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25 November 2014
Winter Gala Concert and Dinner

Past Performances >>

29 July 2014
Summer Season Preview Concert

31 August 2014
The Business of opera:
a careers day for singers

7 - 13 September 2014
The Little Green Swallow
and the BYO Masterclass Series

15 April 2014
Gala Concert and Dinner

19 November 2013
Gala Dinner and Concert

2013 Summer Season
Paul Bunyan
The Secret Marriage

3 June 2013
Summer Gala Concert

18 November 2012
25th Anniversary Concert

2012 Summer Season
The Bartered Bride
A Night at the Chinese Opera

12 June 2012
Gala Recital with Dame Felicity Lott

14 March 2012
Gala Concert, The Queen's Chapel

24 November 2011
Masterclass with Sir Mark Elder

2011 Summer Season
Le nozze di Figaro
The Rape of Lucretia

24 May 2011
Gala Recital with Sir Thomas Allen

29 November 2010
Masterclass with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

2010 Summer Season
Euridice
La bohème

2009 Summer Season
Il Signor Bruschino & La scala di seta
The Rake's Progress

2008 Summer Season
La Rondine
Flight

2007 Summer Season
The Magic Flute
Albert Herring

September 1987 - September 2006
Past Productions

7 - 14 September 2013 Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street WC2A 2HT [map]

Paul Bunyan and The Secret Marriage: British Youth Opera Summer Season at the Peacock Theatre, 7-14 September 2013

Paul Bunyan

Music by Benjamin Britten
Libretto by W H Auden
Approx. 2hr 30m (including interval)

Saturday 7 September, 7.30pm

Tuesday 10 September, 7.30pm
Free pre-show talk, 6.15pm

Friday 13 September, 7.30pm
Free pre-show talk, 6.15pm

Benjamin Britten's first opera was a collaboration with W H Auden; written with Broadway in mind (and premiered a stone's-throw away) its easy-going musical style is full of the influence of jazz, swing and country music.

With a cast of 44 singers it tells of the founding of America by a motley band of pioneers, led by the folklore hero 'as tall as the Empire State'.

  • Peter Robinson conductor
  • William Kerley director
  • Jason Southgate designer
  • David Howe lighting designer
  • Mandy Demetriou movement director
  • in association with Southbank Sinfonia
  • and part of Britten100

Click here for our downloadable programme. (PDF file, 3.2Mb, available until 7 December)

See below for sound clips and cast list.

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The Secret Marriage

Music by Domenico Cimarosa
Libretto by Giovanni Bertati
Sung in the English translation by Donald Pippin
Approx. 3hr (including interval)

Wednesday 11 September, 7pm
Free pre-show talk, 5.45pm

Saturday 14 September, 7pm
Free pre-show talk, 5.45pm

Mere months after Mozart's death it was Domenico Cimarosa's The Secret Marriage that was the talk of Vienna, proving more popular than any of Mozart's operas.

Taking Hogarth's Marriage à la mode as its starting point it is a tale of class rivalries, marriageable sisters and a pompous English Count that sits comfortably in the comic opera tradition between Mozart and Rossini.

  • Roy Laughlin conductor
  • Martin Lloyd-Evans director
  • Ellan Parry designer
  • David Howe lighting designer
  • Mandy Demetriou movement director
  • in association with Southbank Sinfonia

Click here for our downloadable programme. (PDF file, 3.2Mb, available until 7 December)

See below for sound clips and cast list.

Book Tickets Now

Book online: www.sadlerswells.com (£1.75 transaction charge)

Book by phone: 0844 412 4322 (£2.50 transaction charge)

Book in person: Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street WC2A 2HT (4pm-8pm on performance days. Ticket office may also operate outside these times. Please call 0844 412 4322 for details.)
or Sadler's Wells Ticket Office, Rosebery Avenue EC1R 4TN (10am-8pm Monday-Saturday)

Excerpts from Paul Bunyan
The Royal Opera Chorus & Orchestra, Susan Gritton (Tiny), Richard Hickox (conductor)
By kind permission of Chandos Records Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Paul Bunyan

Music by Benjamin Britten
Libretto by W H Auden

Conductor
Peter Robinson
Director
William Kerley
Designer
Jason Southgate
Lighting Designer
David Howe
Movement Director
Mandy Demetriou
Vocal Coach
Frances Hills
Production Manager
Andrew Quick
Senior Stage Manager
Ray Bingle
Company Manager
Bernard Davies
Costume Supervisor
Laura Jane Stanfield

Principal Roles

Narrator
Christopher Jacklin
Voice of Paul Bunyan
William Edelsten
Hel Helson
Timothy Connor
Johnny Inkslinger
Samuel Smith
Fido
Emily Vine
Moppet
Grace Durham
Poppet
Ayaka Tanimoto
Hot Biscuit Slim
Peter Kirk
Tiny
Louise Kemeny

Ensemble Roles

Four Young Trees
Meinir Wyn Roberts, Aimee Toshney, Dominic Walsh, Adam Player
Three Wild Geese
Barbara Cole Walton, Vivien Conacher, Hanna-Liisa Kirchin
Lumberjacks
Chris Childs-Santos, James Corrigan, Ed Harrisson
Pete Peterson
Andrew Brown
Andy Anderson
Richard Bignall
Cross Crosshaulson
Samuel Oram
Jen Jenson
Ashley Mercer
Western Union Boy
Dominick Felix
Sam Sharkey
Alex Aldren
Ben Benny
Oskar Palmblad
Quartet of the Defeated
Sally Dodds, Luke Sinclair, Jan Capinski, Stefan Berkieta
John Shears
Daniel Hawkins
Second Solo Farmer
Alistair Ollerenshaw
Heron
Annabella Ellis
Moon
Claire Barton
Wind
Georgia Mae Bishop
Beetle
Emily Kyte
Squirrel
Catriona Hewitson
Four Cronies
Hamish Mackay, Ashley Mercer, Samuel Oram, Stefan Berkieta
Christmas Soloists
Adam Temple-Smith, Craig Jackson, Stefan Berkieta

Chorus

Sopranos
Lianne Birkett, Barbara Cole Walton, Annabella Ellis, Louise Fuller, Catriona Hewitson, Elizabeth Holmes, Aimee Toshney, Meinir Wyn Roberts
Mezzo-sopranos
Claire Barton, Georgia Mae Bishop, Vivien Conacher, Sally Dodds, Rachel Dreese, Hanna-Liisa Kirchin, Emily Kyte, Francesca Romana Saracino
Tenors
Alex Aldren, Richard Bignall, Andrew Brown, Dominick Felix, Ed Harrisson, Craig Jackson, Adam Player, Luke Sinclair, Adam Temple-Smith, Dominic Walsh
Basses
Stefan Berkieta, Jan Capinski, Chris Childs-Santos, James Corrigan, Daniel Hawkins, Hamish Mackay, Ashley Mercer, Alistair Ollerenshaw, Samuel Oram, Oskar Palmblad

Artistic and Production Trainees

Assistant Conductor
Dane Lam
Assistant Director
William Edelsten
Assistant Designer
Jess Bennett
Assistant Lighting Designer
Ed Locke
Repetiteurs
Emas Au, Darren Saady, Ben-San Lau
Assistant Production Manager
Anthony Holmes
Deputy Stage Manager
Bex Harding
Assistant Stage Manager Book Cover
Emily Deller
Assistant Stage Manager Props
David Putman
Wardrobe Assistants
Katharine Barry, Ashleigh Dolling

Understudies

Tiny
Lianne Birkett
Fido
Barbara Cole Walton
Moppet
Vivien Conacher
Poppet
Hanna-Liisa Kirchin
Hot Biscuit Slim
Adam Temple-Smith
Johnny Inkslinger
Dominic Walsh
Narrator
Jan Capinski
Hel Helson
Chris Childs-Santos
Lumberjacks
Daniel Hawkins, Stefan Berkieta, Rihchard Bignall
Four Young Trees
Catriona Hewitson, Elizabeth Holmes, Andrew Brown, Richard Bignall
Three Wild Geese
Louise Fuller, Francesca Romana Saracino, Emily Kyte
Sam Sharkey
Craig Jackson
Ben Benny
Hamish Mackay
Andy Anderson
Luke Sinclair
Pete Peterson
Ed Harrisson
Jen Jenson
Daniel Hawkins
Cross Crosshaulson
Alistair Ollerenshaw
John Shears
James Corrigan
Western Union Boy
Adam Player
Second Solo Farmer
Ashley Mercer
Quartet of the Defeated
Rachel Dreese, Dominick Felix, Alistair Ollerenshaw, Oskar Palmblad
Four Cronies
Oskar Palmblad, Alistair Ollerenshaw, Chris Childs-Santos, Jan Capinski
Christmas Soloists
Luke Sinclair, Andrew Brown, Ashley Mercer

The Secret Marriage

Music by Domenico Cimarosa
Libretto by Giovanni Bertati
Sung in an English translation by Donald Pippin

Conductor
Roy Laughlin
Director
Martin Lloyd-Evans
Designer
Ellan Parry
Lighting Designer
David Howe
Movement Director
Mandy Demetriou
Vocal Coach
Isobel Flinn
Production Manager
Andrew Quick
Senior Stage Manager
Ray Bingle
Company Manager
Bernard Davies
Costume Supervisor
Laura Jane Stanfield

Cast

Carolina
Alice Rose Privett
Elisetta
Rosalind Coad
Fidalma
Heather Lowe
Paolino
Nick Pritchard
Count Robinson
Bradley Travis
Geronimo
Frazer Scott

Artistic and Production Trainees

Assistant Conductor
Chad Kelly
Assistant Director
Natalie Katsou
Assistant Lighting Designer
Ed Locke
Repetiteurs
Amber Rainey, Eda Seppar, Ben-San Lau
Assistant Production Manager
Anthony Holmes
Stage Manager
Elizabeth Emmerton
Deputy Stage Manager
Meg James-Lewis
Assistant Stage Manager Props
Katy Nicholson
Assistant Stage Manager Book Cover
Christopher Silvester
Wardrobe Assistants
Katharine Barry, Ashleigh Dolling

Understudies

Carolina
Gabriella Cassidy
Elisetta
Helen Bailey
Fidalma
Rozanna Madylus
Paolino
Alessandro Fisher
Count Robinson
Matthew Durkan
Geronimo
Nicholas Dwyer