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Ted Huffman director
Joseph McHardy conductor
Cavalli Jason [sung in English]
Loosely based on the story of Jason and the Golden Fleece, Jason was a runaway hit when it premiered in Venice in 1649, and it proved one of the most popular operas of the 17th century. Like many operas from this period, the story uses classical myth as a jumping off point.
The opera opens after Jason has abandoned his wife, Isiphile, for the sorceress Medea. Cupid, protector of Isiphile, intervenes on her behalf, sending Jason and a motley cast of characters on a rocky journey back to his family in Lemnos. Cavalli’s dazzling score careens fluidly between humour and pathos, intrigue and adventure.
Witty, melodic and entertainingly decadent, this new production stars Hannah Pedley as Medea and Clint Van Der Linde as Jason.
‘The sum is an opera of great flair and charm, laced with broad comedy as well as melismatic melody, and ETO’s well-sung production, sensitively conducted by Joseph McHardy and intelligently directed by Ted Huffman, gives much pleasure.’
4 STARS, Rupert Christiansen, Daily Telegraph
‘the…collisions between comedy and intensity prove remarkably compelling’
4 STARS, Tim Ashley, The Guardian
Pre-performance talk The creative team discuss the production
Peter Pears Recital Room, Snape 6.30pm
Tickets Free but please book
This performance is part of our Autumn-Winter 2013 season.
Priority Booking dates are as follows:
Annual Donors Friday 17 May until Monday 3 June
Friends Booking Tuesday 4 June
Advance Booking List (including e-ABL) Wednesday 19 June
General Booking Tuesday 2 July
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Tickets £32, £28, £24, £19, £15 Under 27s half price
Venice, the home of the world’s first commercial opera, at one time hosted six different opera houses. English Touring Opera presents three operas by different composers, premiered at three different theatres, all first unveiled in the carnival season and inspired by Venice’s wit and humour.
In Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea political power and lust triumph over virtue. The same characters are viewed comically in Handel’s virtuosic bedroom farce, Agrippina. Lesser known now, Cavalli was the master of Venetian opera, and his ironic take on the hero of the Golden Fleece, Jason, is his most seductive work.
Book all three operas for
£84, £75, £63, £51, £39