In October 2013 we performed Verdiís Nabucco at York Theatre Royal. 2013 marked Verdiís bi-centenary and we chose to perform this work as our contribution to the celebrations. Themes of identity, exile and religion were explored in this epic tale of war and vengeance.
War has broken out between the Babylonians and Israelites. The Israelites have captured Fenena, younger daughter of the Babylonian King, Nabucco. In revenge, Nabucco vows to destroy Jerusalem, aided by the vengeful Abigaille.

There is a review of this production available from York Press

W.S. Gilbert's Eminent Victorians

York Opera is pleased to present an illustrated talk by singer/actor Martin Lamb, entitled W.S. Gilbert's Eminent Victorians in the Theatre Royal, York on Thursday, 24th October. The talk will uncover the real-life Victorian figures who feature in, or inspired the characters of the Savoy Operas, and will be illustrated by songs from the operas. It is guaranteed to appeal equally to those who know little about G&S and to those who know every word.

Educated at St.John's College, Oxford and the Guildhall School of Music, Martin Lamb works primarily as an opera singer, as well as enjoying a parallel career as a writer and director in various forms of theatre and education. He made his debut at the Savoy Theatre with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company as Sergeant Meryll in The Yeomen of the Guard and has also sung with English National Opera, Scottish Opera, English Touring Opera and Garsington Opera. His roles have include Dr. Dulcamara (L'Elisir D'Amore),Nicolai's Falstaff, Dr. Bartolo (Mozart and Rossini), Masetto and the Commendatore (Don Giovanni) and Kecal (The Bartered Bride).

This summer saw the premiere of his new family theatre piece, The Energy Show (in collaboration with Sam Mason), which he also directed, and which played in the Science Museum's IMAX cinema throughout the summer holidays, winning widespread critical acclaim.

W.S. Gilbert's Eminent Victorians has previously been seen in venues across the country, as well as at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Buxton.

Martin Lamb will be accompanied by York pianist, Eileen Grey, and will be supported by a small chorus of singers from York Opera. We are hoping there will be a short Q&A session at the end of the evening.

For a past review of the talk, please click here.

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