The Wild Man of the West Indies

Gaetano Donizetti - Spring 2015

After his wife Eleonora is unfaithful, Cardenio flees for an island in the West Indies, where he loses his senses and his mind. ETO’s new production is the first to tour on this scale anywhere in the world and the first staging in Britain in modern times.

Conductor 
Jeremy Silver
Director 
Iqbal Khan
Designer 
Florence de Maré
Lighting Designer 
Mark Howland

Exquisite and highly recommended.

4 STARS Guardian

Donizetti fans will be grateful to have seen and heard it so competently and honourably performed. Hats off to English Touring Opera.

Daily Telegraph

A pleasure to hear.

WhatsOnStage

Donizetti’s The Wild Man of the West Indies (Il furioso all’isola di San Domingo) was premiered in Rome in 1833 and became hugely successful before vanishing from the repertoire until the late 20th century. Based on an episode in Cervantes’ Don Quixote, it is a love story of Shakespearean depth set on a Caribbean island. A rare feast for both bel canto and theatre lovers, ETO’s new production is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see this opera performed live on stage at a theatre near you.

New production, sung in Italian with English surtitles
Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes (incl. interval)
Age guidance: 13+

If you would like to learn more about this fascinating opera whilst supporting ETO’s new production, you might be interested in joining our San Domingo Syndicate

Find out more

From Enrico di Borgogna to The Siege of Calais: read an introduction to the life and works of Gaetano Donizetti.

Click here to read the opera’s synopsis.

Listen to Iqbal Khan (Director, The Wild Man of the West Indies) and Aidan McQuade (Director, Anti-Slavery International) discuss slavery in The Wild Man.

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Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    12th Mar 2015 - 7:30 pm
  2. Hall for Cornwall, Truro
    18th Mar 2015 - 7:30 pm
  3. Norwich Theatre Royal
    25th Mar 2015 - 7:30 pm
  4. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    9th Apr 2015 - 7:30 pm
  5. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    18th Apr 2015 - 7:30 pm
  6. Curve, Leicester
    21st Apr 2015 - 7:30 pm
  7. Warwick Arts Centre
    23rd Apr 2015 - 7:30 pm
  8. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    2nd May 2015 - 7:30 pm
  9. Buxton Opera House
    15th May 2015 - 7:30 pm
  10. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    27th May 2015 - 7:30 pm
  1. Hackney Empire — 12th Mar 2015 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  2. Hall for Cornwall, Truro — 18th Mar 2015 - 7:30 pm

    Back Quay, Truro, TR1 2LL

  3. Norwich Theatre Royal — 25th Mar 2015 - 7:30 pm

    Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RL

  4. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 9th Apr 2015 - 7:30 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  5. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 18th Apr 2015 - 7:30 pm

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

  6. Curve, Leicester — 21st Apr 2015 - 7:30 pm

    Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1SB

  7. Warwick Arts Centre — 23rd Apr 2015 - 7:30 pm

    University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL

  8. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 2nd May 2015 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  9. Buxton Opera House — 15th May 2015 - 7:30 pm

    Water Street, SK17 6XN

  10. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 27th May 2015 - 7:30 pm

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

Jeremy Silver

Jeremy Silver

Conductor

Iqbal Khan

Iqbal Khan

Director

Iqbal’s directing includes: Much Ado About Nothing (RSC and the West End), Snookered (The Bush and national tour), Broken Glass (Tricycle Theatre and West End), The Killing of Sister George (Arts Theatre), A Slight Ache & Landscape (National Theatre), Tiger at the Gates (National Studio), Oleanna & Rafta Rafta (Bolton Octagon), East is East (Birmingham Rep), Too Close to Home (Lyric Hammersmith and national tour), No Going Back (The MAC, Birmingham), The Baby and Fly Pie (Royal Exchange, Manchester), The Solitude of Ofuko (Sendai Theatre, Japan), Dancing Within Walls (Contact Theatre), Treemonisha (Queen Elizabeth Hall and National tour), Madama Butterfly (Lyric Hammersmith and Minack Theatre), The Illustrious Corpse (Leicester Haymarket and Soho Theatre), Into the Woods (The Hippodrome, Birmingham), Beautiful Thing & Perfect Days (Oldham Coliseum), Othello (Leicester Haymarket) and The Maids (Old Red Lion).
He’s been an associate director on Simply Cinderella (at Curve) and Resident Director on the national tour of Footloose.
Forthcoming work in 2015 includes a new production of Othello for the RSC.

Florence de Maré

Florence de Maré

Designer

Mark Howland

Mark Howland

Lighting Designer

Cast

Nicholas Sharratt

Nicholas Sharratt

Fernando

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.

Sally Silver

Sally Silver

Eleonora

Craig Smith

Craig Smith

Cardenio

Born Bolton
Training Manchester University, RNCM
Awards Ricordi Prize for Opera
Opera Ford Falstaff (ETO), Michele/Tonio Tabarro/Pagliacci (ON), Nabucco (ENO & Bucharest), Rigoletto (Tokyo), Les Dialogues des Carmelites (Theater an der Wien & Covent Garden), Germont La Traviata (ENO & St. Margarethen Festival)
Concert Handel Messiah (Liverpool Philharmonic), Cilea Adriana Lecouvreur (Queen Elizabeth Hall), Tchaikovsky Maid of Orleans (BBC Philharmonic)
Recordings Martin In Terra Pax (Swiss Radio), Les Dialogues des Carmelites (Oehms Classics)

Njabulo Madlala

Njabulo Madlala

Bartolomeo

Donna Bateman

Donna Bateman

Marcella

Ms Donna Bateman will sing the role of Musetta on 11 April (Everyman Theatre, matinee performance), 1 May (Exeter Northcott Theatre) and 29 May (Cambridge Arts Theatre).

Donna is an award-winning Soprano who has been honored as an Associate of the Royal Academy Of Music.
She sang her first major role, Marzelline, in BOC’s award-winning production of Fidelio and has returned to sing Cunegonde in Candide, Zerbinetta in the prologue of Ariadne auf Naxos and Elettra in Idomeneo.
Other opera roles include Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro, Helena A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Rusalka for ETO.
Her expertise in contemporary operatic repertoire has earned her several major premieres, including her debut for The ROH, ROH2 as Miranda in The Gentle Giant; the role of Estella in Life is a dream, by Jonathan Dove and the title role in American Lulu – Neuwirth/Berg for The Opera Group, Young Vic, Scottish Opera and Bregenz Festspiele co-production.
Concert highlights include La Cuisinière in Le Rossignol with the CBSO conducted by Sakari Oramo and Bernstein’s Mass with the LSO, conducted by Marin Alsop.
Recent and future roles include Giorgetta in ‘Il Tabarro’, Geraldine in ‘A Hand Of Bridge’ and for the Music series at King’s Place, London the role of Emilie in the British premiere of Ernest Tochs’ Egon Und Emilie.

Peter Brathwaite

Peter Brathwaite

Kaidama

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    12th Mar 2015 - 7:30 pm
  2. Hall for Cornwall, Truro
    18th Mar 2015 - 7:30 pm
  3. Norwich Theatre Royal
    25th Mar 2015 - 7:30 pm
  4. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    9th Apr 2015 - 7:30 pm
  5. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    18th Apr 2015 - 7:30 pm
  6. Curve, Leicester
    21st Apr 2015 - 7:30 pm
  7. Warwick Arts Centre
    23rd Apr 2015 - 7:30 pm
  8. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    2nd May 2015 - 7:30 pm
  9. Buxton Opera House
    15th May 2015 - 7:30 pm
  10. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    27th May 2015 - 7:30 pm

Your Comments

  1. My very real congratulations on the success of the Wild Man, a genuinely overwhelming realisation. I am well known for saying that the only serious opera company in this country is English Touring Opera, and my opinion could not be more fully confirmed.

    Said Prof. Alexander Weatherson at 10:16am on 16th Mar 2015

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