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The Lighthouse

Peter Maxwell Davies - Autumn 2012

Peter Maxwell Davies’ opera thriller based on the true story of the mysterious disappearance of the three Flannan Isles lighthouse keepers.

Conductor 
Richard Baker
Director 
Ted Huffman
Designer 
Neil Irish
Lighting Designer 
Guy Hoare

Ted Huffman’s new staging for English Touring Opera allows the music to weave its spell.

4 STARS, The Times

This is a truly gripping yarn.

4 STARS, Telegraph

Conjures dark magic with utmost skill.

4 STARS, Financial Times

Abundant atmosphere and menacing momentum.

4 STARS, Guardian

Peter Maxwell Davies’ most frequently performed opera, The Lighthouse, is based on a real-life account of the mysterious disappearance of three lighthouse keepers on the island of Flannan (a story which also inspired a Genesis song and an episode of Doctor Who).

A very intense, suspenseful night of music theatre describes the cramped and foggy conditions at the lighthouse, and the claustrophobia of the court hearing at which the relief keepers give their account of the incident. Each of the keepers is depicted with penetrating insight, so that beneath their calm, blameless exteriors the audience senses a troubled past.

Davies’ theatrical score ratchets up the tension with consummate skill; moments of lyric beauty, banjo-accompanied ballads, and hymn-inspired movements lead to a powerful, percussive conclusion. This is modern English music at its most theatrically effective.

New production
Sung in English
Running time: 1 hour and 35 minutes (incl. interval)

The music

Read Tom Service’s “A guide to Peter Maxwell Davies’s music” on the Guardian website.

Or listen to an audio sample and read the composer’s notes on Peter Maxwell Davies’ website.

Production photography: Richard Hubert Smith, www.richardhs.com

Showing At

  1. Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London
    11th Oct 2012 - 7:45 pm
  2. Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London
    13th Oct 2012 - 7:45 pm
  3. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
    16th Oct 2012 - 7:30 pm
  4. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    24th Oct 2012 - 7:30 pm
  5. Harrogate Theatre
    1st Nov 2012 - 7:30 pm
  6. Theatre Royal Bath
    6th Nov 2012 - 7:30 pm
  7. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    9th Nov 2012 - 7:30 pm
  1. Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London — 11th Oct 2012 - 7:45 pm

    Covent Garden, London , WC2E 9DD

  2. Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London — 13th Oct 2012 - 7:45 pm

    Covent Garden, London , WC2E 9DD

  3. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge — 16th Oct 2012 - 7:30 pm

    11 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DP

  4. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 24th Oct 2012 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  5. Harrogate Theatre — 1st Nov 2012 - 7:30 pm

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

  6. Theatre Royal Bath — 6th Nov 2012 - 7:30 pm

    Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath, BA1 1ET

  7. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 9th Nov 2012 - 7:30 pm

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

Richard Baker

Richard Baker

Conductor

Richard Baker is a leading figure on the British contemporary music scene as one of the foremost composer-conductors of his generation. He has relationships with many of the UK’s leading ensembles – London Sinfonietta, BCMG, Composers Ensemble and Apartment House.

He is a regular collaborator for the BBC Total Immersion days; for Karlsruhe in Spring 2013 he will conduct a new production of Gerald Barry’s The Triumph of Beauty and Deceit.

Richard studied composition in the Netherlands with Louis Andriessen and in London with John Woolrich, and has a significant number of works to his credit including Learning to Fly, a basset clarinet concerto, Gaming and Written on a Train for voice and ensemble. He is currently writing a new work for Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, for February 2013.

Ted Huffman

Ted Huffman

Director

American stage director Ted Huffman has created opera and theatre productions throughout North America and Europe. New productions in 2012/13 include The Lighthouse (Maxwell Davies) for English Touring Opera, opening at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Les mamelles de Tirésias for the Aldeburgh Festival and the Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles, Threepenny Opera at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and Royal Festival Hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Vladimir Jurowski, A Soldier’s Tale for the Greenwich Music Festival, Der Kaiser von Atlantis for Central City Opera in collaboration with the Colorado Symphony, Hänsel und Gretel for Pittsburgh Opera, Carmen for Opera Birmingham, and Apprentice Scenes for Santa Fe Opera; Ted also joins the directing staff of the Metropolitan Opera during the 2011-12 season for the revival of Billy Budd.

Ted co-founded the Greenwich Music Festival in Connecticut; he continues to serve as the company’s Artistic Director. At the festival, Ted has created productions of Poulenc’s La voix humaine, Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis, Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, and Henze’s El Cimarrón, for which he received a nomination for “Best Opera Direction 2010” in Opernwelt.

As a guest teacher and director, Ted has been engaged by many young artist development programs, including Canadian Opera Company’s Studio, LA Opera’s Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program, Pittsburgh Opera Studio and the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program.

Ted attended Choate Rosemary Hall and Yale University, where he majored in Humanities. He is also a graduate of San Francisco’s Merola Opera Program and the Jerwood Opera Writing Programme at the Aldeburgh Festival (UK). Ted apprenticed with director Robert Wilson at the Watermill Center.

Neil Irish

Neil Irish

Designer

Born
Birmingham

Training
Birmingham University
Slade UCL
National Film & Television school

Opera
Productions for Opera Holland Park, Almedia/ENO Opera Festival, Mid Wales Opera, Opera Theatre Company Dublin, Garden Opera, ETO, Pegasus Opera and Opera North

Future
A new Opera to coincide with the Beijing Olympics at Hackney Empire, a UK tour of the play The Dresser, a new play for the Drill Hall and a production of The Shape of Things in Istanbul.

Other
Neil has also worked for both set and costume departments for BBC TV.

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

Adam Tunnicliffe

Adam Tunnicliffe

Tenor

Sandy

Canadian tenor Adam Tunnicliffe read music at Christ Church, Oxford and studied as a postgraduate at GSMD. Roles with ETO include Sandy The Lighthouse, Albert Albert Herring, Lensky Eugene Onegin, Don Basilio The Marriage of Figaro, Mr. Porcupine Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Mask The Duenna, and Captain Promised End (Alexander Goehr, world premiere). Other roles include Rinuccio Gianni Schicchi at OHP, Fracasso La Finta Semplice, Apollonia La Canterina and Sumers in L’italiana in Londra for Bampton Classical Opera.

Nicholas Merryweather

Nicholas Merryweather

Baritone

Blazes

Sheffield born, Nicholas Merryweather studied at the Musikhochschule in Cologne and on the opera course at GSMD. He was a recipient of the ETO Chris Ball Bursary in 2011 and the 2008 Glyndebourne Wessex Award. Nicholas’s operatic roles include Don Giovanni, Papageno The Magic Flute and Mozart’s Figaro (LFO); Don Polidoro The Italian Girl in London (Buxton Festival); Cassandro La Finta Semplice for Bampton Classical Opera; Blazes The Lighthouse, title role Fantastic Mr Fox, Marco Gianni Schicchi (ETO). Concert engagements include Bach with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Handel with the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra and Hallé Orchestra.

Richard Mosley-Evans

Richard Mosley-Evans

Bass

Arthur

Richard Mosley-Evans was born in Cardiff and trained at the Welsh College of Music and Drama. Awards include Silver Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians, the Sybil Tutton Opera Scholarship and twice winner of the Sir Geraint Evans Scholarship. Operatic roles include cover Gepetto/ The Adventure of Pinocchio (ON); Bosun/ Billy Budd, Doctor, Servant and Herald/ Macbeth, cover Father/ Hänsel und Gretel, Steuermann/ Tristan und Isolde (all for GFO); The Mayor/ Jenůfa (GTO); Le Dancaire/ Carmen, cover Don Alfonso/ Cosi fan tutte (both GFO and GTO); Sacristan/ Tosca (Raymond Gubbay at RAH). Recordings include DVD releases of Billy Budd, Tristan und Isolde, Gianni Schicchi for GFO, various TV/Radio broadcasts from Glyndebourne and at the Proms (RAH).

Showing At

  1. Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London
    11th Oct 2012 - 7:45 pm
  2. Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London
    13th Oct 2012 - 7:45 pm
  3. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
    16th Oct 2012 - 7:30 pm
  4. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    24th Oct 2012 - 7:30 pm
  5. Harrogate Theatre
    1st Nov 2012 - 7:30 pm
  6. Theatre Royal Bath
    6th Nov 2012 - 7:30 pm
  7. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    9th Nov 2012 - 7:30 pm

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