Brett Dean's Hamlet performed by Glyndebourne on Tour starring David Butt Philip & Rupert Enticknap
Brett Dean’s acclaimed Hamlet returns to the stage on the Glyndebourne Autumn Tour from 21 October 2017, with David Butt Philip in the title role and Rupert Enticknap as Rosencratz. Hamlet received its world premiere at Glyndebourne this summer to widespread critical acclaim, with the production heralded as "heart-wrenchingly beautiful", "reverent but mischievous" and "an ingenious deconstruction of Shakespeare":
“Dean’s skill at creating a supercharged orchestral subtext to each scene is matched by his immense theatricality. Quite apart from his unerring pacing of the story, he also creates at least a dozen moments where sheer sonority alone sends shivers up the spine… The overall impression is of a richly imaginative composer at the top of his game.”
Five stars, The Times
Neil Armfield returns as director, and Duncan Ward conducts the Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra. Hamlet opens on 21 October at Glyndebourne Opera House before touring to Canterbury, Norwich, Milton Keynes, Woking and Plymouth in November.
Vlada Borovko & Rupert Enticknap compete in Placido Domingo's Operalia
Vlada Borovko and Rupert Enticknap compete in Placido Domingo's Operalia competition this month in Astana, Kazakhstan, beginning on 24 July 2017. The Operalia competition has helped to launch the careers of some of the most promising young opera singers of today and is one of the most prestigious and competitive showcases in the world.
Borovko is a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. During her time in the programme, highlights have included Clotilde Norma, Gianetta L'elisir d'Amore as well as covering Leonora Il Trovatore and Violetta La traviata, a role in which she made an impressive debut, stepping in for an ailing colleague. Next season, Borovko makes her debut at Oper Köln as Violetta La traviata and returns to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden to make her role debut as Musetta La bohème.
Enticknap has most recently been seen as Rosencrantz in Brett Dean’s new Hamlet at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, a role he repeats later this year on the Glyndebourne tour. This summer he also sings Tolomeo in Giulio Cesare for Early Opera Company, and next season appears in concert with the Israel Camerata, singing works by Pergolesi and Scarlatti.
Brett Dean's Hamlet receives world premiere at Glyndebourne Festival Opera
Brett Dean’s operatic setting of Hamlet receives its world premiere at Glyndebourne Festival Opera on 11 June 2017. Hamlet is an opera in two acts with a libretto by Matthew Jocelyn after William Shakespeare, and the production is directed by Neil Armfield and conducted by Vladimir Jurowski.
The cast for Hamlet includes three Intermusica artists, with David Butt Philip as Laertes, Jacques Imbrailo as Horatio and Rupert Enticknap as Rosencrantz. Also performing are Allan Clayton as Hamlet, Barbara Hannigan as Ophelia, Sarah Connolly as Gertrude and John Tomlinson as the Ghost of Old Hamlet.
Hamlet is commissioned by Glyndebourne Festival Opera and is the latest in a series of Dean's works to be inspired by the play, including String Quartet No.2 'And Once I Played Ophelia', From Melodious Lay (A Hamlet Diffraction) and Rooms of Elsinore. Speaking about taking on one of Shakespeare’s most enduring plays, Dean commented:
“I was attracted by the sheer wonder and beauty of the text and the endless theatrical – and to my mind, musical – possibilities of its characters and themes. Now emerging at the other end of the compositional process, I do think that the almost sacred nature and familiarity of the text may well have put composers off over the centuries, especially when contemplating Hamlet's über-famous soliloquy.”
Hamlet runs at Glyndebourne until 6 July before transferring to the Glyndebourne Autumn tour. The final performance on 6 July will be broadcast live to cinemas across the UK.
Rupert Enticknap makes house debut at Oper Frankfurt as Valentiniano in Ezio
Rupert Enticknap makes his house debut at Oper Frankfurt this month as Valentiniano in Gluck Ezio from 9 December 2016. Enticknap performs the role under the baton of Simone Di Felice and direction of Vincent Boussard.
Performances of Ezio continue until 28 December. Highlights for Enticknap in the new year include Rimsky-Korsakov La fille de niege at Opéra National de Paris.
Counter-tenor Rupert Enticknap joins Intermusica
Intermusica is delighted to announce the signing of British counter-tenor Rupert Enticknap.
Enticknap was recently seen as Farinelli alongside Oscar-winning actor Mark Rylance in the Olivier Award-nominated play Farinelli and the King in London’s West End. This season’s highlights include Lel in The Snow Maiden for Opera National de Paris, directed by Dmitri Tcherniakov, and Valentiniano in Gluck Ezio for Oper Frankfurt. Enticknap will also record his debut CD this season.
After graduating from the Royal College of Music, Enticknap became a company member of the Junges Ensemble des Theater an der Wien, where his roles included Human Fragility / Pisandro in Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria, Mirteo in Vinci/Handel’s Semiramide, and the title roles in Handel’s Orlando and Radamisto with René Jacobs and the Freiburger Baroque Orchester. More recently he has sung the title role in Handel Tamerlano for Buxton Festival, as well as the title role in a concert performance of Philip Glass’ Akhnaten at the festival MiTo Settembre Musica in Turin and Milan.
Intermusica will manage Rupert Enticknap worldwide, excluding Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Italy.