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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

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).

Bernadette Iglich

Bernadette Iglich

Revival Director

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.

John Andrews

John Andrews

conductor

John’s recent engagements include La Cenerentola (Garsington); La traviata, Die Entführung, Don Pasquale and Riccardo Primo (Opera de Baugé); Robinson Crusoe (Iford Arts); Don Giovanni and Anna Bolena (ETO); as assistant conductor: Don Pasquale and La donna del lago (Garsington); Susannah (ETO) Der Fliegende Holländer (Bergen Philharmonic). Concert performances include Handel Semele, Arne Judgment of Paris and Eccles Hymn to Harmony (Cannons Scholars); Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals (RPO). This year he will conduct Mozart Cosi fan tutte (ECOP); Gluck Orfeo ed Euridice (The Cannons Scholars); Handel Giulio Cesare (Opera de Baugé); this summer’s production at Stanley Hall Opera. John holds a PhD on Handel’s oratorios and won the Bela Bartok Opera Conducting Competition Orchestra Prize 2005.

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 studied at the RCM. He has worked as a soloist with many groups such as the OAE; RPO; The Academy of Ancient Music; The London Handel Orchestra; Le Musiche Nove; Israel Camerata. Clint’s opera roles include Lotario/ Flavio/ Flavio; Dardano/ Amadigi; Judas/ Brockes Passion; In November 2001 he sang the role of Oberon/ A Midsummer Night‘s Dream, which was the launch of the BBIOS, and also performed this role in the ROH in Copenhagen in 2004. Festival engagements include Carmina Burana (Ludwigsburger Schossfestspiele); Halle Händel Festspiele; Cuenca Festival, Spain. In addition, Clint recorded the title role of Francesco Conti’s David with the Lautten Compagney. In December, Clint will tour Handel’s Messiah (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Queensland Orchestra).

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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