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
ENO presents a stylish new production of Charpentier’s Medea - this first-ever UK staging follows the Company’s continued exploration of French Baroque masterpieces.
Acclaimed opera director David McVicar and star mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly reunite following the overwhelming success of their previous collaborations for ENO in Der Rosenkavalier and Agrippina. They bring the full force of their combined talents to explosively retell this most chilling Greek tragedy. Connolly sings the title role of the banished, betrayed and besieged sorceress who exacts terrible vengeance upon her faithless lover and all those he holds dear.
Joining them is Baroque opera specialist Christian Curnyn, whose celebrated conducting of Castor and Pollux last year, was hailed as ‘revelatory’ (Daily Telegraph) and ‘ravishingly done’ (The Guardian). Completing the stellar line up are American tenor Jeffrey Francis as Medea’s doomed husband Jason along with young British soprano Katherine Manley as Creuse, and Roderick Williams and Brindley Sherratt as Orontes and Creon.
15 Feb - 16 Mar
English National Opera's new production of Verdi’s masterpiece by acclaimed theatre director Peter Konwitschny gets to the very heart of the opera’s themes of passionate love and tragic death with a modern and uncluttered staging, and a running time of under two hours.
Starring exciting young American soprano Corinne Winters in her European debut, rising young British lyric tenor Ben Johnson and internationally acclaimed baritone Anthony Michaels-Moore.
Music excerpts are kindly provided by Chandos and do not feature ENO's cast.
Acclaimed opera director David McVicar and star mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly reunite following the overwhelming success of their previous collaborations for ENO in Der Rosenkavalier and Agrippina.
Audiences and critics have been astounded by this ‘stylish production’ (Daily Telegraph) with most papers giving it 4 or 5 star reviews
'David McVicar’s production of Charpentier’s Médée... is the most brilliant show to have graced the Coliseum in years.' - The Independent
'Sarah Connolly and David McVicar lead a triumphant return to French baroque for ENO.' - theartsdesk.com
'Connolly, at the peak of her powers.' - The Guardian
'The towering central performance of Sarah Connolly. Singing with coruscating power, acting with white-hot intensity.' - The Times
'There is accomplished singing from Brindley Sherratt (Creon), Roderick Williams (Orontes), Katherine Manley (Creusa) and Rhian Lois (Nerina).' - Daily Telegraph
'An exceptionally strong cast of singer-actors, and by a top-notch period ensemble under Christian Curnyn’s direction.' - The Independent
'Fervently conducted by Christian Curnyn, sung and played with passion and style.' - The Times
ENO's spectacular production of Philip Glass's new opera, directed by Phelim McDermott and in collaboration with Improbable.