A FLORENTINE TRAGEDY 

By Alexander Zemlinsky
Libretto by Oscar Wilde

The opera explores the erotic triangle of a woman, her husband and her lover. In this psychological thriller, their explosive encounter soon becomes a cat-and-mouse game. When the tension erupts into violence, there can only be one winner. Oscar Wilde’s poetic text is brought to life by Zemlinsky’s sublime music, which captures the atmosphere perfectly and paints a picture of love, passion, murder and betrayal.
 
Austrian composer Alexander Zemlinsky (1871-1942) and librettist Max Meyerfeld based the libretto of his one-act opera on Oscar Wilde's play fragment A Florentine Tragedy. This new production of Alexander Zemlinsky's masterpiece is sung in English and accompanied by piano. 

Stage director: Pamela Schermann
Musical director: Andrew Charity 
Set and costume designer: Yole Lambrecht
​Lighting designer: Petr Vocka 

Cast: 
Nick Dwyer, baritone / Becca Marriott, soprano​ / Lawrence Thackeray, tenor​​
(c) Samuel Lawrence
Part of Time Zone Theatre's 'Fin de Siècle' project - a series of works composed around 1900 in new, contemporary stagings. 

Following Time Zone Theatre's successful re-imagining of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's opera Mozart & Salieri, which was performed at the Arcola Theatre in London and other venues last year and is currently on tour, company director Pamela Schermannn and musical director Andrew Charity team up again to present their interpretation of Alexander Zemlinsky's A Florentine Tragedy this summer at the first OPERA IN THE CITY FESTIVAL at Bridewell Theatre. 

On 1st, 3rd and 4th August, Time Zone Theatre will perform a double-bill of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's MOZART & SALIERI and Pietro Mascagni's ZANETTO. More information here.  

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

The project 'Fin de Siècle' is generously supported by Golsoncott Foundation and the Austrian Cultural Forum.    

EINE FLORENTINISCHE TRAGÖDIE/A FLORENTINE TRAGEDY
opera in one act by Alexander Zemlinsky
Libretto by Max Meyerfeld after the play by Oscar Wilde
by arrangement with Universal Edition A.G. Wien
7th, 9th and 10th August 2017 at 7.30pm

Running time: 1h
Bridewell Theatre
14 Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8EQ

Nearest tube station: Blackfrias, St Pauls
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Tickets: £15 (plus booking fee)

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     Monday, 7th August, 7.30pm
  Wednesday, 9th August, 7.30pm
  Thursday, 10th August, 7.30pm
Lawrence Thackeray (Guido)
Mancunian tenor Lawrence Thackeray graduated from the Opera Course at The Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2015 before continuing his training at the college for a further year on the Artist Diploma program. Lawrence originally trained in acting at The University of Salford before studying Musical Theatre for a year at The Royal Academy of Music. He then made the change to Opera in 2010 and studied classical singing at The D.I.T Conservatory of Music in Dublin before moving to London in 2013.

Lawrence’s Operatic career has so far seen him perform the roles of Rodolfo in La Boheme, Alfredo in La Traviata, Tamino in The Magic Flute, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw, Ruggero in La Rondine, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Gonsalve in L’heure Espagnole, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus and Don Basillio in Le Nozze di Figaro, amongst others. Companies worked for include Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Wexford Festival Opera, Garsington Opera, Pavillion Opera, Opera Ireland, Bergen National Opera Norway, Opera Theatre Company, Lyric Opera Productions, Clonter Opera and The Merry Opera Company. Soloist performances on the Oratorio stage have included Haydn’s Die Schöpfung, Britten’s Saint Nicholas, Verdi’s Messa da Requiem, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Handel’s The Messiah, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Gounod’s St. Cecilia Masse, Handel’s Dixit Dominus, Haydn’s Stabat Mater and Haydn’s Theresienmesse. Concert performances have seen Lawrence perform as a soloist at The Barbican Hall, LSO St Luke’s, The National Concert Hall in Dublin, Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo, St James’ Piccadilly, Colston Hall in Bristol, The Savoy Hotel, The Ritz and aboard Swan Hellenic’s Minerva.

This is Lawrence’s final role of a busy summer season which also saw him play Alfredo in Pavillion Opera’s touring production of La Traviata. Autumn engagements include singing the Tenor solo in Marbhna: A Requiem for 1916 in Toronto, Canada before taking on the role of Husband after getting married in October!

Becca Marriott (Bianca)
Becca Marriott read English Literature at the University of Oxford. After pursuing a career in comedy and acting Becca won a place at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, graduating in 2014. There she held the Morag Noble Scholarship, and was awarded the Roy Pleasance Prize. She also participated in coveted mentor schemes with the ENO and international artist, Matthew Rose. Becca gives frequent lectures and recitals for Opera Prelude, and recently won a study grant from them to work with Della Jones.

Roles include: Cio cio san and Mimi in The King's Head's recent productions of Madam Butterfly and La Bohème; Tosca in OperaUpClose’s 2013 Off West End production; Nitocris in Handel’s Belshazzar for Trinity Opera under Nicholas Kraemer; Donna Elvira for Moonlittle Theatre; and the title role in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut for Brent Opera. In 2016 Becca joined Grange Park Opera for her second summer season, playing the role of Old Sally in their production of Oliver!  She will be returning to the company in their new Surrey theatre this year, singing Ortlinde in Die Walküre.
 
Becca also enjoys performing contemporary opera and created the roles of Gala Dali in Ergo Phizmiz’s 2013 commission for Tête a Tête, Gala!, as well as Matilda and Werburh in Toby Young and Louis Mander’s Cantata Eliensis at Ely Cathedral; and The Maid in Louis Mander and Jack Cherry’s, Oh Whistle and I’ll Come to you my Lad.

Nick Dwyer (Simone)
Nick has performed with Garsington Opera, Grange Park Opera, Buxton Festival Opera, Clonter Opera and British Youth Opera amongst others, with roles including Marcello in La Bohème (OperaUpClose at Soho Theatre and other venues, as well as Heritage Opera), Don Alfonso in Cosi Fan Tutte, (Clonter Opera), Sid in Albert Herring (Hampstead Garden Opera), Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin (Grange Park Opera), Yamadori in Madama Butterfly (Bury Court Opera), Schaunard in La Bohème (Opera Loki), Guglielmo in Cosi Fan Tutte (Cooper Hall Young Artists), Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, and Escamillo in Carmen (OperaupClose), Javert in Les Miserables (Pimlico Opera Prisons Project). Cover roles include Eugene Onegin (Grange Park Opera), Angelotti (Tosca, Grange Park Opera), Geronimo (The Secret Marriage, British Youth Opera), and Adolf (The Jacobin, Buxton Festival Opera).

For Time Zone Theatre, he sang Salieri in Mozart & Salieri (Arcola Theatre Grimeborn Festival and touring). 
   
Pamela Schermann (stage director)
Pamela trained as a director at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, London, and obtained an MA in Theatre at University of Vienna/Austria. She is the artistic director of London-based theatre company Time Zone Theatre Ltd. 

Directing credits include: Mozart & Salieri (Arcola Theatre 2016, England/Denmark Tour 2017), Threads (Hope Theatre, 2017) Othello (Rose Playhouse, Bankside, Waterloo East Theatre, National tour 2015-2016 and New York City), Veils (The Theatre Room, City), Rendezvous at Midnight (Rose Playhouse, 2015), Iphigenia in Tauris (Rose Playhouse, Bankside 2015), Shoot, I didn’t mean that (Tristan Bates Theatre), The Last Days of Mankind (Tristan Bates Theatre),  Orpheus and Eurydice (Rose Playhouse, Bankside), The Taming of the Shrew (Rose Playhouse, Bankside), Ernest (Etcetera Theatre), Abe & Hans (Theatre503), Salome (ZOO Southside, Edinburgh & Etcetera Theatre), Werther's Sorrows (ZOO Southside, Edinburgh), The Last Day (Waterloo East Theatre), Dorian Gray (Cockpit Theatre), Debris (Karamel Club), Mozart & Salieri (Opera by Rimsky-Korsakov, Vienna), La Traviata (Opera by Verdi, Kirchstetten/Austria, 2009).

Short plays and New Writing Events include work at Theatre503, the Arcola, Southwark Playhouse and Arts Theatre West End. Her work has been supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum London, the Austrian Cultural Ministry and Arts Council England.

Andrew Charity (musical director)
Andrew Charity  studied at the Royal College of Music and the London Opera Centre, winning prizes for conducting. He is a freelance conductor and singing teacher/coach, with strong links to two of the London Drama Schools, he is resident conductor of madrigal singing at RADA. Besides conducting a large opera and choral repertoire – the latter until 2013 with the Barnes Choir -  he was the Musical Director for the award-winning OperaUpClose production of La Boheme for Woodhouse Opera, and for Nonsuch History and Dance. He was Musical Director for New London Opera Players/ Secret Opera (2011-2015) and for The Wedding Collective/Opera Machine (Finding Butterfly, The Consul) and others.

Recent work includes: Finding Butterfly (Limehouse/Soho); Le nozze di Figaro, Opera Gala, La Boheme, Don Giovanni (Woodhouse opera); La Boheme, Orfeo ed Euridice, Suor Angelica, Die Walküre, La Traviata, The Trousered Traviata, Carmen, carMen, The Magic Flute, Elektra, Tosca, Fidelio (all New London Opera Players/Secret Opera); The Secret Consul (Limehouse/Soho), Orfee et Euridice (Time Zone Theatre at Rose Playhouse, Bankside), The Mikado (Wimbledon Light Opera), The Turn of the Screw (Moon-Little Productions), The Magic Flute (Mantissa Opera); La Boheme (OperaUpClose, Cock Tavern Kilburn, Soho Theatre, King's Head Theatre and tour - winner of an OLIVIER award for Best New Opera Production and a WHAT'S ON STAGE award for Best Off West End Production); The Shoreditch Consul (Shoreditch Festival); Trouble in Tahiti, Candide (ArtsEd); Scenes and Philip Langridge Memorial Gala for Co-opera Co.; Phedre, Pierrot Lunaire  (Arcola).