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The Magic Flute

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Spring 2014

A revival of Liam Steel’s critically-acclaimed and much loved 2009 production of Mozart’s final masterpiece.

Conductor 
Michael Rosewell
Conductor 
James Southall
Director 
Liam Steel
Revival Director 
James Hurley
Designer 
Chloe Lamford
Lighting Designer 
Guy Hoare

“Conceptually deft, musically satisfying and consistently entertaining … ETO’s Magic Flute is a winner.” WhatsOnStage
ETO’s Magic Flute outshines its more expensive and overblown rivals” ★★★★ Telegraph
“Brings a zing to Mozart’s well-loved score”
★★★★ Sunday Express

The Magic Flute 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 is delighted to be reviving Liam Steel’s 2009 production of Mozart’s final masterpiece.

Revival, sung in English
Touring with a live orchestra
Running time: 2 hours 35 minutes (including interval)
This production contains haze effects

Cast list

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Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    7th Mar 2014 - 7:30 pm
  2. Hackney Empire
    8th Mar 2014 - 7:30 pm
  3. Hall for Cornwall, Truro
    10th Mar 2014 - 7:30 pm
  4. Lighthouse, Poole
    13th Mar 2014 - 7:30 pm
  5. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
    17th Mar 2014 - 7:30 pm
  6. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    27th Mar 2014 - 7:30 pm
  7. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    3rd Apr 2014 - 7:30 pm
  8. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    4th Apr 2014 - 7:30 pm
  9. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    5th Apr 2014 - 7:30 pm
  10. Curve, Leicester
    7th Apr 2014 - 7:30 pm
  11. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
    11th Apr 2014 - 7:45 pm
  12. York Theatre Royal
    15th Apr 2014 - 7:30 pm
  13. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
    22nd Apr 2014 - 7:30 pm
  14. Norwich Theatre Royal
    27th Apr 2014 - 7:00 pm
  15. The Hawth, Crawley
    5th May 2014 - 7:30 pm
  16. Warwick Arts Centre
    9th May 2014 - 7:30 pm
  17. Warwick Arts Centre
    10th May 2014 - 7:30 pm
  18. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    13th May 2014 - 7:30 pm
  19. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    14th May 2014 - 7:30 pm
  20. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    15th May 2014 - 7:30 pm
  21. Gala Theatre, Durham
    19th May 2014 - 7:30 pm
  22. Perth Festival, Perth Concert Hall
    22nd May 2014 - 7:30 pm
  23. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    29th May 2014 - 7:30 pm
  24. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    30th May 2014 - 7:30 pm
  25. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    31st May 2014 - 7:30 pm
  1. Hackney Empire — 7th Mar 2014 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  2. Hackney Empire — 8th Mar 2014 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  3. Hall for Cornwall, Truro — 10th Mar 2014 - 7:30 pm

    Back Quay, Truro, TR1 2LL

  4. Lighthouse, Poole — 13th Mar 2014 - 7:30 pm

    Kingland Road, Poole, BH15 1UG

  5. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre — 17th Mar 2014 - 7:30 pm

    Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1DE

  6. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 27th Mar 2014 - 7:30 pm

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

  7. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 3rd Apr 2014 - 7:30 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  8. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 4th Apr 2014 - 7:30 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  9. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 5th Apr 2014 - 7:30 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  10. Curve, Leicester — 7th Apr 2014 - 7:30 pm

    Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1SB

  11. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield — 11th Apr 2014 - 7:45 pm

    55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA

  12. York Theatre Royal — 15th Apr 2014 - 7:30 pm

    YO1 7HD

  13. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury — 22nd Apr 2014 - 7:30 pm

    The Friars, Canterbury, CT1 2AS

  14. Norwich Theatre Royal — 27th Apr 2014 - 7:00 pm

    Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RL

  15. The Hawth, Crawley — 5th May 2014 - 7:30 pm

    Hawth Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6YZ

  16. Warwick Arts Centre — 9th May 2014 - 7:30 pm

    University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL

  17. Warwick Arts Centre — 10th May 2014 - 7:30 pm

    University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL

  18. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 13th May 2014 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  19. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 14th May 2014 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  20. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 15th May 2014 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  21. Gala Theatre, Durham — 19th May 2014 - 7:30 pm

    1 Millennium Place, Town Centre, Durham, DH1 1WA

  22. Perth Festival, Perth Concert Hall — 22nd May 2014 - 7:30 pm

    Mill Street, Perth, PH1 5HZ

  23. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 29th May 2014 - 7:30 pm

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

  24. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 30th May 2014 - 7:30 pm

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

  25. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 31st May 2014 - 7:30 pm

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

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.

James Southall

James Southall

Conductor

SPRING 2014 – THE MAGIC FLUTE
Mr James Southall will conduct in London (7 March), Truro (10 March), Poole (13 March), Snape Maltings (27 March), Cheltenham (3-5 April), Leicester (7 April), Sheffield (11 April), York (15 April), Canterbury (22 April), Coventry (9-10 May), Exeter (13-14 May) and Cambridge (29 and 31 May).

James Southall’s recent performances include Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte and The Magic Flute with WNO, and La Finta Giardiniera and Die Fledermaus with Opéra de Baugé. He has studied with Lothar Koenigs and Jorma Panula. James was Organ Scholar at Queens’ College, Cambridge University before completing his Master of Music at RCM. As a pianist James won the Accompanist’s Prize in the Kathleen Ferrier Awards at Wigmore Hall and in 2012 he collaborated with Bryn Terfel at Buckingham Palace in a Royal Gala Concert hosted by Prince Charles.

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.

James Hurley

James Hurley

Revival 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).

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).

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

Ashley Catling

Ashley Catling

Tenor

Tamino

SPRING 2014 – THE MAGIC FLUTE
The role of Tamino will be sung by Mr Ashley Catling for the following performances: London (7 March), Truro (10 March), Snape (27 March), Cheltenham (3 and 5 April), Sheffield (11 April), Canterbury (22 April), Norwich (27 April), Warwick (10 May), Exeter (13 and 14 May), Perth (22 May), and Cambridge (29 and 31 May).

Ashley Catling studied at the GSMD with William McAlpine‚ and at the National Opera Studio. Performances include Ernesto Don Pasquale (New Zealand Opera)‚ Don Ottavio (Opera Zuid)‚ Nanki-Poo The Mikado (Nationale Reisopera)‚ Apollo Orfeo_‚ Kudryas _Katya Kabanova_‚ Giannetto _La gazza ladra_‚ Fenton _Falstaff and Tamino The Little Magic Flute (ON) Nadir Les Pecheurs de Perles (Dorset Opera)‚ and Zotico Eliogabalo (Grange Park Opera). He has appeared on European and US tours and in concert throughout the UK‚ including St Matthew Passion (Winchester Cathedral) and a recital of Britten songs for voice and harp (Aldeburgh).

Nicholas Sharratt

Nicholas Sharratt

Tenor

Tamino

SPRING 2014 – THE MAGIC FLUTE
The role of Tamino will be sung by Mr Nicholas Sharratt 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), Warwick (9 May), Exeter (15 May), Durham (19 May), and Cambridge (30 May).

Born in Nottingham, Nicholas studied Commerce at Birmingham University, and singing at the RNCM and the NOS as a Peter Moores Foundation scholar. He has been a guest artist for Glyndebourne, SO, ON, Grange Park, Garsington, Early Opera Company; and worked with Sir Mark Elder, Sir Simon Rattle, Nicholas McGegan and David Parry. In concert, he has sung Parry Jones A Serenade to Music at the BBC Proms (LSO/Sir Andrew Davis); Tirsi La Danza at Wigmore Hall (Christian Curnyn); Messiah at Cadogan Hall; Camille The Merry Widow at the RFH (Philharmonia/John Wilson). For ETO: Ernesto Don Pasquale, Flute A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Almaviva The Barber of Seville.

Wyn Pencarreg

Wyn Pencarreg

Baritone

Papageno

Wyn Pencarreg was born in Wales and studied at the RNCM. He has sung for companies including the Royal Opera, WNO, Opera North, Glyndebourne, Garsington, Grange Park, Mid Wales Opera, Lyric Opera Dublin, OTC Dublin and L’Opéra de Monte-Carlo Opera. Roles include Count Le nozze di Figaro, Leporello Don Giovanni, Sharpless Madam Butterfly, Ford Falstaff, Alidoro La cenerentola, Lescaut Manon, and he created the roles of Papin Babette’s Feast (ROH) and Lachland The Firework Maker’s Daughter (The Opera Group on tour in the UK and in New York). In concert he has sung with the Ulster Orchestra, Hallé and BBC Philharmonic.

Anna Patalong

Anna Patalong

Soprano

Pamina

SPRING 2014 – THE MAGIC FLUTE
The role of Pamina will be sung by Ms Anna Patalong for all performances except: 3 April (Cheltenham), 13 May (Exeter), 19 May (Durham) and 30 May (Cambridge).

Anna Patalong trained at the Guildhall, where she won many prizes. Recent and future plans include Flowermaiden Parsifal (ROH)‚ Adina L’Elisir d’amore (Northern Ireland Opera and OTC) Lauretta Gianni Schicchi (OHP)‚ Terinka Jakobin and Serpetta La Finta Giardiniera (Buxton)‚ Beauty The Triumph of Time and Truth (Karlsruhe Handel Festival)‚ title role Cendrillon (Blackheath Halls)‚ Anne Trulove The Rake’s Progress (St Endellion Festival)‚ Zerlina Don Giovanni (MWO)‚ La Voix Humaine (Battersea Arts)‚ Lisette La Rondine (Go Opera / Opera di Peroni)‚ and Pedro Don Quichiotte (COG). Concerts and recitals include two Wigmore Hall programmes, a concert for the Lord Mayor of London and performances at RAH.

Annabel Mountford

Annabel Mountford

Soprano

Pamina

SPRING 2014 – THE MAGIC FLUTE
The role of Pamina will be sung by Ms Annabel Mountford for the following performances: 3 April (Cheltenham), 13 May (Exeter), 19 May (Durham) and 30 May (Cambridge).

British Soprano Annabel Mountford studied at RCM IOS. Studies supported by RCM’s Sir Gordon Palmer Award, Coutts & Co, Josephine Baker Trust. Samling Scholar, semi-finalist International Vocal Competition-Hertogenbosch and Montserrat Caballé International Singing Competition.

Member of Glyndebourne Festival Chorus, performing First Fairy/chorus The Fairy Queen, and chorus Hippolyte et Aricie. For London Handel Festival performed Eurilla Il Pastor Fido. Other roles: Galatea Acis and Galatea, Eurydice Orpheus in the Underworld, Musetta La Bohème, Gretel Hansel and Gretel, Zerlina Don Giovanni, Adèle Die Fledermaus, Miss Wordsworth Albert Herring, Vixen The Cunning Little Vixen. Recently performed the Poseidon/Woman in World Premiere of Una Tragedia di Proporzione Titaniche (Laurence Osborn).

Laure Meloy

Laure Meloy

Soprano

The Queen of the Night

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.

Samantha Hay

Samantha Hay

Soprano

The Queen of the Night

British soprano Samantha Hay studied at the Royal College of Music, and Birmingham Conservatoire of Music, where she was the recipient of the Reginald Vincent Lieder Prize, Cecil Drew Oratorio Prize, and the Symphony Hall Recital Prize.

Her 2014/15 engagements include further performances of her signature role Königin der Nacht Die Zauberflöte and her role début as Frasquita Carmen for Welsh National Opera.

Previous seasons highlights include Königin der Nacht Die Zauberflöte for English Touring Opera, also covering Hecuba King Priam; La Modista Il cappello di paglia di Firenze for Wexford Festival Opera; Zerlina Don Giovanni, ‘Pit Soprano’ in the UK premiere of Jonathan Hervey’s Wagner Dream, Fünfzehnjahrige Lulu and Slave Salome, also covering, Musetta La bohème, Angel Jephtha, Alice Ford Falstaff, Echo Ariadne auf Naxos, Karolka Jenufa, High Priestess Aida, and Beau in Sweetness and Badness by Will Todd all for Welsh National Opera; Lucia Rape of Lucretia in Hungary, Latvia and at the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg with Opera Europe; the title role Princess Ida for Buxton Opera Festival; Elsie Maynard Yeomen of the Guard, Yum-Yum Mikado and Josephine HMS Pinafore for the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company at the Savoy Theatre, and Bird in the world première of James Macmillan’s The Sacrifice.
Future engagements see Samantha return to English Touring Opera for Donna Elvira Don Giovanni, Priestess Iphigénie en Tauride, and covers the title role in Pia de’Tolomei, she also performs throughout the UK and Ireland in Strauss gala concerts for Raymond Gubbay Ltd.

Andrew Slater

Andrew Slater

Bass

Sarastro

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).

Piotr Lempa

Piotr Lempa

Bass

Sarastro / Speaker

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

Camilla Roberts

Camilla Roberts

Soprano

First Lady

Welsh Soprano Camilla Roberts trained at the GSMD and NOS and was a WNO Associate Artist. Significant roles include Fiordiligi Cosi fan tutte, Donna Anna Don Giovanni, Countess Le nozze di Figaro, Micaela Carmen (WNO); Tatyana Eugene Onegin (OHP); Marenka Bartered Bride and Mimi La Boheme (MWO); Foreign Princess Rusalka (ETO). Concert highlights include Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 at the Barbican Hall, Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Sir Willard White and Verdi’s Requiem with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera. Recent and future engagements include Irene Belisario (Opera Rara); Elsa (cover) Lohenghrin (WNO); Elisabetta Maria Stuarda (WNO, ROH Muscat); Eglantine Euryanthe (Chelsea Opera Group) and a return to WNO in 2015.

Lorna Bridge

Lorna Bridge

Soprano

First Lady

SPRING 2014 – THE MAGIC FLUTE
The role of First Lady will be sung by Ms Lorna Bridge for the following performances: London (8 March), Poole (13 March), Cheltenham (3 April), Sheffield (11 April), Coventry (9 May), Exeter (13 May), and Perth (22 May).

Lorna Bridge made her debut at ROH as Solo Ragazzi in concert performances of Linda da Chamounix conducted by Sir Mark Elder in 2009. Elsewhere Lorna has appeared as Meleagro Atalanta and Erato Terpsicore/Il Pastor Fido for LHF [London Handel Festival], Gretel Hänsel und Gretel for Dorset Productions, Fox The Cunning Little Vixen for Woodhouse Opera, and Tatyana Eugene Onegin for White Horse Opera. As a student at the Benjamin Britten International Opera School, she performed the roles of Mařenka The Bartered Bride, Erste Dame Die Zauberflöte and Arminda La Finta Giardiniera. Last season Lorna sang several performances of Fiordiligi Cosi fan tutte for ETO, and later this season will cover Ginevra Ariodante for the Aix en Provence Festival.

Clarissa Meek

Clarissa Meek

Mezzo soprano

Second Lady

SPRING 2014 – THE MAGIC FLUTE
The role of Second Lady will be sung by Ms Clarissa Meek for the following performances: London (8 March), Poole (13 March), Cheltenham (3 April), Sheffield (11 April), Crawley (5 May), Exeter (15 May), Durham (19 May), and Cambridge (29 May).

Clarissa studied at GSMD. Opera: 2nd Lady Magic Flute; 2nd Esquire, Heavenly Voice Parsifal (ROH) Katerina Shratt Mayerling (Royal Ballet, ROH), Virtu/Pallade Coronation of Poppea (Netherlands Opera), Sorceress Dido and Aeneas, Les Noces, 2nd Maid Elektra (ON); Iolanthe (title role), Annie Fisher Friend of the People (SO); Madam Larina Onegin (Glyndeboume); Mrs Grose Turn of the Screw (Grange Park); Dog-Fox Cunning Little Vixen, Frugola Il Tabarro, Zita Gianni Schicchi, Mrs Herring Albert Herring (ETO). Concert: Les Nuits d’Ete Flanders Symphony Orchestra, touring Belgium; Beethoven’s 9th Symphony Bamberger Symphoniker under Walter Weller; Elijah RSNO. Recording: Feodor Boris Godunov Brighton Festival.

Amy J Payne

Amy J Payne

Mezzo soprano

Second Lady

SPRING 2014 – THE MAGIC FLUTE
The role of Second Lady will be sung by Ms Amy Payne for the following performances: London (7 March), Truro (10 March), Wolverhampton (17 March), Snape (27 March), Cheltenham (4 and 5 April), Leicester (7 April), York (15 April), Canterbury (22 April), Norwich (27 April), Coventry (9 and 10 May), Exeter (13 and 14 May), Perth (22 May), and Cambridge (30, 31 May).

Amy hails from South Devon and trained at GSMD, where she won both the English Song Prize and The Susan Longfield Competition.
Roles include: Florence Pike Albert Herring, Suzuki Madam Butterfly (MWO); Edith The Pirates of Penzance (G&S Opera Company); Ragonde Count Ory (Opera South); Mrs. Partlet The Sorcerer, Ruth Pirates of Penzance (Charles Court Opera); Annabel Clark Through the Looking Screen (Edinburgh Fringe Festival); Second Lady The Magic Flute (Garsington Emerging Artists); Mrs. Noye Noye’s Fludde (Faversham Fludde Festival). She has covered roles at Scottish Opera and Garsington Opera, as well as previously for ETO.

Susan Moore

Susan Moore

Contralto

Third Lady

SPRING 2014 – THE MAGIC FLUTE
The role of Third Lady will be sung by Ms Susan Moore for the following performances: London (8 March), Poole (13 March), Cheltenham (3 April), Sheffield (11 April), Coventry (9, 10 May), Exeter (14, 15 May), Durham (19 May), Perth (22 May), and Cambridge (29 May).

Susan Moore studied at TCM and now works privately with Susan McCulloch. Recent roles include Valentina in Laika the Spacedog, Filipyevna (cover) Eugene Onegin and Mrs Herring (cover) Albert Herring (ETO); Suzuki Madame Butterfly (Opera Brava); Florence Pike Albert Herring (Surrey Opera); Katisha The Mikado (Charles Court Opera); Marcellina Le nozze di Figaro (LFO); Widow Browe Peter the Great (Opera South) and Mrs Partlet The Sorcerer (Opera della Luna). Susan recently premiered her narrated recital programme What is Life?, a celebration of contralto Kathleen Ferrier. She also continues to develop and run opera workshops for Opera Minima and Streetwise Opera.

Helen Johnson

Helen Johnson

Mezzo soprano

Third Lady

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.

Stuart Haycock

Stuart Haycock

Tenor

Monostatos

Australian-born tenor Stuart Haycock studied in Sydney and RAM. Engagements include Goro Madame Butterfly (MWO/New Devon Opera), Bardolph Falstaff (MWO), Don Curzio Le nozze di Figaro (Garsington), Borsa Rigoletto and Gastone La Traviata (Iford Arts Festival), Ferrando Così fan tutte (English Chamber Opera), Parpignol La Boheme (Longborough), Mole Fantastic Mr Fox, Giovanni D’aire L’assedio di Calais, Captain Simon Boccanegra, Lucano L’incoronazione di Poppea and Demus Jason (ETO), Triquet Eugene Onegin and Beppe Pagliacci (Stanley Hall Opera), St Brioche The Merry Widow (Opera Project). He has covered roles in The Tales of Hoffmann, Wolfgang Rihm’s Jacob Lenz, Martinu’s Julietta and Vaughan Williams’s The Pilgrim’s Progress for ENO.

Johnny Herford

Johnny Herford

Baritone

Speaker

Johnny Herford won the Song Prize at the 2013 Kathleen Ferrier Awards, and the Jean Meikle Duo Prize at the 2013 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition. Born in London, he grew up in Oxfordshire and sang as a treble in New College Choir. He studied at Cambridge University and RAM, under Mark Wildman. He is a Samling scholar and Britten-Pears Young Artist, and currently studies with Russell Smythe.
He has sung principal roles in operas by Judith Weir, Jonathan Dove, Kim Ashton and Danyal Dhondy, and in Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Kommilitonen. Other operatic performances have included The Magic Flute (Papageno), Albert Herring (Sid), and The Merry Widow (Danilo).
He is grateful to the Sickle Foundation for their generous support.

Henry Manning

Henry Manning

Baritone

First Priest

Henry Manning read Economic History at the University of Edinburgh, before studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and subsequently in Ghent, Belgium where he joined the Flanders Opera Studio. He is a student of Robert Dean, and recent engagements have included Guglielmo Così fan tutte, Schaunard La bohème, Traveller Curlew River, Pritschitsch in Lehár’s The Merry Widow, Noye Noyes Fludde, Morales Carmen, Florian in Princess Ida at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Buxton, and becoming a 2013 Britten-Pears Young Artist. This is Henry’s second season with ETO having debuted with the company in Spring 2013.

Simon Gfeller

Simon Gfeller

Tenor

Second Priest

Canadian tenor Simon Gfeller studied voice with Gail Desmarais in Montréal and at the GSMD under Adrian Thompson.

Engagements in 2013 include Weill’s Mahagonny-Songspiel for the LPO at Royal Festival Hall, Franz Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Monostatos Die Zauberflöte for Opera Project, Pastore II Orfeo, Silent Opera and 6th Servant Capriccio for the ROH, Covent Garden.

Other opera roles also include Ringmaster and Vasek The Bartered Bride BYO, Second priest and Man in Arm Die Zauberflöte for Opéra de Montréal, Alfred Die Fledermaus, El Remendado Carmen, Prince Paul La Grande Duchesse de Gérolstein and Don Pedro La Périchole.

Caryl Hughes

Caryl Hughes

Soprano

Papagena

SPRING 2014 – THE MAGIC FLUTE
The role of Papagena will be sung by Ms Caryl Hughes for the following performances: London (7 March), Truro (10 March), Wolverhampton (17 March), Snape (27 March), Cheltenham (3 and 4 April), Leicester (7 April), Sheffield (11 April), York (15 April), Canterbury (22 April), Coventry (9 and 10 May), Exeter (14 and 15 May), Durham (19 May), Perth (22 May), and Cambridge (29-30 May).

Caryl was born in Wales and studied at the RAM. She was awarded the Towyn Roberts scholarship at the 2005 National Eisteddfod and won the Stuart Burrows competition in 2009. Engagements have included Cenerentola La Cenerentola (Iford Opera), Yniold Pelleas et Melisande (Independent Opera), Flora The Enchanted Pig (The Opera Group), Varvara Katya Kabanova, Cenerentola La Cenerentola (both Scottish Opera), Teti Le nozze di Teti e di Peleo and Orlovsky Die Fledermaus (WNO). She has recorded Britten’s Cabaret Songs with Malcolm Martineau. Concert highlights include a UK tour with Bryn Terfel (Raymond Gubbay).

Hannah Sawle

Hannah Sawle

Soprano

Papagena

SPRING 2014 – THE MAGIC FLUTE
The role of Papagena will be sung by Ms Hannah Sawle for the following performances: London (8 March), Poole (13 March), Cheltenham (5 April), Norwich (27 April), Crawley (5 May), Exeter (13 May), and Cambridge (31 May).

Hannah studied at Chethams, the GSMD and on ENO’s Opera Works Course. At Guildhall she won awards for her English and Contemporary Song and she has been guest soloist on BBC World Service, Radio 3 and Radio 4. Solo recordings include Swayne’s Four Passiontide Motets with NYCGB and Respighi’s La Pentola Magica with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.
Roles include Girl (Spin) for ETO, Voce interna, Gianetta, Slim Girl, Lady Dunmow, Trio Soprano and Premiere Adolescent for Wexford, Nedda and Mademoiselle Silberklang for Garden Opera, Fiordiligi for Jackdaws, Pamina, Adina and Elletra for Hampstead Garden Opera and covering Tsarevna, Serpetta and Lena for Buxton.
Summer 2014 will see her touring as Fiordiligi for Pop-up Opera.

Adam Tunnicliffe

Adam Tunnicliffe

Tenor

First Armed Man

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.

Maciek O'Shea

Maciek O'Shea

Bass

Second Armed Man

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.

Abigail Kelly

Abigail Kelly

Soprano

First Boy

Having initially trained at Birmingham Conservatoire, Abigail completed her operatic studies at the RCS. Performances with ETO include Naiad Rusalka, Cobweb A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Despina Cosi fan tutte. As a recitalist Abigail has performed with Opera South Africa and the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra as well as solo recitals at St John Smith Square and across the Caribbean. Abigail’s work includes roles in many children’s operas including the award winning Laika the Spacedog. Abigail is grateful to the Peter Moores Foundation, English Touring Opera and Chris Ball for bursaries to further her professional development.

Emily-Jane Thomas

Emily-Jane Thomas

Soprano

Second Boy

Cardiff-born Emily-Jane trained at GSMD under Yvonne Kenny. She also studied at Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Hamburg and was a young artist on ENO’s ‘Opera Works’.
Roles include Second Fairy/Second Woman The Fairy Queen (Glyndebourne and BBC Proms, William Christie, Laurence Cummings, OAE), Cis Albert Herring (Steuart Bedford, BBC Symphony Orchestra), Juliet The Little Sweep (S4C), understudy Flora The Turn of the Screw (ON) and Zerlina Don Giovanni (Bahrain under Orlando Jopling).
Concert engagements include Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, Handel’s Messiah under Sarah Walker and Haydn’s Creation under Sir David Willcocks.
Previously for ETO, Emily-Jane sang Cis Albert Herring.

Laura Kelly

Laura Kelly

Mezzo soprano

Third Boy

Born in Scotland, Laura obtained a Bachelor Degree from RSAMD (now RCS) and studied on the Opera Course at RAM. She is an alumna of the Britten Pears School and the ENO Baylis Programme (Opera Works).
Operatic experience includes: Olga Eugene Onegin (Stanley Hall Opera), Alisa Lucia di Lammermoor (Opera Bohemia), Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel (Open Door Opera), cover Cherubino The Marriage of Figaro and Siebel Faust (ENO). Whilst on the Opera Course at RAM, Laura performed Juno Semele with Sir Charles Mackerras, Nancy Albert Herring directed by John Copley, Jenny Die Dreigroschenoper and in the world premiere of Kommilitonen composed by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.

[ETO’s production] strikes an ideal balance by being at once entertaining and enlightening, magically simple and yet deeply thought-provoking. Anna Patalong stands out as a warm and smooth-toned Pamina … and Wyn Pencarreg’s quirky Papageno is funny and wistful.

★★★★ Telegraph

The ETO orchestra brings a zing to Mozart’s well-loved score.

★★★★ Sunday Express

Conceptually deft, musically satisfying and consistently entertaining … ETO’s Magic Flute is a winner.

WhatsOnStage

Another excellent production from English Touring Opera brings their total of spring season must-sees to three out of three.

Intermezzo

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.

Audience member (2009 production)

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    7th Mar 2014 - 7:30 pm
  2. Hackney Empire
    8th Mar 2014 - 7:30 pm
  3. Hall for Cornwall, Truro
    10th Mar 2014 - 7:30 pm
  4. Lighthouse, Poole
    13th Mar 2014 - 7:30 pm
  5. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
    17th Mar 2014 - 7:30 pm
  6. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    27th Mar 2014 - 7:30 pm
  7. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    3rd Apr 2014 - 7:30 pm
  8. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    4th Apr 2014 - 7:30 pm
  9. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    5th Apr 2014 - 7:30 pm
  10. Curve, Leicester
    7th Apr 2014 - 7:30 pm
  11. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
    11th Apr 2014 - 7:45 pm
  12. York Theatre Royal
    15th Apr 2014 - 7:30 pm
  13. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
    22nd Apr 2014 - 7:30 pm
  14. Norwich Theatre Royal
    27th Apr 2014 - 7:00 pm
  15. The Hawth, Crawley
    5th May 2014 - 7:30 pm
  16. Warwick Arts Centre
    9th May 2014 - 7:30 pm
  17. Warwick Arts Centre
    10th May 2014 - 7:30 pm
  18. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    13th May 2014 - 7:30 pm
  19. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    14th May 2014 - 7:30 pm
  20. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    15th May 2014 - 7:30 pm
  21. Gala Theatre, Durham
    19th May 2014 - 7:30 pm
  22. Perth Festival, Perth Concert Hall
    22nd May 2014 - 7:30 pm
  23. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    29th May 2014 - 7:30 pm
  24. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    30th May 2014 - 7:30 pm
  25. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    31st May 2014 - 7:30 pm

Your Comments

  1. I saw the production of The Magic Flute last night at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre. It was a real magical night. I particularly enjoyed the performances of Papageno and Tamarino.
    I perform with a Gilbert & Sullivan society and would love to have your imaginative Stage crew for our productions. The set and the use of it was brilliant. It was my first time seeing your company, but it definately wont be the last.
    Well done to everybody, and keep up the fantastic work.

    Said Elaine Macfarlane at 07:38am on 18th Mar 2014

  2. The Magic Flute in Cheltenham tonight was the most amazing thing I have seen in 35 years. I used to go to Covent Garden with my Dad mostly to see Verdi but this return to opera met all my expectations even though the theatre is not an opera house. Thank you!

    Said Jane Doggett at 11:22am on 11th Apr 2014

  3. Not since seeing Paula Sides as Despina in your 2013 production of Cosi Fan tutti have I been as astounded as I was to see Samantha Hay as Queen of the Night in Tonight's production of the Magic Flute in Sheffield. Brilliant. If I wasn't bald my hair would have stood on end!

    Said Iain Barker at 23:25pm on 11th Apr 2014

  4. Took my kids aged 10 & 13 to last nights show (11/04/14) at the Sheffield Lyceum. Both were going to their first real opera, and both loved it. Not bad for a thrash metal fan and a rap follower. My wife and I enjoyed it immensely, well done you guys :)

    Said Steve Toone at 17:39pm on 12th Apr 2014

  5. Absolutely fantastic! Me and my boyfriend saw the production last night at the theater royal- York! We both really enjoyed it. Especially enjoyed Papageno!

    Said Ana at 11:20am on 16th Apr 2014

  6. We saw the Magic Flute at Exeter last night as my Birthday treat,it was absolutely brilliant! A superb performance in every way,outstanding singing and imaginative sets and costumes,the best yet!

    Said Keith Benyon-Tinker at 07:53am on 16th May 2014

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