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Tolomeo

Handel - Autumn 06

A work of great clarity, with a wonderful score, it proved to be a winning, dramatic depiction of the lot of the wretched of the earth.

Director 
James Conway
Conductor 
Laurence Cummings
Designer 
Michael Vale

Handel’s Tolomeo (in a production by James Conway first created for the London Handel Festival at the Royal College of Music) is one of the composer’s least known stage works. A work of great clarity, with a wonderful score, it proved to be a winning, dramatic depiction of the lot of the wretched of the earth, played out in a bare wooden box depicting the meeting of land and sea. The desolate hero, sung with grace and strength by Jonathan Peter Kenny, was matched by two strong sopranos in the roles written for Handel’s ‘warring Queans’, Rachel Nicholls and Katherine Manley.

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    13th Oct 2006 - 7:30 pm
  2. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    19th Oct 2006 - 7:30 pm
  3. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    27th Oct 2006 - 7:30 pm
  4. Theatre Royal, Lincoln
    3rd Nov 2006 - 7:30 pm
  5. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    10th Nov 2006 - 7:30 pm
  6. Buxton Opera House
    14th Nov 2006 - 7:30 pm
  7. Malvern Theatres
    21st Nov 2006 - 7:30 pm
  8. Theatre Royal Bath
    30th Nov 2006 - 7:30 pm
  1. Hackney Empire — 13th Oct 2006 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  2. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 19th Oct 2006 - 7:30 pm

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

  3. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 27th Oct 2006 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  4. Theatre Royal, Lincoln — 3rd Nov 2006 - 7:30 pm

    Clasketgate, Lincoln, LN2 1JJ

  5. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 10th Nov 2006 - 7:30 pm

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

  6. Buxton Opera House — 14th Nov 2006 - 7:30 pm

    Water Street, SK17 6XN

  7. Malvern Theatres — 21st Nov 2006 - 7:30 pm

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

  8. Theatre Royal Bath — 30th Nov 2006 - 7:30 pm

    Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath, BA1 1ET

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.

Laurence Cummings

Laurence Cummings

Conductor

Born
Sutton Coldfield

Education
Christ Church, Oxford University

Opera
Tolomeo (London Handel Festival); Orfeo, Semele (both ENO); Giulio Cesare (GFO); Rodelinda (OTC)

Concerts
Purcell King Arthur (Britten Pears Orchestra); Almeida La Guiditta (Remix Baroqua Orquestra/Casa da Musica); Corelli, Torelli, Handel, Bach (The English Concert, Malaga)

Recordings
Handel Arias with Angelika Kirschlager (Sony BMG); Handel Gloria with Emma Kirkby and RAM (BIS)

Other
Laurence is Music Director of the London Handel Festival and the Head of Historical Performance at the RAM.

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).

Crew

Rachel Nicholls

Rachel Nicholls

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).

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).

Katherine Manley

Katherine Manley

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).

Jonathan Peter Kenny

Jonathan Peter Kenny

Tolomeo

Jonathan Peter Kenny is from Liverpool. Conducting appearances include Flavio, Xerxes, Agrippina, Ottone, Iphigénie en Tauride, Giulio Cesare, Johannes-Passion, Mass in B minor, Matthäus-Passion (ETO), Cesare, Rinaldo, Radamisto, Alcina, Serse (Lucca),The Duchess of Malfi (Royal and Derngate), Stabat Mater (Dorothy Cross/OTC), Orfeo, Dido (RCM), Anxiety Fanfare (Kings Place, RFH), Memorial (London Barbican, Adelaide Festival, Brisbane Festival). He has performed with ROH, ENO, Glyndebourne, Salzburg Festival, Royal Opera Copenhagen, Teatro comunale Bologna, Glimmerglass NY, BBC Proms, AAM, OAE, EBS, RLPO, RSNO, UO, Gabrieli Consort, with Gardiner, Hickox, Fischer, Parrott, Mortensen, Bolton, and Bicket. Recordings include: Matthäus-Passion (Miller/Goodwin), Agrippina (Gardiner), Buxtehude Cantatas (Immerseel), Puccini Requiem (Fontaine). His edition of Handel’s Tamerlano has been produced in Dublin, Melbourne, Lisbon, and London.

Andrew Slater

Andrew Slater

Araspe

For the last thirty years Andrew has been singing principal roles with UK opera companies. Thanks to the solid singing technique provided by the RNCM in the 1980s his voice has remained fresh as the odd grey hair has arrived, and he now looks and sounds ideal for the low voice roles of nobility or malevolence which abound in the repertoire. He is also good as the fat funny bloke. There is, in fact a role to suit him in almost every opera. He is eternally good humoured – taking as a blessing that his job is the activity he would do for fun around a conventional career. Married to a soprano whose international career allows him to travel the world in style, he also teaches a bit at the University of Huddersfield.

Helen Eastman

Helen Eastman

Born London
Training Oxford University, LAMDA
Theatre Directing credits include The Cure at Troy (BAC and Tour), Wild Raspberries (Citizens Theatre, Glasgow), Iphigenia at Aulis (Playhouse), The Monument (Finborough Theatre), Wolf Game (Union Theatre), The Baltimore Waltz (The Gatehouse), Foreground/Background (Young Vic Studio, On War Programme) and readings at Old Vic New Voices. Resident Director for The Donkey Show (West End, site specific).
Opera Staff Director Ariodante and The Turn of the Screw (ETO), Revival Director Turn of the Screw (OTC)
Other Helen is co-artistic director of award-winning new writing company, Floodtide

Christopher Ainslie

Christopher Ainslie

Iestyn Morris

Iestyn Morris

London

Training
GSMD

Awards
Winner, Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition (2006); Tracy Chadwell Award for Contemporary Song (2005); Britten-Pears Young Artist (2004)

Opera
The Little Green Swallow The Little Green Swallow (GSMD); Max Labouchère Violet (Guildhall Theatre Opera)

Concerts
Orff Carmina Burana (Snape Maltings); Bach Matthew Passion (Christchurch Priory); Handel Judas Maccabeus (QEH/New London Orchestra)

“Compelling and entertaining characterisation… consistently energised, stylish and sympathetic.”

Independent on Sunday

“The cast…is excellent. The two sopranos – Katherine Manley as Seleuce and Laura Mitchell – are both sensational”

Tim Ashley, The Guardian

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    13th Oct 2006 - 7:30 pm
  2. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    19th Oct 2006 - 7:30 pm
  3. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    27th Oct 2006 - 7:30 pm
  4. Theatre Royal, Lincoln
    3rd Nov 2006 - 7:30 pm
  5. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    10th Nov 2006 - 7:30 pm
  6. Buxton Opera House
    14th Nov 2006 - 7:30 pm
  7. Malvern Theatres
    21st Nov 2006 - 7:30 pm
  8. Theatre Royal Bath
    30th Nov 2006 - 7:30 pm

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