ENO will present a spectacular musical celebration of the life of George Harewood‏

Call Me George

A celebration of the life of George Harewood

24th June 2014, 7.00pm at the London Coliseum

Edward Gardner OBE, Sir Mark Elder CBE and Paul Daniel CBE to conduct a spectacular musical celebration of the life of George Harewood

English National Opera will present a unique musical celebration of the life of Lord Harewood in aid of ENO’s renowned Harewood Artists programme. The gala evening will be led by three of the UK’s most celebrated British conductors and will include a surprise performance from three of Britain’s most treasured and internationally acclaimed sopranos. This collaborative event will feature ENO Harewood Artists and the Orchestra and Chorus of English National Opera alongside a sensational cast of guest artists, including Lesley Garrett, Sir John Tomlinson and Christopher Purves.

All proceeds from the event will help support ENO’s Harewood Artists programme. This initiative, the first of its kind in the UK, enables exceptionally talented UK-trained singers to perform with a major opera company while receiving specialist coaching, support and guidance. The name of the scheme honours the long-standing support and leadership of the company by George Harewood and his life-long commitment to talent development and young British singers.

George Harewood played a crucial role in ENO’s history as Managing Director of Sadler’s Wells Opera (which became English National Opera) from 1972 until 1985. He then became Chairman and remained as the company’s President until his death in July 2011. His introduction of a series of groundbreaking productions of both standard repertory pieces and less well known works catapulted ENO into the international league of opera companies. He was an inspiring collaborator and mentor to countless singers, conductors and directors including Lesley Garrett, Sir Willard White, Sir Mark Elder, Sir Nicholas Hytner and Sir Jonathan Miller.

The gala celebration will be compèred by internationally acclaimed opera director David Pountney who, after becoming ENO Director of Productions in 1980, directed over 20 operas at the London Coliseum. He has devised the content of the gala evening alongside writer, editor and producer Henrietta Bredin and will direct the evening together with ENO Staff Director Elaine Tyler-Hall.

An exceptionally rich musical programme will reflect the diverse passions and interests of George Harewood, placing an impressive variety of operatic arias, ensembles and interludes alongside recordings of blues and sitar music and a joint appearance from Lesley Garrett and the Band of the Grenadier Guards. The live performances will include the Overture to Verdi’sLa forza del Destino, the Act One quintet from The Magic Flute, the Prisoners’ chorus from Beethoven’s Fidelio and the Finale of Verdi’s Falstaff.

The performances will be conducted by three celebrated conductors, all of whom experienced significant success during their tenures as ENO Music Directors. All three have led the BBC Symphony Orchestra for the internationally televised Last Night of the Proms and have also received Olivier Awards for their outstanding operatic work.

ENO Music Director from 1979-1999, Sir Mark Elder CBE is currently Music Director of the Hallé Orchestra, and has worked with many of the world’s leading symphony orchestras and opera houses. Paul Daniel CBE held the position of ENO Music Director from 1997-2005 and has also been Music Director of Opera North, the English Northern Philharmonia and Opera Factory. Current ENO Music Director Edward Gardner OBE has been Principal Guest Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra since 2011 and will take up his new appointment as Chief Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in October 2015.

Since its introduction in 1998 the ENO Harewood Artists programme has launched the international careers of a significant number of British singers, including Sophie Bevan, Allan Clayton and Anna Grevelius. In addition to important appearances throughout the 2013/14 season, a number of current ENO Harewood Artists have recently taken principal roles across the ENO 2014 summer season, including Mary Bevan as a ‘bewitching’ Despina and Kate Valentine as a ‘lovely’ Fiordiligi in Phelim McDermott’s Così fan tutte (The Independent). Nicky Spence performs as Francesco in Terry Gilliam’s Benvenuto Cellini and George von Bergen and Barnaby Rea will sing Zurga and Nourabad in Penny Woolcock’s first revival of The Pearl Fishers. ENO’s commitment to showcasing the best of young British operatic talent continues across the 2014/15 season, as ten ENO Harewood Artists will take eighteen named roles in fifteen productions.

Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes (including one interval)

http://www.eno.org/harewood | ENO Box Office: 020 7845 9300


Full Programme:

Call Me George

The National Anthem – arr. Benjamin Britten

Overture to La forza del destino – Giuseppe Verdi

The Song of the Flea (Faust) – Modest Mussorgsky

Prelude from Die Walküre – Richard Wagner

Gloriana, opening of Act Two – Benjamin Britten

Walther’s Prize Song (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg)- Richard Wagner (Recording: Alfred Piccaver)

Ah, perhaps he is the one (La traviata) – Giuseppe Verdi

Bad Penny Blues – Humphrey Lyttelton (Recording)

Dein ist mein ganzes Herz (Das Land des Lächelns) – Franz Lehár

Act One Quintet (The Magic Flute) – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Va, laisse couler mes larmes (Werther) – Jules Massenet

This is the Army, Mr Jones – Irving Berlin – Lesley Garrett and the Band of the Grenadier Guards

Act Four duet (La Bohème) – Giacomo Puccini

Prisoners’ chorus from Fidelio – Ludwig van Beethoven

Ending of Act One (The Cunning Little Vixen) – Leoš Janáček


Sunday Morning Interlude (Peter Grimes) – Benjamin Britten

Lute Song (Gloriana) – Benjamin Britten

Act Four Duet (Don Carlos) – Giuseppe Verdi

xxxx raag – Sitar: Ravi Shankar (Recording)

Leeds Leeds Leeds – Lesley Garrett and the Band of the Grenadier Guards

Mark Elder – Introduction to the ENO years and tribute to Lord Harewood

Under thy shade (Xerxes) – George Frideric Handel

Scene from Act Three of Rusalka – Antonín Dvorák

Act Three Aria (Rigoletto) – Giuseppe Verdi

Trio (Der Rosenkavalier) – Richard Strauss

Finale (Falstaff) – Giuseppe Verdi

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