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Teseo

Handel - Autumn 07

James Conway’s production of Handel’s brilliant, youthful opera.

Lighting designer 
Aideen Malone
Director 
James Conway
Conductor 
Michael Rosewell
Designer 
Adam Wiltshire

Handel’s brilliant, youthful opera Teseo was given a handsome period setting by Adam Wiltshire; the church sanctuary setting, drawn from 17th century Dutch painting, was transformed into an operating theatre in the second half, suggesting the dangers inherent in any sanctuary. Extreme in its demands on the singers, Handel’s score was well met by all the artists, with fiery coloratura from Jeni Byrne and Valerie Komar especially, and some very pure lyric singing from Gail Pearson. Distinguished counter tenor Derek Lee Ragin also gave a dazzling display of vocal agility as Egeo, the feckless king of Athens.

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    12th Oct 2007 - 7:30 pm
  2. The Spa, Scarborough
    15th Oct 2007 - 7:30 pm
  3. Kendal Leisure Centre
    18th Oct 2007 - 7:30 pm
  4. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    24th Oct 2007 - 7:30 pm
  5. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    27th Oct 2007 - 7:30 pm
  6. Bath Assembley Rooms
    30th Oct 2007 - 7:30 pm
  7. Exeter Corn Exchange
    31st Oct 2007 - 7:30 pm
  8. The Octagon Theatre, Yeovil
    5th Nov 2007 - 7:30 pm
  9. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    10th Nov 2007 - 7:30 pm
  10. Malvern Theatres
    14th Nov 2007 - 7:30 pm
  11. Malvern Theatres
    17th Nov 2007 - 7:30 pm
  12. Buxton Opera House
    19th Nov 2007 - 7:30 pm
  13. Theatre Royal, Lincoln
    24th Nov 2007 - 7:30 pm
  1. Hackney Empire — 12th Oct 2007 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  2. The Spa, Scarborough — 15th Oct 2007 - 7:30 pm

  3. Kendal Leisure Centre — 18th Oct 2007 - 7:30 pm

  4. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 24th Oct 2007 - 7:30 pm

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

  5. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 27th Oct 2007 - 7:30 pm

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

  6. Bath Assembley Rooms — 30th Oct 2007 - 7:30 pm

  7. Exeter Corn Exchange — 31st Oct 2007 - 7:30 pm

  8. The Octagon Theatre, Yeovil — 5th Nov 2007 - 7:30 pm

  9. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 10th Nov 2007 - 7:30 pm

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

  10. Malvern Theatres — 14th Nov 2007 - 7:30 pm

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

  11. Malvern Theatres — 17th Nov 2007 - 7:30 pm

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

  12. Buxton Opera House — 19th Nov 2007 - 7:30 pm

    Water Street, SK17 6XN

  13. Theatre Royal, Lincoln — 24th Nov 2007 - 7:30 pm

    Clasketgate, Lincoln, LN2 1JJ

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.).

James Conway

James Conway

Director

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

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

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.

Cast

Valerie Komar

Valerie Komar

Soprano

Teseo

Born
Connecticut, USA

Training
Carnegie Mellon University; Balliol College, Oxford University; Juilliard School of Music

Awards
2005 Gerda Lissner Award; 2004 and 2002 Lee Schaenen Vocal Competition Winner; 2003 Liederkranz Foundation Scholarship

Opera
Lazuli L’Etoile (Opera Boston); Ms. Jessel The Turn of the Screw (The Kennedy Centre); Rosina Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Lake George Opera); Mercedes Carmen (New York City Opera/Dallas Opera); Hansel Hansel & Gretel (Palm Beach Opera); Cherubino Le Nozze di Figaro (Glimmerglass Opera)

Concert
Mozart Le nozze di Figaro (National Philharmonic); Schoenberg Pierrot Lunaire (Alice Tully Hall); Milton Babbitt Philomel (New York MOMA)

Recordings
Agethe in Philip Glass’ Les Enfants Terribles (Euphoria Label)

Gail Pearson

Gail Pearson

Soprano

Agilea

Born
Neath, South Wales

Training
RNCM, University College, Cardiff

Opera
Musetta La Boheme (ENO and WNO); Asteria Tamerlano (SO); Gilda Rigoletto (Holland Park and WNO); Lisette La Rondine (ON); Pernille Maskarade (ROH); Pamina Magic Flute (SO); Papagena Magic Flute (ROH); Gretel Hansel & Gretel (WNO); Flowermaiden Parsifal (Bastille).

Concert
Handel Messiah (RNSO, Glasgow Concert Hall and CLS/Barbican); Orff Carmina Burana (RAH); Mozart Exultate Jubilate (BBCNOW); Medee (Cherubini) Vienna Phil Salzburg Festival;

Recordings
Iris Semele (Chandos)

Broadcasts
Mozart Exultate Jubilate (BBC Radio 3)

Helen Withers

Helen Withers

Mezzo soprano

Clizia

Born
Wolverhampton

Training
GSMD

Awards
2006 London Handel Singing Competition (2nd Place); 2006 Thelma King Award (2nd Place); Royal Overseas League Competition ‘Most Promising Singers’ Award; Winner of the Concordia Foundation of English Singers & Speakers Competition

Opera
Zerlina Don Giovanni (Festival, Portugal); Nimmy and Mary Push! (Tête-à-tête); Gretel Hansel & Gretel (Opera! Festival, Holland); Idamante (cover) Idomeneo (Glyndebourne Touring Opera); Brigitte Iolanta & Dorabella Cosi fan tutte (GSMD)

Concert/Recital
Bach St Matthew Passion (London Handel Festival); Purcell Faery Queen (Aldeburgh Festival); Clark Silver Swan (Edinburgh Fringe Festival); Three Choirs Festival; Purcell Room; Ravinia Festival (Chicago); Barbican Hall

Jeni Bern

Jeni Bern

Soprano

Medea

Born
Glasgow

Training
RCM, RSAMD

Awards
President Emirita Award (2 Years Running), Samling Foundation

Opera
Paquette Candide (La Scala Milan and Theatre du Chatelet); Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro (ON); Gretel Hansel und Gretel (ON); Musetta La Boheme (Opera Zuid)

Concert
Britten Spring Symphony (Canterbury Cathedral); Gilbert and Sullivan Variety Programme (Bournmouth Symphony Orchestra); Vivaldi Dixit Dominus (Dresdener Kammerchor)

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).

“American mezzo Valerie Komar shines”

Erica Jeal, Guardina Unlimited

“Valerie Komar stands out as Teseo, with a suitably heroic physical presence and vocal apparatus to match. Even her most virtuosic arias are projected with seemingly ear-deceiving facility.”

Edward Bhesania, The Stage

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    12th Oct 2007 - 7:30 pm
  2. The Spa, Scarborough
    15th Oct 2007 - 7:30 pm
  3. Kendal Leisure Centre
    18th Oct 2007 - 7:30 pm
  4. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    24th Oct 2007 - 7:30 pm
  5. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    27th Oct 2007 - 7:30 pm
  6. Bath Assembley Rooms
    30th Oct 2007 - 7:30 pm
  7. Exeter Corn Exchange
    31st Oct 2007 - 7:30 pm
  8. The Octagon Theatre, Yeovil
    5th Nov 2007 - 7:30 pm
  9. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    10th Nov 2007 - 7:30 pm
  10. Malvern Theatres
    14th Nov 2007 - 7:30 pm
  11. Malvern Theatres
    17th Nov 2007 - 7:30 pm
  12. Buxton Opera House
    19th Nov 2007 - 7:30 pm
  13. Theatre Royal, Lincoln
    24th Nov 2007 - 7:30 pm

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