Ulysses’ Homecoming

Claudio Monteverdi - Autumn 2016

Returning home from the Trojan War after an absence of 20 years, Ulysses has to confront his wife’s suitors, who have taken over his home.

Conductor 
Jonathan Peter Kenny
Director 
James Conway
Designer 
takis
Lighting Director 
Mark Howland

One of the most accomplished Monteverdi stagings I have ever seen. Unmissable.

★★★★★ Independent

This fine production of a great baroque opera shows ETO at its best: for its simplicity, honesty and integrity, I admired it more than anything else I have seen in London this autumn.

★★★★ Telegraph

A staging of extraordinary beauty and simplicity. Profoundly touching.

★★★★ Guardian

I have rarely heard Monteverdi’s score delivered with such fervour or sensual grace.

★★★★ Times

My fellows in the dress circle cheered and stood at the curtain, their delight visible to all.

★★★★ Broadway World

One of the certain masterpieces of Venice’s glory days is Monteverdi’s crowning achievement, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (Ulysses’ Homecoming), recounting the delicate interplay between gods and men when, long after the end of the disastrous Trojan war, Ulysses is reunited with his wife Penelope.

James Conway’s new production, designed by Greek designer takis (Ottone, Life on the Moon) will feature Benedict Nelson and Carolyn Dobbin in these central roles, Nick Pritchard as their son Telemachus, and Katie Bray as the feisty goddess Minerva.

New production, sung in English with surtitles
Running time: 2 hours 40 minutes (incl. interval)





Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    15th Oct 2016 - 7:30 pm
  2. Malvern Theatres
    20th Oct 2016 - 7:30 pm
  3. Harrogate Theatre
    28th Oct 2016 - 7:30 pm
  4. Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden
    2nd Nov 2016 - 7:30 pm
  5. New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth
    8th Nov 2016 - 7:30 pm
  6. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    11th Nov 2016 - 7:30 pm
  7. Gala Theatre, Durham
    15th Nov 2016 - 7:30 pm
  8. Buxton Opera House
    18th Nov 2016 - 7:30 pm
  9. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    24th Nov 2016 - 7:30 pm
  10. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    26th Nov 2016 - 7:30 pm
  1. Hackney Empire — 15th Oct 2016 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  2. Malvern Theatres — 20th Oct 2016 - 7:30 pm

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

  3. Harrogate Theatre — 28th Oct 2016 - 7:30 pm

    Harrogate Theatre, Oxford Street, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 1QF

  4. Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden — 2nd Nov 2016 - 7:30 pm

    Audley End Road, Saffron Walden , CB11 4UH

  5. New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth — 8th Nov 2016 - 7:30 pm

    20-24 Guildhall Walk, PO1 2DD

  6. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 11th Nov 2016 - 7:30 pm

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

  7. Gala Theatre, Durham — 15th Nov 2016 - 7:30 pm

    1 Millennium Place, Town Centre, Durham, DH1 1WA

  8. Buxton Opera House — 18th Nov 2016 - 7:30 pm

    Water Street, SK17 6XN

  9. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 24th Nov 2016 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  10. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 26th Nov 2016 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

Jonathan Peter Kenny

Jonathan Peter Kenny

Conductor

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.

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).

takis

takis

Designer

takis’ work has been seen internationally and at many of the UK’s leading theatres, working on different platforms and genres of performances. He is the artistic director of ARTLUXE which produces visually driven interdisciplinary interactive performance installations throughout Europe. takis has been nominated for Off West End Awards for Set Design for the productions of Fear (Bush Theatre), His Teeth (Only Connect) and Stovepipe (National Theatre/HighTide).

takis studied Costume and Set Design at the Romanian National University of Arts in Bucharest and continued his studies at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art on the Theatre Technical Arts Course. He undertook practice-based research at London College of Fashion and currently he is a Doctoral Candidate at Aalto University.

Music Performances includes: Chicago (Leicester Curve), The Jungle Book (Citizens Theatre), The Good Person of Sichuan (Mercury Theare), West Side Story (NYMT, Manchester).

Theatre includes: The Memory of Water (New Vic Theatre/Stephen Joseph Theatre), Fear (Bush Theatre), Bacchae (Royal & Derngate), Napoli (West Yorkshire Playhouse & tour), Clytemnestra and Measure for Measure (Sherman Theatre), Ditch (Old Vic/HighTide), Signs of a Star Shaped Diva (Theatre Royal Stratford East & National Tour), Stovepipe (National Theatre/HighTide).

Installations include: Plus or Minus, Suit Your Self (Design Museum Helsinki), Rover (Hampton Court Palace), Forgotten Peacock (Design Museum/The Brunswick).

Mark Howland

Mark Howland

Lighting Director

Cast

Benedict Nelson

Benedict Nelson

Ulisse

Carolyn Dobbin

Carolyn Dobbin

Penelope

Carrickfergus born mezzo- soprano and Samling scholar, trained at the RSAMD and on the YAP of OTC in Dublin in 2006.

Carolyn has worked with many UK and Swiss Opera companies. Repertoire includes, Lucretia/ The Rape of Lucretia, Carmen, Alisa / Lucia di Lammermoor, Bradamante / Alcina, Teodata / Flavio, Lisetta / Il mondo della luna, Dorabella / Così fan tutte( radio3), Second Lady / The Magic Flute, Idamante/Idomeno, Nicklaus / The Tales of Hoffmann, Dido and First Witch / Dido and Aeneas, Ottavia/ The coronation of Poppea, Cherubino / La nozze di Figaro, Concepcion / L’heure espagnole, Orlofsky / Die Fledermaus and Maddalena / Rigoletto, flora / La traviata, Janet / The Doctor’s Tale for ROH2, Scipio / Caligula (radio3) and Hannah / The Passenger both for ENO, Andronico / Tamerlano, Meg Page / Falstaff for OHP, Emilia / Otello for DO, Maddalena / Rigoletto and Polina/ Pique Dame for GPO. During 2010 Carolyn was a WNO Associate Artist and the recipient of the WNO Chris Ball Bursary and the Sir John Moores Award.
Her recordings include Lynne Plowman’s Cries Like Silence (London Mozart Players).

Roles at Lucerne Theatre – Penelope / Il ritorno d’Ulisse, Annio / La clemenza di Tito, Tisbe / La cenerentola, Lidwina/ Fraulein Bixel und Herr Glück, Flora Bervoix / La traviata. Bradamante/ Alcina, and the title role of Carmen. She made her debut for Bern Stadtheater as Annina & Flora/ La Traviata.
Recent and future engagements include the roles of Polina/Pique Dame, Emilia in Rossinis Othello -Buxton Festival, Elgars ‘Dream of Gerontius’ ,Title role The rape of Lucretia for IYO, Fatima/ Oberon NSO, The Page / Salome for OperaNI and The Verdi Requiem, Third Lady in Magic flute in Switzerland, Angelina in La Cenerentola, Devils jukebox for ON, and the role of Charlotte in Werther for ETO. www.carolyndobbin.com

Nick Pritchard

Nick Pritchard

Telemachus

Born in West Sussex, Nick Pritchard sang in the choir of New College, Oxford (where he read music) and studied with Russell Smythe at The Royal College of Music International Opera School (RCMIOS), where, on graduation, he was awarded the Eric Joseph Shilling Prize. He was awarded The London Bach Society Bach Singer’s Prize in 2013 and is a Samling Artist.

Concert appearances include Haydn’s The Seasons for The English Haydn Festival, Winter Words for the Oxford Lieder Festival, Messiah for The Instruments of Time and Truth (c. Edward Higginbottom) in Barcelona, the St. Matthew Passion for St. Paul’s Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota (c. Paul McCreesh) and Beethoven’s Missa Solemenis (c. Stephen Cleobury), the Bach Missae Breves and Christmas Oratorio on European Tour with Pygmalion, Messiah with the Nieuwe Philharmonie in the Netherlands, King Arthur (c. Christian Curnyn, The Early Opera Company, Wigmore Hall), Bach’s Mass in B minor (c. Sir John-Eliot Gardiner, the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists), Messiah (c. Brian Kay, English Festival Orchestra, Royal Albert Hall) and with the Nieuwe Philharmonie in Utrecht, Bach Cantatas for Ensemble Pygmalion and Raphaël Pichon, the Bach Magnificat (c. Laurence Cummings, The English Concert), Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 (c. Daniel Hyde), the St. John Passion (c. Robert Quinney, The Choir of New College, Oxford), the St. Matthew Passion (Leith Hill Music Festival), Vaughan-Williams’ On Wenlock Edge for BBC Radio 3, Die Schöne Müllerin (Elgar Room, The Royal Albert Hall with Gary Matthewman) Britten’s Spring Symphony (c. David Hill), Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings (c. John Rutter), Winter Words (Brighton Festival with Simon Lepper) and the world première of Gabriel Jackson’s Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ with the choir of Merton College, Oxford.

Recent opera roles include title role Ruggiero in Caccini’s La Liberazione di Ruggierio for The Brighton Early Music Festival, Aquilio in J.C. Bach’s Adriano in Siria (c. Ian Page with the Classical Opera Company), Albert Herring for the RCMIOS, Prologue The Turn of the Screw for Opera Holland Park, Telemaco The Return of Ulysses for Iford Arts (c. Christian Curnyn), Paulino The Secret Marriage (British Youth Opera – for which he won the Dame Hilda Bracket award from Sadler’s Wells), Tamino, Lucano L’incoronazione di Poppea and Torquemada L’heure espagnole for the RCMIOS, title role Acis and Galatea for Handel House and _La Nuova Musica- (c. Laurence Cummings).

Current Season/future plans: the première of Matthew Pleasure (Mark Simpson) for Opera North (house début)/Aldeburgh/Linbury; Telemachus Ulysses’ Homecoming and Mercurio La Calisto for English Touring Opera; concerts for the Cheltenham Bach Choir, the Leith Hill Music Festival and in Chester Cathedral.

John-Colyn Gyeantey

John-Colyn Gyeantey

Eumaeus

British tenor John Gyeantey is steadily gaining a reputation as a fine exponent of the bel canto repertoire. As a high tenor, he has a facility to sustain the tessitura essential for the speciality roles of Rossini, Donizetti and Bellini. He is an alumnus of the prestigious Accademia Rossiniana, Pesaro, where he worked closely with Alberto Zedda, and began his training at the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio as a Peter Moores Foundation Major Scholar. In 2015, John performed the role of Luke in Tippett’s The Ice Break for Birmingham Opera Company and toured throughout the UK and Europe with Diva Opera as Normanno, Lucia di Lammermoor and Basilio, Le nozze di Figaro.

Andrew Slater

Andrew Slater

Antinous / Time / Neptune / Phaecian

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).

Robert Anthony Gardiner

Robert Anthony Gardiner

Eurymachus / Amphinomous / Fortune / Phaecian

Clint van der Linde

Clint van der Linde

Pisander / Human Frailty / Ericlea / Phaecian

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).

Adam Player

Adam Player

Irus

Martha Jones

Martha Jones

Melanto / Amore

Martha Jones’ current and future engagements include LISETTA Il mondo della Luna, MATILDA cover Ottone English Touring Opera, GOFFREDO Rinaldo Longborough Festival and 2nd WITCH Macbeth Scottish Opera.

Most recent engagements include NANCY Albert Herring English Touring Opera, COUNTESS CEPRANO Rigoletto Opéra-Théâtre Limoges, OLGA Eugene Onegin Southbank Sinfonia, EDITH (cover) Pirates of Penzance Scottish Opera, Mahler’s Rückert Lieder New English Ballet Theatre, Recital Showcase Wigmore Hall (with Malcolm Martineau and Sir Thomas Allen), St. John’s Smith Square and St. Barbabas, as well as a recording of Schubert Romanze BBC Philharmonic (cond. Paul Daniel).

Martha studied at Durham University, as well as with Janis Kelly at the Royal College of Music International Opera School. Whilst at the RCM she received the Baroness de Turckheim award, an MBF award, the Marjorie and Dorothy Whyte Memorial Award and a Susan Chilcott Scholarship. She was also supported in her studies by the Sophie’s Silver Lining Fund and the Josephine Baker Trust. Martha was a finalist in the Great Elm Vocal Award 2010, and she was awarded prizes in the RCM Schumann Competition and the Chelsea Schubert Festival.

Martha is a Britten-Pears Young Artist and a Samling Scholar and has given recitals at St John’s Smith Square, the National Portrait Gallery and for the Ryedale Festival with Christopher Glynn.

Katie Bray

Katie Bray

Minerva

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    15th Oct 2016 - 7:30 pm
  2. Malvern Theatres
    20th Oct 2016 - 7:30 pm
  3. Harrogate Theatre
    28th Oct 2016 - 7:30 pm
  4. Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden
    2nd Nov 2016 - 7:30 pm
  5. New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth
    8th Nov 2016 - 7:30 pm
  6. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    11th Nov 2016 - 7:30 pm
  7. Gala Theatre, Durham
    15th Nov 2016 - 7:30 pm
  8. Buxton Opera House
    18th Nov 2016 - 7:30 pm
  9. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    24th Nov 2016 - 7:30 pm
  10. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    26th Nov 2016 - 7:30 pm

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