The Duenna

Thomas Linley - Autumn 2010

English Touring Opera presents a new production of Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s The Duenna.

Conductor 
Joseph McHardy
Director 
Michael Barker-Caven
Designer 
Adam Wiltshire
Lighting Designer 
Guy Hoare

A new production (after hundreds of years) of Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s The Duenna, a play with songs composed by the Linleys of Bath, depicting the scandalous elopement of the Irish playwright with Elizabeth Linley, a celebrated singer and society beauty. This opera, the most popular of the Georgian period – making the fortunes of the Covent Garden theatre – is tuneful, sabre-tongued, light-hearted and irreverent, the jewel of Georgian England.

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Photographs by Robert Workman

Running time: approx. 2 hours and 48 minutes, including a 20 minute interval.

Showing At

  1. Lighthouse, Poole
    1st Oct 2010 - 7:30 pm
  2. Lighthouse, Poole
    2nd Oct 2010 - 7:30 pm
  3. Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London
    13th Oct 2010 - 7:00 pm
  4. Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London
    15th Oct 2010 - 7:00 pm
  5. Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London
    16th Oct 2010 - 1:00 pm
  6. Theatre Royal Bath
    18th Oct 2010 - 7:30 pm
  7. Theatre Royal Bath
    19th Oct 2010 - 7:30 pm
  8. Malvern Theatres
    22nd Oct 2010 - 7:30 pm
  9. De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill
    27th Oct 2010 - 7:30 pm
  10. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    30th Oct 2010 - 7:30 pm
  11. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    4th Nov 2010 - 7:30 pm
  12. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    5th Nov 2010 - 7:30 pm
  13. Harrogate Theatre
    8th Nov 2010 - 7:30 pm
  14. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    27th Nov 2010 - 7:30 pm
  1. Lighthouse, Poole — 1st Oct 2010 - 7:30 pm

    Kingland Road, Poole, BH15 1UG

  2. Lighthouse, Poole — 2nd Oct 2010 - 7:30 pm

    Kingland Road, Poole, BH15 1UG

  3. Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London — 13th Oct 2010 - 7:00 pm

    Covent Garden, London , WC2E 9DD

  4. Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London — 15th Oct 2010 - 7:00 pm

    Covent Garden, London , WC2E 9DD

  5. Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London — 16th Oct 2010 - 1:00 pm

    Covent Garden, London , WC2E 9DD

  6. Theatre Royal Bath — 18th Oct 2010 - 7:30 pm

    Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath, BA1 1ET

  7. Theatre Royal Bath — 19th Oct 2010 - 7:30 pm

    Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath, BA1 1ET

  8. Malvern Theatres — 22nd Oct 2010 - 7:30 pm

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

  9. De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill — 27th Oct 2010 - 7:30 pm

    TN40 1DP

  10. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 30th Oct 2010 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  11. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 4th Nov 2010 - 7:30 pm

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

  12. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 5th Nov 2010 - 7:30 pm

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

  13. Harrogate Theatre — 8th Nov 2010 - 7:30 pm

    Harrogate Theatre, Oxford Street, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 1QF

  14. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 27th Nov 2010 - 7:30 pm

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

Joseph McHardy

Joseph McHardy

Conductor

Joseph McHardy studied at Edinburgh University (prizes for Early Music and Conducting), RAM, and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. He was assistant conductor for Vivaldi, L’incoronazione di Dario (Garsington Opera); Handel, Tamerlano (Teatro Real, Madrid); Handel, Alcina (Komische Oper, Berlin) and Monteverdi, Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria (Birmingham Opera Company). As repetiteur, he has worked for Glyndebourne in Purcell, The Fairy Queen and Handel, Giulio Cesare. He works regularly with ETO as a repetiteur and harpsichordist, which included 2009’s Handelfest. He has performed with Gabrieli Players, OAE, the London Handel Orchestra, Retrospect Ensemble, La Nuova Musica, ENO, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and with Vivaldi specialists La Serenissima, with whom he has made several recordings.

Michael Barker-Caven

Michael Barker-Caven

Director

Opera credits include The Mines of Sulphur (Irish Theatre Awards Winner Best Opera Production 2008) and Transformations (Irish Theatre Awards Winner Best Opera Production 2006) both for Wexford Festival Opera; Medea (Glimmerglass Opera, New York; Wexford 2011). Previous theatre credits include Shadowlands (London West End 2007/2008); Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Anna Karenina, Old Times, Play, Shape of Things (Irish Theatre Award Nominee Best Director), Therese Raquin (all The Gate Theatre, Dublin); Miss Julie, Blackbird, The Goat, Skylight, October, Dandelions, Alice in Wonderland, The Secret Garden (all Landmark Productions, Dublin); Tales from Ovid (Irish Theatre Award Nominee Special Judges Award), Macbeth, Richard III (Irish Theatre Award Nominee Best Director), Mutabilitie, Anna Karenina (Irish Theatre Award nominee Best Director), Troilus & Cressida, Venus & Adonis, The Fetishist (all Theatreworks, Dublin); Amadeus (Ouroboros, Dublin), Nana, Camino Real, Serious Money (all the Samuel Beckett Centre, Dublin).

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.

Guy Hoare

Guy Hoare

Lighting Designer

Opera includes: The Lighthouse; Albert Herring; Gianni Schicchi; Il Tabarro; Promised End; Katya Kabanova; Don Giovanni; Eugene Onegin (ETO); Jakob Lenz (ENO); American Lulu; The Firework-Maker’s Daughter (The Opera Group).

Theatre includes: Strange Interlude (National); Roots; Serenading Louie; Be Near Me (Donmar); A Doll’s House (Young Vic); NSFW; In Basildon (Royal Court); A Delicate Balance; Waste (Almeida); Peter Pan (NTS); The Little Mermaid, Faith Healer (BOV); Rutherford & Son; Othello (Northern Broadsides).

Dance includes: The Metamorphosis (Royal Ballet); The Land of Yes, The Land of No (Sydney Dance Company); Frontline (Aterbaletto); Dream (NDCWales); Pavlova’s Dogs (Scottish Dance Theatre); Dracula (Mark Bruce Company); Mischief (Theatre Rites).

Cast

Richard Suart

Richard Suart

Don Jerome (Gentleman of Seville)

Richard Suart was born in Lancashire and studied at St John’s College, Cambridge and RAM. In 2004 he was elected a Fellow of RAM. He has sung all the major G&S patter roles (D’Oyly Carte, ENO, WNO, New York City Opera, San Francisco, Vancouver) and many contemporary roles including Stan Stock in Benedict Mason’s Playing Away (ON; Bregnez); Barabashkin in Shostakovitch’s Cheryomushki (ON; Bregnez); The Black Minister in Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre (Salzburg Festival; Paris); Mr Walter in Michel van der Aa’s After Life (Amsterdam; Lyon); Pangloss/ Candide (Hollywood Bowl). He visits North America regularly for G&S Gala Concerts. Recordings include Rachel Portman’s The Little Prince, Turnage’s Greek, Fraser Simson’s The Maid of the Mountains, Sidney Jones’s The Geisha and his G&S roles with D’Oyly Carte and WNO under Sir Charles Mackerras.

Charlotte Page

Charlotte Page

Louisa (Daughter of Don Jerome)

Charlotte Page studied at RAM. Operatic roles include First Niece/ Peter Grimes (ROH); Gretel/ Hänsel und Gretel (WNO); Yum-Yum/ The Mikado, Mabel/ The Pirates of Penzance, Phyllis/ Iolanthe (all D’Oyly Carte Opera); title-role/ Patience, Elsie Maynard/ Yeoman of the Guard, Josephine/ HMS Pinafore (all Carl Rosa Opera – US Tour); Jenny/ The Threepenny Opera (The Opera Group); Adele/ Die Fledermaus; Norina/ Don Pasquale (Crystal Clear Opera); Zerlina/ Don Giovanni (Pimlico Opera); Pelléas and Mélisande (Atelier Lyrique, Val de Loire); title-role/ La Belle Hélène (Court Opera); Galatea/ Acis & Galatea (English Bach Festival at the Linbury Studio Theatre, ROH). Charlotte also starred as Christine/ Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre, London) for eighteen months and was recently directed by Sir Trevor Nunn as Mrs Nordstrom/ A Little Light Music (Menier Chocolate Factory).

Damian Thantrey

Damian Thantrey

Ferdinand (Son of Don Jerome)

Damian Thantrey read law at Cambridge and qualified as a lawyer before studying singing at RCM, where he was awarded the prestigious Tagore Gold Medal and held the Mills Williams Junior Fellowship. He now studies with Paul Farrington. Recent performances include Mr Lindquist/ A Little Night Music (Théâtre du Chatelet); Adonis/ Venus & Adonis (Spitalfields Festival, La Nuova Musica); English Clerk/ Death in Venice (Opéra de Lyon, Bregenz); Chao Lin/ Night at the Chinese Opera, Eisenstein/ Die Fledermaus (both SO); Blazes/ The Lighthouse (Orkney; Buxton Festivals) and performances of Beethoven Symphony No. 9 and Schönberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw (Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen). In 2010/11 Damian sings the Deputy Mayor in the Royal Opera’s premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Anna Nicole.

Nuala Willis

Nuala Willis

Margaret (Duenna to Louisa)

Operatic roles include Filipievna/ Eugene Onegin (Aldeburgh Festival); Ulrica/ Ballo in Maschera (Canadian Opera); Mistress Quickly/ Falstaff (Birmingham Touring Opera). Contemporary credits include the Sphinx/ The Second Mrs Kong (GFO); Maeve/ Hey Persephone (Almeida); The Austrian Woman/ Death of Klinghoffer (Barbican/TV). Nuala has a close working relationship with Jonathan Dove, premiering the role of Older Woman/ Flight (GFO; Netherlands; Belgium; Adelaide) and appearing in his television opera Death of a Princess and the Enchanted Pig (Young Vic). She has been seen in Sunday in the Park with George (National Theatre) and has taken her one-woman cabaret programme all over the UK and to New York. Recent credits include Widow Begbick/ The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Nantes/Lille/Angers) and The Rake’s Progress (Reisopera, Théatre des Champs Elysées).

Olivia Safe

Olivia Safe

Clara (Loved by Ferdinand)

Olivia received a scholarship to train at the GSMD, and now studies with Janice
Chapman. Operatic roles include Mabel/ The Pirates of Penzance (Kilworth House);
Christine/ The Phantom of the Opera (Hamburg); Ophelia/ Hamlet (Cochrane
Theatre); Josephine/ HMS Pinafore (Carl Rosa Opera, UK Tour). In 2008, Olivia won the “Search for a Soprano” competition on the ITV Alan Titchmarsh show and received the opportunity to sing with Jonathan Ansell in A Night At The Opera (UK Tour; London Palladium, Cardiff Millenium). Olivia has appeared with the RPO, LSO and Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. She is a featured artist, singing Opera Vocalise with legendary rock Guitarist Jeff Beck on his latest album (no.1 in Japan and USA). Olivia recently sung the Soprano opening to the 2010 England World Cup song remake of 3 Lions produced by the legendary Trevor Horn.

Joseph Shovelton

Joseph Shovelton

Antonio (Louisa's lover)

Joseph Shovelton was born in Lancashire, and studied at GSMD in London. Recent operatic engagements include: Lippo Fiorentino/ Street Scene (Opéra de Toulon; the Opera Group at the Young Vic); Ignatz/ Krazy Kat (Tête à Tête Opera). Future projects include revivals of Street Scene for Opéra de Toulon and The Opera Group. Joe performed regularly with the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, at the Savoy Theatre, the RFH, on UK tour, and at the Schubert Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut. He also took part in their educational workshops, and is a regular soloist in their ‘A La Carte’ concerts. He has previously performed the role of Trevelyan in the RPS Award winning One Day, Two Dawns for ETO.

Adrian Thompson

Adrian Thompson

Isaac (Don Jerome's choice for Louisa's husband)

Adrian was born in London and trained at GSMD where he is now a professor of vocal studies. Operatic roles include title role/ Peter Grimes (Opera Frankfurt); Valzacchi/ Der Rosenkavalier (ROH); Florestan/ Fidelio (WNO). Recent engagements include Mime/ Das Rheingold (Nationale Reisopera); Dream of Gerontius (Royal Festival Hall) and War Requiem (Barbican Centre). Adrian has performed with all the major British orchestras and ensembles and his overseas engagements have taken him all over the world. He has recorded discs of works by Vaughan Williams and Gurney, a volume in the acclaimed Complete Schubert Edition and Janácek’s The Eternal Gospel (BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra). Subsequent engagements include Mao/ Nixon in China (Toronto); Esslinger/ Die Meistersinger (GFO); Mime/ Siegfried (Nationale Reisopera).

Jonathan Gunthorpe

Jonathan Gunthorpe

Carlos (Friend of Isaac)

Jonathan Gunthorpe was born in Brackley and studied at Birmingham Conservatoire, RCM and NOS. Operatic roles include English Clerk/ Death in Venice (La Monnaie; ENO); Dancairo/ Carmen (WNO; CBSO); Angelotti/ Tosca, Nachtigall/ Die Meistersinger, Giant/ Gentle Giant (all at ROH); Faber/ The Knot Garden (Montepulciano Festival); Noye/ Noyes Fludde (Nuremberg Festival). Theatre credits include Clerk/Ensemble/ Mother Courage (National Theatre). Recent concerts include Handel’s Messiah (The Sixteen) and Acis and Galatea (Gabrieli Consort); Mozart’s Requiem (Mostly Mozart Festival, Barbican). Jonathan has sung in numerous broadcasts for BBC 2, BBC 3, Radio France, RTE and RAI and recordings include Lalande Music for the Sun King (Hyperion); Neukomm Missa Solemnis (k617). Jonathan has previously appeared with ETO as Papageno/ Zauberflöte and Nanni/ Country Matters.

Adam Tunnicliffe

Adam Tunnicliffe

Masquerader

Canadian Tenor Adam Tunnicliffe studied at Christ Church, Oxford and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Operatic roles include the title roles in Massenet’s Werther at Grimebourn Festival, Weber’s Oberon at the Cadogan Hall, The Rake’s Progress Saffron Opera Group and Albert Herring for English Touring Opera. Adam has sung numerous roles for ETO including Sandy in Peter Maxwell Davis’ The Lighthouse, Lensky -Eugene Onegin, Young Guard in their Olivier award winning production of Tippett’s King Priam, John Shears in Britten’s Paul Bunyan, Edmondo -L’assedio di Calais (Donizetti), Porcupine in Picker’s Fantastic Mr Fox, Young Lover -Il Tabarro and Masquerader in Linley’s The Duenna. Other roles include Quint in Turn of the Screw, Rinuccio -Gianni Schicchi for Opera Holland Park’s young artist programme, Sumers in Cimerosa’s Italian Girl in London for Bampton Classical Opera, Canio -I Pagliacci (Garden Opera), Ferrando -Cosi fan Tutte, Vogelsang -Der Schauspieldirektor, Beppe -Rita (Donizetti), Alfredo -La Traviata, Prince Phillipe in Berkeley’s A Dinner Engagement, Chevalier -Le Comte d’Ory (Rossini), Don Pelagio -La Canterina (Haydn), and Artabanes in Arne’s Artaxerxes. Adam has also enjoyed working in physical music theatre with the renowned troupe Nico and the Navigators in Berlin. World premier performances include Captain in Goehr’s Promised End (ETO), Admiral in Le Gendre’s Burial at Thebes (The Globe Theatre) and Oh, Whistle and I’ll Come by Louis Mander at this year’s Tete a Tete Festival.

This production, beautifully staged with a marvellous and skilfully lit set, stays utterly true to the Georgian origins of the piece while making sure that it communicates with a contemporary audience

Bournemouth Echo

Certainly a superb English Touring Opera cast led by Richard Suart make the very most of this wonderfully accessible comedy

Bournemouth Echo

I haven’t laughed so much at an opera for years

The Times

Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s comic opera The Duenna brims over with fun and good tunes

The Stage

Three curtain calls were taken to hearty applause – we really enjoyed it

What’s on Bath

This is a wonderful slice of Bath history uncovered by one of the country’s most innovative opera companies

Bath Chronicle

If there was a prize for the most fun night of the season so far at Covent Garden, The Duenna would win it

Intermezzo

Good chance to see a rarely performed opera with really witty dialogue and attractive music…Lovely set and costumes, good singers and period orchestra

Audience Member at the Linbury Studio Theatre, London

Showing At

  1. Lighthouse, Poole
    1st Oct 2010 - 7:30 pm
  2. Lighthouse, Poole
    2nd Oct 2010 - 7:30 pm
  3. Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London
    13th Oct 2010 - 7:00 pm
  4. Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London
    15th Oct 2010 - 7:00 pm
  5. Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London
    16th Oct 2010 - 1:00 pm
  6. Theatre Royal Bath
    18th Oct 2010 - 7:30 pm
  7. Theatre Royal Bath
    19th Oct 2010 - 7:30 pm
  8. Malvern Theatres
    22nd Oct 2010 - 7:30 pm
  9. De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill
    27th Oct 2010 - 7:30 pm
  10. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    30th Oct 2010 - 7:30 pm
  11. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    4th Nov 2010 - 7:30 pm
  12. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    5th Nov 2010 - 7:30 pm
  13. Harrogate Theatre
    8th Nov 2010 - 7:30 pm
  14. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    27th Nov 2010 - 7:30 pm

Your Comments

  1. This is excellent news. I hope you'll resist the temptation to update it wildly, or make the cast wear sunglasses and use mobile phones, or dress them all in battle fatigues .....

    Said Donna Duenna at 23:12pm on 17th Jan 2010

  2. Wonderful!! But why, O why aren't you coming to the Theatre Royal, Southsea ? All the venues are too far away for me to travel to.

    And I've wanted to see this since I first read the text in about 1957.

    Said Brenda M Cook at 00:03am on 7th Sep 2010

  3. Thank you Donna - happily we can confirm this won't be the case!

    Said Thalia (ETO) at 11:33am on 16th Sep 2010

  4. Could you tell me running time for Duenna - thanks

    Said David Davies at 15:18pm on 27th Sep 2010

  5. The running time for The Duenna is approximately 2 hours and 35 minutes, with a 20 minute interval.

    Said Thalia (ETO) at 15:14pm on 28th Sep 2010

  6. I began my academic career long ago with an article on The Duenna, so I am thrilled to be able to see a production of it at last!

    Said Linda at 19:56pm on 1st Oct 2010

  7. A wonderful production, cum brio, with fine singing of fine tunes. I felt that it was done in the spirit of its time, but not without much to say to us today. Hurrah to you, the ETO.

    Said Euan Kennedy at 14:37pm on 14th Oct 2010

  8. It would be very good if the production could be filmed and released on DVD, both for those who are unable to attend and to preserve a rare performance. At present I believe 'The Duenna' is unavailable as a recording on CD nevermind DVD and I am sure there would be much interest.

    Said Andrew at 18:47pm on 20th Oct 2010

  9. Very enjoyable. Wonderfully produced and performed. Amazed you achieve so much on small budget. As appreciation will become an Associate. Sorry you no longer come to Brighton. Hope you continue doing Bexhill and Crawley. If you were to make a recording, I would be delighted to buy!

    Said Alexander Bruce at 11:51am on 3rd Nov 2010

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