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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

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).

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 is from Liverpool and studied at the University of Exeter and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is a founder of the Old Street Band.

He has performed a wide range of music from Monteverdi to the present day, including 14 Handel operas, 13 oratorios and numerous premieres for composers such as Michael Nyman, Jonathan Dove, Pawel Mykietyn, Fabio Vacchi, Deirdre Gribbin, Thomas Ades and Roxanna Panufnik. He has sung for the Royal Opera Covent Garden, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, English National Opera, English Touring Opera, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Royal Opera Copenhagen, Salzburg Festival, Halle Handel Festival, Badischestaatsteater Karlsruhe, BBC Proms, Glimmerglass Festival NY, Teatr Wielki Warsaw, Opera du Rhin and in Australia and Japan.

Jonathan has performed with Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, English Baroque Soloists, Gabrieli Consort, Ulster Orchestra under such conductors as Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Richard Hickox, David Parry, Ivan Fischer, Thierry Fischer, Jane Glover, Andrew Parrott, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Ivor Bolton, Paul McCreesh, Harry Bicket. Recordings include Mattheus-Passion (Miller/Goodwin); Agrippina (Gardiner); Buxtehude/Cantatas (Immerseel); La conversione di Clodoveo (Gester); Israel in Babylon (Fontaine).

Jonathan is baroque specialist at the Royal College of Music International Opera School and prepared singers for Handel’s Poro, Atalanta, Alessandro, Il pastor fido and Rodelinda, as well as Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea with Michael Rosewell whom he also assisted on Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen. For Trinity-Laban, Jonathan worked on Giustino and Rinaldo.

Jonathan’s performing edition of Tamerlano has been performed in London, Melbourne, Lisbon, Dublin and Prague.

After many years leading his own ensembles, Jonathan made his operatic conducting debut in 2005 with a staging of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater on Valentia Island for artist Dorothy Cross and OTC Dublin. The film was shown at the Irish Museum of Modern Art and in Los Angeles. In 2007 he conducted a new production of Handel’s Teseo for ETO, touring the UK, and in 2009 a new production of Flavio which opened to great enthusiasm as part of the HANDELFEST marking the 250th anniversary of Handel’s death. From these performances, a new period instrument orchestra, the Old Street Band, was formed, making a highly acclaimed debut in autumn 2011 in a new production of Xerxes. Other appearances include a staging of Carissimi’s Jephte for the National Churches Trust; Monteverdi: 1610 and all that at the RCM and a highly praised The Duchess of Malfi Webster/Gesualdo at the Royal and Derngate Theatre Northampton.

Plans include a revival of Flavio, a production of Alcina in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, where Ariosto (author of Orlando furioso on which Alcina is based) was governor, in summer 2012, a reconstruction of Muzio Scevola (Amadei/Buoncini/Handel) and a new production of Agrippina.

Andrew Slater

Andrew Slater

Araspe

Mr Andrew Slater will sing the role of Scarpia on 30 March (Snape), 25 April (Cambridge), 3 May (Buxton), 16 May (Durham), 23 May (Exeter) and 29 May (Truro).

Andrew studied at Royal Northern College of Music and St Petersburg Conservatoire. He has performed more than 75 opera roles including Lotario, Ariodate, Falstaff, Bottom, Bartolo, Blitch, Alfonso, Donald and Araspe (All ETO); Ben Selim (Royal Opera House), Nachtigal (Grange Park Opera), Golaud (Glyndebourne Touring Opera), Faninal (Scottish Opera), Basilio (Welsh National Opera), Sacristan (Opera North), Colline (English National Opera) etc.

Recordings include Nyman, Love Counts and Mozart 252 (MNR); Michael Berkeley, Jane Eyre (Chandos); Stravinsky, The Flood (Twentieth Century Classics).

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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