The Marriage of Figaro

Mozart - Spring 2010

An elegant, period costume production of one of the world’s most popular operas, containing some of Mozart’s most beautiful and familiar music.

Conductor 
Michael Rosewell
Assist. Conductor 
Timothy Carey
Director 
James Conway
Revival Director 
Bernadette Iglich
Designer 
Agnes Treplin
Lighting Designer 
Matthew Haskins

The plot (based on Beaumarchais’ controversial play) traces the intrigues of one day at the house of Count Almaviva. Figaro is to marry Susanna, (a maid, but also a ‘favourite’ of the Count – and opera’s most charming heroine, here played by Eliana Praetorian and Claire Ormshaw), but he must overcome every obstacle put in his way by the Count and his cronies, before he can be united finally with his bride.

The Marriage of Figaro is sold out in Exeter, Snape and Poole.

Video preview: Thanks to Chandos Records for use of their Marriage of Figaro recording.

(Running time approximately 3 hours, including a 15 minute interval between Acts II and III)

Showing At

  1. Sadler's Wells, London
    9th Mar 2010 - 7:30 pm
  2. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    17th Mar 2010 - 7:30 pm
  3. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    18th Mar 2010 - 7:30 pm
  4. Hall for Cornwall, Truro
    23rd Mar 2010 - 7:30 pm
  5. Lighthouse, Poole
    27th Mar 2010 - 7:30 pm
  6. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
    30th Mar 2010 - 7:30 pm
  7. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    7th Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm
  8. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    8th Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm
  9. Norwich Theatre Royal
    13th Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm
  10. Buxton Opera House
    16th Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm
  11. Grand Opera House, Belfast
    21st Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm
  12. Grand Opera House, Belfast
    22nd Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm
  13. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
    27th Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm
  14. The Hawth, Crawley
    30th Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm
  15. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    7th May 2010 - 7:30 pm
  16. Warwick Arts Centre
    12th May 2010 - 7:30 pm
  17. Warwick Arts Centre
    13th May 2010 - 7:30 pm
  18. Gala Theatre, Durham
    18th May 2010 - 7:30 pm
  19. Perth Festival, Perth Concert Hall
    21st May 2010 - 7:30 pm
  20. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    26th May 2010 - 7:30 pm
  21. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    27th May 2010 - 7:30 pm
  1. Sadler's Wells, London — 9th Mar 2010 - 7:30 pm

    Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN

  2. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 17th Mar 2010 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

    • Sold Out

  3. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 18th Mar 2010 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

    • Sold Out

  4. Hall for Cornwall, Truro — 23rd Mar 2010 - 7:30 pm

    Back Quay, Truro, TR1 2LL

  5. Lighthouse, Poole — 27th Mar 2010 - 7:30 pm

    Kingland Road, Poole, BH15 1UG

  6. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield — 30th Mar 2010 - 7:30 pm

    55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA

  7. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 7th Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  8. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 8th Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  9. Norwich Theatre Royal — 13th Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm

    Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RL

  10. Buxton Opera House — 16th Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm

    Water Street, SK17 6XN

  11. Grand Opera House, Belfast — 21st Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm

    Great Victoria Street, Belfast, BT2 7HR

  12. Grand Opera House, Belfast — 22nd Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm

    Great Victoria Street, Belfast, BT2 7HR

  13. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre — 27th Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm

    Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1DE

  14. The Hawth, Crawley — 30th Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm

    Hawth Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6YZ

  15. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 7th May 2010 - 7:30 pm

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

  16. Warwick Arts Centre — 12th May 2010 - 7:30 pm

    University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL

  17. Warwick Arts Centre — 13th May 2010 - 7:30 pm

    University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL

  18. Gala Theatre, Durham — 18th May 2010 - 7:30 pm

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

  19. Perth Festival, Perth Concert Hall — 21st May 2010 - 7:30 pm

    Mill Street, Perth, PH1 5HZ

  20. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 26th May 2010 - 7:30 pm

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

  21. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 27th May 2010 - 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.

Timothy Carey

Timothy Carey

Assist. Conductor

Recent theatre performances include appearances at The London Coliseum in the presence of HRH Prince Andrew, The Hong Kong Arts Festival and a return visit to Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu.

A devoted advocate of new music, he has collaborated with The Opera Group, Opera W11 and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group on new operas by Edward Rushton, Julian Philips, Stuart Hancock, and Jonathan Dove.

Recent opera engagements have included assisting on The Queen of Spades (Opera North) and Salome (Singapore Lyric Opera).

Previously for ETO, he has conducted The Marriage of Figaro, La Clemenza di Tito, Don Pasquale, Fantastic Mr Fox also assisting on A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Born in London, Timothy Carey studied the cello with Casals-pupil, Christopher Bunting in addition to the piano from a young age. He went on to study conducting with Prof. Ilya Musin at the St Petersburg Conservatoire.

James Conway

James Conway

Director

General Director of ETO, James Conway has directed 24 new productions and 4 revivals for the company, including Donizetti’s The Siege of Calais (to be revived in 2015), Maria Stuarda and Anna Bolena and Handel’s Alcina, Ariodante, Teseo, Tolomeo, Flavio, Xerxes and Agrippina. Other notable ETO productions include Eugene Onegin, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Simon Boccanegra, The Emperor of Atlantis and the world première of Alexander Goehr’s Promised End. For RCM he directed L’incoronazione di Poppea and Le nozze di Figaro, and for the Canadian Opera Company Don Giovanni. His production of The Cunning Little Vixen is in repertory at the Moravian National Theatre in Janacek’s home city of Brno. He has written original libretti for 2 operas and translations for 5 others, as well as several works of fiction; his most recent translation was last season’s Agrippina. Upcoming productions include Giulio Cesare (Lucca) and Ottone (ETO).

Bernadette Iglich

Bernadette Iglich

Revival Director

Opera and theatre work: Choreographer: The Cunning Little Vixen (ETO, OTC); Sweeney Todd (RAM); Who Killed Mr Drum (Treatment Theatre), Jenufa, Eugene Onegin, Susannah and Don Giovanni ( ETO); Casanova (Told by an Idiot); Tartuffe and The Hypochondric (Liverpool Playhouse) Director: Hänsel und Gretel (Stowe Opera); Jephtha (ETO). Le nozze di Figaro and Eugene Onegin (Iford Arts)
Bernadette’s career as a dancer and performer includes working for Tanztheater Wuppertal, ARC Dance Company, Siobhan Davies, Aletta Collins, London Contemporary Dance Theatre, Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre, Corp Feasa and many leading choreographers and directors in dance, opera and theatre.

Agnes Treplin

Agnes Treplin

Designer

Matthew Haskins

Matthew Haskins

Lighting Designer

Matthew studied Lighting Design at Rose Bruford College. Opera credits include La Cenerentola (Malmö Opera); Pelléas et Mélisande, The Sofa, The Departure (Independent Opera); L’assedio di Calais, La cambiale di matrimonio, La Colombe, L’occasione fa il ladro (GSMD); La fedeltà premiata (RAM); Partenope, Les nuits d‘été (Les Azuriales Festival); A House on the Moon, Orfeo, Tolomeo (ETO); Tobias and the Angel (The Young Vic/ ETO); Le nozze di Figaro (RCM). Theatre credits include Glass Mountain (Trestle Theatre); Blowing Whistles, Hit Me! (Leicester Square Theatre); Mud (Gate Theatre); The Pool (Arts Theatre London); Lovely and Misfit (Trafalgar Studios). Site Specific projects include Dido Queen of Carthage (Kensington Palace); Sea Tongue (The Shout/ De La Warr Pavilion); Encounters (Greenwich & Docklands Festival).

Cast

Robert Davies

Robert Davies

Figaro

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.

Eliana Pretorian

Eliana Pretorian

Susanna until 16 April

Eliana Pretorian was born in Romania and trained at the RCM and National Opera Studio. She won first prize on two consecutive occasions in the Romanian National Singing Competition, and in 2005 was the youngest finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Competition. Operatic roles include Gianetta/L’elisir d’amore (GFO); Karolka/Jenůfa, Dew Fairy/Hänsel und Gretel, Papagena/Die Zauberflöte (GOT); Naiad/Ariadne auf Naxos, Clorinda/La Cenerentola (Garsington); Despina/Cosi fan tutte (Longborough Festival Opera). Concert appearances include Dircé/Médée (Gulbenkian Orchestra); Haydn arias (the Classical Opera Company); and Handel Messiah (Philadelphia Orchestra).

Paula Sides

Paula Sides

Susanna from 21 April

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.
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Nicholas Lester

Nicholas Lester

Count

Australian born, Nicholas Lester trained at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, on the Young Artists Programme at the State Opera of South Australia. He was awarded the Anne Woods/Johanna Peters Award and Independent Opera Postgraduate Fellowship to attend the National Opera Studio.

Nicholas Lester’s repertoire includes The Foreman Jenůfa, Belcore L’elisir d’amore, Figaro and Fiorello Il barbiere di Siviglia, Conte Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni (title role), Theseus A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Doctor and Shepherd Pelléas et Méllisande, Diarte Erismena (Cavalli), Justizrat and Storch Intermezzo, Marcello and Schaunard La bohème, Onegin Eugene Onegin, Pietro Simon Boccanegra, Der Sprecher Die Zauberflöte, Malatesta Don Pasquale, Zweiter Gefangener Fidelio, Aeneas Dido and Aeneas, Miguel Betrothal in a Monastery (Prokofiev), Colonel Calverly Patience, Pirate King The Pirates of Penzance, and Sir Joseph Porter HMS Pinafore, Paris Roméo et Juliette, Kagler Wiener Blut, Brioche The Merry Widow, Kuligin Katya Kabanová, and The Vicar Albert Herring.

The companies Nicholas Lester has been engaged by include Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, Nationale Reisopera, Buxton Festival, Glyndebourne on Tour, English National Opera and Opera Holland Park.

Nicholas Lester’s recent engagements have included Figaro in a new production of Il barbiere di Siviglia for his début with Welsh National Opera, Marcello La Bohème for English Touring Opera and Lyric Opera Productions, Dublin, Frédéric Lakmé for Opera Holland Park, Guglielmo Cosi fan tutte for Den Jyske Opera (Danish National Opera), Escamillo Carmen for Mid Wales Opera, excerpts of Gianni Schicchi (title role) in a broadcast performance from Amsterdam’s newest concert hall, Bimhuis, Dr Malatesta in the new production of Don Pasquale and Ping in a concert performance of Turandot at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh, both with Scottish Opera, Figaro Il barbiere di Siviglia for Opera Holland Park and Bohuš The Jacobin at Buxton Festival.

Nicholas Lester created the role of Edward Lear in Ode to nonsense – a co-production between Slingsby Theatre Company and State Opera of South Australia in Adelaide, and performed Marcello for the State Opera of South Australia.

Nicholas Lester’s concert engagements have included Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen for Maurice Béjart’s ballet ‘Song of a Wayfarer’ with English National Ballet at the London Coliseum, performances of Mendelssohn Elijah, Bach Cantatas, Rameau Motets and Mozart Requiem. He has sung Brahms Requiem in Beijing, Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Fauré Requiem at St Martin-in-the-Fields and Messiah under Laurence Cummings.

Nicholas Lester’s forthcoming highlights include Don Giovann_i (title role) for English Touring Opera, Dandini _La Cenerentola for Opera Holland Park and Josef K in Philip Glass’s The Trial for Scottish Opera.

Laura Mitchell

Laura Mitchell

Countess

Ms Laura Mitchell will sing the role of Tosca on 9 March (London), 25 March (Bromley), 30 March & 1 April (Snape), 8 April (York), 11 April (Wolverhampton), 13 April (Leicester), 22 April (Cheltenham), 25 & 29 April (Cambridge), 2 May (Guildford), 5 May (Buxton), 9 May (Coventry), 13 (Canterbury), 27 May (Exeter), 29 May (Truro), 2 June (Norwich), 5 June (Stoke) and 10 June (Blackpool).

Born in Hertfordshire, Laura studied at the Royal College of Music where she gained a first-class honours degree and postgraduate diploma. She then joined the Benjamin Britten International Opera School, studying with Lillian Watson. In 2007, she won the Song prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards and the Lies Askonas Prize. Laura attended the National Opera Studio during the 2007/08 season.

While at the NOS, Laura took part in residencies at WNO, Scottish Opera, Theatre Royal and Opera North, singing Illia/Idomeneo, Helena/A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Donna Elvira/Don Giovanni, Leila/The Pearlfishers. Other operatic roles include Countess Almaviva/Le nozze di Figaro and Elisa/Tolomeo for BBIOS, Aldimira in Cavalli ‘s Erismena, First Witch/Dido and Aeneas, Ninfa and Proserpina/Orfeo (cover), all for English Touring Opera. More recently, she appeared at Scottish Opera in Smetana’s Two Widows, covering the role of Lidka.

Concert work includes Tippett’s Spirituals and Rutter’s Requiem at St.John Smith Square, Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate and Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras no 5 with the Emerald Ensemble at Bristol Cathedral, Bach’s B Minor Mass at St John Smith Square, Haydn’s Nelson Mass with Sir David Willcocks, Handel’s Messiah at Kings College Cambridge with Stephen Cleobury,Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate with the London Pro Arte Orchestra in Denmark and Strauss’ Four Last Songs at the Hatfield Auditorium, conducted by Peter Stark.

In 2007/08, Laura sang Bach’s St. John Passion with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Mark Padmore at the QEH in London, which was followed by a tour through South Korea and Japan.
As a recitalist she has performed at the Teatro dei Rozzi Siena, the St.Peters Basilica Rome as well as the Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, St Martin in the Fields, St.James’ Piccadilly, and the Windsor, Chester and Beaumaris Festivals.
She has taken part in master classes with Robin Stapleton (Amici di Verdi) and with Roger Vignoles at the Leeds Lieder Festival.

Her most recent appearances include Bach’s St Matthew Passion at the Royal Festival Hall with Mark Padmore and the OAE, recitals for the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Ismene/Mitridate for WNO with Sir Charles Mackkeras, Gilda/Rigoletto for the Grange Park Opera ‘Rising Stars’ series and ‘Messiah’ concerts with John Nelson and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg.

Future engagments include Helena and Countess Almaviva for ETO, Donna Elvira at Opera Holland Park and Kristina/The Makropoulos Case at ENO.

Laura gratefully receives the support of The Countess of Munster Musical Trust for their Funding and Recital scheme, the Concordia Foundation for the Barthel Prize, the Wingate Scholarship, the Zetland Foundation, and the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

Lise Christensen

Lise Christensen

Marcellina

Andrew Slater

Andrew Slater

Bartolo

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).

Niamh Kelly

Niamh Kelly

Cherubino

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.

Henry Grant Kerswell

Henry Grant Kerswell

Antonio

Henry trained at GSMD, the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and as a Britten-Pears Young Artist. Previous roles include Snug/ A Midsummer Night’s Dream (ETO, Opera de Bauge and BYO); Antonio/ Le Nozze di Figaro (ETO, BYO); Don Alfonso/ Cosi Fan Tutti (Grange Park Opera, Pimlico Opera); Superintendent Budd/ Albert Herring (Co-Opera Co, Dottore); Grenvil/ La Traviata (Opera de Bauge); covered and sang The Mikado/ The Mikado (Carl Rosa Opera, UK and US National Tours); Farmer Boggis/ Fantastic Mr Fox (Chamber Version World Premiere, OHP). Oratorios have included Haydn’s The Creation, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Mozart’s Requiem, Polyphemus in Handel’s Acis and Galatea at venues including St. Martin’s in the Fields and the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Future plans for 2011 include Perichaud/ La Rondine, Antonio/ Le Nozze di Figaro (OHP).

Stephanie Edwards

Stephanie Edwards

Barbarina

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.

Catrine Kirkman

Catrine Kirkman

Barbarina

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.

Mark Wilde

Mark Wilde

Basillio

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).

Benedict Quirke

Benedict Quirke

Don Curzio

Benedict was born in Manchester and studies with Jeffery Talbot. His operatic roles include cover Bardolfo/Falstaff, cover Night Watchman and Marco Polo/Night at the Chinese Opera and cover Gastone/La Traviata (Scottish Opera); First Trojan/Idomeneo (Birmingham Opera); Gastone/La Traviata (OHP). His theatre credits include The Gondoliers, The Merchant of Venice and The Water Babies for the Chichester Theatre Festival. Concert engagements include Beethoven Fidelio (Proms Royal Albert Hall); Verdi Otello and Macmillan St John Passion (Concertgebouw Amsterdam). Benedict has also made recordings for Opera Rara and Chandos and sings and records with London Voices.

Showing At

  1. Sadler's Wells, London
    9th Mar 2010 - 7:30 pm
  2. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    17th Mar 2010 - 7:30 pm
  3. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    18th Mar 2010 - 7:30 pm
  4. Hall for Cornwall, Truro
    23rd Mar 2010 - 7:30 pm
  5. Lighthouse, Poole
    27th Mar 2010 - 7:30 pm
  6. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
    30th Mar 2010 - 7:30 pm
  7. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    7th Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm
  8. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    8th Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm
  9. Norwich Theatre Royal
    13th Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm
  10. Buxton Opera House
    16th Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm
  11. Grand Opera House, Belfast
    21st Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm
  12. Grand Opera House, Belfast
    22nd Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm
  13. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
    27th Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm
  14. The Hawth, Crawley
    30th Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm
  15. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    7th May 2010 - 7:30 pm
  16. Warwick Arts Centre
    12th May 2010 - 7:30 pm
  17. Warwick Arts Centre
    13th May 2010 - 7:30 pm
  18. Gala Theatre, Durham
    18th May 2010 - 7:30 pm
  19. Perth Festival, Perth Concert Hall
    21st May 2010 - 7:30 pm
  20. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    26th May 2010 - 7:30 pm
  21. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    27th May 2010 - 7:30 pm

Your Comments

  1. After The Magic Flute we saw in Perth last year we are greatly looking forward to The marriage of Figaro and may try to see Midsummer Night's Dream at Buxton

    Said Judith Cooke at 14:47pm on 21st Oct 2009

  2. Saw Don Pasquale and Figaro at truro.
    Both productions were quite simply superb.

    Said David Burrell at 13:32pm on 24th Mar 2010

  3. I saw The Marriage of Figaro last night in Truro. What a fantastic evening! It was really entertaining and funny. Figaro and Susanna were perfectly in love and the count was suitably outragous. Brilliant, Thank you.

    Said hatty lawrence at 14:24pm on 24th Mar 2010

  4. I saw Figaro last Saturday at Poole and thoroughly enjoyed the production. Fun, charming, beautifully sung, especially 'Susanna' (Eliana Praetorian), who was a delight. A fun and funny evening.

    Said Hilary Stewart at 21:16pm on 30th Mar 2010

  5. Really enjoyed last night's performance in Cheltenham. The singing and acting was delivered with passion and this was all well supported by the orchestra. Bravo!

    Said Chris Wood at 23:55pm on 9th Apr 2010

  6. I so much enjoyed "Figaro" last night in Norwich. The cast and orchestra were superb. I took along my young step daughter, her first time at the Opera. I don't think it will be her last. A thoroughly enjoyable evening.

    Said Dilys Dyke at 14:27pm on 14th Apr 2010

  7. Really looking forward to this production. Saw a poor one last year- modern dress and clearly under-rehearsed. Sounds like this one is much better!

    Said Emma at 14:22pm on 24th Apr 2010

  8. my mum, sister and i went to see the marriage of figaro at the grand theatre wolverhampton on the 27th of april.our first opera! it was breath taking!!! we are hooked!!! the cast and orchestra are amazing!!! thankyou !!!

    Said dawn sykes at 11:04am on 12th May 2010

  9. Saw the Marriage of Figaro at Perth last night.
    Superb!

    Said James Silcock at 13:30pm on 22nd May 2010

  10. I saw "The Marriage of Figaro" last night.It was superb!Alinka Kozari's performance as the Countess was the best I have seen.

    Said Jenifer Cummings at 13:36pm on 27th May 2010

  11. The Marriage of Figaro in Cambridge on the Thursday was wonderful - the greatest opera in a great performance. It was so vibrant and beautifully sung, in particular Paula Sides as Susanna. A beautiful voice and brilliant actress.

    Said Judy Barry at 11:34am on 29th May 2010

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