1. #ENODrDee

    Starring Damon Albarn

    About the production
    Following the success of Damon Albarn’s Monkey: Journey to the West, ENO presents the London premiere of Albarn’s visionary new opera Dr Dee.

    Although largely unknown today, Doctor Dee was the quintessential Renaissance Man. From astrology to alchemy and physics to philosophy, his thirst for knowledge was insatiable and, as a key advisor to Elizabeth I, he is credited with providing much of the intelligence which shaped ‘the British Empire’ established under her rule. Dee also dabbled in the occult and, ultimately, this fascination destroyed him. Conned by a deranged medium, Dee’s career ended in disgrace and sexual scandal and he died discredited and penniless.

    This fascinating figure is bought to life by the extraordinary talents of composer and musician Damon Albarn, and director Rufus Norris. Albarn’s music is an ingenious mix of pop vocals, much of which he will perform live on-stage, with contemporary orchestral music played on 16th-century period instruments. Rufus Norris’s staging presents five centuries of English history and the three realms of earth, heaven and hell, with the virtuosic flare which has secured him a raft of awards and five-star reviews from London to Broadway.

    Reviews of Dr Dee’s 2011 staging at the Manchester International Festival:

    ‘Fresh, original and heartfelt... I was entranced’
    The Daily Telegraph

    ‘A thoroughly beguiling spectacle… deserves a gold medal for sheer imagination and invention’
    The Observer

    ‘A breathtaking spectacle... rich in invention, imagery and imagination’
    The Stage

    Performances
    June 25, 26, 28, 29 & July 4, 6, 7 at 7.30pm , July 7 at 2.30pm
    8 performances. Running time: 2hrs.
    Pre-performance talk: Thur June 28, 5.30-6.15pm, £5

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  2. #ENODee

    Starring Damon Albarn

    About the production

    Following the success of Damon Albarn’s Monkey: Journey to the West, ENO presents the London premiere of Albarn’s visionary new opera Dr Dee.

    Although largely unknown today, Doctor Dee was the quintessential Renaissance Man. From astrology to alchemy and physics to philosophy, his thirst for knowledge was insatiable and, as a key advisor to Elizabeth I, he is credited with providing much of the intelligence which shaped ‘the British Empire’ established under her rule. Dee also dabbled in the occult and, ultimately, this fascination destroyed him. Conned by a deranged medium, Dee’s career ended in disgrace and sexual scandal and he died discredited and penniless.

    This fascinating figure is bought to life by the extraordinary talents of composer and musician Damon Albarn, and director Rufus Norris. Albarn’s music is an ingenious mix of pop vocals, much of which he will perform live on-stage, with contemporary orchestral music played on 16th-century period instruments. Rufus Norris’s staging presents five centuries of English history and the three realms of earth, heaven and hell, with the virtuosic flare which has secured him a raft of awards and five-star reviews from London to Broadway.

    Reviews of Dr Dee’s 2011 staging at the Manchester International Festival:

    ‘Fresh, original and heartfelt... I was entranced’
    The Daily Telegraph

    ‘A thoroughly beguiling spectacle… deserves a gold medal for sheer imagination and invention’
    The Observer

    ‘A breathtaking spectacle... rich in invention, imagery and imagination’
    The Stage

    Performances
    June 25, 26, 28, 29 & July 4, 6, 7 at 7.30pm , July 7 at 2.30pm
    8 performances. Running time: 2hrs.
    Pre-performance talk: Thur June 28, 5.30-6.15pm, £5

    Visit eno.org for more info.

    Album
    “Dr Dee”, a new studio album by Damon Albarn, set for release by Parlophone Records on 7th May 2012. Dr Dee is 18 tracks of songs combining Albarn's voice with early English choral and instrumentation alongside modern, West African and Renaissance sounds. Dr Dee was recorded late last year in Albarn’s West London studio and also in Salford with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. The album was mixed by Valgeir Sigursson in Reykjavik. Dr Dee will be available on CD, vinyl and as a digital download. For more info visit: widgets.platform.emi.com/landing/c02742dc31874568b24864530c053359.html

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  3. #ENODon

    This riveting romp follows the last twenty-four hours in the life of the legendary Lothario as he lusts his way towards one last hot date with the fires of hell. Mozart’s most wickedly seductive opera returns in this ‘brutal but brilliant’ (The Sunday Telegraph) production by multi-award-winning director Rufus Norris, whose dazzling ENO staging of Damon Albarn’s Dr Dee is a major highlight of the London 2012 Festival.

    Edward Gardner, ENO’s Olivier Award-winning Music Director, conducts a cast featuring many of the outstanding singers from its initial 2010 run. This first revival boasts star bass-baritone Iain Paterson (recently acclaimed as both Wagner’s Amfortas and Mozart’s Figaro) as the hell-bent womaniser, with Katherine Broderick and Ben Johnson (both former Kathleen Ferrier Award-winners) as the defiled Donna Anna and her uptight fiancé Don Ottavio. Rebecca Evans and Sarah Redgwick share the role of the abandoned Donna Elvira, Darren Jeffery’s Leporello, the compulsive cataloguer of Giovanni’s sexual conquests, along with Sarah Tynan as Zerlina and Matthew Best as heaven’s ghostly avenger, the Commendatore.

    Performances
    Oct 17*, 25*, 27 & Nov 6, 10, 15 at 7pm , Oct 20, Nov 3, 10 at 6pm
    9 performances. Running time: 3hrs 5mins
    Signed-performance, Tue Nov 6

    Pre-performance talk, Sat Oct 20, 4.15 – 5pm, £5/£2.50 concs

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  4. #ENOCaesar

    The die is cast once Pompey’s corpse sprawls headless in the sand and Julius Caesar straddles the earth like a colossus, the unrivalled ruler of the Roman world. Will he really risk losing all for love of Cleopatra, the seductive Egyptian queen?

    The triumphant climax of the composer’s Royal Academy years, and arguably the grandest, most sumptuously tuneful opera seria of them all, Handel’s Julius Caesar returns to ENO’s repertoire for the first time since its legendary 1979 staging first established the company’s reputation as London’s reigning ‘House of Handel’.

    Featuring Lawrence Zazzo, ‘the king of countertenors’ (Financial Times), as Caesar and Anna Christy – 2010’s ‘mesmerising’ (The Times) Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor – as Cleopatra, this new production is conducted by Baroque expert Christian Curnyn, whose previous ENO credits include 2011’s Castor and Pollux. Directing is the innovative Michael Keegan-Dolan, who returns to ENO with his own Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre following their sensational 2009 Olivier Award-nominated staging of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.

    Performances
    Oct 1*, 4, 12, 16*, 19, 24, 26, 31 & Nov 2 at 7pm
    9 performances. Running time: 3hr 40mins

    Signed-performance, Fri Oct 26

    Pre-performance talk, Thu Oct 4, 5 – 5.45pm, £5/£2.50 concs

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  5. #ENODon

    This riveting romp follows the last twenty-four hours in the life of the legendary Lothario as he lusts his way towards one last hot date with the fires of hell. Mozart’s most wickedly seductive opera returns in this ‘brutal but brilliant’ (The Sunday Telegraph) production by multi-award-winning director Rufus Norris, whose dazzling ENO staging of Damon Albarn’s Dr Dee is a major highlight of the London 2012 Festival.

    Edward Gardner, ENO’s Olivier Award-winning Music Director, conducts a cast featuring many of the outstanding singers from its initial 2010 run. This first revival boasts star bass-baritone Iain Paterson (recently acclaimed as both Wagner’s Amfortas and Mozart’s Figaro) as the hell-bent womaniser, with Katherine Broderick and Ben Johnson (both former Kathleen Ferrier Award-winners) as the defiled Donna Anna and her uptight fiancé Don Ottavio. Rebecca Evans and Sarah Redgwick share the role of the abandoned Donna Elvira, Darren Jeffery’s Leporello, the compulsive cataloguer of Giovanni’s sexual conquests, along with Sarah Tynan as Zerlina and Matthew Best as heaven’s ghostly avenger, the Commendatore.

    Book at: eno.org

    Performances
    Oct 17*, 25*, 27 & Nov 6, 10, 15 at 7pm | Oct 20, Nov 3, 10 at 6pm
    9 performances. Running time: 3hrs 5mins
    Signed-performance, Tue Nov 6

    Pre-performance talk, Sat Oct 20, 4.15 – 5pm, £5/£2.50 concs

    London Coliseum tour on performance day, Sat Oct 20, Nov 3, 10; tours start at 11.30am,
    £10 per person

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