L’eleganza di Britten alla Scala

Congratulations to four Askonas Holt artists who, last Saturday, all made their La Scala debuts.

Deborah Warner, Edward Gardner, Peter Coleman-Wright and Iestyn Davies all appeared in the La Scala premiere of Britten’s ‘Death in Venice’.

All four had been involved in the creation of this prouduction at English National Opera in 2007. Already received with critical acclaim in it’s previous incarnations, the production triumphed at a packed La Scala on Saturday evening. For Edward Gardner, music director at English National Opera, this was his second major international opera debut this season having recently conducted Carmen for the Metropolitan Opera, New York. 2011 is a busy year for Peter Coleman- Wright with his first Macbeth in Sydney, his first Beckmesser at the Royal Opera House and both he and Iestyn Davies continue in the Britten repertory with Peter singing Tarquinius in ‘The Rape of Lucretia’ at the Aldeburgh Festival and Iestyn with ‘Oberon’ in Midsummer Night’s Dream at ENO. And there is no rest for Deborah Warner who is now in rehearsals for her new production of ‘School for Scandal’ that opens at London’s Barbican Centre in May. She and Edward Gardner will collaborate again next season with a new production of Eugene Onegin at ENO.

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