Martyn Brabbins conducts Intermusica singers in The Pilgrim’s Progress at ENO
Published: 25 October 2012
Category: Vocal & Opera
Martyn Brabbins will conduct Vaughan Williams’ operatic masterpiece The Pilgrim’s Progress at English National Opera next month in a new production by Yoshi Oida. The exciting young cast is headed by Roland Wood in the title role and includes rising stars Benedict Nelson, Kitty Whately and George von Bergen. Although premiered in 1951 at the Festival of Britain, this will be in fact the first fully-staged production of the opera presented in London with a professional cast.
Performances will take place on November 5, 9, 16, 20*, 22*, 28 at 7.30pm | November 24 at 6.30pm
Brabbins previously collaborated with Yoshi Oida on a new production of Britten’s Death in Venice at the Opera de Lyon a couple of years ago. This had excellent reviews and subsequently led to Brabbins being offered productions in 2012 (L’enfant et les sortileges/Der Zwerg, which he will also revive at the Bayerische Staatsoper in 2013) and 2014.
ENO Harewood Artist Benedict Nelson (Evangelist/Watchful/First Shepherd) sang an acclaimed Billy Budd in David Alden’s new production of the opera earlier this summer, and will appear as Figaro The Barber of Seville later this season.
George von Bergen (Obstinate/Herald/Lord Hate-Good) has also joined ENO Harewood Artists this season. He will be singing Belcore L’elisir d’amore for Opera Holland Park in the summer of 2013.
Ferrier winner Kitty Whately (Third Shining One/Cup-bearer/Pickthank/Woodcutter’s Boy) will make her ENO debut with this production of A Pilgrim’s Progress. She will return to the English Touring Opera in the spring of 2013 as Dorabella Cosi fan tutte, after her acclaimed performances of Rosina The Barber of Seville.