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 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.

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.

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

Mark studied, briefly, at Oxford University prior to training in Stage Lighting Design at RADA.

Previously for ETO: Dardanus, Tosca, Patience, Ulysses’ Homecoming, La Calisto, Xerxes, The Tales of Hoffmann, Werther, Pelleas et Melisande, La Boheme, The Siege of Calais, Wild Man of the West Indies.

Other designs include: La Rondine, Don Giovanni (Opera Holland Park); Twelve Angry Men (Birmingham Rep & West End); Elixir of Love, Rodelinda (Scottish Opera); Sweeney Todd (Aarhus Theatre, Denmark); Singin’ in the Rain (Det Ny Teater, Copenhagen) and numerous productions for The Gate Theatre London, The Curve, Nottingham Playhouse, Lyric Theatre Belfast amongst many others.

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

John-Colyn Gyeantey studied at the RCM, NOS and Accademia Rossiniana, Pesaro. Rossini roles include Ramiro La Cenerentola (Oper Schloss Hallwyl, Glyndebourne on Tour); Comte Ory Le comte Ory, Almaviva Il barbiere di Siviglia (WNO, Diva Opera and Festival Musique Cordiale); Zefirino Il viaggio a Reims (Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro); Gernando/Ubaldo Armida. He has sung Nemorino L’elisir d’amore (Anghiari Festival); Pylade Iphigénie en Tauride, Ubaldo/Ghino Pia de’ Tolomei, Arnalta and Egeus Jason by Cavalli all for ETO; and Luke in Tippett’s The Ice Break (Birmingham Opera). Other roles include Romeo (Riverside Opera); Don Ottavio (Mid-Wales Opera); Camille de Rosillon (Scottish Opera); Tamino (Iford Arts).

Andrew Slater

Andrew Slater

Antinous / Time / Neptune / Phaecian

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.

Robert Anthony Gardiner

Robert Anthony Gardiner

Eurymachus / Amphinomous / Fortune / Phaecian

Clint van der Linde

Clint van der Linde

Pisander / Human Frailty / Ericlea / Phaecian

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.

Adam Player

Adam Player

Irus

Martha Jones

Martha Jones

Melanto / Amore

Martha Jones’ recent engagements include HERMIA A Midsummer Night’s Dream Nevill Holt Opera, DORABELLA Così fan tutte Classical Opera, ANNINA La Traviata and DAUGHTER Akhnaten English National Opera.

Other engagements include FANNY PRICE Mansfield Park The Grange Festival, 2nd LADY The Magic Flute Mid Wales Opera and 2nd WITCH/Lady in Waiting Macbeth Scottish Opera and SANDMAN “Hänsel und Gretel” (cover) Glyndebourne.

Martha studied at the RCMIOS, and was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society‘s Susan Chilcott scholarship. She took part in young artist programmes at Carnegie Hall, Ravinia Festival and as a Samling Scholar. Martha has given recitals at St John’s Smith Square and Kings Place.

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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