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The Silver Lake - A Winter’s Tale (Der Silbersee)

Kurt Weill - Autumn 2019

ETO’s first Kurt Weill production

Director 
James Conway
Conductor 
James Holmes
Designer 
Adam Wiltshire
Lighting Designer 
David W Kidd

Though best known for his brilliant and bitter collaborations with Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill was a serious composer with deep social convictions. The Silver Lake – A Winter’s Tale (Der Silbersee), his last work in Germany, was a collaboration with the poetic playwright Georg Kaiser. It was closed down by the Nazi authorities in 1933, and it was not performed for many years. For many, it is his masterpiece.

In numbers like “The Ballad of Caesar’s Death” and “The Song of the Lottery Ticket Seller”, there is sharp satire of the right, the left and the national socialist. But this is a piece about those who are left behind in the fighting for position – the poor man driven to steal a pineapple, the poor relation who is passed from house to house, the policeman with principles, the starving people who at the very beginning of the show are busy burying Hunger itself.

At its heart are three rich characters: the thief, the policeman, and the girl called Fennimore. Around them is a bizarre gallery of opportunists, thugs and aristocrats. Somehow the three lovable characters survive a “winter’s tale” that could not be more appropriate to modern Britain – and Fennimore’s song leads the two new friends to a new life, across a frozen lake.

Conducted by Weill specialist James Holmes, and directed by ETO’s James Conway, The Silver Lake – A Winter’s Tale (Der Silbersee) promises to be a compelling, poetic night in the theatre, graced with astonishing music.

Sung in German with English narration and English surtitles

Participating Choirs
London: Streetwise Opera (London Hub)
Buxton: Streetwise Opera (Manchester Hub)
Durham: Streetwise Opera (Nottingham Hub)
Bath: Wiltshire Music Centre Chorus
Snape Maltings: Aldeburgh Voices
Saffron Walden: Granta Chorale
Lancaster: Lancaster Millennium Choir
Exeter: Exeter University Choir

Funded in part by the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, Inc., New York, NY

Click here for information about our free The Silver Lake workshops for secondary schools.

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    5th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  2. Hackney Empire
    7th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  3. Buxton Opera House
    12th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  4. Gala Theatre, Durham
    19th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  5. Theatre Royal Bath
    22nd Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  6. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    26th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  7. Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden
    1st Nov 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  8. Great Hall, Lancaster University
    7th Nov 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  9. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    14th Nov 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  10. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    15th Nov 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  1. Hackney Empire — 5th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

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

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  3. Buxton Opera House — 12th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm

    Water Street, SK17 6XN

  4. Gala Theatre, Durham — 19th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm

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

  5. Theatre Royal Bath — 22nd Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm

    Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath, BA1 1ET

  6. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 26th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm

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

  7. Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden — 1st Nov 2019 - 7:30 pm

    Audley End Road, Saffron Walden , CB11 4UH

  8. Great Hall, Lancaster University — 7th Nov 2019 - 7:30 pm

    Lancaster University, Great Hall Complex, Bailragg, Lancaster, LA1 4YW

  9. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 14th Nov 2019 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  10. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 15th Nov 2019 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

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).

James Holmes

James Holmes

Conductor

James Holmes began his career with English National Opera where he was principal coach and later resident conductor. His work encompassed much of the standard operatic repertoire from Mozart to Britten. He conducted performances of Peter Grimes and The Turn of the Screw as well as several contemporary pieces, including world premières by leading British composers Gavin Bryars and Jonathan Harvey. While at ENO he began to establish himself as an exponent of musical theatre, conducting important productions of works by Kurt Weill and Stephen Sondheim, including Pacific Overtures, the recording of which earned a US ‘Grammy’ nomination.

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

Ronald Samm

Ronald Samm

Olim

David Webb

David Webb

Severin

Luci Briginshaw

Luci Briginshaw

Fennimore

Luci Briginshaw is delighted to sing again with ETO for 2019, having starred in Patience in 2017. Other recent opera roles include: The Queen of the Night The Magic Flute (OperaUpClose), Adele Die Fledermaus (Fulham Opera), Iris The Prometheus Revolution (Grimeborn Festival), Mimì La Bohème (Opera Loki), Donna Anna Don Giovanni (HGO), Gilda Rigoletto (Opera Loki), Leila The Pearl Fishers (Opera South East), and Violetta La Traviata (Opera Loki). Luci has a Bachelor of Music from King’s College London where she studied piano, singing and Italian; she also holds the Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music with distinction.

Future engagements include a national tour of brand-new children’s opera Vehicles by Martyn Harry with Action Transport Theatre.

Clarissa Meek

Clarissa Meek

Frau Luber

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.

James Kryshak

James Kryshak

Baron Laur/Lottery Agent

British based, American tenor James Kryshak is a graduate of the Ryan Opera Centre at the Lyric Opera, Chicago. He made is European debut at the Glyndebourne Festival in 2013, and since then has appeared at the Wiener Staatsoper; Deutsche Oper, Berlin; Opéra de Lyon; Leipzig Opera; Teatro Sao Carlos, Lisbon; Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg; Birmingham Opera Company and at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.

James’ future engagements include his return to Opéra de Lyon as Christobald/Irrelohe and he makes his debuts for La Monnaie, Brussels as Chaplisky/_Queen of Spades and for the Komische Oper, Berlin as the District Inspector/_The Nose.

Abigail Kelly

Abigail Kelly

Shopgirl 1

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.

Hollie-anne Bangham

Hollie-anne Bangham

Shopgirl 2

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.

David Horton

David Horton

Gravedigger 1

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.

Andrew Tipple

Andrew Tipple

Gravedigger 2

Jan Capinski

Jan Capinski

Youth 1

Bradley Travis

Bradley Travis

Youth 2

Bradley Travis was born in Cheshire and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal College of Music International Opera School. He has won the Garsington Opera Leonard Ingrams Award and is a Samling Artist.

Roles performed include Figaro Le nozze di Figaro (Opera North), Bunthorne Patience and Betto Gianni Schicchi (ETO), Siegfried Sassoon in Roxanna Panufnik’s Silver Birch (Garsington Opera), Angelotti Tosca (Birgitta Festival), Masetto Don Giovanni (Classical Opera, Opera Project and ETO) plus Robin Oakapple Ruddigore and Strephon Iolanthe (National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company).

Bradley is also heavily involved in education and community, working as the Associate Artist (Education) at English Touring Opera to devise and perform operas for children.

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 _Feas_t (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…”

Amanda Wagg

Amanda Wagg

Ensemble

Amanda grew up in the Southern Highlands of NSW, Australia and moved to
the UK in 2012 to study at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Since completing her MA in Opera Performance, she has performed with
notable companies such as Finnish National Opera, Opera Holland Park and
Grange Park Opera and is delighted to be joining English Touring Opera for a
second season.

Recent roles have included Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Ramiro (La finta
giardiniera), Third Lady (The Magic Flute), Madame de la Haltière
(Cendrillon), Older Woman (Flight), Lucretia (The Rape of Lucretia), and
Clorinde (Tancrede).

When not happily ensconced in a theatre, Amanda can usually be found
fussing over horses or seeking out a good pizza.

Maciek O'Shea

Maciek O'Shea

Ensemble

Guildhall School of Music and Drama trained Baritone Maciek O’Shea has worked for companies including English National Opera, Opera Holland Park, Buxton
Festival. He has toured extensively with English Touring Opera most recently taking the role of Dr Spinelloccio in Gianni Schicchi and Captain Worsley in Shackleton’s Cat. He sang the lead role in the Opera Up Close production of Don Giovanni at the Soho Theatre.

Maciek sang and was a puppeteer in ETO’s production of Laika the Spacedog which won 2 Best Production Awards at the Armel Opera Festival in Szeged, Hungary. He has worked for the OHP Inspire Programme and was part of the team that was awarded the 2018 International Opera Award for Education and Outreach.

Bernadette Iglich

Bernadette Iglich

Narrator

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.

Streetwise Opera

Streetwise Opera

Participation Choir

HACKNEY EMPIRE, 5 & 7 OCT
BUXTON OPERA HOUSE, 12 OCT (NOTTINGHAM HUB)
DURHAM GALA THEATRE, 19 OCT (NEWCASTLE HUB)

Streetwise Opera is an award-winning performing arts charity for people who are or have been homeless. It runs creative programmes in five regions across England and stages critically-acclaimed operas. Participants in Streetwise Opera’s weekly workshops in London, Newcastle Gateshead and Nottingham will join ETO for performances of The Silver Lake – A Winter’s Tale (Der Silbersee).

Wiltshire Music Centre Chorus

Wiltshire Music Centre Chorus

Participation Choir

THEATRE ROYAL BATH, 22 OCT

Having made their debut in a performance of St John’s Passion with the ETO in 2016, Wiltshire Music Centre Chorus is made up of a group of passionate amateurs of all ages from Wiltshire and Somerset. They have been meeting regularly over the past month under the expert direction of Mike Daniels. Previous performances have included collaborations with outstanding artists such as Gwilym Simcock and a performance of West Side Story as a part of the Bath Festival in 2018. WMC Chorus’ most recent performance was Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert with Cantamus Chamber Choir, Soul Celebration Community
Choir and GBH Big Band in March 2019.

Aldeburgh Voices

Aldeburgh Voices

Participation Choir

SNAPE MALTINGS, 26 OCT

Led by charismatic conductor Ben Parry, our in-house choir Aldeburgh Voices has been quick to establish itself as a high-quality ensemble, with regular appearances at Aldeburgh Festival and in Snape Malting’s acclaimed year-round programme of events. The choir follows in the tradition of Benjamin Britten’s festival chorus from the earliest days of the Aldeburgh Festival and the Britten–Pears Chamber Choir. 2018 saw the choir enjoy two evensongs in St Edmund’s Martyr King Church, Southwold and King’s College, Cambridge, as well as an emotionally-charged performance of James MacMillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross with the Suffolk Ensemble over the Easter Weekend. This year the choir has performed the Bach St John Passion in Snape Maltings Concert Hall and two performances in the Aldeburgh Festival. Made up of the best choral singers in the region, ambitions are high and we look forward to joining this performance of Kurt Weill’s The Silver Lake with English Touring Opera.

Granta Chorale

Granta Chorale

Participation Choir

SAFFRON HALL, 1 NOV

Musical Director: Janet Wheeler

Granta Chorale is a chamber choir from Saffron Walden, Cambridge and the surrounding area. They perform music from the Renaissance to the present day and their programmes often juxtapose music in contrasting styles. In recent years Granta Chorale has performed in Ely Cathedral, various Cambridge colleges, and regularly at Saffron Hall, often collaborating with other artists such as harpist Anne Denholm and writer Nick Warburton.

Their programmes feature substantial masterpieces of the chamber choir repertoire and also typically encompass pieces by living composers including works by Janet Wheeler, their own Musical Director.

Granta Chorale is delighted to perform again with English Touring Opera, this time providing an opera chorus for Weill’s The Silver Lake.

Lancaster Millennium Choir

Lancaster Millennium Choir

Participation Choir

LANCASTER ARTS, 7 NOV

The Lancaster Millennium Choir was formed 19 years ago. It is a non-auditioned choir led by Andy Whitfield. We perform new music and new arrangements and our mission is to entertain. We often use film and live performance alongside our singing. We have sung with Laurel and Hardy, Frankenstein and Johnny Weissmuller in such diverse situations as the Whitby Dracula Festival, Light Up
Lancaster and the Penrith Marmalade Festival. We toured village halls in North Lancashire this year with an all-Latin American programme and plan to revisit them next year with a Thirties Swing evening.

University of Exeter Opera Society

University of Exeter Opera Society

Participation Choir

Choir Directors: Lucy Kean and Matthew Jeffery

The University of Exeter Opera Society is a new founded society who are extremely committed to being an inclusive society. We advocate that students of all backgrounds should be able to discover the magic of opera, both by watching and by being involved in performances.

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    5th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  2. Hackney Empire
    7th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  3. Buxton Opera House
    12th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  4. Gala Theatre, Durham
    19th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  5. Theatre Royal Bath
    22nd Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  6. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    26th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  7. Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden
    1st Nov 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  8. Great Hall, Lancaster University
    7th Nov 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  9. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    14th Nov 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  10. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    15th Nov 2019 - 7:30 pm
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