This month sees two Hazard Chase artists take leading roles in Opéra de Lyon’s Festival Britten. Soprano, Giselle Allen sings Miss Jessel in The Turn of the Screw and baritone, William Dazeley, the Ferryman, in Curlew River. The productions premiere this weekend on April 11th and 12th respectively, with performances continuing until April 29th.  (Please click here for full performance schedule http://www.opera-lyon.com/ )

allen_gall_1Giselle previously sang the role of Miss Jessel at the Glyndebourne Festival and appeared on the DVD recording of that production. She also sang Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes at the Aldeburgh Festival last summer (2013), celebrating the centenary of the composer, and staged on the beach in the Suffolk town where the opera is set. This incredible accomplishment won unanimous critical acclaim, with the Times highlighting ‘Giselle Allen’s beautifully sung Ellen’, and the Telegraph ‘Giselle Allen’s Ellen was magnificently focused and secure, her tone penetrating and authoritative’. Giselle’s repertoire all includes Jenufa, Katya Kabanova, Senta Der Fliegende Holländer, Marta The Passenger and Tatyana Eugene Onegin. Next season she makes her debut in two new roles, Salome and Lisa Pique Dame.

 

Credit: Melissa Carpenter
Credit: Melissa Carpenter

William’s varying repertoire ranges from Mozart to Thomas Adès. His recent appearances include Eisenstein Die Fledermaus at the Bolshoi in Moscow, Adès’ Totentanz in Warsaw, Yeletsky Pique Dame and Don Giovanni for Opera North and Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music in Paris. He sang Mr Gedge, the vicar, in Albert Herring last season and in 2015 will debut in another Britten role, the Traveller in Death in Venice.