Welcome to LYO’s 2022 production of Jonathan Dove’s The Enchanted Pig

Digital Programme

“This is a show that proves opera, at its best, is a source of magic and enchantment.”

 

Characters

Pig – Edward Wenborn

Flora – Elizabeth Hardman

Mab – Emily Atkinson

Dot – Lizzy Schroeder

Book of Fate – Genny Pascoe / Bobby Akinduro / David McGough

King Hildebrand – Nick Evershed

King of the East – Tricia Yates

King of the West – William Rushton

Old Woman – Victoria Price

Adelaide – Lily McNeill

Mr Northwind – Matthew Oglesby

Mrs Northwind – Emma Kennedy

Moon – Tricia Yates

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Synopsis

Warning – spoilers ahead…

Acts I, II, III

In a far-off kingdom, King Hildebrand leaves to wage war with the Elfland, leaving his daughters alone in the castle, with a key and instructions never to go in the room it opens. Flora’s sisters convince her to unlock the door and they stumble upon the Book of Fate – once you read it, what is written has to happen. Mab is destined to marry the King of the West, Dot the King of the East, and Flora the Pig from the North. 

King Hildebrand returns with two men who helped him win the war. The first, the King of the West has been promised in marriage to Mab as thanks. The second, a simple nobleman, falls in love with Dot and they become engaged, before revealing he is the King of the East in disguise. The streets suddenly fill with the sound and smell of pigs, and Pig enters – come from the North to claim his bride. The three princesses marry and go off to the lands their husbands come from. 

Flora is upset and horrified by her marriage, especially as they pull up to a muddy pool outside some palace gates where Pig urges her to wallow with him. Pig then reveals that he has a palace which he leads Flora into. Alone with her thoughts, Flora is confused that she might have feelings for Pig. The two speak in her bedroom and fall in love with each other. As night falls and Flora calls him Husband, Pig transforms into a King – he’s under a spell, a pig in the day, and a man at night. 

Flora is dismayed that the spell is not yet broken completely and speaks to an Old Woman who claims to know who to quickly break the spell. Flora follows her instructions and ties the Pig’s foot to the bed with a long, red thread. Pig wakes up and is furious with Flora for breaking love and trust. The Old Woman was the one who enchanted Pig and this is her chance to kidnap him and take him for her own daughter, Adelaide, who is in love with him. The only way Flora can save him is to wear out three pairs of iron shoes and walk around the world to find him.

– Interval – 

 Acts IV, V

A machine is hard at work creating the iron shoes Flora must wear to search for her husband. She begins on the long journey to find him. The first place she visits is the home of the Northwinds. Mrs Northwind gives Flora a jewel and she is flown to the Moon. The Moon sits watching over the world. She hasn’t seen Pig either, but flies Flora to the Milky Way after giving her a second jewel. The Old Woman has a palace at the top of the Milky Way where she and her daughter are keeping Pig in a drug-fuelled stupor. Flora gets swept up in the chaotic wedding preparations that are taking place. Adelaide notices her not doing anything and asks for her jewel. Flora realises Adelaide has her husband and offers to be her spy to get close to him. For two nights Flora can’t wake Pig from his slumber. On the third night, she discovers he is being drugged and stops him from drinking the draught. Pig and Flora are reunited, and their love thwarts the Old Woman’s magic.  

Creative Team

Director – Rosie Kat

Rosie Kat is an opera director from Newcastle Upon Tyne. She studied MA Opera Directing at RWCMD and has worked as an assistant director with Welsh National Opera, British Youth Opera, Northern Opera Group, and Cumbria Opera Group. She has also undertaken observerships at the Royal Opera House, Opera North, and Birmingham Opera Company. Rosie first worked with Leeds Youth Opera in 2019, assisting on their production of Don Giovanni. Rosie is thrilled that The Enchanted Pig is finally reaching the stage, after being delayed from summer 2020 due to the Pandemic. She is also looking forward to directing Attridge and Murphy’s new opera ARC23 for LYO’s 50th Anniversary celebrations.

Musical Director – John Lyon

John Lyon studied musicology at undergraduate and postgraduate level at the University of Leeds and has since worked with many of West Yorkshire’s local ensembles as a conductor, musical director, violinist, choral singer, arranger and composer. He currently works full time for Sheffield City Council’s music education service, conducts the Leeds Camerata which he founded, and conducts Leeds Symphony Orchestra, alongside his role as Music Director for Leeds Youth Opera. There are no two things closer to John’s heart than opera and engaging young people in music-making, so he relishes the opportunity to work with LYOs, and bring works like Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute to the stage. 

Producer – Hannah Thomson

Hannah studied Music at Durham University and is now undertaking her PGCE. She sang with the Opera North Youth Chorus from 2014-2016 and performed with Durham Opera Ensemble, singing chorus for The Magic Flute, and HMS Pinafore, before undertaking the roles of Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, and Phyllis in Iolanthe. She was a soloist in The Travellers’ Tale, singing pieces from The Mikado, La Traviata, Die Fledermaus, and Carmen. Other roles include Phoebe Merryl in Yeomen of the Guard and Lucy in The Telephone (Durham University), Papagena/Third Spirit in The Magic Flute (Leeds Youth Opera), and Laurey in Oklahoma (Wakefield Youth Theatre). Hannah is very excited to make her producing debut and hopes you enjoy the show!

Repetiteur – Jonathan Drummond

Jonathan is a freelance musician based in Leeds. He has been involved with Leeds Youth Opera in various roles since the 2015-2016 season and was the Music Director of the Leeds Gilbert and Sullivan Society from 2016-2019. Internationally, he has conducted Don Giovanni, Le 66, and Mr. Polly at the Potwell Inn for Opera Otago in New Zealand. Jonathan has worked as an accompanist with Northern Ballet since 2017, as a freelance education repetiteur with Opera North since 2016, and was the repetiteur for several operas with the West Yorkshire Symphony orchestra from 2018-2020.

Stage Manager – Grace Revill

Grace has recently graduated from an English Literature and Theatre Studies degree at the University of Leeds. There she got stuck into producing, directing, and acting in productions ranging from Kae Tempest’s Wasted to Chekhov’s Three Sisters. She is particularly passionate about being involved in new pieces of writing. In 2019 she performed in Luke Haywood’s new farce, Wright Off. More recently, Grace acted in a production of 90s Kids Only, a new piece of writing by Laurentz Valdes-Lea and Spike Woodley that toured to theatres around the UK. Alongside stage managing The Enchanted Pig, Grace is also producing a show, Ants, in collaboration with other recent graduates at Junk Theatre Company. She is extremely excited to have her stage managing professional debut being The Enchanted Pig and hopes you all enjoy the show.

Designer – Fenna De Jonge

Fenna  is a Dutch performance designer. She attended the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague from 2016 where she pursued Interactive Media and Design. Fenna is currently doing postgraduate study at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. In 2015, Fenna began teaching art lessons to children where she developed an interest in working with children and young people. She continues to develop the world of performance design through collaboration and the use of multimedia resources.

Lighting / Stage Construction – Marcus Rapley

Marcus, of MJR Theatre Services, has been involved in theatre production for over 25 years. He has worked with the Open Hand Theatre Company, Opera North, Major Road, Walk the Plank, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Strangeface, Chapeltown Carnival, Leeds City Varieties, Sakoba Dance, Yuva Dance, Interplay, Alison Andrews Co, Harrogate Theatre, Urban Angels Circus, Glastonbury Festival, Leeds City Council, the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry, and many more.

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Cast

Pig – Edward Wenborn

Edward is a 22-year-old baritone currently based in Durham. He has always loved singing and performing, and is making his Leeds Youth Opera debut. He has performed with Durham Opera Ensemble numerous times over the last three years, most notably being cast as Eugene Onegin in Tchaikovsky’s opera of the same name, and the Pirate King in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance. Edward is starting at conservatoire this September and is relishing the opportunity to return to full-time performance since the end of the pandemic – he cannot wait to see what the future holds.

Flora – Elizabeth Hardman

Elizabeth is an early-career soprano, having completed Master’s-level study with two commendations for vocal performance. This year, Elizabeth is lucky to have been involved with British Youth Opera and the Serena Fenwick Programme based out of the National Opera Studio in London. Previous roles include Semele in Handel’s Semele, Rosalinde in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus (Leeds Youth Opera), Mrs Grose (Britten’s Turn of the Screw), Saffi (Strauss’ Der Zigeunerbaron), Kay (King’s The Snow Queen), Melia (Mozart’s Apollo et Hyacinthus), Cunegonde/Paquette (Bernstein’s Candide), and Dido (Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas). Elizabeth also plays clarinet and piano and works on marketing and events for the University of Leeds International Concert Series. Today she fulfils a lifelong dream of marrying a pig. 

Mab / Ensemble – Emily Atkinson

Emily Doreen Atkinson is an early-career soprano who graduated from Leeds Conservatoire in 2020 under the tutelage of Geraldine Cassidy. She has received accolades from the Yorkshire Philharmonic Choir, performed at an Emerging Artist event for Opera North and trained at the Mozarteum Sommerakademie. Choral soloist work has been with choirs the Leodian Concert Orchestra, YPC, Waldershelf Singers, Bel Canto choir. Moreover, she conducts Masbrough Community Choi and teaches freelance. In September, she will be starting Masters study at the Wales International Academy of Voice Today, she is very excited to bring the role of Mab in this wonderful opera! 

Dot / Ensemble – Lizzy Schroeder

Lizzy Schroeder, soprano, is an operatic performer, concert soloist, and choral singer. Some roles include Adina in Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love, Dot in Dove’s The Enchanted Pig, and Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. As a soloist, Lizzy has sung in Handel’s Messiah, Bruckner’s Mass in F Major, Durufle’s Requiem, and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor. Lizzy has worked with Chicago Symphony Chorus, along with choral scholar/leader posts with various ensembles, including Leeds Cathedral. Lizzy is currently studying Postgraduate Operatic Performance at the University of York, following on from her degree in Music Performance and Education from Loras College, Iowa. Lizzy also holds an MMus in Vocal Performance from Roosevelt University. This spring, Lizzy is performing as Johanna in Buxton Opera’s Sweeney Todd and singing as a soloist in Bach’s St Matthew’s Passion.

Book of Fate / Ensemble – Genny Pascoe

Genny is an alto who has previously performed in four productions with Leeds Youth Opera: In Our Element, Verdi’s Macbeth, Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, and Mozart’s Don Giovanni. They have also performed in four ballet productions and the Leeds Schools Children’s Choir. Genny also plays piano, clarinet, and violin. For this production, Genny has been Assistant/Trainee Designer and has been integral to the design and costuming of the show.

Book of Fate / Ensemble – Bobby Akinduro

Bobby Akinduro plays a shared role with fellow cast mates Genny and David in the newest LYO production The Enchanted Pig. He has been a member of LYO for almost 2 years, and has been a part of many productions, such as Don Giovanni, and The Magic Flute. Bobby has a huge interest in singing, and enjoys being on stage as it allows him to display his creative and dramatic skills. He is also participating in his school’s new show, and in the Song Academy Young Songwriter competition of 2022. He has also worked with MOBO award winning musician Leroy Johnson on his singing and piano skills.

Book of Fate / Ensemble – David McGough

David is a singer, clarinettist, and guitarist. This is their sixth performance with LYO, having performed in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, In Our Element, and Junior LYO in 2019 and 2021. David has also performed in a number of their school’s productions.

King Hildebrand / Ensemble – Nick Evershed

Nick is a 20 year-old baritone currently based in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. Nick found out about LYO through his current teacher, Jenny Malik. This is his first production with the company. Nick sings musical theatre, classical, and opera, as well as playing violin and saxophone (and teaching himself piano). Nick aspires to be a professional singer but wants to go down a non-traditional route – you can find him on YouTube @NickEvershedMusic.

King of the East / Moon / Ensemble – Tricia Yates

Patricia Yates is a classical tenor, vocal teacher and piano repetiteur from Hebden Bridge. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a First Class Bachelor of Music in 2021, receiving the Lord Snowdon Prize. Previous operatic experience includes Tamina The Magic Flute, Alfred Die Fledermaus, Macduff Macbeth, Dermot The Poor Soldier, and Nanki-Poo The Mikado. Companies include LYO, DNO, Rocket Opera, Tête à Tête, Opera North and Nederlandse Reisopera. Oratorio experience includes Handel Messiah, Mozart Mass in C minor, Franck Messe in A, Dvořák Stabat Mater, and Wilby An English Passion. During her Erasmus year at ArtEZ Conservatorium, The Netherlands, Patricia enjoyed singing in projects with Dutch choirs Consensus Vocalis and the Gelders Bach Collegium. 

King of the West / Ensemble – William Rushton

William is a long-time member of LYO and has performed in Les Miserables, Verdi’s A Masked Ball, Puccini’s La bohème, In Our Element, Verdi’s Macbeth, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and Mozart’s The Magic Flute as Monostatos. He has also appeared in productions at Opera North, such as Turandot and Suor Angelica. William plays violin and French horn alongside his singing, and is currently studying for his Music A-Level. He has also been a member of the City of Leeds Youth Orchestra and Opera North Youth Choir.

Old Woman / Ensemble – Victoria Price

Victoria’s passion for singing started at a young age when she performed with several amateur dramatic societies and joined Barnsley Youth Choir. Since then, she has undertaken a BA in Music at The University of York and Postgraduate Diploma in Music, also at the University of York. Since finishing University at the end of 2019, Victoria has taken part in several masterclasses and has sung weekly on a Rocket Opera’s performance platform. She joined Leeds Youth Opera at the end of 2019 where she understudied Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Victoria has since been cast as First Lady in The Magic Flute, and Old Woman in The Enchanted Pig.

Adelaide / Ensemble – Lily McNeill

Lily’s love of opera began when she became a member of the Opera North Children’s chorus at age 9. Since then she’s performed professionally across the UK and Europe. Her recent performances include Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) and Tatiana (Eugene Onegin). This marks her LYO debut and she is incredibly excited to be performing with such a talented cast.

Mr Northwind / Ensemble – Matthew Oglesby

Matthew is a consummate Northerner, hailing from the rainy town of Blackburn. He has performed extensively with the Leeds Community Arts Network over the last 13 years, primarily with the G & S Society, alongside many LYO alumni (he will next be intimidating Victorian Londoners as the Beadle in Sweeney Todd). In his early life he was a cathedral chorister and spent his undergraduate years as a choral and conducting scholar. He helped to found the Leeds University Union Opera Society in 2006 and took part in its debut production of Carmen in 2007. Day-to-day, he is a freelance composer and graphic designer.

Mrs Northwind / Ensemble – Emma Kennedy

Emma has been performing with LYO since 2017 and loves being a member of this wonderful, talented company! Her favourite role was playing Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni in 2020, where she got to change a baby doll’s nappy on stage and crash into zombies with a shopping trolley, along with singing some very challenging arias! Outside of LYO and her office day job, Emma fills her spare time exploring the countryside, performing with other local community music companies, and gigging as part of an acoustic duo with her partner. 

Ensemble – Hannah Thomson

Hannah studied Music at Durham University and is now undertaking her PGCE. She sang with the Opera North Youth Chorus from 2014-2016 and performed with Durham Opera Ensemble, singing chorus for The Magic Flute, and HMS Pinafore, before undertaking the roles of Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, and Phyllis in Iolanthe. She was a soloist in The Travellers’ Tale, singing pieces from The Mikado, La Traviata, Die Fledermaus, and Carmen. Other roles include Phoebe Merryl in Yeomen of the Guard and Lucy in The Telephone (Durham University), Papagena/Third Spirit in The Magic Flute (Leeds Youth Opera), and Laurey in Oklahoma (Wakefield Youth Theatre).

Orchestra

Trombone – Charlie Terry 

Cello – Lucy Little

Double Bass – Thomas Rushton

Harp – Lucinda Taylor

Percussion – James Taylor

Accordion / piano – Jonathan Drummond

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Trustees of LYO

Malcolm Lynch

Sarah Rushton

Christine Limb

Steve Limb

David Ward

Paul Staniland

Kevin Paynes

Special Thanks

  • To Sarah Rushton for chaperoning our rehearsals and spinning her sewing magic to help fit and adapt costumes.
  • To the trustees of Interplay Theatre, a national sensory theatre, and Steve Byrne, Artistic Director of Interplay Theatre, for providing a fabulous rehearsal and theatre space.
  • To Richard Pascoe
  • To The Emerald Foundation, the charitable arm of Emerald Group, who support charities in West Yorkshire.

Future Projects

We are delighted to announce a new one-act opera commission to celebrate our 50th anniversary in July 2022; ARC23The celebrated creative team of Lewis Murphy (composer) and Laura Attridge (librettist) – working under the partnership Murphy & Attridge – have begun work on ‘ARC23’ – a pertinent and gripping tale for our time, exploring our changing climate, the nature of isolation, and the intractable nature of human behaviour.

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