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Idomeneo – Theatre Royal, York

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Text: Giambattista Varesco Conductor: Jonathan Peter Kenny Director: James Conway Designer: Frankie Bradshaw Reviewer: Ron Simpson Of the operas of Mozart’s maturity those in the opera seria style lack the popularity of the comedies and fantasies, so Idomeneo, though in no way a rarity, is far less familiar than, for instance, The Marriage of Figaro or ...

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English Touring Opera: Idomeneo – Storyhouse, Chester

Book: Giambattista Varesco Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Director: James Conway Conductor: Jonathan Peter Kenny Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin English Touring Opera bring us a tale of great love and passion – but not one for the squeamish. Idomemeodeals with the human frailties of betrayal, self-interest and abuse of Royal position. It looks at the aftermath of war, captivity, displacement, exile, perilous ...

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Il Tabarro/Gianni Schicchi – Theatre Royal, York

Music: Giacomo Puccini Text: Giuseppe Adami (Tabarro), Giovacchino Forzano (Schicchi) Director: James Conway (Tabarro), Liam Steel (Schicchi) Conductor: Michael Rosewell Designer: Neil Irish Reviewer: Ron Simpson Puccini’s Il Trittico consists of three short operas, each coming in at just short of an hour, which provide a contrasting evening in the theatre: a realistic and tragic drama, a study of religious ...

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ETO: Xerxes – Exeter Northcott Theatre

Composer: George Frideric Handel Librettist: Adapted from Silvio Stampiglia’s 1694 libretto. English version by Nicholas Hytner. Conductor: Jonathan Peter Kenny Director: James Conway Reviewer: Kelyn Luther When Handel premiered Xerxes in 1738, it was a commercial failure - as an opera seria,  audiences did not expect comic elements. ETO has taken Nicholas Hytner’s 1985 English translation and successfully reset it in ...

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English Touring Opera: Ulysses’ Homecoming – Harrogate Theatre

Carolyn Dobbin as Penelope

Composer: Claudio Monteverdi Director: James Conway Conductor: Jonathan Peter Kenny Designer: Takis Reviewer: Ron Simpson With Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria from about 1640 – now translated, slightly less literally than usual, as Ulysses’ Homecoming – we are in at the dawn of opera: the same composer’s Orfeo may be the first opera and is certainly the earliest still ...

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ETO: Xerxes – Bath Theatre Royal

Composer: George Frideric Handel Conductor: Jonathan Peter Kenny Director: James Conway Reviewer: Kris Hallett For all the talk of Regietheater taking over our playhouses, for all the machinations of Goold and Icke, no one takes concept as seriously as the opera world. English Touring Opera’s take on Handel’s Xerxes lays out its stall from its opening moments, its famous opening aria Ombra mai fu, ...

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ETO’s Iphigenie en Tauride – Exeter Norcott, Exeter

Hubert Smith

Composer: Christoph Willibald Gluck Librettist: Nicolas-François Guillard Conductor: Martin André Director: James Conway Reviewer:Kelyn Luther As part of their Spring 2016 season, English Touring Opera performs Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Iphigenie en Tauride, based on Euripedes’ Iphigenia in Tauris. The opera explores the aftermath of the events in Iphigenie en Aulis, which Gluck had written five years previously. The two operas ...

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ETO’s Pia de’ Tolomei – Exeter Norcott

Composer: Gaetano Donizetti Librettist: Salvadore Cammarano Conductor: John Andrews Director: James Conway Reviewer: Bryony Luther   Based on the second part of Dante’s classic poem, The Divine Comedyentitled Purgatoria, ETO continues their spring tour with the first British production of Donizetti’s, Pia de’ Tolomei. Ghino is in love with Pia, the wife of his brother. Pia and Nello were married ...

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