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Presented by English Touring Opera
Sung In English
Part of Harrogate Theatre's Festival of Baroque Opera
"Hannah Pedley brings plenty of vocal and physical charisma to the
sorceress Medea, while Catrine Kirkman manages to suggest both
Isiphile’s vulnerability and her clinging
quality." The Stage
Audiences in Venice loved to laugh at the vices of gods and heroes, as
their prolific master, Cavalli, understood. Jason was his most popular
opera, and the runaway success of the century.
The hero of the
Golden Fleece has useful amnesia; he has forgotten his sighing wife and
struck up a relationship with beautiful, mysterious Medea. Jason is the
Valentino of his day, with tunes so sensuous that ladies fainted and men
craned for better look.
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
is directed by Ted Huffman (The Lighthouse) and stars Hannah Pedley as Medea
and Clint Van Der Linde as Jason.
See some of the production images here:
Photo credit: Richard Hubert Smith
Did you know?
Jason was the runaway hit opera of the 17th
century, presumably because audiences in Venice loved to laugh at mythic
figures they all recognised. People of all backgrounds went to Venice’s
opera houses to see it, creating an atmosphere akin to that found in
England at Shakespeare’s Globe.
It’s perfect for you if…
music aficionados will love Cavalli's vibrant, melodic score, full of
gentle love duets and lively dances, and a perfect example of Venetian
baroque at its best.
In contrast, you'll find Jason's bawdy
humour and slapstick gags aren't a million miles away from the
suggestive comedy of the Carry On... films.
Finally, for fans of
glamorous costumes, designer Samal Blak has taken inspiration from
various historical periods to create stylish clothing for the singers to
Watch the trailer here:
Listen to some of the music from the Baroque Opera Festival:
Sung in English
Performed with a live period orchestra
Running time: approx. 2 hours 15 minutes (incl. interval)
Watch some of the cast in rehearsals and English Touring Opera's General Director James Conway talk about the season below:
Watch a clip of English Touring Opera's General Director James Conway introduce the Opera below:
At 6.30pm in the Harrogate Theatre Circle Bar a member of the
artistic team will be talking about this opera to allow you a unique
insight into this production.
Covering topics such as the historical context, life of the
composer and how the show made it from the page to the stage this is
your chance to hear more about the show.
This event is free to ticket holders for the evening performance.
No need to book – just turn up.
Running time: 30 minutes
View the full Harrogate Theatres September 2013 – March 2014 Season Brochure below
Show Dates and Times
Book Tickets online now or ring our box office on 01423 502 116
|31 October 2013
Boxes (seat 4) £72 *
Buy 2 shows **
Buy 3 shows **
* Boxes may offer restricted view.
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Baroque Opera From Venice
Join us for glorious music, timeless
stories and a live experience to stir your passions.
In 17th century Venice, residents and
tourists alike celebrated for months during Carnival season. At its heart was
opera, a thrilling spectacle enjoyed by people from all walks of life.
This Autumn, English Touring Opera
Venice to you with a season of three operas written to be performed during
Thur 31 Oct
in Venice loved to laugh at gods and heroes and, as a result, Jason
was the runaway success of
the 17th century.
The hero of the Golden Fleece forgets his wife,
shirks his responsibilities and strikes up a relationship with a beautiful,
mysterious queen. With sensuous tunes and bawdy comedy, Jason
the true spirit of Venetian opera.
Fri 1 Nov
The Coronation Of Poppea
power, morality, corruption... Monteverdi’s masterpiece depicts the ruthless
Roman Emperor Nero and his fiery affair with beautiful Poppea.
and ambition triumph – very seductively – over virtue and reason.
features the same real-life characters as The Coronation of
, but is more of a comedy, with Nero’s mother scheming to get her son
on the Roman throne.
Translated in the style of a Restoration comedy,
this one’s for you if you’ve enjoyed The Way of the World
Stoops to Conquer
Sun 3 Nov
Vivaldi: Music For A Venetian Orphanage
ETO soloists and baroque orchestra the Old
Street Band combine with Harrogate Vocalis in the atmospheric concert.
Harrogate Theatre Main House
Harrogate Theatre Main House
Company : English Touring Opera