Australian premier season of English National Opera’s “Eno Screen” 2015 Season

April 21st, 2015

* Australian Season English National Opera’s “Eno Screen” 2015 Season

  • April – September 2015
  • Monty Python legen Terry Gilliam’s Benvenuto Cellini (April 18 & 19)
  • Peter Konwitschny’s La Traviata (May 16 & 17)
  • Mike Leigh’s The Pirates of Penzance (July 11 & 12)
  • Calixto Bieito’s Carmen (Aug 15 & 16)
  • Peter Grimes (Sept 19 & 20)


Benvenuto Cellini
The UK’s leading producer of world-class opera, the English National Opera (ENO) will present a season of magical performances in the Australian premiere season of ENO Screen – a unique cinematic experience that will screen in Australian capital and regional cities throughout 2015.
Performed in English by the stars of the English National Opera and filmed live at the London Coliseum theatre in stunning multi-camera HD, ENO Screen will bring the distinctive majesty of the English National Opera to Australian cinema screens for the very first time.
The 2015 season opens with Monty Python legend Terry Gilliam unleashing his inexhaustible imagination on the rarely performed dazzling opera Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini. Praised by The Guardian as ‘one of the 10 best classical music events of 2014’, the critically acclaimed production was described as ‘a triumph – exuberantly colourful and inventive. ’ (Daily Telegraph); ‘A stunning night out’ (Mail on Sunday) and ‘The operatic romp of the year’ (The Times).
Following on from his award-winning production of The Damnation of Faust, Gilliam, alongside ENO Music Director Edward Gardner, takes on Berlioz’s first completed opera, based on the autobiography of the celebrated 16th Century goldsmith and sculptor Benvenuto Cellini. With stunning visual and musicals set pieces such as the Mardi Gras carnival, it tells the story of thwarted love, elopement, intrigue, disguise and mistaken identity. The opera features some of Berlioz’s most vibrant and tender music.
A stellar cast has been assembled for this new production, led by rising tenor Michael Spyres in the title role, with the stunning soprano Corinne Winters as Cellini’s lover, Teresa. ENO favourite Willard White returns to the company to add Pope Clement VII to his already extensive list of roles.
Since its foundation in 1931 English National Opera has built an international reputation for producing ground-breaking stagings of new and core repertoire and for its exceptionally high musical standards. ENO’s unique approach of performing classic and contemporary operas in English (with English subtitles) has made opera accessible and enjoyable for audiences of all ages.The Australian premiere program ofENO Screen also features the celebrated production from Peter Konwitschny of Verdi’s tragic masterpiece La TraviataGilbert and Sullivan’s much-loved comic opera The Pirates of Penzance directed by renowned filmmaker Mike Leigh; radical Spanish theatre director Calixto Bieito’s acclaimed production of Bizet’s vibrant and passionate classic Carmen; and the most significant British opera in more than 200 years, Benjamin Britten’s devastating tragedy Peter Grimes.
The ENO Screen broadcasts are filmed under the direction of double MTV award-winning director and Grammy award nominee Andy Morahan, who has worked with notable artists including Michael Jackson and George Michael.

National release dates 

La Traviata – May 16 & 17
The Pirates of Penzance – July 11 & 12
Carmen – August 15 & 16
Peter Grimes – September 19 & 20Click here for program information and venues 
LA TRAVIATA | Release date: May 16 & 17
1hr 50mins (No interval)
A totally convincing piece of music theatre’ The Guardian

La Traviata tells the moving 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, Verdi’s masterpiece combines compelling characters with hugely powerful, moving and instantly recognisable melodies, making it one of the most emotionally engaging and popular operas of all time.Peter Konwitschny’s celebrated production of La Traviata returns to ENO, cutting 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 less than two hours. Making her UK debut as Violetta is soprano Elizabeth Zharoff, who stars alongside ENO Harewood Artist Ben Johnson as Alfredo and acclaimed baritone Anthony Michaels-Moore as Alfredo’s father, Giorgio Germont.THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE | Release date: July 11 & 12
2hrs 20mins (Includes 20min interval)
Sentimental pirates, blundering policeman, absurd adventures and improbable paradoxes – Gilbert and Sullivan’s dazzling The Pirates of Penzance comes to ENO in a highly anticipated new production from renowned film maker and director Mike Leigh.This much-loved comic opera is a showcase of brilliant humour and razor-sharp wit and features a sparkling score chock-full of memorable melodies and catchy tunes. With stylish designs from Alison Chitty, this vibrant production is conducted by David Parry. The superb cast includes the ever-versatile Andrew Shore as the very model of a modern Major-General, Jonathan Lemalu as the affectionate parody of the British bobby, Robert Murray as the innocent pirate-apprentice Frederic, and Rebecca de Pont Davies as the older woman who has designs on him.CARMEN | Release date: August 15 & 16
2hrs 45mins (Includes 20min interval)
A passionate tale of lust, seduction and betrayal, no other opera boasts as popular a following as Bizet’s Carmen. Set during the dying days of Franco’s Spain, Calixto Bieito’s acclaimed production of this must-see opera has been enjoyed by audiences across Europe.Bizet’s dazzling score evokes all the sounds and sizzling atmosphere of Spain through some of the opera’s most famous melodies, from Carmen’s seductive Habanera to the Toreadors stirring parade. Sensational mezzo-soprano Justina Gringyte leads the cast, alongside the internationally acclaimed tenor Eric Cutler as José, ENO Harewood Artist Eleanor Dennis as Micaëla and Leigh Melrose as the toreador Escamillo. Returning to the Coliseum to conduct this stunning production is Sir Richard Armstrong.PETER GRIMES | Release date: September 19 & 20
2hrs 41mins (Includes 20min interval)
The bleak, enclosed world of a fishing village provides the backdrop for the story of fisherman Peter Grimes and his uneasy relationship with the other inhabitants. Following the death of Grimes’s apprentice, the community presumes Grimes to be guilty. Although he is cleared of any blame, the villagers no longer trust him, and when his new apprentice accidentally falls to his death, Grimes spirals towards a tragic breakdown.The most significant British opera in over two centuries, Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes is a work of visceral and sustained beauty, and is notable for the orchestral interludes that depict the sea in different moods. This is the first revival of David Alden’s 2009 five-star sell-out production. ENO Music Director Edward Gardner again conducts the electrifying score, with Stuart Skelton heading an outstanding cast in his return to the title role.
La Traviata

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