ll furioso all’isola di San Domingo is recognised as one of Donizetti’s very greatest works, though it has only been performed twice in the UK, and never outside of London.
In the opera, a poor fool, with periods of great lucidity, subsists on a Caribbean island in a community of farmers and slaves. The clash of cultures, dream-like isolation, storm sequence, and unusually existential discourse make this a very special design opportunity.
As part of this year’s Linbury Prize, the UK’s most prestigious award for Stage Design, three promising young theatre designers will work with English Touring Opera‘s general director James Conway on the design for ETO’s Spring 2015 production of Il furioso.
Florence de Maré (RADA), Rosanna Vize (Bristol Old Vic Theatre School), and Faye Bradley (also Bristol Old Vic Theatre School) will all work on the early stages of the design. One of the three will subsequently win a commission to realise their design.
Florence, Rosanna and Faye join nine other finalists of the Linbury Prize, with three designers each working with the National Theatre of Scotland, Nottingham Playhouse and Scottish Dance Theatre. One of the twelve finalists will be awarded the overall winner’s title.
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Where can I find out more about ETO’s production?
More information about ETO’s production, including tour dates and booking information, will be available on ETO’s website soon.