THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
Saturday 22 July 2017 to Saturday 29 July 2017
One event on Saturday 22 July 2017 at 7:00pm
One event on Monday 24 July 2017 at 3:00pm
One event on Tuesday 25 July 2017 at 7:30pm
One event on Thursday 27 July 2017 at 7:00pm
One event on Saturday 29 July 2017 at 7:00pm
Clonter’s production of Mozart’s timeless comedy will be set in 1930’s Spain during the civil war, exploring class dynamics, and a strong gender divide, with wit and heartrending emotion.
Sung in Italian with English surtitles, and orchestra.
Count Almaviva – Josep-Ramon Olivé Born in Barcelona, Josep-Ramon Olivé holds bachelor degrees in Choral Conducting and Singing from the ESMuC (Higher School of Music of Catalonia). He went on to study at Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London with Professor Rudolf Piernay, completing both a Singing Masters and the Opera Course. He collaborates regularly with orchestras such as the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya, London Handel Orchestra, Le Concert des Nations, and Brussels Philarmonie; at important venues including Palau de la Música Catalana, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Shanghai Grand Theatre, Avignon Opera, Konzerthaus Wien and the Barbican; and under the baton of great conductors as Jordi Savall, Kazushi Ono, Johan Duijck, Laurence Cummings, Sigiswald Kujken, Dominic Wheeler and Timothy Redmond.Amongst several prizes, Josep-Ramon was awarded First Prize, as well as the Audience Prize, at the 2015 Handel Singing Competition and the same year he was nominated for ‘Oxford Lieder Young Artist’, together with pianist Ben-San Lau.
Countess Almaviva – Elizabeth Skinner Elizabeth is currently in her second year on the Opera Course at GSMD studying with Susan McCulloch. She is generously supported by The Dyers’ Company and The Drapers’ Company where she is a Baroness de Turckheim Scholar. Roles whilst on the Opera Course include Iolanta – title role (Tchkaiovsky), Fraarte – Radamisto (Handel) and she created the role of Proserpina in the world premier of The Tale of Januarie (Julian Phillips and Stephen Plaice). Opera Scenes include excerpts from Don Giovanni – Donna Anna, La Clemenza di Tito – Vitelia, Fidelio – Leonora, A Dinner Engagement – –Lady Dunmow, Eugene Onegin – Tatiana, Peter Grimes – Ellen Orford, Die Tote Stadt – Marietta and Arabella – title role. Chorus at GSMD includes The Adventures of Pinocchio (Dove) and The Cunning Peasant (Dvořák). Elizabeth is delighted to be returning to Clonter Opera having played Fiordiligi Così fan tutte (Mozart) previously.
Susanna – Margo Arsane French soprano Margo Arsane trained at the CNSMD Lyon and Hochschule for Musik Munich, graduating in 2015 with First-Class Honours. Margo is currently a second-year student at the prestigious Guildhall Opera Course in London, where she studies with Prof. Susan McCulloch.She has won several prizes at international competitions: the First prize at the Mozarteum Sommerakademie Wettbewerb 2013, the Special Prize at the International Voice Competition 2014 in Marmande, the “Young Hope” Prize at the Concours International de Chant de Clermont-Ferrand 2013.In the season 2016/2017, Margo made her debut as Nannetta Falstaff Verdi with the Cambridge Philharmonic, Bettina Don Procopio Bizet with Opera South, Polissena in Haendel’s Radamisto at GSMD, and will cover the role of Mélisande in Pelléas et Mélisande for Garsington Opera. She will be Susanna in Mozart Le Nozze di Figaro for Clonter Opera.She also made her debut under the baton of renowned French baroque conductor Hervé Niquet (Le Concert Spirtituel) in the role of Climène Les Amants Magnifiques by Molière/Lully, touring at the Opéra d’Avignon, Opéra de Rennes, Opéra de Massy. In the past, Margo has performed Mélisande Pelléas et Mélisande Debussy, Frau Fluth Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor Nicolai, Alice Le Comte Ory Rossini, Bettina Don Procopio Bizet, Parasha Mavra Stravinsky, Brigitta Iolanta Stravinsky. Margo is very grateful to the Worshipful Company of Mercers, the Peace and Prosperity Trust, the Guildhall School, the Kathleen Trust and the Simon Fletcher Trust for their current generous support.
Figaro – Henry Neill Henry graduated from the Royal Academy of Music Opera school. He was the winner of the 2016 Royal Overseas League Singer’s Prize and holds several national awards including a Concordia Foundation Artists award from the Worshipful Company of Musicians. Recent performances include a Messiah at the Royal albert hall, appearances on BBC Radio 3’s In tune, Dutch National Radio 4, Wigmore Hall and the Oxford and Leeds Lieder Festivals. Operatic roles include Conte (Le Nozze di Figaro – RAO), Smirnov (The Bear – RAO), Quince (A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Shadwell Opera), Marquese (La Traviata – West Green House Opera). He is currently playing the Baritone role in English Touring Opera’s modern comission (Silver Electra) and this september plays the role of Edmund Bertram in Mansfield Park by Jonathan Dove with Grange Festival Opera.
Cherubino – Angharad Lyddon Angharad Lyddon graduated from Royal Academy Opera in 2015 where her roles included Lucretia The Rape of Lucretia & Baba the Turk The Rake’s Progress.In 2013 she was a Jerwood Young Artist at Glyndebourne where she performed 2nd Bridesmaid Le Nozze di Figaro and created the role of Panthea in the world premiere of Wakening Shadow. In 2016 she returned as The Woodpecker Cunning Little Vixen & Hermia (cover) A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Recent operatic engagements include the role of Kate in Mike Leigh’s production of The Pirates of Penzance for English National Opera and Third Lady Die Zaubeflöte for Åbo Svenska Theater, Finland. Winner of 3rd Prize at the Das Lied International Song Competion in Berlin, Angharad is also a Samling Artist and was a member of the Academy’s Song Circle performing recitals at Wigmore Hall, the Holywell Music Rooms and the Sage Gateshead. Recent concert highlights include Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with Bristol Symphony Orchestra and Handel’s Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall.
Marcellina – Jade Moffat Australian born mezzo-soprano Jade Moffat graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium with a Bachelor of Music in advanced performance, whilst also being a member of Opera Queensland’s Young Artist Program. In 2015 Jade relocated to London to take up a place on the opera course at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She recently won the Australian Singing Competition’s Marianne Mathy Scholarship, the Joan Sutherland Award, and was the proud recipient of the Dame Nellie Melba Scholarship with the Melba Opera Trust for 2014 and 2015. Jade is an Independent Opera Scholar, and the recipient of the Nora Goodridge Developing Artist Award with the Australian Music Foundation for 2017.Operatic roles include: Nightshade (The Tale of Januarie), Marta (Iolanta), Mother (Mavra), Fenena (Nabucco), Judith (Bluebeards Castle), Mrs Nolan (The Medium), Fatima and Puck (Oberon), Mary (Door), covered Tisbe (Cenerentola), Bianca (The rape of Lucretia), Columbina (Le donne curiose), Kate Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) for Opera Australia, and recently made her Opera Queensland debut as Diane in Philip Glass’s The Perfect American. On the concert platform, Jade has appeared as the mezzo soloist for several key works, including; Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Verdi’s Requiem, Durufle’s Requiem, Handel’s Saul, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Dixit Dominus, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Bottesini’s Messa da Requiem, and Durufle’s Requiem. Jade looks forward to performing the roles of Zenobia in Handel’s Radamisto, and Marcellina in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro later this year.
Basilio/Curzio – Andrew Irwin In 2012, Andrew Irwin left Enniskillen, Northern Ireland to study at Chetham’s School of Music, where he began his training with mezzo-soprano Helen Francis. He is now on the BMus Vocal Performance course at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, studying with Adrian Thompson. Andrew was delighted to have been chosen to represent the college in the Kathleen Ferrier Bursary Award, October 2015.Andrew’s 2017 operatic engagements have included Tamino/The Magic Flute with Great Witley Opera, Nemorino/L’elisir D’amore with Simply Opera, and Basilio/Curzio in Clonter Opera’s “Le Nozze di Figaro”.Equally comfortable on the concert platform, Andrew has featured as a soloist in Mozart Requiem, Stainer’s Crucifixion and Bach St. Matthew Passion. Andrew is a regular Lay Singer in Llandaff Cathedral, and sings in the classical cabaret group, “All That Malarkey”. Andrew is generously supported by the Viola Westminster Bursary, the Joan Trimble Award and Mr Christopher Ball.
Bartolo – Eugene Dillon-Hooper Eugene Dillon-Hooper is a graduate and current Masters student of the RNCM, studying Voice under Matthew Best, and the 2016/17 Draper’s de Turckheim Scholar. He is also kindly supported by the Countess of Munster Musical trust and the Edith Murphy Foundation. Recently he has performed the operatic roles of Capellio in Pop-Up Opera’s I Capuleti e I Montecchi (Bellini), Theseus in the RNCM’s production of Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, and in the chorus for Garsington’s L’Italina in Algeri (Rossini). Upcoming performances in May and June 2017 include; Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle, with Fleetwood Choral Society and Christus in the RNCM’s production of Bach’s St. John Passion. Eugene also lends himself as a Bass II choral scholar, with recent performances in Bergen and Trondheim, Norway with the Edvard Grieg Kor, Paris’ Notre-Dame, and in Kyiv, Ukraine with the Bulava Chorus, as well as various other venues across the UK and Europe.
Antonio – Edward Robinson Edward is a 22 year-old baritone in his final year of undergraduate study at the Royal Northern College of Music, under the tutelage of Quentin Hayes. Since commencing his studies, Edward has performed the roles of ‘Valens’ in Handel’s Theodora, ‘Bobinet’ in Offenbach’s La vie Parisienne and ‘Boy 2’ in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti. He has also performed in Mozart’s Cosí Fan Tutte and Lehár’s The Merry Widow as a member of the RNCM Chorus, as well as Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, Verdi’s Un ballo in Maschera and Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin as a member of the Dorset Opera Festival Chorus. In 2015, Edward made his solo début at The International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival as ‘Grosvenor’ from Patience, and he has since performed the role of ‘Sicario’ in Verdi’s Macbeth at the Dorset Opera Festival, 2016. On the concert platform, solo engagements have included: Faure’s Requiem, Haydn’s Creation, Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs and Handel’s Messiah.
Barbarina – Corinne Cowling Australian soprano Corinne Cowling graduates in 2017 with a Masters of Vocal Performance from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under the guidance of Professor Susan McCulloch. Corinne has debuted at the Wigmore Hall collaborating with The Prince Consort, the Barbican Hall for LSO’s Artist Platform Series and the Royal Festival Hall (amongst other major concert halls across the UK and Istanbul) as soprano soloist for Raymond Gubbay’s Johann Strauss Gala National Tour. Performances in 2017: Graham Johnson’s Song Guild, Drake Calleja Trust Scholars’ Gala with Joseph Calleja, cover role of Bride/Wife/Mother for Judith Wier’s The Vanishing Bridegroom with British Youth Opera and the Johann Strauss Gala National Tour 2018. Roles: Bubikopf (Ullmann’s The Emperor of Atlantis), Gretel (Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel) and Angelica (Ricci’s La Serva e L’Ussero).Awards: the Franz-Schubert-Institut Competition, The Drake Calleja Trust, The Rosaleen McFie Osborn Award, Erika Burgell Legacy Award, The Sheila White Award, Ian Potter Cultural Trust, and the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship.
Musical Director/Coach – Clive Timms studied at Birmingham 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 tutte. & La traviata.
Director – Stephen Medcalf productions include Le Nozze Di Figaro (Glyndebourne Festival/ DVD) Aida (Royal Albert Hall/ DVD) Pikovaya Dama (Teatro alla Scala) Manon Lescaut (Palau des Arts, Valencia/ Teatro Regio di Parma/Teatro di Bari), Falstaff (Teatro Farnese, Parma/ ROH Muscat/DVD) Die Zauberflöte (Teatro Regio di Parma/Teatro Lirico di Cagliari/DVD) Ariadne auf Naxos (Salzburg Festspielhaus). His international career has also taken him all over the world including Paris, Marseille, Melbourne, Brisbane, Bilbao, Bergen, Passau, Pisa, Palermo and Wexford. In 2005, he earned the coveted Premio Abbiati Italian critics’ Prize as Director of the Year and has won many other awards including the International Opera award for best opera rediscovery for Cristina Regina di Svezia at the Wexford festival 2013.
In the UK he has also directed for Opera North, and many productions for the Buxton Festival and Grange Park Opera. From 1991-1997 he was director of productions for English Touring Opera and from 1991-2004 he was the Resident Producer of the highly acclaimed Guildhall School of Music and Drama opera course.
Assistant Music Director – Robin Humphreys is a graduate of the University of Birmingham and a holder of the prestigious Diploma in Professional Performance from the Royal Northern College of Music, where he studied piano accompaniment with David Lloyd. Appearing in concert both as a soloist and an accompanist for over 35 years, he now pursues a successful career as an accompanist and répétiteur, the breadth of his repertoire being reflected in television and radio broadcasts ranging from BBC Radio 3 to Emmerdale! At the RNCM, Robin is a senior music coach within the School of Vocal Studies, for whom he was also chief répétiteur on the majority of college opera productions from the late 1990s until 2013. He has appeared with the Manchester Camerata in the world première of “A Feast of Fables” by Paul Reade, has been Musical Director for Feelgood Theatre Productions and, from 1990-2000, Opera & Concert Productions (Worldwide) Ltd with whom he toured throughout the Gulf, the Indian sub-continent and the Far East. Robin has a particularly close association with Clonter Opera Theatre in Cheshire, where he regularly works as Assistant Musical Director and Accompanist. He is also an accompanist member of the British & International Federation of Festivals.
Designer – Nate Gibson is designer for opera, theatre, and dance in the US and UK.
Graduated from Alfred University (NY) in Interdisciplinary Art, Nate then moved to the UK to complete the MA in Design for Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD). He has since been living and working primarily in London.
Lighting Designer – Petr Vocka graduated from RADA with a Post. Grad. Diploma in Lighting Design. Recent Design credits include: Titus Andronicus, at the Rose Playhouse Bankside, Dinosaur Dreams, at the Etcetera Theatre, The Winter’s Tale, Guildford Shakespeare Company, Twelfth Night, Iphigenia in Tauris and Othello at the Rose Playhouse Bankside, L’enfant et les sortilèges Samling Arts at The Sage Newcastle; Uncle & Angels and Scars & cigarettes, Contemporary Dance pieces for Ballet Preljocaj, Aix-en-Provence, France; Othello (transfer from Rose) Waterloo East Theatre; Bangles, Platform Theatre, Islington; Shoot I Didn’t Mean That and The Last Days of Mankind, Tristan Bates Theatre, Covent Garden. Prior to RADA he was a professional dancer in Vienna, and danced on many stages including Landestheater Linz, Bregenz Festspiel’s famous Lakeside stage.
Opera Novice Night
Thurs 20th July
Never been to an opera? Why not come to our Opera Novice Night for the Marriage of Figaro public dress rehearsal, which includes a pre-performance talk, given by the director.
Tickets £15, Students £10, Children (Under 16) £5
Doors Open & Costume Workshop 5.30pm
Director’s Talk 6.30pm
Performance Starts 7pm
Interval 30 minutes; The audience is welcome to bring a pre-performance picnic
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