Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976) was a British composer, pianist and conductor. The most significant British composer of the post-war period, Britten was the first British composer to devote the major part of his output to the operatic stage. Beginning with the international success of Peter Grimes in June 1945, his sixteen operas, which include chamber operas and works for children, are now considered repertory pieces. Other notable works include Paul Bunyan, Billy Budd and Gloriana, The Rape of Lucretia, Curlew River and Death in Venice. Among Britten’s notable achievements outside the opera house were orchestral pieces such as the Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Sinfonia da Requiem, The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Spring Symphony and Symphony for Cello and Orchestra.
Lyndsey Turner’s previous work includes Philadelphia, Here I Come!, Fathers and Sons, and Faith Healer (Donmar Warehouse), Girls and Boys (Royal Court), Tipping The Velvet (Lyric Hammersmith), Hamlet (Barbican), Chimerica (Almeida & West End), Saint George and the Dragon, Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, Edgar and Annabel, There is a War (National Theatre).
Suzanne Bertish will play God
Theatre includes: City of (Peter Jay Sharp Theater, New York); The Heir Apparent (Classic Stage Company); Machinal, The Moliere Comedies – The School for Husbands (Roundabout Theater Company); Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Cort Theater, New York); Richard III, Measure for Pleasure (Public Theater, New York); Wit, The Memory of Water, The Art of Success, Skirmishes, (Manhattan Theater Club, New York); Kin (Playwrights Horizons, New York); Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Theatre Royal Haymarket); Mrs Warren’s Profession (McCarter Theatre, Princeton); Antony and Cleopatra (Shakes Th of Washington DC); Crossing Jerusalem (Tricycle Theatre); The Cherry Orchard, The Oedipus Plays, King Lear (National Theatre); The Vagina Monologues (Off Broadway/London); Hamlet (Plymouth and Young Vic); An Inspector Calls (Garrick Theatre); Taking Sides (Minerva Chichester and Criterion); Salome (Circle in the Square); Tango at the End of Winter (Piccadilly Theatre); The Vortext (Ahmanson Theatre); Bajazet, Creditors (Almeida Theatre); Rosmersholm (National Theatre and La Mama Theater New York); All For Love, Hamlet, Devil’s Island (Prospect Theatre Company Old Vic and world tour); Kennedy’s Children, Woyzeck, Mirandolina, The Duchess of Malfi, Romeo & Juliet, Coriolanus, Macbeth (Glasgow Citizens Theatre 1973-75).
RSC includes Troilus and Cressida, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Pericles, Twelfth Night, Three Sisters, Othello, The Life and Times of Nicholas Nickleby.
Television includes: Atlantic Crossng, The Looming Tower, Mercy Street, X Company, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Poirot, Rome, Trial and Retribution, Love Soup, Rosemary and Thyme, The Grid, The Commander, The Roman Spring of Mrs Stone, Judas, Silent Witness, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Space Precinct, Absolutely Fabulous, Mr Bean, Love Hurts, Screen One, 15: The Life and Dearth of Philip Knight, No Visible Bruises – The Katie Koestler Story, A Day in Summer, Red Dwarf, Inspector Morse, Creditors, Shine on Harvey Moon, Freud, Play for Today, The Comedy of Errors, The Three Sisters, Nicholas Nickleby, To The Lighthouse, The Wings of the Dove.
Film includes: MAD?, The Wife, W.E., Pope Joan, Holy Money, The Toybox, The Upside Anger, The 13th Warrior, Bent, Crimetime, Thin Ice, Venice/Venice, The Monk, Hearts of Fire, The Hunger, Hanover Street.
Louise Callinan will play Mrs Noah
The first Australian to be accepted into the Young Artist Program at the Opéra National de Paris, mezzo soprano Louise Callinan is also the winner of the prestigious AROP prize of Opéra National de Paris. She performed as a soloist for Opéra National de Paris for seventeen years and also with the BBC Symphony, Chicago Symphony, l'Orchestre National d'Ile de France, Théâtre du Châtelet, LA Opera, Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Opera Australia, Israeli Opera, Opéra de Rennes, Angers Nantes Opéra and Theatre de l'Opera Luxembourg.
Louise began her career with roles such as Angelina (La Cenerentola), Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Dorabella (Cosi fan Tutte) and has interpreted numerous roles at Opéra National de Paris, notably Meg Page (Falstaff ) conducted by Conlon, a Woman (K ... of Manoury), 2nd Lady (Die Zauberflöte) Suor Zelatrice (Suor Angelica) conducted by Philippe Jordan and Samaritana (Francesca da Rimini) conducted by Daniel Oren. Louise starred as the 2nd lady in the film version of (The Magic Flute) directed by Kenneth Branagh.
Recently, her roles have included Tigrana (Edgar) Dalila (Samson and Dalila) in Valladolid, Erda (Das Rheingold) and (Siegfried) and Waltraute (Götterdämmerung) with REMIX together under the direction of Peter Rundel at the Casa da Musica in Porto, Strasbourg - Festival Palace, Paris - Cité de la Musique, Nîmes Theater, Théâtre de Caen, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines Theater, Grand Théâtre de Reims, Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, Amneris (Aïda) and Belarus Opera Minsk, Herodiade (Herodiade - Massenet) Laura Adorno (La Gioconda) in Valladolid and Rossweisse (Die Walküre), Wellgunde (Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung) and 2nd Lady(Die Zauberflöte) at the Paris National Opera conducted by Philippe Jordan.
On the concert platform highlights include Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with REMIX ensemble at the Casa da Musica in Porto, Handel’s Messiah with the Sydney Philharmonia and Verdi’s Requiem at the Royal Festival Hall London. and a recent return to the Casa da Musica in Porto for Mahler 's Symphony no 2.
In July 2019, Louise will make her debut with English National Opera as Mrs Noye in Britten's "Noyes Fludde" and in February 2020 also make her debut with Scottish Opera as the Ist Secretary in John Adam's "Nixon in China".
Marcus Farnsworth will play Noah
Marcus Farnsworth was awarded First Prize at the 2009 Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition and the Song Prize at the 2011 Kathleen Ferrier Competition. He has appeared many times at Wigmore Hall with pianists Malcolm Martineau, Julius Drake, Joseph Middleton and Graham Johnson, as well as the Myrthen Ensemble.
The 2018/19 season has seen a return to the BBC Symphony Orchestra for performances of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s The Silver Tassie and the world première of Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s Last Man Standing. Other highlights include Bernstein’s Candide with the London Symphony Orchestra under Marin Alsop and with Bergen National Opera, and HK Gruber’s Frankenstein with Aurora Orchestra. He has recently returned from a tour of Australia with the Gabrieli Consort for performances of Purcell’s King Arthur.
Recent highlights have included a performance and recording of Vaughan Williams’s A Sea Symphony conducted by Martyn Brabbins, and John Adams’s The Wound Dresser, both with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He appeared in Cal McCrystal’s acclaimed new production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe for English National Opera, and made his debut at Teatro Real Madrid in Weill’s Street Scene. Future plans include a return to the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, for a tour of Peter Grimes plus a European tour with the Gabrieli Consort of Purcell’s King Arthur.
Marcus is Founder and Artistic Director of the Southwell Music Festival and has recently been appointed Head of Vocal & Choral Department at Chetham’s Music School in Manchester.