|Mark Wilde is Albert Herring|
(photo: Richard Hubert Smith)
Exeter Schoolboy, 14,
to sing in major opera company’s national tour
· A schoolboy from Tiverton is to sing a prominent role in English Touring Opera’s new national tour of Benjamin Britten’s opera Albert Herring
· Guy Fenton, aged 14, is from Tiverton. He will play the schoolboy Harry in ETO’s performances of Albert Herring at Exeter Northcott Theatre on Thursday 25 October and Saturday 27 October, and also in
and Malvern Bath
· ETO’s national tour opened on 4 October in
at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, and takes in nine towns and
cities across the country this October and November London
· ETO’s visit to
also features two highly dramatic operas: Peter Maxwell Davies’ psychological
mystery The Lighthouse performed on
Wednesday 24 October, and Viktor Ullmann’s dark satire The Emperor of Atlantis, written in a concentration camp during
World War II, performed on Friday 26 October Exeter
· Booking and further information: www.englishtouringopera.org.uk
schoolboy plays a prominent role in English Touring Opera’s (ETO) national tour
of Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring,
which comes to Exeter Northcott Theatre on Thursday 25 and Saturday 27 October.
Guy Fenton, 14, from Tiverton, is a pupil at King’s College Taunton, and has sung in major productions in
and . He
sings the part of cheeky schoolboy Harry in ETO’s Exeter performances of Albert Herring. The production opened earlier in October in Exeter London’s Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Guy was a chorister at Exeter Cathedral from 2007-2011, becoming principal soloist in the choir. When auditions were announced, he was recommended for the part of Harry by Andrew Millington, the director of music from the cathedral. As well as the performances in the Northcott, Guy will also be singing the same role later in the tour, at
Theatre Royal and Malvern’s Forum Theatre. Bath
Albert Herring, a satire with undertones of melancholy, has become recognised as a classic, comic depiction of English village life. ETO’s new production, conducted by Michael Rosewell and directed by Christopher Rolls, includes many experienced and award-winning singers including Jennifer Rhys-Davies, and Mark Wilde in the title role. The role of Harry is being shared across ETO’s tour by four boys.
Guy said: “I was so excited when I found out I had got the part. It’s been such a great experience working with a professional company like ETO. I’ve enjoyed meeting all the cast and crew who have been very friendly, and it’s been so much fun to work with everyone".