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ENO Season 2018-19 Part 2 Tickets – London Coliseum

ENO 2018-19 The Merry WidowAKHNATEN
Phelim McDermott’s Olivier Award-winning production of Philip Glass’s Akhnaten returns to ENO for its first revival, following its sell-out run in 2016.

Akhnaten is a mesmerising work whose text draws on ancient hymns, prayers and inscriptions sung in their original Egyptian, Hebrew and Akkadian. The opera’s unique mood will transport you to the ancient world through music that combines Glass’s characteristic minimalist voice with stylised movement and choreographed juggling to visualise the rhythms of his score.

Philip Glass specialist Karen Kamensek conducts Akhnaten following last season’s Satyagraha revival. Anthony Roth Costanzo returns to ENO in the title role, as do Rebecca Bottone, singing Queen Tye, James Cleverton, Colin Judson and Zachary James. New to the production is Harewood Artist Katie Stevenson as Nefertiti and the bass-baritone Keel Watson as Aye.

THE MERRY WIDOW
The Merry Widow is Franz Lehar’s comic masterpiece, played out in a stream of memorable melodies including the familiar ‘Vilja Song’ and ‘Merry Widow Waltz’.

With a truly glamourous setting, Lehar’s operetta centres on the relationship between the dazzling and wealthy young widow Hanna and Danilo, who has an appetite for wine and women. As this delightful tale of a woman’s quest for love unfolds, their burgeoning romance is hampered by mishap, intrigue and comedic misadventure.

Making their ENO debuts with Lehar’s classic are Director Max Webster (The Lorax) and sought-after Estonian conductor Kritiina Poska. As the vivacious Hanna, ENO favourite Sarah Tynan returns for her second major appearance of the season. She is joined by Nathan Gunn as Danilo, while ENO legend Andrew Shore plays the pompous Zeta.

THE MERRY WIDOW
Jude Kelly, award-winning director of more than 40 productions for screen and stage, including ENO’s hit On the Town, returns to the Company with a new version of The Merry Widow.

One of the world’s best-loved operettas, Lehr’s engrossing tale of the recently widowed and very glamorous Hanna Glawari is given a fresh reading by the skilled comic writers Sandi Toksvig and Dillie Keane.

Making her debut in the title role is the radiant soprano Amanda Roocroft, while the leading young tenor Alfie Boe sings Camille de Rosillon and Roy Hudd appears as Njegus. Oliver von Dohnanyi conducts the ENO Orchestra and Chorus.

THE MAGIC FLUTE
Following his success with The Encounter at the Barbican, Simon McBurney’s five-star production of The Magic Flute returns to ENO, concerning the search for truth and reason, love and enlightenment.

Mozart’s timeless classic follows the adventures of Prince Tamino and the bird-catcher Papageno on their quest to rescue Pamina. To assist their mission, they are given musical instruments enhanced with magical powers, which they deploy to conquer the trials and tribulations placed in their path towards a deeper understanding of true love and happiness.

The cast includes Lucy Crowe as Pamina and Rupert Charlesworth singing Tamino, alongside Thomas Oliemans, as Papageno. They are joined by company favourite Brindley Sherratt as Sarastro and the sparkling coloratura of Julia Bauer as the manipulative Queen of Night. Conductor Ben Gernon, Principal Guest at the BBC Philharmonic, makes his ENO debut.

Jude Kelly, award-winning director of more than 40 productions for screen and stage, including ENO’s hit On the Town, returns to the Company with a new version of The Merry Widow.

One of the world’s best-loved operettas, Lehr’s engrossing tale of the recently widowed and very glamorous Hanna Glawari is given a fresh reading by the skilled comic writers Sandi Toksvig and Dillie Keane.

Making her debut in the title role is the radiant soprano Amanda Roocroft, while the leading young tenor Alfie Boe sings Camille de Rosillon and Roy Hudd appears as Njegus. Oliver von Dohnanyi conducts the ENO Orchestra and Chorus

JACK THE RIPPER – THE WOMEN OF WHITECHAPEL
The world premiere of Iain Bell’s Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel, following his critically-acclaimed In Parenthesis. A disadvantaged group of working-class women are drawn together in their determination to survive the murderous terror that stalks London’s Whitechapel in 1888.

Iain Bell’s new opera, with a libretto by Emma Jenkins, explores powerful themes of community and women struggling against the odds, posing questions about the hypocritical attitudes of respectable’ society. The mythic status of the unidentified serial killer is addressed through a refreshingly modern lens, which speaks to us over a century later. With vocal and orchestral writing that always packs an emotional punch, Bell’s score features music that is mercurial and explosive one moment and heart-wrenchingly beautiful the next.

A world premiere co-produced with Opera North, this production draws on a wealth of singers long associated with ENO. These include Dame Josephine Barstow, Susan Bullock, Lesley Garrett, Marie McLaughlin, Janis Kelly, Alan Opie and Robert Hayward. Joining them is rising soprano Claudia Boyle. ENO Music Director Martyn Brabbins and Artistic Director Daniel Kramer collaborate on this important commission, which also provides a showcase for the entire ENO ensemble.

AKHNATEN: 11 February – 7 March 2019
THE MERRY WIDOW: 1 March – 13 April 2019
THE MAGIC FLUTE: 14 March – 11 April 2019
JACK THE RIPPER -THE WOMEN OF WHITECHAPEL: 30 March – 12 April 2019

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