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Tolomeo

Handel - Handelfest

Director 
James Conway
Revival Director 
Bernadette Iglich
conductor 
John Andrews
Designer 
Michael Vale
Lighting Designer 
Matthew Haskins

The story of two brothers, sons of the ruthless, devouring Egyptian queen Cleopatra, who are shipwrecked on an island, is a story of faithful love in the face of crushing odds. No other Handel opera confronts quite so squarely the lot of the wretched of the earth, and the easy cruelty of the powerful. ETO’s modern day production, in Michael Vale’s striking birchwood box set, describes wretchedness we might see on the street today, in the exploitation of a young girl and a hapless beggar: yet driven to the edge as both are, underneath a pier where the sea meets the land (the old pier in the clean box is like the thorn in the mind, according to Vale) their dignity and faith is inspiring, and ultimately rewarded.

Running time 2 hours 30 minutes including 1 interval

Showing At

  1. Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, London
    17th Oct 2009 - 7:30 pm
  2. Malvern Theatres
    29th Oct 2009 - 7:30 pm
  3. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    5th Nov 2009 - 7:30 pm
  4. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    19th Nov 2009 - 7:30 pm
  1. Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, London — 17th Oct 2009 - 7:30 pm

    Prince Consort Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2BS

    • Sold Out

  2. Malvern Theatres — 29th Oct 2009 - 7:30 pm

    Malvern Theatres, Grange Road, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 3HB

  3. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 5th Nov 2009 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  4. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 19th Nov 2009 - 7:30 pm

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

James Conway

James Conway

Director

As General Director of ETO for 17 years and ETO’s Artistic Director since April 2019, James Conway has directed productions of operas by Monteverdi, Handel, Mozart, Donizetti, Janácek, Puccini, Debussy, Ullmann, Britten and Tippett, as well as a world premiere by Alexander Goehr. Before coming to ETO he was General Director of Opera Theatre Company in Dublin; his productions for that company travelled to New York (Brooklyn Academy of Music), and to festivals in Melbourne, London, Buxton, Paris, Dusseldorf, Prague, Brno, Lisbon and Porto. Notable among his freelance directing is the long-running production of The Cunning Little Vixen at the Janácek Theatre, Brno.

Bernadette Iglich

Bernadette Iglich

Revival Director

As a dance artist and performer Bernadette has worked with various international and UK based choreographers, directors and dance companies. Her performances included devised, improvised and site specific theatre. She has choreographed and created commissioned works for students within vocational colleges and universities, as well as choreographing and facilitating movement and physical embodiment for opera and theatre with various productions and companies. From 2001 to 2016 Bernadette was a Lecturer on BA (hons) Contemporary Dance courses in the UK. With English Touring Opera. Bernadette has been director, assistant director and movement co-coordinator on a number of productions since 2002.

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.

Michael Vale

Michael Vale

Designer

Michael’s designs for opera include La bohème and Carmen (GFO); Rigoletto (ROH and Olivier Award nomination); Tosca and Alcina (ETO and Olivier Award Nomination); Fidelio (New Zealand International Art’s Festival in Wellington); Idomoneo (Antwerp De Vlaamse and Los Angeles Opera); Sweeny Todd (ON); The Turn of the Screw, Dido and Aeneas, Tosca and Jenufa (ETO). His designs for theatre include Comedy of Errors, Canterbury Tales and Macbeth (RSC); Bent (RNT); The Merchant of Venice (Galaxy Theatre, Tokyo); Cymbeline (Kneehigh Theatre/ RSC); Rapunzel (Kneehigh Theatre/ BAC); Blues in the Night (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Hamlet (English Touring Theatre); Ghosts (Plymouth Theatre Royal); Wind in the Willows (Bristol Old Vic); Blues for Mr. Charlie (Sheffield Crucible). Michael’s dance work includes Faeries (ROH).

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

Rachel Nicholls

Rachel Nicholls

Soprano

Elisa

Rachel was born in Bedford and trained at RCM and York University. She received the President’s Rosebowl at the RCM and won 2nd prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Competition. Operatic roles include Armida/ Rinaldo (Edinburgh Festival); Nerone/ L’incoronazione di Poppea (New Theatre Tokyo); Dorinda/ Orlando (Atelier Lyrique de Tourcoing); Flora/ The Knot Garden (SO); Echo/ Ariadne auf Naxos (ROH). Concert engagements include Beethoven Mass in C (Bochum Symphony Orchestra); J.S. Bach Jauchzet Gott (OAE); Handel Messiah (Bach Collegium Japan). She has also made a number of recordings including J.S. Bach B Minor Mass (BIS); Handel Silla (SOMM); Hummel Mass in D Minor (CHANDOS); Dvorak Stabat Mater (BBC). In 2010, Rachel will perform Fiordiligi/ Cosi fan tutte (Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris).

Katherine Manley

Katherine Manley

Soprano

Seleuce

Katherine studied at the RCM. Operatic credits include Arpago/ L’incoronazione di Dario (Garsington Opera); Fortune/ L’incoronazione di Poppea (ENO); Sandman/ Dew Fairy/ Hänsel und Gretel (ON); Musica/ Euridice/ L’Orfeo (ETO); Tullia/ Virginia (Opera Rara recording) and Partenope/ Partenope (Les Azuriales). Recent engagements include Venus/ Venus and Adonis (Transition Opera); Belinda/ After Dido (ENO/ The Young Vic); Jephtha for The King’s Consort in Switzerland and Israel in Egypt on tour with Musik Podium Stuttgart.
Engagements in 09/10 include Dafne/ Apollo e Dafne and cantata Selete Venti (Retrospect Ensemble, Wigmore Hall); Handel Messiah (Ulster Orchestra/ Waterfront Hall, Belfast); St. Matthew Passion (Bath Abbey); Helena/ A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Garsington Opera). Subsequent engagements include Lucia/ The Rape of Lucretia (Angers/ Nantes Opera).

Clint van der Linde

Clint van der Linde

Counter tenor

Tolomeo

Clint’s opera and concert work has taken him to Australia, NZ, SA, US, Israel, Japan and through out Western and Central Europe. In Festivals including BBC proms (Royal Albert Hall), Mostly Mozart Festival at the Alice Tully Hall(NYC), Bach Festival Leipzich, Wellington Festival(NZ) and Edinbugh Festival. Collaborating with the AAM, The Goettingen Festspieler Orchestra, Il Fondamento, the Hanover Band, the Israel Camerata, the King`s Consort, the LHO, LMN, the OAE, the RPO the Salzburg Camerata, Stuttgart Baroque Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Bach Collegium Japan. Conducters, Masaaki Suzuki, Stephen Layton, Sir Roger Norrington, Frieder Bernius, Nicholas Kraemer, Stephen Cleobury, Peter Schreier, Wolfgang Katchner, George Petrou, Leonardo Alarcon and Paul Dombrecht.

James Laing

James Laing

Counter tenor

Alessandro

James studied at RCM and was selected by OPERA NOW as amongst ‘Who’s Hot’ for his performance as Nerone/ Agrippina at the London Handel Festival. Operatic engagements include Giuliano/ Eliogabalo (GPO); Andronico/ Tamerlano (Opera by Definition); Ascanio/ Ascanio in Alba (Classical Opera Company); Oberon/ A Midsummer Night’s Dream (ON); Medoro/ Orlando (Early Opera Company). Concert engagements include Handel Messiah (both Choeur de Chambre de Namur and Hallé); J.S. Bach St. John Passion (Irish Chamber Orchestra); Other Shakespearean Dreamers (Liceu, Barcelona). Future engagements include Oberon/ A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Garsington Opera) and J.S. Bach Cantata 106 (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra). Recordings include J.S. Bach St. John Passion (RTE); Dove The Adventures of Pinocchio (Opus Arte DVD); In Tune (BBC Radio 3).

Neil Baker

Neil Baker

Baritone

Araspe

“This strong production plays itself out on the seashore, where refugees are washed ashore to land like driftwood… adding immeasurably to the opera’s disturbing atmosphere.”

The Guardian

“[The cast] are uniformly compelling”

The Times

“Stille amare, one of Handel’s most achingly beautiful inspirations, alluringly sung here by the counter-tenor Clint van der Linde”

The Telegraph

Showing At

  1. Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, London
    17th Oct 2009 - 7:30 pm
  2. Malvern Theatres
    29th Oct 2009 - 7:30 pm
  3. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    5th Nov 2009 - 7:30 pm
  4. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    19th Nov 2009 - 7:30 pm

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