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What’s on SPRING / SUMMER 2013


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The Spring and Summer 2013 Season at ENO is a vibrant mix of five new productions, including two newly commissioned operas, and four classic revivals. Jonathan Miller’s stylish, 1930s reading of The Mikado, with the indisputable master of G&S patter songs, Richard Suart, is surely the classiest show in the West End during this period. Two further iconic Miller productions return to the London Coliseum: his riotous Barber of Seville, in which Andrew Shore’s definitive Dr Bartolo is not to be missed, and his evocative updating of Puccini’s La bohème to Paris in the years of the Great Depression. 2013 is a year of special operatic anniversaries. ENO begins the Verdi bicentenary with a new production of La traviata, one of his most celebrated works, in a brilliantly directed staging from Peter Konwitschny, a master of the operatic stage, making his much anticipated UK debut. ENO has enjoyed a very special relationship with the operas of Britten for almost seventy years, as shown by the public and critical reaction to our 2012 Proms performance of Peter Grimes. For Britten’s centenary, director Deborah Warner and conductor Edward Gardner are reunited for a revival of the composer’s final opera, Death in Venice, with a cast led by John Graham-Hall as Aschenbach. This production was a sensation at La Scala Milan recently and is without question a season highlight. Berg’s Wozzeck, which was a potent influence on Britten, returns to the London Coliseum after a long absence, in a freshly imagined staging by acclaimed theatre and opera director Rupert Goold, whose recent productions at the National Theatre and RSC have been so successful with audiences and critics. Our feast of new productions contains two significant premieres from important living composers. At the Barbican, we present the world premiere of Michael van der Aa’s Sunken Garden, a major international four-way co-commission, with a libretto by Cloud Atlas novelist David Mitchell. 3D film and a sensational original story will make this ground-breaking opera one of the most exciting world premieres for some time. Following ENO’s acclaimed production of Philip Glass’s Satyagraha, we are thrilled to present the UK premiere of Glass’s latest opera, The Perfect American, co-commissioned by ENO. Based on Peter Stephan Jungk’s novel, The Perfect American offers a factional account of Walt Disney’s final years, in a production from the ever-inventive Improbable, led by director Phelim McDermott.

ENO performances at the London Coliseum are sung and surtitled in English (except Death in Venice which is not surtitled) ENO gratefully acknowledges financial support from Arts Council England

John Berry, Artistic Director

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ENO is a registered charity (no. 257210) in the UK and a 501(c)3 registered organisation in the US.

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THE MIKADO

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LA TRAVIATA

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Medea

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THE BARBER OF SEVILLE

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SUNKEN GARDEN

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LA BOHÈME

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WOZZECK

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THE PERFECT AMERICAN

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DEATH IN VENICE

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VISITING COMPANIES

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LEARNING, PARTICIPATION AND ACCESS

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supporting ENO

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FOOD AND DRINK

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HOW TO BOOK

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Ticket prices

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VISITING US / KEEP IN TOUCH

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DIARY 3


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The Mikado GILBERT & SULLIVAN CLASSIC REVIVAL

SPRING 2013

Since it was first staged at the London Coliseum more than 25 years ago, Jonathan Miller’s dazzlingly inventive and stunningly stylish staging of The Mikado has become the definitive version of Gilbert and Sullivan’s enduring operetta. Miller wittily transposes the topsy-turvy Victorian values of Gilbert’s mock-oriental Town of Titipu to a Marx Brothers-inspired take on a 1930s English seaside hotel, in what The Observer called ‘one of the most pleasing presentations of their work you could ever hope to see’. The starry cast of seasoned veterans and fresh-faced newcomers is led by Richard Suart, ENO’s resident master of the comic patter song, who this season celebrates his own 25th anniversary in the role of Ko-Ko, the Lord High Executioner. Dec 1, 5, 7, 8 & Jan 21, 25, 26, 30, 31 at 7.30pm I Dec 1, 8 & Jan 26 at 2.30pm 12 performances. Running time: 2hrs 35mins Pre-performance talk, Wed Dec 5, 5.15–6pm, £5/£2.50 concs Signed performance, Mon Jan 21 London Coliseum tour on performance day, Sat Dec 8, Jan 26; tours start at 11.30am, £10 per person Co-produced by ENO, Houston Grand Opera and Los Angeles Music Centre

Conductor David Parry; Original Director Jonathan Miller; Revival Director Elaine Tyler-Hall; Set Designer Stefanos Lazaridis; Costume Designer Sue Blane; Lighting Designer Davy Cunningham; Choreographer Anthony van Laast; Revival Choreographer Steven Speed

Cast includes: Richard Suart (Ko-Ko); Robert Murray (Nanki-Poo); Mary Bevan (Yum-Yum); Donald Maxwell (Pooh-Bah); Yvonne Howard (Katisha); Richard Angas (The Mikado of Japan, except Jan 25, 30, 31); Mark Richardson (The Mikado of Japan, performances Jan 25, 30, 31); David Stout (Pish-Tush); Fiona Canfield (Peep-Bo); Rachael Lloyd (Pitti-Sing)

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L A TA IA V A R T

LA TRAVIATA VERDI Piave after Dumas fils NEW PRODUCTION

SPRING 2013

La traviata tells the story of how the beautiful but fragile courtesan Violetta is coerced into sacrificing her one hope of personal happiness for the sake of her lover’s reputation. A tragic and resonant tale of society and morality, it combines compelling characters with powerful, moving and instantly recognisable melodies, making it one of the most emotionally engaging and popular operas of all time. This new production of Verdi’s masterpiece by acclaimed opera director Peter Konwitschny reaches to the heart of the opera’s themes of passionate love and tragic death with a modern and uncluttered staging, and a running time of less than two hours. La traviata stars exciting young American soprano Corinne Winters in her European debut, rising young British lyric tenor Ben Johnson and internationally acclaimed baritone Anthony Michaels-Moore. Conductor Michael Hofstetter makes his ENO debut. Feb 2, 7, 12, 21, 26 & Mar 1 at 7.30pm I Feb 9, 16, 23 at 6.30pm I Mar 3 at 3pm 10 performances. Running time: 1hrs 50mins (no interval) Pre-performance talk, Thu Feb 7, 5.15–6pm, £5/£2.50 concs Signed-performance, Tue Feb 12 London Coliseum tour on performance day, Sat Feb 9, 16; tours start at 11.30am, £10 per person Co-produced by ENO and Opera Graz, Austria

Conductor Michael Hofstetter; Director Peter Konwitschny; Designer Johannes Leiacker, Lighting Designer Joachim Klein; Translator Martin Fitzpatrick

Cast includes: Corinne Winters (Violetta Valéry), Ben Johnson (Alfredo Germont), Anthony Michaels-Moore (Giorgio Germont) Clare Presland (Flora Bervoix), Paul Hopwood (Viscount Gaston), Matthew Hargreaves (Baron Duphol), Charles Johnston (Marquis), Martin Lamb (Doctor Grenvil), Valerie Reid (Annina)

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Medea CHARPENTIER Corneille NEW PRODUCTION

SPRING 2013

Banished, betrayed and besieged on all sides, the barbarian sorceress Medea exacts a terrible vengeance upon her faithless lover and all those he holds dear. Following the ‘knockout success’ (whatsonstage.com) of Rameau’s Castor and Pollux, ENO continues its pioneering exploration of French Baroque operatic masterpieces with the first-ever UK staging of Charpentier’s opera. Reworking one of the most enduringly disturbing of all the Greek myths – that of a mother who murders her own children – Charpentier’s thrillingly orchestrated score boasts a harmonic daring and psychological complexity unparalleled in its day. The exemplary cast includes internationally acclaimed British mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly in the title role, American tenor Jeffrey Francis making his ENO debut as Jason and exceptional baritone Roderick Williams as Orontes. Medea is staged by renowned opera director David McVicar and conducted by period specialist Christian Curnyn, whose recent handling of Castor and Pollux was hailed as ‘revelatory’ (The Daily Telegraph) and ‘ravishingly done’ (The Guardian). Feb 15, 20, 22, 28 & Mar 6, 8, 12, 14 at 7pm I Mar 16 at 3pm 9 performances. Running time: 3hrs 10mins

MEDEA

Pre-performance talk, Wed Feb 20, 5–5.45pm, £5/£2.50 concs Signed performance, Tue Mar 12 London Coliseum tour on performance day, Sat Mar 16; tours start at 11.30am, £10 per person Co-produced by ENO and Grand Théâtre de Genève New production supported by Dunard Fund, George and Patti White and a syndicate of individual donors

Conductor Christian Curnyn; Director David McVicar; Designer Bunny Christie; Lighting Designer Paule Constable; Choreographer Lynne Page; Translator Christopher Cowell

Cast includes: Sarah Connolly (Medea), Jeffrey Francis (Jason), Katherine Manley (Creuse), Roderick Williams (Orontes), Brindley Sherratt (Creon), Rhian Lois (Nerine), Aoife O’Sullivan (Cleone), Olivier Dunn (Arcas), Sophie Junker (Italian Woman)

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The Barber of Seville ROSSINI Sterbini after Beaumarchais 25TH-ANNIVERSARY REVIVAL

SPRING 2013

Two centuries after its premiere – and now universally accepted as the composer’s comic masterpiece – Rossini’s prequel to The Marriage of Figaro remains as tuneful, ironic and uproariously funny as ever.

THE R E B R BA F O LE L I V SE

Set in an elegant comic-opera vision of 18th-century Seville, Jonathan Miller’s Tiepolo-inspired staging brilliantly intercuts the traditions of the Italian commedia dell’arte and the Whitehall farce to create what, at its last revival, one reviewer called ‘an evening of unalloyed pleasure, insight and subtlety of characterisation’. The talented flautist-turned-conductor Jaime Martin, here making his operatic debut, brings an authentic Hispanic touch to this 25th-anniversary revival. Baritone Benedict Nelson, star of the 2011/12 season’s Billy Budd, is Figaro; charismatic young lyric soprano Lucy Crowe returns as the feisty Rosina, following sensational appearances in 2007’s Agrippina and The Coronation of Poppea, and Andrew Shore, ENO’s Olivier Award-nominated buffo baritone, reprises his ‘classic portrayal’ (The Guardian) of Doctor Bartolo, the poor girl’s pompous old fool of a guardian. Feb 25 and Mar 5, 7, 13, 15 at 7.30pm I Mar 2, 9 at 6.30pm I Mar 17 at 3pm 8 performances. Running time: 2hrs 50mins Pre-performance talk, Sat Mar 2, 4.45–5.30pm, £5/£2.50 concs Signed performance, Tue Mar 5 London Coliseum tour on performance day, Sat Mar 2, 9; tours start at 11.30am, £10 per person

Conductor Jaime Martin; Original Director Jonathan Miller; Revival Director Peter Relton; Designer Tanya McCallin; Original Lighting Designer Tom Mannings; Translators: Amanda and Anthony Holden

Cast includes: Benedict Nelson (Figaro); Lucy Crowe (Rosina); Andrew Kennedy (Count Almaviva); Andrew Shore (Doctor Bartolo); Katherine Broderick (Berta), David Soar (Don Basilio), Alexander Robin Baker (Fiorello)

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SUNKEN GARDEN

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MICHEL VAN DER AA David Mitchell WORLD PREMIERE

PERFORMED AT THE BARBICAN

A world premiere and a brand new collaboration with the Barbican, Sunken Garden tells a multi-layered story of a missing person and those who are searching for him. This landmark new film-opera explores hoax and dark truth, both virtual and real, with a libretto from Cloud Atlas novelist, David Mitchell. Michel van der Aa, the Dutch composer, film and stage director, makes his ENO debut with this enthralling multimedia ‘occult mystery’, featuring one of opera’s first uses of 3D film. Van der Aa’s technique of mixing live and recorded images and sounds have won him great international acclaim, with The Guardian praising him for ‘his ability to fuse music, text and visual images into a totally organic whole’. His prize-winning music theatre piece After Life premiered at the Barbican in 2010. Baritone Roderick Williams takes the main role, conducted by ENO guest André de Ridder. Apr 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20 at 7.30pm 7 performances. Running time: 1hr 40mins approx (no interval) Pre-performance talk, Mon Apr 15, 5.15– 6.00pm, £5/£2.50 concs Co-commissioned by ENO, Barbican, London, Opéra de Lyon and Toronto Festival of Arts, Culture and Creativity. Co-produced by ENO, Opéra de Lyon, Toronto Festival of Arts, Culture and Creativity, and Holland Festival New production supported by Columbia Foundation, The Hinrichsen Foundation and ENO’s Contemporary Opera Group Booking information for Sunken Garden Tickets £50-£16. Tickets only available from the Barbican Box Office – barbican.org.uk or 0845 120 7511 (booking fees apply). Public booking opens October 22 Sunken Garden does not form part of ENO Subscription.

Conductor André de Ridder; Director Michel van der Aa; Designer Theun Mosk

Cast includes: Roderick Williams (Toby Kramer), Katherine Manley (Zenna Law), Claron McFadden (Iris Marinus), Jonathan McGovern (Simon Vines), Kate Miller-Heidke (Amber Jacquemain)

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LA BOHÈME PUCCINI Giacosa and Illica

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SUMMER 2013

CLASSIC REVIVAL

Puccini’s gift for writing emotional music is brought to the fore in La bohème’s tale of doomed love in poverty-stricken Paris. One of the world’s most recognised and widely performed operas, it focuses on two central relationships: that of the poet Rodolfo, who falls in love with the pretty but consumptive seamstress Mimì; and the painter Marcello, who has a glamorous and popular on-off mistress, Musetta. Jonathan Miller’s production for ENO has quickly become a company classic and here receives its second revival since its 2009 premiere. Inspired by Brassaï’s photographs of the Paris Left Bank in the 1930s, Miller modernises the original bohemian setting to evoke the stark poverty of the day, creating a highly effective contemporary resonance, citing the film Withnail and I as an inspiration. Playing Mimì is Kate Valentine, who in recent seasons has played the Countess in Fiona Shaw’s production of The Marriage of Figaro and an ‘excellent’ (The Times) Helena in Christopher Alden’s Olivier Award-nominated A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Gwyn Hughes Jones returns to the role of Rodolfo following his great success in ENO’s 2010 production, and recent acclaimed Pinkerton in Madam Butterfly. Apr 29 & May 4, 8, 10, 14, 16, 24, 31 & Jun 7, 12, 19 at 7.30pm | Jun 15, 22 at 6.30pm Jun 29 at 3.00pm 14 performances. Running time: 2hrs 15mins Pre-performance talk, Sat May 4, 5.15 – 6.00pm, £5/£2.50 concs Signed performance, Tue May 14 London Coliseum tour on performance day, Sat May 4, Jun 15, 22, 29; tours start at 11.30am, £10 per person Co-produced by ENO and Cincinnati Opera

Original Director Jonathan Miller; Revival Director: Natascha Metherell, Designer Isabella Bywater; Original Lighting Designer Jean Kalman; Translator Amanda Holden

Cast includes: Gwyn Hughes Jones (Rodolfo), Kate Valentine (Mimì), Richard Burkhard (Marcello), Angel Blue (Musetta), Andrew Craig Brown (Colline), Duncan Rock (Schaunard), Simon Butteris (Benoît and Alcindoro)

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WOZZECK

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BERG Berg after Büchner NEW PRODUCTION

SUMMER 2013

Wozzeck tells the story of a simple soldier, troubled by visions, who murders his unfaithful partner and dies, leaving behind an orphaned child. Berg’s early 20th-century masterpiece comes to ENO for the first time in 25 years. This new production is by acclaimed British theatre and opera director Rupert Goold, his second ENO collaboration following the 2009 debut of his ‘sensationally visual’ (theartsdesk.com) and entirely fresh interpretation of Turandot, that played to his strength as ‘an immensely theatrical director’ (The Independent). Goold’s powerful theatricality was much lauded in his production of Enron, for which he won the 2009 Olivier, Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Director. Goold is currently Artistic Director of Headlong Theatre and an Associate Director of the RSC. Wozzeck is conducted by ENO’s award-winning Music Director Edward Gardner, whose conducting of Peter Grimes (2012) was described as having ‘breathtaking lyrical ferocity’ (The Guardian). May 11, 13, 15, 23, 25 at 7.30pm | May 18 at 6.30pm 6 performances. Running time: 1hr 45mins Pre-performance talk, Mon May 13, 5.15 – 6.00pm, £5/£2.50 concs Signed performance, Thu May 23 London Coliseum tour on performance day, Sat May 11, 25; tours start at 11.30am, £10 per person New production supported by George and Patti White

Conductor Edward Gardner; Director Rupert Goold; Set Designer Miriam Büther; Costume Designer Tom Scutt; Lighting Designer Jon Clark

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THE PERFECT AMERICAN PHILIP GLASS Rudy Wurlitzer after Peter Stephan Jungk UK PREMIERE

SUMMER 2013

Based on Peter Stephan Jungk’s novel and written by Philip Glass, one of the world’s most important composers, The Perfect American imagines the final years of Walt Disney’s life, including mythical imaginings of Abraham Lincoln and Andy Warhol. This latest opera from Glass, his 24th, was commissioned by ENO and Teatro Real Madrid to mark his 75th birthday. British theatre director Phelim McDermott returns following his spectacular production of Satyagraha for ENO and the Metropolitan Opera, New York, described as ‘transfixing musically and visually’ (The Guardian). The design is by leading international designer Dan Potra, whose work on the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games ceremony was widely acclaimed. Fresh from his exceptional performance as Mephistopheles in Terry Gilliam’s 2011 Damnation of Faust, acclaimed British baritone Christopher Purves is Walt Disney, while soprano Janis Kelly creates the role of Disney’s studio nurse and confidante. Jun 1, 6, 8, 13, 17, 20, 25, 27, 28 at 7.30pm 9 performances

THEFECT PER ERICAN AM

Pre-performance talk, Thu Jun 6, 5.15– 6.00pm, £5/£2.50 concs Signed performance, Mon Jun 17 London Coliseum tour on performance day, Sat Jun 1, 8; tours start at 11.30am, £10 per person Co-commissioned and co-produced by ENO and Teatro Real Madrid New production supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, ENO’s Contemporary Opera Group and the American Friends of ENO

Conductor Gareth Jones; Director Phelim McDermott; Designer Dan Potra; Choreographer Ben Wright; Video Designers 59 Ltd, Lighting Designer Jon Clark;

Cast includes: Christopher Purves (Walt Disney), David Pittsinger (Roy), Janis Kelly (Hazel George), Sarah Tynan (Sharon), John Easterlin (Andy Warhol), Zachary James (Abraham Lincoln)

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H T DEAIN E C I N E V

DEATH IN VENICE BRITTEN Piper after Mann classic Revival

SUMMER 2013

Two unspoken themes run throughout Britten’s much-admired opera: the impossible passion that a troubled writer forms for a fellow hotel guest, and the cholera epidemic which the authorities are all too keen to hush up. In Death in Venice, Britten revisits the subject of corruption of youth and innocence that so fascinated him and delivers a haunting theatrical experience of consummate power. Deborah Warner’s production of Britten’s final opera celebrates the composer’s centenary year and reaffirms ENO’s position as the world’s leading producer of his operas. This production reunites award-winning director Warner with ENO Music Director Edward Gardner, who returns to Britten following ENO’s productions of Billy Budd (2012) and Peter Grimes (2009), for which his conducting was described as ‘deeply musical’ (Financial Times). Warner’s relationship with ENO continues to flourish having directed Diary of One Who Vanished, St John Passion, Messiah and most recently Eugene Onegin, ENO’s sumptuous, elegant and epic co-production with the Metropolitan Opera, New York. Original production and revival supported by the Dalriada Trust. The Britten-Pears Foundation is supporting ENO’s programme of Britten operas leading up to the centenary of his birth. Jun 14, 18, 21, 24, 26 at 7.30pm 5 performances. Running time: 2hrs 45mins Pre-performance talk, Tue Jun 18, 5.15– 6.00pm, £5/£2.50 concs Signed performance, Wed 26 Jun Co-produced by ENO and La Monnaie, Brussels Please note: this production is not surtitled

Conductor Edward Gardner; Director Deborah Warner; Set Designer Tom Pye; Costume Designer Chloe Obolensky; Lighting Designer Jean Kalman; Choreographer Kim Brandstrup

Cast includes: John Graham-Hall (Aschenbach); Andrew Shore (baritone roles); Tim Mead (Voice of Apollo)

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Spring 2013

Birmingham Royal Ballet

The Mikhailovsky Ballet

Spring 2013

English National Ballet

AladDin

Ecstasy and Death

David Bintley’s magical tale of love, trickery and triumph.

Three contrasting 20th-century ballets of magnificent choreography and deep poetic emotion, showcasing the Company’s stylistic versatility, technical brilliance and dramatic flair.

London premiere performances

A run-in with Palace guards leads young tearaway Aladdin into a whirlwind of adventure and romance, involving unbelievable riches, love at first sight, treachery, and of course a magic lamp, and all that it contains...

Petite Mort is danced to two Mozart piano concertos and explores energy, silence and sexuality. This Company premiere of Jirˇí Kylián’s beautiful, poetic piece, is a landmark of contemporary choreography.

‘Elaborate and splendid’ The Asahi Shimbun (Japanese national press) Supported (2013) by The John Ellerman Foundation, the estate of Margery Bremner and the estate of Pamela Green. Aladdin is a co-production with Houston Ballet Foundation.

Wed 20 – Sun 24 Mar

Le Jeune Homme et la Mort is Roland Petit’s choreographic masterpiece. It concerns a faithless woman tormenting her young lover, driving him to despair. It has attracted some of the greatest male dancers, from Nureyev to Baryshnikov.

Photo: Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev in Don Quixote

Aladdin boasts choreography by the creator of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s brilliant Cinderella and music by Carl Davis, composer of the Company’s Cyrano and numerous well-known television scores including Pride and Prejudice and Cranford.

Photo: Hidemi Seto

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Spring 2013

Etudes is Harald Lander’s classical, glamorous celebration of how a daily ballet class develops from simple stretching at the barre to a full virtuoso performance showcasing the artistry and skills of the corps de ballet.

Back by popular demand The Mikhailovsky Ballet of St Petersburg, Russia, returns to London with a diverse playbill of immortal classics, Swan Lake and Don Quixote, revised by Mikhail Messerer, alongside ballets of the company’s artistic director Nacho Duato, including Multiplicity. Forms of Emptiness and Silence set to J. S. Bach’s lavish score, and the triple bill of the celebrated pieces and the new works.

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Summer 2013

Sarah Wroth and Yury Yanowsky in Bella Figura by Gene Schiavone

Boston Ballet

Saisons Russes du XXIe siècle

Summer 2013

English National Ballet

Carlos Acosta

Artistic Director: Andris Liepa Following a triumphant London Coliseum Diaghilev Festival debut in 2011 and four successful seasons in Paris at Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Russian Seasons of XXI Century returns to London.

Carlos returns to the London Coliseum, for five performances only, with a new show presenting highlights of his career in a choice of pas de deuxs from the classical canon, dancing with some of his favourite partners and celebrating his fortieth year.

A Tribute to Rudolf Nureyev 75 years after Nureyev’s birth and 20 since his death, English National Ballet celebrates the legacy of this uniquely gifted dancer from his traditional classical beginnings through to his inspirational innovation.

Programme l - Cleopatra-Ida Rubinstein, Spectre de la Rose, Firebird Programme 2 - Cleopatra-Ida Rubinstein, Scheherazade Programme 3 - Cleopatra-Ida Rubinstein, Chopiniana, Polovetsian Dances

Song of a Wayfarer by Maurice Béjart is one of the most beautiful ballets ever created for the male dancer, set to Mahler’s first song cycle. This work marked Nureyev’s move to the French contemporary repertoire in the early 1970s. Photo: Valeria Komissarova

Neo-classical programme Vaslav Nijinsky’s Afternoon of a Faun, George Balanchines’s Serenade and Symphony in Three Movements and Boston Ballet resident choreographer Jorma Elo’s Plan to B.

3 - 4 | 6 – 7 Jul

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‘Carlos is a man absolutely at the top of his game, someone to tell your children and grandchildren that you actually saw, live, on stage. Just go.’ Daily Telegraph

Petrushka is a hopelessly romantic puppet trapped in a love triangle with the Ballerina and the Moor, choreographed by Fokine to Stravinsky’s score. Nureyev danced Petrushka throughout his career and all around the world.

Visiting the UK for the first time in over 30 years, BB, under the direction of Mikko Nissinen, performs groundbreaking neo-classical and contemporary ballets that span a century of innovative choreography.

5 – 6 (Mat) Jul

Carlos Acosta 

Russian Seasons of XXI Century

A season of three Programmes each including the London Premiere of Cleopatra-Ida Rubinstein.

Contemporary programme William Forsythe’s explosive The Second Detail, Christopher Wheeldon’s boldly stylized Polyphonia and Jirˇí Kylián’s emotional masterpiece Bella Figura.

Summer 2013

Raymonda Act III was choreographed by Marius Petipa, creator of The Sleeping Beauty. The celebratory final act contains some of his finest work to Glazunov’s magnificent score. Nureyev mounted this version in 1969, a memory of his formative years at the Mariinsky.

With international guest stars

Thu 25 – Sat 27 Jul

Tue 16 – Sat 20 Jul

5 performances only Tickets £10 – £67

6 performances only

Photo: Angela Taylor

Summer 2013

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Learning, participation and access English National Opera’s learning and participation programme is designed to introduce new audiences to opera and to deepen and enrich the experience of current audiences in an adventurous, creative and engaging way. We also offer special ticket prices for under-16s and state school groups, plus access schemes for students/under-30s and visitors with disabilities. Pre-performance talks Enrich your ENO experience by joining journalist Christopher Cook and special guests as they give an introduction to the opera and exclusive insights into our approach to the production. Visit www.eno.org/explore ENO Community Choir Join our friendly weekly choir held in the heart of Westminster. Open to anyone who likes good music and great company. No experience required, only enthusiasm! Meets Thursdays 6.30-8.30pm. Visit www.eno.org/communitychoir

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subsidised tickets for SCHOOLS With our Enjoy Opera scheme, state school groups are entitled to reduced price tickets at £8 each. Each school may request up to 25 tickets per performance, subject to availability. Visit www.operasquad.com

Know the Show Work alongside our experts to learn and sing choruses from the current repertoire. Visit www.eno.org/knowtheshow

Guided tours of THE London Coliseum Discover the London Coliseum, a sensational example of Edwardian architecture in the grand style, with a fascinating guided tour of both front of house and backstage areas. Tickets £10/£8 concs – must be pre-booked. Visit www.eno.org/guidedtours

Music learning resources and other services for schools Visit our dedicated schools website to explore the elements of music and instruments of the orchestra, and to hear musical examples from different operas. Visit www.operasquad.com

Professional training ENO Opera Works is a unique training opportunity for talented singers who wish to embark on, or develop, a career singing opera, whatever their background or previous experience. Visit www.eno.org/operaworks

Access Scheme for visitors with disabilities Visitors with disabilities can join our Access Scheme to receive priority booking, details about signed performances, information in different formats and to purchase tickets at half price (subject to availability). To join call 020 7845 9300 or email access@eno.org Access all Arias FOR UNDER-30s Access All Arias is our free membership scheme for students and under-30s, giving significant ticket discounts and other benefits. Visit www.eno.org/accessallarias 29


Supporting ENO

English National Opera is one of the world’s leading opera companies, with a reputation for distinctive, contemporary and highly theatrical productions. ENO depends upon the philanthropy of individuals, companies and foundations. There are several ways that you can make a valuable contribution to ENO and the future of opera: BecomE a Friend Friends of ENO contribute significantly to our work and, in return, enjoy access to dress rehearsals, special events, advance information and priority booking. BecomE a Patron ENO Patrons gain a unique perspective on our work through regular special events, behind-the-scenes visits and rehearsals, along with priority booking and a concierge ticket and catering service. Your involvement can be tailored to reflect special interests in contemporary opera, English opera or our innovative programmes to develop new talent or community outreach. 30

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MakE a Donation You can play a vital part in our future success by joining a donor circle to support a production such as those listed in this guide, by contributing to our projects with young people or by supporting our work with young and emerging singers and musicians. BecomE a Corpor ate Pa rtner If you think your company can partner ENO through sponsorship, corporate membership, hospitality or employee engagement, contact us to discuss our range of opportunities for corporate involvement. Thank you Box office receipts only cover a quarter of the costs of our ambitious and imaginative productions, and our learning and participation programme relies almost entirely on charitable support. The philanthropy of our donors, Patrons and Friends is essential to the success of our work and we thank them for their generosity.

Dining at London Coliseum Our two restaurants offer different styles of dining experience; whether it’s a three course dinner in the intimate surroundings of The American Bar, or a brasserie supper in the bustling Sky Bar, we can ensure that your meal will be served in plenty of time before the curtain rises. As the table is yours for the evening you are welcome to return during the interval for pudding and coffee. Reservations are essential for each of these areas, and we request your menu choices in advance.

Bars The Veuve Clicquot Bar at Stalls level has a range of premium Champagnes and is the ideal meeting place for an informal light snack. Additional bars are located on each level of the theatre and offer a selection of wines and spirits, sandwiches, savoury snacks and coffee. You are welcome to place your order with the reservations office in advance, or our staff will be delighted to take your order on the evening. Bars open at least one hour before curtain up.

Veuve Clicquot, the official Champagne Partner of eno and London Coliseum

CONTACT US For further information on all food and drink options or to reserve a table please telephone 020 7845 9202. You can also visit www.eno.org/foodanddrink to book a table and download the menus and wine list. 31

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How to book GENER A L B OOK I NG O n li n e www.eno.org B y p h o n e 020 7845 9300 I n p e r s o n London Coliseum Box Office is open performance days 10am-8pm, 10am-6pm on non-performance days. (closed Bank Holidays and Sundays unless there’s a performance). B o o k i n g fe e £3.50 per transaction for ENO telephone bookings £1.75 for ENO online bookings. No fee for bookings made in person. T i c ket exc h a n g e a n d ref u n d s Ticket exchanges are possible – contact the ENO Box Office at least 24 hours in advance. A fee will apply (exchanges may not be possible for non-ENO productions). Refunds are not available unless a performance is cancelled. S t a n d - by s & c o n c e s s i o n s (£15 – £ 35 ) All tickets subject to availability, three hours before a performance and at the management’s discretion, with the exception of disabled patrons and their carers who can book stand-by tickets from 10am on the day of the performance by joining our Access Scheme. When available, stand-by tickets will only be offered to senior citizens, students, Income Support recipients, under-16s and Westminster Rescard holders. Concessions may be available in advance to under-16s and members of the Access Scheme and Access All Arias scheme only. R e d u c e d p r i c e ti c kets fo r u n d e r- 3 0 s, st u d e nts a n d v is i to r s w i t h d is a b ili ti e s Our Access All Arias scheme for under-30s/ students and our Access Scheme for visitors with disabilities offer reduced price tickets and other benefits. See p.29 for details. The information in this guide was correct at the time of printing.

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Ticket prices SU B SCRip t i o n Di s c o u n t s S ave a s a n ENO s u b s c r i b e r Subscription discounts apply to the ENO Spring/Summer 2013 season. Book four operas from either or both these seasons to save 10%. Book five operas to save 15%. Book six or more operas and save 20%. ENO Subscribers can purchase tickets from Monday 29 October 2012 by calling 020 7845 9300 or visiting www.eno.org/subscriptions. Please note: Sunken Garden and visiting company productions do not form part of ENO Subscription.

Pr i o r i t y B o o k i n g S PR I NG - SUMMER 2 013 ENO O p e ra C irc l e Join our Opera Circle to benefit from our concierge service, including advance priority booking, for all your ticket and catering requirements. From £1,000 per year. For information, please call 020 7845 9474. New and existing Opera Circle patrons can purchase tickets from their own hotline by calling 020 7845 9474 from Monday 8 October 2012. ENO Fr i e n d s Priority booking, special events and more when you join ENO Friends from just £50 per year. Call the Friends hotline on 020 7845 9420 to find out more. New and existing Friends of ENO can purchase tickets by calling 020 7845 9300 from Monday 15 October 2012. P u b li c b o o k i n g Public booking opens for all Spring/Summer 2013 productions from Monday 12 November 2012. G ro u p s Call 020 7845 9300 or email: groupsales@eno.org

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The Perfect American Death in Venice Weekday weekend ALL ALL (Mon – Thu) (Fri – Sun) PERFORMANCES PERFORMANCES

Stalls

£95

£99

£75

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Prices from £83*

£99

£60

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£95

£99

£75

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£95

£99

£55

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Stage Box

£56

£63

£35

£63

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£95

£99

£75

£99

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£83

£86

£55

£86

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£77

£45

£77

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£89

£94

£58

£94

Upper Circle

£62

£66

£40

£66

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£50

£55

£35

£55

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£40

£30

£40

Upper Circle Box

£56

£63

£38

£63

Balcony

£25

£30

£25

£30

Balcony

£19

£25

£19

£25

Day Seats

£12

£16

£12

£16

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W eek day Ea r ly B i r d Pr i c i n g This season, seats in the Side Stalls, back of the Dress Circle and back of the Upper Circle will be subject to our Weekday Early Bird Pricing scheme. The price of these seats may increase as the opening night of the production gets close. This will ONLY apply to weekday pricing and therefore not affect tickets for the Fri-Sun performances – therefore, early booking in these areas is recommended.

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Booking information applies to ENO productions only: policy for visiting companies may vary. Designed by: ENO Design Printed by: Tower Printing

N.B. You cannot see the surtitles from row H backwards in the Dress Circle and row K backwards in the Upper Circle

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