweden, started her singing studies there and completed them at GSMD. She has recently performed Cherubino/ Le Nozze di Figaro and Dorabella/ Così fan tutte (Théatre des Champs Elysées; Atelier Lyrique de Tourcoing) with Jean-Claude Malgoire. Other roles include Arcane/ Teseo (ETO), Second Woman in Katie Mitchell´s After Dido (ENO; The Young Vic); Second Woman in Deborah Warner’s Dido & Aeneas (Les Arts Florissants for Wiener Festwochen; Opéra Comique; The Netherlands Opera); Messaggiera/Ninfa/ L’Orfeo (Drottningholm); Carmen/ La Tragédie de Carmen, Third Sprite/ Rusalka (both Wexford Festival); Doris/Zaide/ L’Europe Galante (Academie Baroque d’Ambronay, cond. William Christie). In concert she has performed the roles of Idamante/ Idomeneo (Chelsea Opera Group), Idamante and Sesto in extracts from Idomeneo and La Clemenza di Tito (Mozart Galas, English Baroque Soloists, cond. John Eliot Gardiner). Future plans include Sesto/ Giulio Cesare with Jean-Claude Malgoire (Atelier Lyrique de Tourcoing at L’Opéra Royal; Versailles; on tour across France).

Derek Lee Ragin

Derek Lee Ragin

Counter tenor

Egeo

Derek trained at the Sweelinck Conservatorium, University of Maryland and Oberlin Conservatory. He received 1st Prize in the International Munich Competition and in the Purcell-Britten Prize of Concert Singers. Operatic engagements include Egeo/ Teseo (ETO); Prometheus/ Prometheus (Dawe Production); Mr. Lies/ Nurse/ Angels in America (Opera de Châtelet); Oberon/ A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Metropolitan Opera). Concert engagements include Handel/ Porpora Mi palpita il cor (Florilegium). Derek has also made a number of recordings including Gluck L’Orfeo with John E. Gardener (Philips/ Decca) and Negro Spirituals with Moses Hogan (EMI and Channel Classics).

A damn good evening’s entertainment…if you’ve never tried opera before, don’t think about it – just book and go.

The Guardian

“Terrific…Two splendid roles for virtuoso soprano, taken here with tremendous panache by Claire Ormshaw (as wicked Medea) and Claire Booth”

The Telegraph

“Claire Ormshaw, terrific”

The Times

Showing At

  1. Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, London
    16th Oct 2009 - 7:30 pm
  2. Malvern Theatres
    28th Oct 2009 - 7:30 pm
  3. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    4th Nov 2009 - 7:30 pm
  4. Theatre Royal Bath
    10th Nov 2009 - 7:30 pm
  5. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    18th Nov 2009 - 7:30 pm

Your Comments

  1. Your production of Teseo was excellent in 2007, being able to see it alongside other Handel operas this year should be even better!

    Said Mark at 10:13am on 1st Oct 2009

  2. Congrats on a wonderful performance of Teseo at the Cambridge Arts Theatre last night, and thanks to James Conway for a stimulating pre-show talk about the dark side of the Hanovers.

    Said Anthony Austin at 19:58pm on 19th Nov 2009

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