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Don Giovanni is a bedazzling tragicomedy showcasing the genius of Mozart and Da Ponte at the height of their powers. The Martin Lloyd-Evans production will transport this serial seducer and charismatic anti-hero into the midst of contemporary society to reveal staggering hypocrisy hidden beneath a surface of respectability.

Sung in Italian, with orchestra and English surtitles.

Cast

Don Giovanni – Fabian Langguth

Fabian Langguth (baritone) was early introduced to music through piano lessons and as a member of the prestigious „Tölzer Knabenchor“. Currently he is studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Prof. Rudolf Piernay as part of a scholarship program. In 2015, Fabian took part in the International Bach Academy and sang the baritone solo on the IBAS Italy Tour, won the Mozart Competition in Prague and had his opera debut at the Augsburg opera house. As part of a Pre-LSO concert he performed a song recital at Barbican Hall and took part in the LSO production „Le grand macabre“, working with Sir Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars. Last year he was awarded 1. Prize in Lied, French Song and Oratorio at the 2018 David Clover singing competition and was a finalist at the international Hugo-Wolf-Competition in Stuttgart and the international Schubert-Competition in Dortmund. He also performed in the Prince Consort Side-by-Side Project as well as Schubert songs with Graham Johnson in Wigmore Hall and debuted in Berlin as Dr. Falke in “Die Fledermaus” by Johann Strauss.

 

Leporello – Simon Grange

Simon Grange (bass) graduated from the Royal College of Music in 2015, where he was a Cuthbert Smith Scholar supported by a Soirée d’Or award and Douglas and Hilda Simmonds and Hans and Mary Romney award. He was previously a student and choral scholar at Oxford University and is currently represented by Helen Sykes Artists’ Management. Career highlights so far include: Commendatore (Don Giovanni), Don Bartolo (Le Nozze di Figaro), Don Basilio (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) all with Mid Wales Opera Young Artists; Reinmar (Tannhäuser, cover) for Longborough Festival Opera; Fiesco (Simon Boccanegra), Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor) and Lodovico (Otello) all for Fulham Opera; Ferrando (Il Trovatore), Tom (Ballo in Maschera) both for Winslow Hall Opera; Sparafucile (Rigoletto) for Regents Opera. This season sees him return both to Regents Opera, as Angelotti (Tosca) and Bonze (Madam Butterfly), as well as to Fulham Opera as Hans Schwarz (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg). He is excited to make his Clonter Opera debut this season.

 

Donna Anna – Eliza Boom

New Zealand soprano Eliza Boom is currently studying under Mary Plazas on the International Artist Diploma at the Royal Northern College of Music, supported by the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation and the Lady Maria Fisher Opera Scholarship. Eliza has won many awards and competitions, including the Les Azuriales International Singing Competition, the Frederic Cox Award, and runner-up in the Lexus Song Quest amongst others. In 2017, Eliza was a Dame Malvina Major Scholar with New Zealand Opera, taking part in their productions of Carmen (chorus, Micäela cover) and Don Pasquale (Norina, Opera in Schools Tour). Eliza’s other roles include Thérèse/Tirésias (Les Mamelles de Tirésias, Les Azuriales Opera), Nella (Gianni Schicchi, RNCM), the title role of Suor Angelica (cover, RNCM), Noémie (Cendrillon, RNCM), Gertrude (Hansel and Gretel, RNCM), Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro, University of Waikato) and Laetitia (The Old Maid and the Thief, University of Waikato).

 

Don Ottavio – Andrew Henley

Hailing from Monmouth, Andrew studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and is a recent graduate of the National Opera Studio. He studies with Gary Coward, supported by the WNO Sir John Moores Award. He was with winner of the 2019 Dunraven Young Welsh Singer of the Year. Roles at RWCMD included Fenton Falstaff, Albert Albert Herring and Schoolmaster The Cunning Little Vixen. Operatic engagements have included Tybalt Romeo and Juliet with Opéra de Lyon, Novice Billy Budd with the St. Endellion Festival, Lechmere Owen Wingrave with British Youth Opera, Major (cover) Patience with English Touring Opera, Kekikako Bataclan with West Green House, Christoph Kommilitonen! with Welsh National Youth Opera and excerpts of Rodolfo La Boheme with ROH Reimagined, in association with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. 2019 engagements include Father Grenville Dead Man Walking with Welsh National Opera, Don Ottavio Don Giovanni with Clonter Opera and Heinrich von Schreiber Tannhäuser with the Stadttheater Klagenfurt. Concert engagements have included Mendelssohn Elijah at Cadogan Hall with the City of London Sinfonia, an opera highlights concert with the WNO Orchestra conducted by Carlo Rizzi at BBC Hoddinot Hall, Vaughan Williams On Wenlock Edge with Nicola Rose as a supporting event for BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, Beethoven An die ferne Geliebte with Michael Pollock, Verdi Requiem at St. Paul’s Covent Garden, Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music, broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, and Purcell The Fairy Queen, conducted by Nicholas McGegan, both with the CBSO at Birmingham Symphony Hall.

 

Donna Elvira – Alexandra Lowe

Alexandra is a Spanish/English soprano who recently completed her training at the Guildhall Opera School. She previously graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree and a Masters of Music from the RNCM. Most recent competitions and awards include The Clonter Opera Prize, the Elisabeth Harwood Prize and the Kennedy Award for Singing Strauss. She is a recipient of a Silver Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians and of the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Sarah Brightman Scholarship. In 2018 she became a Samling Artist. Operatic roles performed at the GSMD and/or the RNCM include Fiordiligi, Helena, Lucia I/II, Anna Gomez, Rose Maurrant,Theodora and Métella. Professionally she has played Fiordiligi (Neville Holt Opera) and Barena (Grange Park Opera). Roles at BYO include The Bride/Wife/Mother and Mrs. Coyle. In August Alexandra will be playing Barbarina and covering Contessa at The New Generation Festival in Florence, before joining the National Opera Studio in September 2019.

 

Masetto – Jacobo Ochoa Piedrahita

Colombian baritone Jacobo Ochoa Piedrahita currently studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Professor Rudolf Piernay, has performed roles including ´Morales´ in Carmen by Bizet, ´Schaunard´ in La Boheme by Puccini, ´Fiorello´ in the barber of Seville by Rossini, ´Miguel´ in The Mysterious Castell by Ponce de Leon in a world premiere in 2014. Other appearances with the main orchestras in Colombian include Beethoven 9th Symphony, Mozart and Duruflé’s Requiem, as well as his participation in the concert for the Colombian National day at the Colombian Embassy in London. Jacobo has been awarded with the First prize in the Colombian National Singing competition obtaining as well a scholarship to study in Barcelona for one year. Two years after he won second prize in Logroño international singing competition in Spain being the youngest in which. After joining Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2016 he was awarded with the Second prize in the Kathleen Ferrier Bursary for young singers that took place in Blackburn. Last summer he performed the role of Belcore in L’elisir D’amore – Donizetti in his hometown Medellin, Colombia and Caliban (understudy) in the Enchanted Island for the British Youth Opera BYO. Future engagements include Figaro in the Marriage of Figaro – Mozart, for GSMD introduction to Opera, Masetto in Don Giovanni – Mozart, for Clonter Opera and Belcore in L’elisir d’amore – Donizetti, for Tenerife Opera Studio 2019/2020 touring in Bologna, Tenerife and Tbilisi.

 

Zerlina – Alexandra Oomens

Australian soprano Alexandra Oomens is in her second year at Royal Academy Opera, studying with Lillian Watson and Jonathan Papp. In 2017 Alexandra made her European debut as a soloist at the Concertgebouw in the Holland Festival, with Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra. Alexandra in an alumna of the Georg Solti Academy, studying under Meastro Alessandro Corbelli, Barbara Frittoli, and Sir Richard Bonynge. Whilst with Royal Academy Opera, Alexandra has performed such roles as Vixen – The Cunning Little Vixen (Janacek), Semele – Semele (Handel), La Princess & La Chauve-Souris – L’enfant et les sortilèges (Ravel), Laurette – Le Docteur Miracle (Bizet), Tina – Flight (Dove), Cupidon – Orphée Aux Enfers (Offenbach), and Damigella – L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi). Other roles include Clizia – Teseo (London Handel Festival), Isabelle – L’Amant Jaloux, Lisel – The Chimney Sweep, Alinda – Giasone (Pinchgut Opera), Childerico – Faramondo, and Belinda and 2nd Lady – Dido & Aeneas (Brisbane Baroque),. Alexandra holds an MA and Dip RAM for an outstanding final recital from the
Academy, and a BMus (Hons) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Alexandra is extremely grateful for the generosity and sponsorship of the Carr-Gregory Trust Scholarship, and John Baker Opera Award.

 

Commendatore – Stephen Fort

Stephen is a recent graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music. His operatic roles include Superintendent Budd Albert Herring (Cambridge University Opera Society), Sarastro Die Zauberflöte (RNCM Spotlight Performance), Pistola Falstaff (RNCM opera scenes), Mustafà L’italiana in Algeri (RNCM opera scenes), Tom Un ballo in maschera (cover at Grange Park Opera) and Simone Gianni Schicchi (RNCM). He is also a member of the Extra Chorus at Opera North and the Glyndebourne Festival Chorus. In concert, particular highlights include the bass solos in Monteverdi’s Vespers with His Majesty’s Sagbutts and Cornetts and Handel’s Messiah with the Ars Eloquentiae. Stephen read Music at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, before he studied singing with Nicholas Powell at the RNCM, where he was generously supported by Help Musicians UK and the D’Olyly Carte Charitable Trust.

 

Music Director & Conductor – Clive Timms

University and the London Opera Centre.  He joined the music staff of ENO after a season with WNO and was subsequently appointed Assistant Music Director of Opera North on the company’s inception in 1978. For these companies he conducted a large number of performances of a varied operatic repertoire.  He retired from the Guidhall School of Music & Drama in 2012 after 22 years as Head of Opera Studies, where in 2007 he was awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for his work in the Opera Department.  He was responsible for many notable  productions, often of unusual and  stimulating repertoire, the majority of which he conducted, latterly Nicolai’s  Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor and the European première of Ned Rorem’s Our Town – and  he continues to coach aspiring singers at the Guildhall School. His association  with Clonter dates back to 1989 but more  recently he has conducted the productions of La cenerentola, Lucia di Lammermoor, Hansel and Gretel, Die Fledermaus, Faust, Così fan tutteLa traviata and Le nozze di Figaro.

 

Director – Martin Lloyd-Evans

Martin has directed over 40 productions in the UK and abroad. As well as directing both core repertoire and lesser-known pieces for companies such as Opera Holland Park and Classical Opera Company, he has worked extensively on new and developed pieces, including The Articulate Hand which recently featured on TEDMED. He holds a part-time post at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama – Resident Producer – where he provides a bridge between conservatoire and profession.

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Set & Costume Designer – Nate Gibson

Nate Gibson is a set and costume designer for performance. He has a background in fine and performing arts, as a maker, designer, and performer. He has an MA in Theatre Design from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and a BA in Interdisciplinary Art from Alfred University, New York. His design work for Opera includes The Emperor of Atlantis (a Loud Crowd production at Bold Tendencies); Simplicius Simplicissimus with Polly Graham and Independent Opera (Sadler’s Wells); A Christmas Carol (Welsh National Opera); The Marriage of Figaro with Stephen Medcalf (Clonter Opera). In theatre, Nate has worked extensively at LAMDA, with most recent productions being Pomona, So Here We Are, A Bright New Boise, and We Are Three Sisters. Current engagements include Anna Bolena for Longborough Festival Opera.

 

Performances

Thursday, 18th July (Opera Novice Night)

Never been to an opera before? Why not come to our Opera Novice Night for Don Giovanni’s public dress rehearsal, which includes a pre-performance talk, given by the director.

Tickets £15, Students £10, Children (under 16) £5

If you are a current Clonter supporter, but are unable to come to any other performances, tickets are available for £52 (In line with the Tuesday 23rd July Rows D-K ticket price)

Doors Open & Costume Design Workshop 5.30pm

Director’s Talk 6.30pm

Performance Starts 7pm

Interval 30 minutes

The audience is welcome to bring a pre-performance picnic.

BOOK THROUGH BOX OFFICE ONLY 01260 224 514 or boxoffice@clonter.org

 

Saturday, 20th July

Tickets £33, £52, £57 £62, Students £10, Children (under 16) £8

Early Bird Ticket (20% discount) available until 28th April.

Doors Open 6pm

Director’s Talk 6.30pm

Performance Starts 7pm

Interval 70-minute supper interval

 

Sunday, 21st July (Matinee)

Tickets £20, £30, £35 £40, Students £10, Children (under 16) £8

Early Bird Ticket (20% discount) available until 29th April.

Doors Open 2pm

Performance Starts 3pm

Interval 30 minutes; post-performance tea available to pre-order, or bring your own picnic.

 

Tuesday, 23rd July

Tickets £25, £40, £45 £52, Students £10, Children (under 16) £8

Early Bird Ticket (20% discount) available until 29th April.

Doors Open 6pm

Performance Starts 7.30pm

Interval 30 minutes; pre-performance supper, hamper or canape baskets available to pre-order, or bring your own picnic.

 

Thursday, 25th July

Tickets £33, £52, £57 £62, Students £10, Children (under 16) £8

Early Bird Ticket (20% discount) available until 28th April.

Doors Open 6pm

Performance Starts 7pm

Interval 70-minute supper interval

 

Saturday, 27th July

Tickets £35, £62, £67 £72, Students £10, Children (under 16) £8

Early Bird Ticket (20% discount) available until 28th April.

Doors Open 6pm

Performance Starts 7pm

Interval 70-minute supper interval

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