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The Marriage of Figaro

Wolfgang Mozart - Spring 2018

A new production of Mozart’s razor-sharp comedic opera

Director 
Blanche McIntyre
Conductor 
Christopher Stark
Designer 
Neil Irish
Lighting Designer 
Thomas Mannings

English Touring Opera presents an energetic new production of one of the world’s most beloved operas, Mozart’s classic comedy The Marriage of Figaro. During the course of one eventful day, Figaro and Susanna must overcome every obstacle put in their way by Count Almaviva and his cronies before they can finally be united as man and wife. Blanche McIntyre (Tosca, 2017) returns to direct this most warm-hearted of operas, equally acclaimed for its sublime music and huge sense of fun.

Featuring a first-class BAME cast, including Ross Ramgobin (Patience) as Figaro, Rachel Redmond as Susanna and Nadine Benjamin as the Countess, this promises to be a production like no other.

Sung in English with surtitles

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    28th Feb 2018 - 7:30 pm
  2. Hackney Empire
    3rd Mar 2018 - 7:30 pm
  3. Hall for Cornwall, Truro
    13th Mar 2018 - 7:30 pm
  4. Lighthouse, Poole
    16th Mar 2018 - 7:30 pm
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  5. Storyhouse, Chester
    20th Mar 2018 - 7:30 pm
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  6. Buxton Opera House
    23rd Mar 2018 - 7:30 pm
  7. G Live Guildford
    4th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm
  8. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    12th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm
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  9. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    13th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm
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  10. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    17th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm
  11. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    20th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm
  12. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    21st Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm
  13. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    25th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm
  14. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    28th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm
  15. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
    30th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm
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  16. Norwich Theatre Royal
    3rd May 2018 - 7:30 pm
  17. Norwich Theatre Royal
    4th May 2018 - 7:30 pm
  18. Churchill Theatre, Bromley
    8th May 2018 - 7:30 pm
  19. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
    11th May 2018 - 7:45 pm
  20. Gala Theatre, Durham
    14th May 2018 - 7:30 pm
  21. Perth Festival, Perth Concert Hall
    17th May 2018 - 7:30 pm
  22. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    22nd May 2018 - 7:30 pm
  23. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    23rd May 2018 - 7:30 pm
  24. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    26th May 2018 - 7:30 pm
  25. Curve, Leicester
    29th May 2018 - 7:30 pm
  26. York Theatre Royal
    1st Jun 2018 - 7:30 pm
  27. Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
    4th Jun 2018 - 7:30 pm
  28. Coronation Hall, Ulverston
    6th Jun 2018 - 7:30 pm
  29. Grand Theatre Blackpool
    9th Jun 2018 - 7:30 pm
  1. Hackney Empire — 28th Feb 2018 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  2. Hackney Empire — 3rd Mar 2018 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  3. Hall for Cornwall, Truro — 13th Mar 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Back Quay, Truro, TR1 2LL

  4. Lighthouse, Poole — 16th Mar 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Kingland Road, Poole, BH15 1UG

  5. Storyhouse, Chester — 20th Mar 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Hunter Street, Chester, CH1 2AR

  6. Buxton Opera House — 23rd Mar 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Water Street, SK17 6XN

  7. G Live Guildford — 4th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm

    London Road, Guildford, GU1 2AA

  8. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 12th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm

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

  9. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 13th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm

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

  10. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 17th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm

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

  11. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 20th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm

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

  12. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 21st Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm

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

  13. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 25th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  14. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 28th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  15. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury — 30th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm

    The Friars, Canterbury, CT1 2AS

  16. Norwich Theatre Royal — 3rd May 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RL

  17. Norwich Theatre Royal — 4th May 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RL

  18. Churchill Theatre, Bromley — 8th May 2018 - 7:30 pm

    High Street, Bromley, Kent, BR1 1HA

  19. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield — 11th May 2018 - 7:45 pm

    55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA

  20. Gala Theatre, Durham — 14th May 2018 - 7:30 pm

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

  21. Perth Festival, Perth Concert Hall — 17th May 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Mill Street, Perth, PH1 5HZ

  22. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 22nd May 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  23. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 23rd May 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  24. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 26th May 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  25. Curve, Leicester — 29th May 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1SB

  26. York Theatre Royal — 1st Jun 2018 - 7:30 pm

    YO1 7HD

  27. Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent — 4th Jun 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Piccadilly, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 1AP

  28. Coronation Hall, Ulverston — 6th Jun 2018 - 7:30 pm

    County Square, Ulverston, LA12 7LZ

  29. Grand Theatre Blackpool — 9th Jun 2018 - 7:30 pm

    33 Church Street, Blackpool, FY1 1HT

Blanche McIntyre

Blanche McIntyre

Director

Christopher Stark

Christopher Stark

Conductor

Christopher is conductor and co-founder, with composer Kate Whitley, of the Multi-Story Orchestra. RPS nominated, the Orchestra’s repertoire has included symphonies of Brahms, Beethoven, Sibelius and large-scale 20th century works including The Rite of Spring and John Adams’ Harmonielehre. ‘The response was ecstatic, and it deserved to be’ (New York Times, Copland’s Appalachian Spring at Aldeburgh Festival). Christopher has worked as assistant conductor for the BBC Proms, OAE, ETO, Aurora, Glyndebourne Festival and Tour, who awarded him the Lefever Award in 2014. He studied at Trinity College, Cambridge and in masterclasses with Jorma Panula, Sir Mark Elder and Sian Edwards.

Neil Irish

Neil Irish

Designer

Born
Birmingham

Training
Birmingham University
Slade UCL
National Film & Television school

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

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

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

Thomas Mannings

Thomas Mannings

Lighting Designer

Cast

Ross Ramgobin

Ross Ramgobin

Figaro

Rachel Redmond

Rachel Redmond

Susanna

Dawid Kimberg

Dawid Kimberg

Count

Nadine Benjamin

Nadine Benjamin

Countess

Katherine Aitkin

Katherine Aitkin

Cherubino

Omar Ebrahim

Omar Ebrahim

Bartolo

Gaynor Keeble

Gaynor Keeble

Marcellina

Abigail Kelly

Abigail Kelly

Barbarina

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.

Devon Harrison

Devon Harrison

Antonio

John-Colyn Gyeantey

John-Colyn Gyeantey

Basilio

British tenor John Gyeantey is steadily gaining a reputation as a fine exponent of the bel canto repertoire. As a high tenor, he has a facility to sustain the tessitura essential for the speciality roles of Rossini, Donizetti and Bellini. He is an alumnus of the prestigious Accademia Rossiniana, Pesaro, where he worked closely with Alberto Zedda, and began his training at the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio as a Peter Moores Foundation Major Scholar. In 2015, John performed the role of Luke in Tippett’s The Ice Break for Birmingham Opera Company and toured throughout the UK and Europe with Diva Opera as Normanno, Lucia di Lammermoor and Basilio, Le nozze di Figaro.

Stuart Haycock

Stuart Haycock

Don Curzio

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.

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    28th Feb 2018 - 7:30 pm
  2. Hackney Empire
    3rd Mar 2018 - 7:30 pm
  3. Hall for Cornwall, Truro
    13th Mar 2018 - 7:30 pm
  4. Lighthouse, Poole
    16th Mar 2018 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  5. Storyhouse, Chester
    20th Mar 2018 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  6. Buxton Opera House
    23rd Mar 2018 - 7:30 pm
  7. G Live Guildford
    4th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm
  8. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    12th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  9. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    13th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  10. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    17th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm
  11. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    20th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm
  12. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    21st Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm
  13. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    25th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm
  14. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    28th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm
  15. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
    30th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  16. Norwich Theatre Royal
    3rd May 2018 - 7:30 pm
  17. Norwich Theatre Royal
    4th May 2018 - 7:30 pm
  18. Churchill Theatre, Bromley
    8th May 2018 - 7:30 pm
  19. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
    11th May 2018 - 7:45 pm
  20. Gala Theatre, Durham
    14th May 2018 - 7:30 pm
  21. Perth Festival, Perth Concert Hall
    17th May 2018 - 7:30 pm
  22. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    22nd May 2018 - 7:30 pm
  23. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    23rd May 2018 - 7:30 pm
  24. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    26th May 2018 - 7:30 pm
  25. Curve, Leicester
    29th May 2018 - 7:30 pm
  26. York Theatre Royal
    1st Jun 2018 - 7:30 pm
  27. Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
    4th Jun 2018 - 7:30 pm
  28. Coronation Hall, Ulverston
    6th Jun 2018 - 7:30 pm
  29. Grand Theatre Blackpool
    9th Jun 2018 - 7:30 pm

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