The Magic Flute

Mozart - Spring 2009

Mozart’s final masterpiece is the story of a terrifying and joyful journey in pursuit of love, wisdom and happiness. ETO’s new English-language production by physical theatre specialist Liam Steel, conducted by Paul McGrath, will be a memorable night

director 
Liam Steel
Conductor 
Paul McGrath
Designer 
Chloe Lamford

Mozart’s final masterpiece has enchanted music and theatre lovers of all ages for hundreds of years. With charm and wit, it tells the story of a terrifying and joyful journey in pursuit of love, wisdom and happiness. From the stratospheric arias of the Queen of the Night, through the jolly folk tunes of Papageno the Birdcatcher to the profound music of Sarastro, leader of the enlightened ones, it is a full expression of Mozart’s musical and dramatic genius. ETO’s new English-language production by physical theatre specialist Liam Steel, conducted by Paul McGrath, features some of the best new singing talent in the UK, together with experienced Mozart singers Mark Wilde, Laure Meloy and Andrew Slater.

‘Absolutely gorgeous”

Rupert Christiansen – The Daily Telegraph

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    12th Mar 2009 - 7:30 pm
  2. Hackney Empire
    14th Mar 2009 - 7:30 pm
  3. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    17th Mar 2009 - 7:30 pm
  4. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    19th Mar 2009 - 7:30 pm
  5. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    21st Mar 2009 - 7:30 pm
  6. Hall for Cornwall, Truro
    23rd Mar 2009 - 7:30 pm
  7. Hall for Cornwall, Truro
    25th Mar 2009 - 7:30 pm
  8. Lighthouse, Poole
    27th Mar 2009 - 7:30 pm
  9. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    31st Mar 2009 - 7:30 pm
  10. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    2nd Apr 2009 - 7:30 pm
  11. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    4th Apr 2009 - 7:30 pm
  12. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
    6th Apr 2009 - 7:30 pm
  13. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
    8th Apr 2009 - 7:30 pm
  14. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    16th Apr 2009 - 7:30 pm
  15. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    18th Apr 2009 - 7:30 pm
  16. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
    20th Apr 2009 - 7:30 pm
  17. Buxton Opera House
    23rd Apr 2009 - 7:30 pm
  18. Buxton Opera House
    25th Apr 2009 - 7:30 pm
  19. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    28th Apr 2009 - 7:30 pm
  20. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    30th Apr 2009 - 7:30 pm
  21. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    2nd May 2009 - 7:30 pm
  22. The Hawth, Crawley
    5th May 2009 - 7:30 pm
  23. Warwick Arts Centre
    12th May 2009 - 7:30 pm
  24. Warwick Arts Centre
    14th May 2009 - 7:30 pm
  25. Warwick Arts Centre
    16th May 2009 - 7:30 pm
  26. Perth Festival, Perth Concert Hall
    21st May 2009 - 7:30 pm
  27. Perth Festival, Perth Concert Hall
    23rd May 2009 - 7:30 pm
  1. Hackney Empire — 12th Mar 2009 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  2. Hackney Empire — 14th Mar 2009 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  3. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 17th Mar 2009 - 7:30 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  4. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 19th Mar 2009 - 7:30 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  5. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 21st Mar 2009 - 7:30 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  6. Hall for Cornwall, Truro — 23rd Mar 2009 - 7:30 pm

    Back Quay, Truro, TR1 2LL

  7. Hall for Cornwall, Truro — 25th Mar 2009 - 7:30 pm

    Back Quay, Truro, TR1 2LL

  8. Lighthouse, Poole — 27th Mar 2009 - 7:30 pm

    Kingland Road, Poole, BH15 1UG

  9. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 31st Mar 2009 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  10. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 2nd Apr 2009 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  11. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 4th Apr 2009 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  12. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield — 6th Apr 2009 - 7:30 pm

    55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA

  13. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield — 8th Apr 2009 - 7:30 pm

    55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA

  14. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 16th Apr 2009 - 7:30 pm

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

  15. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 18th Apr 2009 - 7:30 pm

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

  16. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre — 20th Apr 2009 - 7:30 pm

    Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1DE

  17. Buxton Opera House — 23rd Apr 2009 - 7:30 pm

    Water Street, SK17 6XN

  18. Buxton Opera House — 25th Apr 2009 - 7:30 pm

    Water Street, SK17 6XN

  19. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 28th Apr 2009 - 7:30 pm

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

  20. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 30th Apr 2009 - 7:30 pm

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

  21. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 2nd May 2009 - 7:30 pm

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

  22. The Hawth, Crawley — 5th May 2009 - 7:30 pm

    Hawth Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6YZ

  23. Warwick Arts Centre — 12th May 2009 - 7:30 pm

    University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL

  24. Warwick Arts Centre — 14th May 2009 - 7:30 pm

    University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL

  25. Warwick Arts Centre — 16th May 2009 - 7:30 pm

    University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL

  26. Perth Festival, Perth Concert Hall — 21st May 2009 - 7:30 pm

    Mill Street, Perth, PH1 5HZ

  27. Perth Festival, Perth Concert Hall — 23rd May 2009 - 7:30 pm

    Mill Street, Perth, PH1 5HZ

Liam Steel

Liam Steel

director

Opera Direction: Country Matters; Gianni Schicchi; Magic Flute (ETO); The Marriage of Figaro (OHP); Orpheus in the Underworld (RCM); The Singing Circle (ROH).
Theatre Direction includes: Jungle Book (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Barnum (Chichester Festival Theatre); Into the Woods (Delacorte Theatre, New York); Lord Of The Flies; Into the Woods (Olivier Award, Best Musical Revival); The Tempest (all Regents Park Open Air Theatre); Knots (CoisCeim Dance Theatre); Absolute Beginners (Lyric Hammersmith); Heavenly; Hymns; (Frantic Assembly); Oliver Twist; Tom’s Midnight Garden (Library Theatre).
Film: Liam was responsible for all the musical staging of the BAFTA and Oscar winning film of Les Misérables.

Paul McGrath

Paul McGrath

Conductor

Paul McGrath trained at National Opera Studio, London and Royal Northern College of Music. A former assistant to Sir Georg Solti, he made his professional début conducting Donizetti’s L’Ajo nell´imbarazzo at the Batignano Festival, Italy.

Notable amongst his European engagements are: Jonathan Dove’s Flight for De Vlaamse Opera; the world première of Jonathan Dove’s Siren Song for Almeida Opera, La Perichole for the Theater Basel and Orpheus in the Underworld and Die Zauberflöte for Opera North.

He has conducted at the BBC Proms and as Associate Conductor with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. His collaboration with Michael Nyman includes recordings of Love Counts and Man and Boy: Dada.

Chloe Lamford

Chloe Lamford

Designer

Chloe trained at Wimbledon School of Art. Winner of the 2007 Best Design Award from the TMA for Small Miracle (Mercury Theatre, Colchester) and the Arts Foundation Fellowship Award for Design for Performance: 2013.

Opera: The Little Sweep and Let’s Make an Opera (Malmo, Sweden); War and Peace (Scottish Opera / RCS); Cunning Little Vixen; Orpheus in the Underworld (RCM).

Recent Theatre: 1984 (Headlong, tour, Almeida); The World of Extreme Happiness (The Shed); Open Court (Royal Court); Cannibals (Royal Exchange, Manchester); Praxis Makes Perfect (National Theatre Wales); The Events (Actors Touring Company / Young Vic); The History Boys (Crucible, Sheffield); Circle Mirror Transformation (Royal Court); The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning (National Theatre Wales / Edinburgh Festival).

Cast

Anne-Marie Cullum

Anne-Marie Cullum

Soprano

Anne-Marie completed her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at RCM. Awards include 2006 Hampshire Singer of the Year and 2000 Bath Young Musician of the Year. Her operatic performances include Queen of the Night and Papagena/The Magic Flute (Palestine Mozart Festival); Ninfa/Orfeo (Megaron Stadium in Athens); Dialogue des Carmelites, Cosi fan tutte and Die Fledermaus (BBIOS). Oratorios include the Mozart Requiem, Fauré Requiem, Handel Dixit Dominus, Bach St. Mathew Passion, Bach Mass in B Minor and Haydn Theresa Mass. Recently, Anne-Marie covered Guan Yin and was in the chorus of Damon Albarn’s Monkey: Journey to the West (O2).

Sion Goronwy

Sion Goronwy

Bass

Sion trained at GSMD and the Benjamin Britten International Opera School. Operatic roles include Sarastro/Die Zauberflöte, Tiresias/Oedipus Rex, Simone/Gianni Schicchi, Claudio/Agrippina, Superintendent Budd/Albert Herring, Snug/Lion/Quince/A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bonze/Madama Butterfly, Frank/Die Fledermaus, Gremin/Zaretsky/Eugene Onegin, Sparafucile/Rigoletto, Truffaldine/Lakai/Ariadne auf Naxos, Kaspar/Eremit/Der Freischutz. He has performed with the Norwegian Royal Opera, Opera Valladolid Spain, Clonter Opera, Mid Wales Opera and Glyndebourne on Tour. Concert work includes Haydn The Creation, Scarlatti St. Cecelia Mass; Mozart Requiem, Coronation Mass and Vesperae Solennes de Confessore. He has also performed Osmin/ Die Entführung aus dem Serail with the ETO. Future plans include Pistola in Falstaff for Glyndebourne on Tour Autumn 2009.

Robert Davies

Robert Davies

Bass

Robert studied at the University of Sheffield and GSMD. He received the 2003 Erich Vietheer Memorial Award at Glyndebourne and appeared as Mr. Gedge/Albert Herring, Marcello/La Boheme, Count Almaviva/Le Nozze di Figaro and Doctor Falke/Die Fledermaus on the Festival Tour. Other notable roles at Glyndebourne include Curo/Julio Cesare, Indian/The Bartered Bride, Guccio/Gianni Schicchi, Shepherd/Pelleas et Melisande and Guide/Carmen. He was Greek Captain in the Gramophone Award-winning production of Les Troyens at (Châtelet Theatre). Other roles include Lalo’s premiere of Verrina/Fiesque (UCL); Belcore/L’Elisir d’Amore and Sharpless/Madame Butterfly (Opera Box); Dancaïre/Carmen and Jailer/Tosca (Diva Opera). Concert performances include Monteverdi Vespers (St. Mark’s, Venice), Handel Messiah (St. David’s Hall, Cardiff), Elgar The Kingdom and Caractacus, Mendelssohn Elijah and Orff Carmina Burana.

Piotr Lempa

Piotr Lempa

Bass

Piotr Lempa is a native of Poland and graduate of RAM, Cardiff International Academy of Voice and the Vocal and Acting Faculty at the Music Academy in Gdansk, Poland. He made his opera debut singing Oroveso Norma for ETO. He has since appeared in productions of La bohème, Die Zauberflöte, Ariadne auf Naxos, Kátya Kabanová, Halka, Don Giovanni, Rigoletto, Le nozze di Figaro, Bastien und Bastienne, and Salome, in Wales, England, Germany and Poland. Future plans include Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte), Patroclus (King Priam) and Publius (La Clemenza di Tito). www.piotrlempa.com

Niamh Kelly

Niamh Kelly

Mezzo Soprano

From Moville, Co Donegal, Niamh is an hons graduate of NUI Maynooth and University of Limerick. Supported by the Arts Council of Ireland she then attended RNCM graduating with a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance with Distinction. She continues her studies with Anne Mason.

The first recipient of ETO’s Young Artist Bursary Niamh’s operatic performances include Cherubino, The Marriage of Figaro, Hermia, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 3rd lady, The Magic Flute, Smeton, Anna Bolena, Mrs Ott, Susannah and Olga, Eugene Onegin (all ETO), Dorabella, Cosi fan tutte (Mananan Opera Festival), Maurya, Riders to the Sea (Opera Fringe Northern Ireland); Cherubino, Le Nozze di Figaro, Mercedes, Carmen (Opera Brava); Eurynome, Penelope (Wexford Festival Opera).

Recent performances include 1st Norn and Grimgerde in concert performances of Götterdämmerung and Die Walkure with The Wagner Society and David Syrus, and Hansel in NI Opera’s production of Hansel and Gretel.

Michael Bracegirdle

Michael Bracegirdle

Tenor

A graduate of RNCM, Michael’s operatic roles during college included Tom Rakewell/The Rake’s Progress, Sandy and First Officer/The Lighthouse and Ruggero/La Rondine. He was the 2006 winner of the Emmy Destinn Award for Young Singers and a prizewinner at the Mezzo Television International Opera Competition and Festival 2008. Operatic roles include Tamino/The Magic Flute (ENO); Boris/Katya Kabanova (SO); First Armed Man/The Magic Flute (ENO and OHP); Lensky/Eugene Onegin, Steva/Jenufa and Cavaradossi/Tosca (ETO); Judge Danforth/The Crucible (Dicapo Opera, New York); Don José/Carmen, Rodolfo/La bohème and Jenik/The Bartered Bride (Mid Wales Opera). In concert and broadcast Michael has performed with RLPO, RPO, English Chamber Orchestra and BBC Concert Orchestra at venues including Barbican Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Jane Harrington

Jane Harrington

Soprano

Jane Harrington initially trained as an actress and completed her Ba Hons at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama. She then continued her post-graduate studies at The Royal Academy of Music, completing the opera course with a distinction and a DipRAM. Whilst at college Jane won the AESS English song prize, the Thelma King award and was awarded the Dame Eva Turner scholarship. Roles at college included Pamina Die Zauberflote conducted by Sir Colin Davis.
Jane has most recently performed Galatea Acis and Galatea Mid Wales Opera and Vicki in the Southbank award winning opera Ghost Patrol by Stuart Macrae for Scottish Opera and Music Theatre Wales.
Operatic performances include Eurydice Orpheus in the Underworld, Susanna Le nozze di Figaro, Little Moon A Night at the Chinese Opera Scottish Opera, Varvara Katya Kabanova Longborough Festival Opera, Susanna Le nozze di Figaro, Cupid Orpheus in the Underworld Opera Holland Park, Virtu L’incoronazione di Poppea English National Opera, Morgana Alcina for Opera Theatre Company, Varvara Katya Kabanova, Filia Carissimis Jephthe, Belinda Dido and Aeneas, Ninfa L’orfeo, Jano Jenufa English Touring Opera.
Other performance highlights include Brigomedie/The Angel/Mina in the European premiere of Detlev Glanerts Three Water Plays Almeida Opera, a world premiere of Ian Wilsons Humpty Dumpty for Psappha Ensemble, Jazz trio Trouble in Tahiti Psappha Ensemble at Southbank Bernstein Festival, Lucy Beggars Opera, Adele Die Fledermaus Opera Project.
Her concert schedule has included appearances with the London Symphony Orchestra and London Philharmonic Orchestra, as Soprano Soloist in Raymond Gubbay’s Viennese Gala at the Barbican Hall. In addition she sang Poulenc’s Gloria at Cadogan Hall, and has also been featured on BBC Radio 3.

Helen Johnson

Helen Johnson

mezzo Soprano

Helen studied her PG Diploma at TCM and is represented by Steven Swales.
Opera roles include Azucena Trovatore, Annina Traviata (Dorset Opera); Larina Onegin (Stanley Hall); Bianca Lucretia, Marcellina Figaro (Opera East); Jezibaba Rusalka (Iford); Marguerite Faust (Pigotts); Mrs Goodbody Parson’s Pirates (Opera Della Luna).
For ETO Helen has sung Kolusina Jenůfa, Filipyevna Onegin, Feklusha Katya Kabanova, Clotilde Norma; covered Larina Onegin, Giovanna Seymour Anna Bolena, Kabanicha Katya Kabanova, Frugola Tabarro and Agnes Fantastic Mr Fox.
In 2008 Helen was a Wagner Society Bayreuth Bursary Competition Finalist.
Future engagements include Mozart Requiem, Coventry Philharmonic Choir, Mezzo Soloist, June 2014.

Colin Judson

Colin Judson

Tenor

Colin studied singing at the Guildhall School of Music. Operatic roles include Snout/A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Teatro Real Madrid); Jaquino/Fidelio (Chelsea Opera Group, SO); Remendado/Carmen, L’Incredibile/Andrea Chenier (SO); Mime/Der Ring des Nibelungen (Opera National du Rhin); Jaquino/Fidelio (ONB);  Monostatos/The Magic Flute (Theatre du Capitole Toulouse); Pang/Turandot (ROH); Third Jew/Salome (ENO); Pedrillo/Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail, Truffaldino/The Love of Three Oranges, Hirt/Junge Seeman/Tristan und Isolde, Spoletta/Tosca, Venditore/Il Tabarro, Goro/Madama Butterfly and Gaston/La Traviata (Opera Cologne); Coryphee/Le Comte D’Ory and Andrew/The Last Supper (GFO); Alfred/Die Fledermaus (SO).  A series of short operas featuring Colin was recently broadcast on BBC 2. Previous performances with the ETO include the title role in Werther.

Christopher Diffey

Christopher Diffey

Tenor

Christopher Diffey was born in Melbourne and graduated with Honours from Monash University. He also trained at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Awards include the Alan McArthur Memorial Award, Norman McCann Scholarship, Picker Trust Award, Rhoda Jones Roberts Scholarship, finalist in the Jackdaws Great Elm Vocal Awards at Wigmore Hall and Josephine Baker Trust. Operatic roles include Cyril/Princess Ida (Buxton International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival); Second Priest/The Magic Flute (OHP); Pane/La Calisto and Dardanus/Dardanus(RAO); Count Almaviva/Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Dartington International Summer School); Lensky/Eugene Onegin (Opera by Definition); Captain Macheath/The Beggar’s Opera (Surrey Opera). Concert experience includes tenor solos of Bach’s Mass in A Major.

Cheryl Enever

Cheryl Enever

soprano

Cheryl Enever graduated from Bath Spa University as a cellist before training as a lyric soprano. She has sung for Royal Opera House, creating the lead soprano role of Joanna in the community opera Ludd and Isis; Franzi, Wienerblut, Tatyana, Eugene Onegin, Donna Anna, Don Giovanni and First Lady, Magic Flute (for ETO).

Other roles include Tosca, Tosca, Fiordiligi, Così fan tutte and Pamina, Magic Flute (Opera a la Carte); Countess Almaviva, Le Nozze di Figaro and Donna Anna under Ben Ellin; Countess, Capriccio (The Wagner Society); Eva, Der Meistersinger, The Mastersingers under Anthony Legge at the Linbury Studio Theatre; cover Tamiri, Il Re Pastore for the Classical Opera Company; and Sandrina, L’infedeltà delusa (BCO).

Her concert work has included Verdi Requiem (Cadogan Hall); Brahms Requiem, Mahler Fourth and Eighth Symphonies (BIF); Beethoven Ninth Symphony and Mass in C (Rochester Cathedral); Mozart C Minor Mass, Requiem (St John’s Smith Square, King’s College Chapel, Cambridge), Solemn Vespers and Exsultate Jubilate (Queen Elizabeth Hall); Fanshawe African Sanctus; Handel Messiah with the London Festival Orchestra.

Charne Rochford

Charne Rochford

Tenor

1st Armed Man

Charne was born in London and trained at RAM. Roles include Eisenstein (RPO), Cavaradossi (Bermuda Festival), 1st Armed Man/ 2nd Priest (Glyndebourne/ON), Rodolpho (Lyric Opera, Dublin), Bacchus (Strauss Festival, London), Il Duca di Mantua (Neumunster Abbey, Luxembourg) Previously for ETO he has sung both Luigi Il tabarro and Adorno Simon Boccanegra. Recent concert work includes Glass’ Satyagraha for the Blickfelder Festival, Switzerland and a series of Verdi’s Requiem at Victoria Hall, Geneva and at Lausanne Cathedral. He made his cinematic debut as 2nd Officer in The Magic Flute, directed by Kenneth Branagh. Future engagements Rossini Stabat Mater at Exeter Cathedral, Canio I Pagliacci for Opera de Baugé and Lyonel Martha for the Volksoper Zürich.

Blake Fischer

Blake Fischer

Tenor

Blake was born in Melbourne where he attended the VCA, then moved to Sydney where he debuted at Opera Australia in 1997 before moving to the UK to study at the RNCM as a Peter Moores Scholar. A multiple prize-winner, Blake was awarded RNCM’s Gold Medal in 2003. Operatic roles include Danilo/Merry Widow (SO) Lensky/Eugene Onegin (SO on tour). Spoletta/Tosca (ETO) Jean Valjean/Les Miserables (Pimlico Opera) the Lawyer/Ensemble/Peter Grimes (Salzberg Osterfestspiele/Berlin Philharmonic) Alfredo/La Traviata (Pavilion Opera), Errand Boy/A Dinner Engagement (Lindbury Studio & CHANDOS recording), Panas/Cherevichki (Garsington) and Rodolfo/ La Boheme (Wedmore Opera). Concert engagements include Handel Messiah (English Symphony Orchestra), Beethoven Symphony No.9 (Northern Sinfonia). Blake’s future plans include Ravenal/ Showboat for Cape Town Opera.

Andrew Slater

Andrew Slater

Bass-baritone

Mr Andrew Slater will sing the role of Scarpia on 30 March (Snape), 25 April (Cambridge), 3 May (Buxton), 16 May (Durham), 23 May (Exeter) and 29 May (Truro).

Andrew studied at Royal Northern College of Music and St Petersburg Conservatoire. He has performed more than 75 opera roles including Lotario, Ariodate, Falstaff, Bottom, Bartolo, Blitch, Alfonso, Donald and Araspe (All ETO); Ben Selim (Royal Opera House), Nachtigal (Grange Park Opera), Golaud (Glyndebourne Touring Opera), Faninal (Scottish Opera), Basilio (Welsh National Opera), Sacristan (Opera North), Colline (English National Opera) etc.

Recordings include Nyman, Love Counts and Mozart 252 (MNR); Michael Berkeley, Jane Eyre (Chandos); Stravinsky, The Flood (Twentieth Century Classics).

Stephanie Edwards

Stephanie Edwards

Soprano

Stephanie was born in Leicester and trained at the RCM and RWCMD. Awards include 2006 Stuart Burrows Competition Prize, Lee Freeman Memorial Prize and Josephine Baker Trust. Operatic roles include Cricket, Frog, Chief Hen, and Woodpecker/The Cunning Little Vixen, and Barbarina/Le Nozze di Figaro (RCM and BBIOS); Cathleen/Riders to the Sea and Mercedes/The Ten Belles (RWCMD); Fairy Queen/The Tailor’s Daughter (Welsh National Youth Opera). Concert engagements include Mendelssohn Hear My Prayer (John S. Davies Singers); Haydn The Seasons (East Grinstead Choral Society); Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony (Banbury). She recently recorded a CD of John Ireland’s music with the Vivace Singers (Priory Records), as well as “Discovering Music: Extracts from The Magic Flute” for BBC Radio 3. Stephanie has previously performed with ETO as Papagena/The Magic Flute.

Ronald Nairne

Ronald Nairne

Bass

Ronald trained at RAM, NOS and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He is the recipient of a Susan Chilcott Award, Frank Spedding Lieder Prize at the RSAMD and Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award. Operatic engagements include Basilio/Il Barbiere di Siviglia (SO); Commendatore/Don Giovanni Sammling; Osmin/Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Eastern Opera); Sarastro/Die Zauberflöte (Armonico Consort); Fiesco/Simon Boccangra (Opera UIE). Additionally, he has sung the roles of Banquo/Macbeth, Ramphis/Aida, Kecal/The Bartered Bride, The King/Ariodante and Masetto/Don Giovanni.

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.
www.operauk.com/paula-sides

Melanie Lang

Melanie Lang

Mezzo Soprano

Melanie graduated with from GSMD with a BMus (Hons). Awards include winner of Allcard & Busenhart-Morgan-Evans Award and Elizabeth Sweeting Award. Operatic Roles include Mistress Quickly (excerpts)/Falstaff (RAH); title role Carmen (Swindon Opera); Bianca/La Rondine (British Youth Opera); Mazet/La Colombe, Ernestina/L’Occasione fa il ladro and Metella/La Vie Parisienne (GSMD), 3rd Lady/Die Zauberflöte (Opera Loki and GSMD); covers and performances of Mrs. Herring/Albert Herring (BYO). Concert experience includes two Mahler recitals (Barbican), a recording of Zigeunerleben on The Songs of Robert Schumann Vol. 10 (Hyperion) with Graham Johnson, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at St.Pancras Church and performances of Peter Grimes at the Salzburg Festival (Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle).

Mark Wilde

Mark Wilde

Tenor

Mark Wilde was born in Scotland and studied at the University of East Anglia and RCM.
He made his Glyndebourne debut as Ferrando Così fan tutte, and has since appeared with ENO, Glyndebourne on Tour, WNO, the European Opera Centre, Birmingham Opera, Garsington Opera, the Savoy Theatre Opera, and the Netherlands Opera. Previously with ETO, Mark has sung Tamino Die Zauberflöte, the title role La Clemenza di Tito, Farmer Bunce in Picker’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Flavio, The Fairy Queen and the title role Albert Herring.
Mark is also a prominent concert singer, and has appeared with most of the UK’s and Europe’s major orchestras.
Engagements this season include Britten Spring Symphony in Ekaterinburg (Ural Philharmonic Orchestra), a Britten recital (Musica Sacra Maastricht) and Binet in Offenbach’s Vert Vert (Garsington Opera).

Maciek O'Shea

Maciek O'Shea

Baritone

Maciek studied History at UCL and voice at GSMD. Operatic engagements include: Don Giovanni Don Giovanni (Opera Up Close) Mr Fox Fantastic Mr Fox (Opera Holland Park), Crebillon/Rabonier La Rondine (OHP), Mars Orpheus in the Underworld (OHP), Fiorello Il barbiere di Siviglia (Hand Made Opera), Roger Ciboulette (University College Opera). Previous roles with ETO include: Korolev/Nikolai Laika the Spacedog, Zaretsky Eugene Onegin, Farmer Bean Fantastic Mr Fox, Dr Spinelloccio Gianni Schicchi, Theseus covered and played Midsummer Night’s Dream, First Priest & Second Armed Man covered and played Magic Flute, Gamekeeper Rusalka, Zuniga La tragedie de Carmen.

Laure Meloy

Laure Meloy

Soprano

SPRING 2014 – THE MAGIC FLUTE
The role of Queen of the Night will be sung by Ms Laure Meloy for the following performances: London (8 March), Poole (13 March), Wolverhampton (17 March), Cheltenham (4 April), Leicester (7 April), York (15 April), Crawley (5 May), Exeter (15 May), and Cambridge (30 May).

Laure Meloy recently joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and has performed at ROH, ENO, WNO and ON. Roles include Lucia, Fiordiligi, Lulu and Zerbinetta. A keen proponent of contemporary classical music, Ms Meloy has premiered many new works, and her voice was featured on the soundtrack of the BBC/Sony film Rocketmen. Recent projects include the CD Sorcery & Seduction, recitals at the Canterbury Festival and St. Pancras Church, London, and covering Miss Schlesen Satyagraha for ENO. Future engagements include covering Ariel The Tempest for the Vienna Staatsoper.

Heather Longman

Heather Longman

Soprano

Heather trained as an actress at the Italia Conti and Rose Bruford drama schools before studying music performing arts at the BRIT school. She received the St. Clare Barfield Memorial Bowl for Operatic Distinction at the Birmingham Conservatoire as well as 2nd Prize at the Mario Lanza Opera Competition 2008. Operatic roles have included Amore/The Coronation of Poppea, Ophelia/scene from Hamlet and Pia/scene from Pia di Tolomei (Birmingham Conservatoire); Sara/Tobias and the Angel (Buxton Opera Festival). Heather also sang in And Now the News by Michael Wolters and in a live BBC4 broadcast in June 2008. She also appeared on Operatunity, Channel 4 March 2003.

Greg Tassell

Greg Tassell

Tenor

Greg studied at Exeter University and the RAM where he performed the roles of Essex/Gloriana, Wilhiem/Mignon and Lenski/Eugene Onegin. His other roles include Acis/Acis and Galatea (Canterbury); Rinuccio/Gianni Schicchi (City Opera, London). In 2007 he gave the premiere performance of Rodney-Bennett’s Lost Songs (London Guitar Festival). Concert performances include Bach’s St Matthew and St John Passions; Stainer’s Crucifixion; Puccini’s Messa di Gloria.

Emily Rowley Jones

Emily Rowley Jones

Soprano

After graduation from the University of Southampton, Emily was awarded a Masters in Performance with distinction at GSMD, where she subsequently completed the opera course and won the Russell Davies Prize. Operatic roles include Marcellina/Leonora (Bampton Classical Opera); Queen of the Night/The Magic Flute (British Youth Opera and GSMD); Sylvie/La Colombe and Gabrielle/La Vie Parisienne (GSMD); Belinda/Dido and Aeneas (Oxford). Solo concert performances include Mozart Requiem, Fauré Requiem, Bach Magnificat, Vivaldi Gloria, Bach B Minor Mass, Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony, Pergolesi Stabat Mater, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle and Handel Messiah. She is a regular soloist with the London Welsh and South Wales Male Voice Choirs and winner of the Susan Longfield and Hampshire Singer of the Year competitions.

Daniel Grice

Daniel Grice

Baritone

Daniel was the recipient of the 2005 Madeline Finden Memorial Trust Award as well as the 2006 Leverhulme Trust Bursary. Operatic roles include Medico/Sicario/Servo/Macbeth (Chelsea Opera Group); Dulcamara/L’elisir d’amore (Opera Della Luna and Iford Opera); Bogdanowitsch/Merry Widow (SO); Flemish Deputy/Don Carlo (ROH); Figaro/Le Nozze di Figaro and Papageno/The Magic Flute (Armonico Consort); Leporello/Don Giovanni, Father/ Hänsel und Gretel and Luka/The Bear. Concert engagements include Bach Lutheran Masses and Purcell Dido and Aeneas (Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment). Forthcoming engagements include a return to ROH to sing revival of Don Carlo in addition to recitals at ROH Crush Room of English Song with Mark Packwood.

Bridget Hardy

Bridget Hardy

Mezzo Soprano

Bridget received her degree in Music, Drama and Dance from the University of Birmingham. Operatic roles include Dorabella/Così fan tutte (Hays Symphony Orchestra); Cousin Hebe/H.M.S. Pinafore (Carl Rosa Opera Company); Annina/La Traviata (OHP). She has sung in the chorus for Boris Godunov, Aida and Carmen (ENO) as well as The Flying Dutchman (WNO). Concert engagements have included Finzi In Terra Pax (English Sinfonia), Berlioz Les Nuits d’Été (Stamford Arts Centre) and Elgar Sea Pictures (Blackburn Cathedral).

Crew

Owen Webb

Owen Webb

Chorus

Born Colchester
Training Welsh College of Music and Drama
Awards De Vine Voix 2nd Prize (Vivonne, France), Young Welsh Singer finalist
Opera Zurga The Pearl Fishers (Opera Baugé), Falke Die Fledermaus (Clonter Opera), Escamillo Carmen (Kentish Opera), Marullo Rigoletto, Kuligin Katya Kabanova (both WNO)
Concert Karl Jenkins Mass for Peace (S4C), Berlioz Les Nuits d’été (BBC Now), Mozart Requiem (St. David’s Hall, Cardiff)
Recordings Karl Jenkins Mass for Peace for S4C

Jonathan Gunthorpe

Jonathan Gunthorpe

Papageno

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.

Patricia Orr

Patricia Orr

Patricia trained at RCM and the National Opera Studio.  She was the 2006 winner of the Alfred Alexander Prize, finalist in the 2006 Royal Overseas League Competition and a 2008 finalist in the Bruce Millar Competition.  She has received an Independent Opera Voice Fellowship, a Donald Dewar Arts Award, a Madeline Finden Award and Sir Richard Stapley Award. Operatic roles include Laura/Iolanta (OHP); Enfant/L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, Bianca/The Rape of Lucretia, Prince Orlovsky/Die Fledermaus (RCM); Tolomeo/Tolomeo (London Handel Society); Yolande/The Sofa (Independent Opera), in addition to covering Conception/L’Heure Espagnole (RCM); Flora/La Traviata and Tisbe/Cenerentola (SO); Rosina/Il Barbiere di Siviglia (ENO) and Julia/The Departed (Independent Opera). In concert, Patricia has worked with the London Mozart Players, the English Chamber Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Edinburgh Quartet. She has recently performed the Sorceress/Dido and Aeneas and Orimeno/Erismene with ETO. Future plans include Varvara/Katya Kabanova (OHP).

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).

Catrine Kirkman

Catrine Kirkman

Cover 1st Lady

Catrine Kirkman graduated with a Masters from The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and continues to study with Jessica Cash. Recent roles include Zerlina/ Don Giovanni (Focus Opera); Tebaldo/ Don Carlo (Midsummer Opera); Susanna/ Figaro, Papagena/ Magic Flute (both Opera Brava); Suor Genovieffa/ Suor Angelica (Midsummer Opera). Catrine performed the solo vocalise in a world premiere by Benjamin Ellin at the opening catwalk show of London Fashion Week 2010. She sings the role of Inn Hostess on the Naxos recording of Edward German’s Tom Jones, and plays the title role in forthcoming cinema release In Love with Alma Cogan (Capriol Films). Future engagements include the role of Laetitia (Sullivan’s The Zoo) for Charles Court Opera in Gettysburg, USA, in June. Catrine has previously appeared with ETO as Barbarina/ Figaro and Moth/ A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Andrew Friedhoff

Andrew Friedhoff

Born in London, Andrew’s previous operatic roles include Ferrando/Cosi fan tutte, the title role in Offenbach’s Robinson Crusoe, Pinkerton/Madama Butterfly, Tony/West Side Story, Nemorino/L’elisir d’amore, Il Contino Belfiore/La Finta Giardiniera and Tanzmeister/Ariadne auf Naxos (Garsington), Alfredo/La Traviata, Paisii in Tchaikovsky’s Charodeyka (GPO); Nadir/Les Pêcheurs de Perles (Opéra de Baugé, France); Faust/Faust and Tom Rakewell/The Rake’s Progress (Theater Lübeck); Desiré and Rouvel/Fedora and St Brioche/The Merry Widow (OHP). He made his 2004 Glyndebourne debut as Chodec/Katya Kabanova. Additionally, he has taken part in a number of recitals in the Crush Room at the Royal Opera House.

James Hurley

James Hurley

Assistant Director

James read English at Cambridge University before completing an MPhil in American Literature. Recent directing includes La Rondine (Factory 7), Noye’s Fludde (Blackheath Halls), Aida (Epsom Playhouse), The Mikado (Cambridge Arts Theatre), and Semele (Upstairs at the Gatehouse). He has worked on the directing staff at the RNT, ENO, Glyndebourne, and ON, assisting Deborah Warner, Tom Cairns, David Alden, Jonathan Kent, and Tim Albery. In 2012-13 James was the creative director of Opera di Peroni – a unique site-specific performance programme aimed at bringing opera to new audiences. Future directing includes The Little Sweep (Blackheath), Gianni Schicchi (Edinburgh), Lo Spedale (Wilton’s).

“Absolutely gorgeous” The Daily Telegraph

“All the soloists are good, with Paula Sides an outstanding Pamina: her singing alone is worth the price of the ticket.” The Independent

“Combines exquisite grace with genuine if at times sinister magic….musically the performance is blessed with a radiant Pamina in Paula Sides and of the finest Papagenos – witty , touching , infinitely endearing – in Daniel Grice…….” The Guardian

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    12th Mar 2009 - 7:30 pm
  2. Hackney Empire
    14th Mar 2009 - 7:30 pm
  3. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    17th Mar 2009 - 7:30 pm
  4. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    19th Mar 2009 - 7:30 pm
  5. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    21st Mar 2009 - 7:30 pm
  6. Hall for Cornwall, Truro
    23rd Mar 2009 - 7:30 pm
  7. Hall for Cornwall, Truro
    25th Mar 2009 - 7:30 pm
  8. Lighthouse, Poole
    27th Mar 2009 - 7:30 pm
  9. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    31st Mar 2009 - 7:30 pm
  10. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    2nd Apr 2009 - 7:30 pm
  11. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    4th Apr 2009 - 7:30 pm
  12. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
    6th Apr 2009 - 7:30 pm
  13. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
    8th Apr 2009 - 7:30 pm
  14. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    16th Apr 2009 - 7:30 pm
  15. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    18th Apr 2009 - 7:30 pm
  16. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
    20th Apr 2009 - 7:30 pm
  17. Buxton Opera House
    23rd Apr 2009 - 7:30 pm
  18. Buxton Opera House
    25th Apr 2009 - 7:30 pm
  19. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    28th Apr 2009 - 7:30 pm
  20. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    30th Apr 2009 - 7:30 pm
  21. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    2nd May 2009 - 7:30 pm
  22. The Hawth, Crawley
    5th May 2009 - 7:30 pm
  23. Warwick Arts Centre
    12th May 2009 - 7:30 pm
  24. Warwick Arts Centre
    14th May 2009 - 7:30 pm
  25. Warwick Arts Centre
    16th May 2009 - 7:30 pm
  26. Perth Festival, Perth Concert Hall
    21st May 2009 - 7:30 pm
  27. Perth Festival, Perth Concert Hall
    23rd May 2009 - 7:30 pm

Your Comments

  1. I saw this in Wolverhampton and it was amazing! When will you be coming back?

    Said Tom at 10:09am on 1st Oct 2009

  2. Absolutely amazing, I was blown away by this. Took my boyfriend for his birthday and we had front row seats. Fantastic costumes, set and the singing was shiveringly beautiful.

    Said Katie at 12:03pm on 31st Oct 2009

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