The Seraglio

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Autumn 2019

A period production of Mozart’s masterpiece

Director 
Stephen Medcalf
Conductor 
John Andrews
Designer 
Adam Wiltshire
Lighting Designer 
David W Kidd

It’s a treat from start to finish

THE GUARDIAN ★★★★
THE OBSERVER ★★★★
THE INDEPENDENT ★★★★
THE ARTS DESK ★★★★
THE STAGE ★★★★
BACHTRACK ★★★★
CLASSICAL SOURCE ★★★★
PLANET HUGILL ★★★★

With The Seraglio, Mozart’s first real success in the theatre, the youthful genius was conscious of his Viennese audience’s fascination with all things eastern. The harem, or Seraglio, was its centre, surrounded by well-worn walls. Within, a young girl is clearly fascinated by a Pasha who rules by reason – he never sings, unlike his bumptious young rival, the boy from Seville.

For Belmonte, and the girl called ‘Konstanze’ (like Mozart’s wife), the young composer wrote his most passionate and difficult music; for their servants, Pedrillo and Blonde, he wrote his wittiest. They are a bit like castaways on an island, free of practical skill, finding out their strengths and weaknesses by trial and error.

Mozart up-ends all possible stereotyping in his singspiel. If you meet a more independent and assured maid than Blonde, maybe take cover; if you expect tyranny from everyone who frightens you, look closer at the Pasha.

A charming confection with a beating heart, ETO’s period production of The Seraglio, directed by Stephen Medcalf and conducted by John Andrews, promises to be a good night out for all.

Sung in English with English surtitles
Approx running time: 2 hours 45 minutes (inc. interval)

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    4th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm
  2. Hackney Empire
    8th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm
  3. Buxton Opera House
    11th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm
  4. Gala Theatre, Durham
    18th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm
  5. Theatre Royal Bath
    21st Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm
  6. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    25th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm
  7. Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden
    2nd Nov 2019 - 7:30 pm
  8. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    12th Nov 2019 - 7:30 pm
  9. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    16th Nov 2019 - 7:30 pm
  1. Hackney Empire — 4th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  2. Hackney Empire — 8th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  3. Buxton Opera House — 11th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm

    Water Street, SK17 6XN

  4. Gala Theatre, Durham — 18th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm

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

  5. Theatre Royal Bath — 21st Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm

    Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath, BA1 1ET

  6. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 25th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm

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

  7. Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden — 2nd Nov 2019 - 7:30 pm

    Audley End Road, Saffron Walden , CB11 4UH

  8. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 12th Nov 2019 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  9. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 16th Nov 2019 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

Stephen Medcalf

Stephen Medcalf

Director

Stephen Medcalf has directed at La Scala Milan, Glyndebourne, The Salzburg Festpielhaus and the Royal Albert Hall. His career has also taken him all over the world including Paris, Marseille, Melbourne, Brisbane, Bilbao, Bergen, Budapest, Pisa, Palermo, Verona , Valencia and Wexford. He has won many awards, including the coveted Premio Abbiati Italian critics’ Prize as Director of the Year. In the UK he has also directed for Opera North and numerous productions for the Buxton Festival and Grange Park Opera. From 1992-2004 he was head of production for the Guildhall Opera Course and from 1991-1997 he was director of productions for English Touring Opera.

John Andrews

John Andrews

Conductor

With a special affinity for Italian bel canto and English baroque, John Andrews has conducted over 50 operas with companies including Garsington Opera, Opera Holland Park, London Handel Festival and Volkstheater Rostock. An exponent of neglected English music, he has appeared regularly at the English Music Festival. Recordings include: Arne’s The Judgement of Paris, The Light of the World and Incidental Music to Macbeth; Sullivan’s The Tempest; Gilbert and Cellier’s The Mountebanks for Dutton Vocalion with the BBC Concert Orchestra; Sherwood’s Double Concerto; Cowen’s 5th Symphony for EM Records. For ETO he has conducted Rossini’s ‘Fireworks’, Tolomeo, Don Giovanni, Anna Bolena, Elizabeth I (Elisabetta) and Pia de’ Tolomei.

Adam Wiltshire

Adam Wiltshire

Designer

Adam received his BA with Honours in Theatre Design at the RWCMD. He was a group winner of the Linbury Biennial Prize for Stage Design in 2003. Recent operatic engagements include design for I was Looking at the Ceiling and then I Saw the Sky (Stratford East Royal Theatre); Roméo et Juliette (ON); Le nozze di Figaro (RNCM); As I Crossed the Bridge of Dreams (Almeida Opera). Ballet engagements include Children of Adam and Sensorium (Royal Ballet at the ROH). Additionally, Adam worked with ETO as designer for Country Matters, Katya Kabanova and Teseo.

David W Kidd

David W Kidd

Lighting Designer

David’s extensive work has been seen internationally in theatre, opera, ballet, music events, corporate theatre and pantomime.

Dance and opera includes Dido and Aeneas (ENO/Unicorn), Absent Made Present (New Commissions for ROH2 Linbury, Royal Opera House), Peter And The Wolf (European/UK Tour and New York), Secret Garden Ballets (Hatch House, Somerset), Andersen’s Fairy Tales (Bulgarian National Ballet) and Die Walkuré (Denmark New Opera).

Most recent credits include Turn Of The Screw (UK Tour), Ring Of Fire – The Life Of Johnny Cash (Vienna), Bloodshot (London, New York, Chicago and Canada), The Velveteen Rabbit (Seattle),_ Moll Flanders_ (Colchester Mercury), Spamalot (UK Tour, Daegu Festival, Korea and Dubai).

Cast

Lucy Hall

Lucy Hall

Konstanze

Operatic engagements include Lila in The Firework-Maker’s Daughter and 4.48 Psychosis with the Royal Opera House, Galatea Acis and Galatea with English National Opera, Susanna and Barbarina, Le Nozze di Figaro, Euridice Orfeo ed Euridice and Echo Ariadne auf Naxos for Scottish Opera, Zerlina Don Giovanni and Mathilde Elizabeth I with the English Touring Opera, Sandrina La Finta Giardiniera for the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg and Opéra de Toulon, Marzelline Fidelio and Morgana Alcina with Longborough Festival Opera, Barbarina Le Nozze di Figaro for Festival d’Aix. In concert, Lucy has appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic and the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Nazan Fikret

Nazan Fikret

Blonde

Nazan Fikret studied at the GSMD, is a Britten-Pears Young Artist and an International Opera Awards bursary recipient. As a teenager she performed Flora The Turn of the Screw across Europe, including David McVicar’s production at ENO and Teatro Real. Recent highlights include Queen of the Night Die Zauberflöte (Opera på Skäret and Garsington Opera), Fiordiligi Così fan tutte (European Opera Centre/RLPO), Arasse Siroe Nederlandse Reisopera, Girl / Bear in Julian Philips’ How the Whale Became (Royal Opera House), Euridice Orfeo ed Euridice (Longborough Festival Opera), and the title role in Theodora with Christian Curnyn and Sarah Connolly (Snape Maltings).

John-Colyn Gyeantey

John-Colyn Gyeantey

Belmonte

John-Colyn Gyeantey studied at the RCM, NOS and Accademia Rossiniana, Pesaro. Rossini roles include Ramiro La Cenerentola (Oper Schloss Hallwyl, Glyndebourne on Tour); Comte Ory Le comte Ory, Almaviva Il barbiere di Siviglia (WNO, Diva Opera and Festival Musique Cordiale); Zefirino Il viaggio a Reims (Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro); Gernando/Ubaldo Armida. He has sung Nemorino L’elisir d’amore (Anghiari Festival); Pylade Iphigénie en Tauride, Ubaldo/Ghino Pia de’ Tolomei, Arnalta and Egeus Jason by Cavalli all for ETO; and Luke in Tippett’s The Ice Break (Birmingham Opera). Other roles include Romeo (Riverside Opera); Don Ottavio (Mid-Wales Opera); Camille de Rosillon (Scottish Opera); Tamino (Iford Arts).

Richard Pinkstone

Richard Pinkstone

Pedrillo

Richard Pinkstone studied at the University of York and the Royal College of Music International Opera School, where roles included Lysander A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The School Master The Cunning Little Vixen, Sandy The Lighthouse and Alfred Die Fledermaus. He made his professional debut singing the title role in Albert Herring for the inaugural Grange Festival, a production nominated for a 2018 South Bank Sky Arts Award. Recent engagements have included debuts with Scottish Opera on the Opera Highlights Tour, with Nevill Holt Opera as Flute A Midsummer Night’s Dream and with Opera North as Tamino The Mini Magic Flute.

Matthew Stiff

Matthew Stiff

Osmin

Matthew Stiff graduated with distinction from the Opera Course at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has performed for companies including Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Scottish Opera, Opera North, Grange Park Opera, English Touring Opera, Mid Wales Opera, Iford Arts Festival and Hyogo Performing Arts Center, Japan. Roles include Leporello DON GIOVANNI, Colline LA BOHEME, title role LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, Pietro L’ASSEDIO DI CALAIS, Prince Gremin EUGENE ONEGIN, Doctor Grenvil LA TRAVIATA, Hobson PETER GRIMES, Lord Walton I PURITANI, Marquis de la Force DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES, Snug A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. His most recent performances include Sacristan TOSCA for Opera North and Magnifico CENERENTOLA for West Green House Opera.

Alexander Andreou

Alexander Andreou

Pasha

Film credits include: THE WOLFMAN (Universal); LEGEND OF THE GOLDEN FISHCAKE (Slithy Tove Productions).

Theatre credits include: THE ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO (Grange Festival); FROGS (Almeida Theatre); A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester); BLACK ALBUM (National Theatre); A GOLDEN AGE (Southbank Centre); FAILED STATES (Latitude Festival); HAMLYN (Space Arts Centre & Southwark Playhouse); SOCRATES AND HIS CLOUDS (Jermyn Street Theatre); THE WOLF, BOSTON MARRIAGE & PRINCESS IVONA (Sturdy Beggars Theatre Company); THE CLINIC (Pleasance Theatre); JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Ljubljana Arts Festival); PRINCESS OF BURGUNDIA (Sturdy Beggars at the Network); UNCLE VANYA (Camden People’s Theatre); THE CITY TRILOGY- THE OVERNIGHT VISITOR (The Lion and Unicorn); OTHELLO (Pacific Playhouse).

Game credits include: Assassins Creed (Ubisoft).

Rosanna Harris

Rosanna Harris

Ensemble

Roles: Mab/Adelaide The Enchanted Pig, Zerlina Don Giovanni, Bianca/Gabriela La Rondine, Gianetta L’elisir d’amore, Molly Brazen The Beggar’s Opera, Tytania A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Valencienne The Merry Widow, Susanna Le nozze di Figaro, Pamina Die Zauberflöte, Sophie Werther, Oscar Un ballo in Maschera, Phyllis Iolanthe, Rose Maybud Ruddigore and A Voice from heaven Don Carlos for Grange Park Opera.

As a child she appeared as Philippa Babette’s Feast (John Browne) in The Linbury Studio at The Royal Opera House. Richard Morrison, The Times said, “ … Rosanna Harris, in particular, shines gloriously as the daughter with the hidden voice…”

David Horton

David Horton

Ensemble

Tenor David Horton is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS). Recent roles include the title role in Candide (Iford Arts), John in C.V. Stanford’s The Travelling Companion (New Sussex Opera), recorded for imminent release following a live performance at Saffron Hall, Henry Crawford Mansfield Park (Waterperry Opera), Vanderdendur/King Theodore/Grand Inquisitor Candide (West Green House), Moon/King of the East The Enchanted Pig (Hampstead Garden Opera), various roles including The Lover/The Friend/The Preacher The Vanishing Bridegroom (British Youth Opera), Eisenstein Die Fledermaus and Tristan Le Vin Herbé (RCS Opera), and multiple roles in English Eccentrics for British Youth Opera.

Jan Capinski

Jan Capinski

Ensemble

Originally from Kraków, Poland, Jan trained at the Academy of Music there before moving to the UK to study at the RWCMD and ENO Opera Works. He has performed roles with (among others) ETO, Scottish Opera, Garsington Opera, Wexford Festival Opera, Mid Wales Opera, and BYO. Outside singing Jan is a recording engineer and videographer, as well as paddleboarder, kayaker, blogger, and board game geek.

Hollie-anne Bangham

Hollie-anne Bangham

Ensemble

Hollie-anne, originally from Bristol, completed a Masters in music, a postgraduate diploma and an undergraduate degree at the Royal Northern College of Music. Recently being awarded Garsington Opera’s Simon Sandbach award for covering the role of Pilar in the world premiere of The Skating Rink. Other roles include; Mezzo Bridesmaid/ Le Nozze di Figaro (Garsington Opera as an Alvarez Young Artist 2017), The Abbess and La Suora Infermiere/ Suor Angelica (Manchester Opera Ensemble), Hermia/_Midsummer night’s dream_ (RNCM) and Witness 2 in the world premiere of Icarus (David Blake and Keith Warner) in Montepulciano, Italy. Hollie-anne is excited to be joining ETO again after a successful Spring tour.

It’s a treat from start to finish

THE GUARDIAN ★★★★

John Andrews’s supple conducting and ideal tempi gave consistent pleasure

THE SUNDAY TIMES

humour and tenderness

THE OBSERVER ★★★★

a treat

THE INDEPENDENT ★★★★

perfectly rendered by director Stephen Medcalf

THE ARTS DESK ★★★★

impeccably vital and stylish

THE STAGE ★★★★

a really sophisticated show

BACHTRACK ★★★★

charming, elegant and stylishly exuberant

OPERA TODAY

effervescent and visually rewarding

CLASSICAL SOURCE ★★★★

the sort of imaginatively engaging performance which drew you in

PLANET HUGILL ★★★★

startles with its brave humanity

PLAYS TO SEE ★★★★

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    4th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm
  2. Hackney Empire
    8th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm
  3. Buxton Opera House
    11th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm
  4. Gala Theatre, Durham
    18th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm
  5. Theatre Royal Bath
    21st Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm
  6. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    25th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm
  7. Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden
    2nd Nov 2019 - 7:30 pm
  8. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    12th Nov 2019 - 7:30 pm
  9. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    16th Nov 2019 - 7:30 pm

Your Comments

  1. Sounds wonderful- it's new to me.
    Looking forward to it in Exeter

    Said Martin Perry at 19:53pm on 1st May 2019

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