1. Music Director Edward Gardner looks forward to this September's production of Martinu's 'Julietta'.

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    About the production:

    #ENOJulietta

    Michel arrives in a small town, intent on finding the unknown girl he once heard singing at an open window. But is he the only sane man in a world where everyone else has lost their memory, or a madman trapped in a recurring dream from which there is no escape?

    Based on a 1930s French surrealist play set in a poetical no-man’s-land poised between dreams and reality, Julietta is the operatic masterpiece of Martinu, the finest Czech composer in the generation following Janácek. ENO’s new production of this poignant work is directed by Richard Jones, whose inspired staging of The Tales of Hoffmann – ‘a potent cocktail of image and reality, illusions and fantasies’ (Evening Standard) – was one of last season’s five-star hits. Edward Gardner, ENO’s award-winning Music Director, conducts a large cast led by tenor Peter Hoare, star of A Dog’s Heart and The Damnation of Faust, and ENO Harewood Artist Julia Sporsén as Julietta, the girl of his dreams.
    Performances

    Sep 17*, 22, 27* & Oct 2*, 3* at 7.30pm | Sep 29 at 6.30pm
    6 performances. Running time: 3hrs

    Pre-performance talk, Sat Sep 22, 5 – 5.45pm, £5/£2.50 concs
    Signed-performance, Tue Oct 2

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  2. Only 6 performances at ENO

    The Story...
    When his adored sister’s death awakes him to a realisation of life’s essential absurdity, the Roman emperor Caligula embarks upon an orgy of sexual depravity and sadistic cruelty in an apparently insane attempt to free himself from the shackles of mortality and morality.

    Based upon Albert Camus’s existentialist response to the rise of Hitler and Stalin, but as topical as ever in the era of Saddam Hussein and Colonel Gaddafi, Detlev Glanert’s 2006 opera – ‘perhaps the finest German opera of the 21st century’ (Tempo) – offers a disturbing insight into the self-destructive logic driving a decadent and dangerous dictatorship.

    Audacious young Australian director Benedict Andrews highlights the timeliness of the opera’s themes by setting his UK premiere production in a football stadium, the kind of vast public arena within which dictators habitually play out their political games.
    Performances

    May 25, 29, 31 & June 7, 9, 14 at 7.30pm
    6 performances. Running time: 2hrs 30mins
    Pre-performance talk: Tue May 29, 5.30-6.15pm, £5 / £2.50 concs

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  3. Kirsten O'Brien takes a look behind the scenes at the rehearsals of David Alden's new production of Britten's Billy Budd.

    About the production

    ENO continues to refresh its Britten repertoire with this new production by the team behind ENO's award-winning Peter Grimes.

    A metaphysical battle between good and evil fought out aboard a British man-o'-war, Britten's richly orchestrated all-male opera was originally commissioned for the 1951 Festival of Britain and is considered to be one of the composer's finest works.

    Starring Benedict Nelson (a 'standout' Demetrius in 2011's A Midsummer Night's Dream) as Billy, Matthew Rose as Claggart, the malevolent master-at-arms, and Toby Spence (2010's 'world class' Faust) as Vere, the morally conflicted captain, this new staging reunites the award-winning director-conductor partnership of David Alden and Edward Gardner from 2009's Peter Grimes.

    Performances
    June 18, 23, 27, & July 3, 5 at 7pm | June 30 at 6pm | July 8 at 3pm
    7 performances. Running time: 2hrs 55mins

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  4. Benedict Nelson, playing the title role in Billy Budd, gives Kirsten O'Brien a taste of the opera's music during the second week of rehearsals when he sings the aria 'Billy in the Darbies' accompanied by piano.

    About the production
    ENO continues to refresh its Britten repertoire with this new production by the team behind ENO’s award-winning Peter Grimes.

    A metaphysical battle between good and evil fought out aboard a British man-o'-war, Britten’s richly orchestrated all-male opera was originally commissioned for the 1951 Festival of Britain and is considered to be one of the composer’s finest works.

    Starring Benedict Nelson (a ‘standout’ Demetrius in 2011’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream) as Billy, Matthew Rose as Claggart, the malevolent master-at-arms, and Kim Begley as Vere, the morally conflicted captain, this new staging reunites the award-winning director-conductor partnership of David Alden and Edward Gardner from 2009’s Peter Grimes.

    Performances
    June 18, 23, 27, & July 3, 5 at 7pm | June 30 at 6pm | July 8 at 3pm
    7 performances. Running time: 2hrs 55mins

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  5. #ENOBudd

    ENO continues to refresh its Britten repertoire with this new production by the team behind ENO’s award-winning Peter Grimes.

    A metaphysical battle between good and evil fought out aboard a British man-o'-war, Britten’s richly orchestrated all-male opera was originally commissioned for the 1951 Festival of Britain and is considered to be one of the composer’s finest works.

    Starring Benedict Nelson (a ‘standout’ Demetrius in 2011’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream) as Billy, Matthew Rose as Claggart, the malevolent master-at-arms, and Kim Begley as Vere, the morally conflicted captain, this new staging reunites the award-winning director-conductor partnership of David Alden and Edward Gardner from 2009’s Peter Grimes.

    Performances
    June 18, 23, 27, & July 3, 5 at 7pm | June 30 at 6pm | July 8 at 3pm
    7 performances. Running time: 2hrs 55mins

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