ORPHEUS AND EURYDICE

By Christoph Willibald Gluck
Presented by Time Zone Theatre

Gluck’s opera is based on the Greek myth of Orpheus, who - unable to accept the death of his beloved wife Eurydice - descends into the Underworld to bring her back. Moved by his pleas, the Spirits grant him permission, but there is one condition: while leading her out of Hades, he must not turn around and face her. The timeless love story will be presented as a modern fairy-tale in a new, English translation and with a musical arrangement for piano, violin, flute and harp by musical director Andrew Charity.
      
Stage director: Pamela Schermann
Musical director: Andrew Charity
Set and costume design: Cindy Lin
Lighting design: Petr Vocka

Cast: Caroline Kennedy (Eurydice), Lawrence Olsworth-Peter (Orpheus), Lizzie Holmes (Amor). Musicians: Nina Kopparhed (violin), Lianna Jefferey (flute), Zita Silva (harp).
Reviews from Time Zone Theatre's production of Orpheus and Eurydice in 2014 at the Rose Playhouse:

“One of the most intimate opera experiences you will ever get” **** (Artswrap, 2014)

“An enjoyable production...this is opera for everyone"  **** (Reviewshub, 2014)
   
22nd, 24th, 25th and 28th August 2018 at 7.30pm

Running time: approx 1h50min (incl interval)
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Lawrence Olsworth-Peter (Orpheus)
British Tenor Lawrence Olsworth-Peter trained at the Royal Academy of Music, where he was instructed in masterclasses by Gerald Finley, Colin Lee and the late Philip Langridge. He graduated in 2010, in the same year making his Pesaro Rossini Opera Festival debut as Don Luigino in Il viaggio a Reims under the direction of Alberto Zedda. Recent Operatic highlights include extensive European tours with Diva Opera as Gastone La traviata, Acis Acis & Galatea at the Gohliser Schlösschen (Leipzig), UK tours as Almaviva Il barbiere di Siviglia for Garden Opera, Merry Opera and OperaUpClose and Pane in Cavalli’s La Calisto for Opéra national du rhin conducted by Christophe Rousset.

Other notable roles performed include; Achante in Rameau’s Achante et Cephise (modern-era premiere) and Amadis Amadis de Gaule (J.C Bach) both for University College Opera, Nemorino L’Elisir d’amore, Ramiro La Cenerentola and Tamino Die Zauberflöte for OperaUpClose at the Soho Theatre and UK-wide tours.

On the concert platform Lawrence has appeared as a soloist at The Royal Albert Hall and the Cadogan and his live broadcasts include guest appearances for BBC Radio 3 In Tune. Lawrence was a finalist in the 2012 Les Azuriales Young Artist Competition, instructed by Michele Crider and Peter Coleman-Wright.
   

Lizzie Holmes (Amor)
Dorset soprano Lizzie Holmes graduated with Distinction from the Royal College of Music (Masters of Vocal Performance) as a Yvonne Wells Award scholar in 2014. Prior to this she studied English Literature at Warwick University (BAhons), toured nationally with the award winning devised theatre ensemble Curious Directive and was awarded ‘Best Supporting Actor’ at the National Student Drama Festival. She is a Concordia Artist and is grateful to the ongoing support of The Carne Trust.

With her ‘enchanting and creamy soprano’ (Planet Hugill), Lizzie’s roles include Mimi & Musetta in the King’s Head Theatre’s critically acclaimed La Bohème (Trafalgar Studios, West End Season); a 'magnetic performance' (Bachtrack) in the title role The Coronation of Poppea (Grimeborn & Ryedale Festival); lead in Hawes’ A King’s Ransom, premier (Into Opera, Britten Sinfonia); Despina Cosi fan tutte (Devon Opera); Miss Wordsworth (cover) Albert Herring (Inaugural Grange Festival); Susanna The Marriage of Figaro (Bloomsbury Opera); La Bergère L'enfant et les sortilèges (RCMIOS), Gretel Hansel and Gretel and Pamina The Magic Flute (both Opera Warwick, Warwick Arts Centre); Florence in Burnside’s Journeying Boys (Britten Theatre); over 80 performances as Madame Giry in The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre, West End debut); solo performances at St James’ Piccadilly and the V&A. Lizzie founded Debut in 2015, their groundbreaking co-created concert series with the Shoreditch Treehouse (‘intimate, alternative, engaging’ - Planet Hugill) was recently featured in Opera Now.

Future performances: Cunegonde Candide for Bernstein’s 100th (Menick Theatre, Cornwall with Surrey Opera); lead in Shahryar’s A Shoe Full of Stars(Gestalt Arts / Opera Schmopera supported by the International Opera Awards); debut solo recital at St Martin-in-the-Fields with pianist Lucy Colquhoun; concerts with the Bath Recitals and at the Russell-Cotes Museum, Bournemouth; Stephano (cover) Roméo et Juliette (Grange Park Opera).    https://www.lizzieholmes.com/  I  @LizzieHo1mes


Caroline Kennedy (Eurydice)
Caroline was awarded a BA Hons. in French and Drama from The University of Kent after which she graduated from the RSAMD Opera School. She has sung main roles and covered with ENO, Scottish Opera, Mid Wales Opera, Nevill Holt Opera, Grange Park Opera, Opera Holland Park, Buxton Opera and Bampton Classical Opera.

Most notable roles in the last couple of years have been Despina Cosi fan tutte (Kings Head Theatre), Nannetta Falstaff (Wilton’s Music Hall), and Musetta La Boheme (Kings Head Theatre). Recently she sang the role of Tonina in Salieri’s Prima la musica, Frasquita Carmen (Dartmoor Prison Project) and won critical acclaim as Fireball and Alexis in The Tales of Offenbach (Opera della Luna).

She has been involved in a number of projects with Tete a Tete and in April went on tour with “i” (Waste Paper Opera) to Glasgow International 2018 where she played The Queen. Caroline is also involved in a great deal of community opera, from premiering the role of Veronica Miracle (An Opera for Sunderland) to introducing children to opera in schools with English Pocket Opera and singing for people suffering from dementia with Lost Chord.
   

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.

Directing credits include: Raving (Crescent Theatre Birmingham/Royal Birmingham Conservatoire), Lady Windermere’s Fan (Theatrical Niche, UK/ Ireland tour 2017), Zemlinsky’s opera A Florentine Tragedy (Bridewell Theatre, 2017), Mascagni’s opera Zanetto (Bridewell Theatre 2017), Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera Mozart & Salieri (Arcola Theatre, UK/Denmark tour 2017, Finalist for an Off West End-Award ‘Best Opera Production’), Othello (Rose Playhouse, England tour and New York City, 2015 - 2016), Lane’s play Threads (Hope Theatre), the Shakespeare Medley Rendezvous at Midnight (Rose Playhouse, 2015), Goethe’s Iphigenia in Tauris (Rose Playhouse, Bankside 2015), Kraus/Kerridge’s double-bill Shoot, I didn’t mean that / The Last Days of Mankind (Tristan Bates Theatre), Gluck’s opera Orpheus and Eurydice (Rose Playhouse, Bankside), The Taming of the Shrew (Rose Playhouse, Bankside), Ernest (Etcetera Theatre), Knightley’s play 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), La Traviata (Opera by Verdi, Kirchstetten/Austria, 2009).

http://www.pamelaschermann.com
   

Andrew Charity (musical director)
Andrew 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.

He was the Musical Director for the OLIVIER and WHAT'S ON STAGE award-winning OperaUpClose production of La Boheme, among many other works. 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, St.Nicholas (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), The Shoreditch Consul (Shoreditch Festival); Trouble in Tahiti, Candide (ArtsEd); Scenes and Philip Langridge Memorial Gala for Co-opera Co.; Phedre, Pierrot Lunaire (Arcola).


Cindy Lin (set and costume designer)
Cindy Lin is a set and costume designer originally from Southern California, but is now based in London. Cindy trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (MA Theatre Design). Theatre credits include: Breathe (Bunker Theatre), Nell Gwynn and 1984 (London College of Music), Lord of the Underworld's Home for Unwed Mothers (Skylight Theatre Company), Might Never Happen (Doll's Eye Theatre), and Electra (RWCMD Richard Burton Company). She has assisted and worked with a wide range of designers, including Boris Kudlicka (Otello), Jon Bausor (Bat Out of Hell - US Tour), Naomi Dawson (Kneehigh's The Tin Drum), Tom Scutt (Elegy, The Deep Blue Sea, Jesus Christ Superstar - Olivier Award winner for Best Musical Revival 2017), and Vicki Mortimer (The Plough and the Stars).

In addition, Cindy was a Linbury Prize finalist with the Royal Court Theatre (2015), short-listed for the British Council Ukraine Prize with Les Kurbas Theatre (2015), and a Royal Opera House bursary recipient (2017).

www.cindylindesigns.com


Petr Vocka (lighting designer)
Most recently, Petr worked as associate lighting designer fir the musical WAHNSINN in Duisburg/Germany with LD Michael Grundner. Lighting designs include Mozart & Salieri, Zanetto and A Florentine Tragedy (Opera in the City Festival  at Bridewell Theatre 2017), Coppelia (Jackson Lane and Edinburgh Festival, 2017), The Marriage of Figaro (Clonter Opera, 2017), Aroldo (UCOpera at Royal Stratford East), Light Installation for ORA choir in concert (The Cutty Sark), Orlando and the Three Graces (Peckham Theatre), Gianni Schicchi (Opera Les Azuriales, Nice), La Traviata (Clonter Opera), Titus Andronicus (Rose Playhouse), The Winter’s Tale (Guildford Shakespeare Company), L’enfant et les sortiléges (Samling Opera at The Sage, Newcastle). 

Prior to studying Lighting Design at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, he was a professional dancer in Vienna, and danced on many stages including Bregenz Festspiel’s famous Lakeside stage and Landestheater Linz.