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More Names for Reisopera SWEENEY TODD: Nicoll and Lada

August 6
6:41 AM 2013

While the Nationale Reisopera, the Dutch operatic company which will stage Stephen Sondheim's masterpiece SWEENEY TODD in 2014, has kept silent on the production's cast and creative team, some names are slowly getting out. BroadwayWorld just learned that Harry Nicoll will be playing 'Pirelli' while Krystian Lada will focus on the dramaturgy of the production.

Harry Nicoll hails from Inverness in the Scottish Highlands, studied at the Royal Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, and now lives in London. Previously he sang leading roles at venues as diverse as the English National Opera (including various roles in another Sondheim musical: PACIFIC OVERTURES), the Frankfurt Opera, Cologne Opera, Opéra de Nantes, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Paris, and the Dublin Opera Theatre Company. He is one of the UK's leading interpreters of the Evangelist in Bach's St. Matthew and St. John Passions. He regularly records for the BBC and is a favourite on Radio 2′s "Friday Night is Music Night"

Krystian Lada was born in Warshaw and lives in Amsterdam, where he studied at the University of Amsterdam. As dramaturge he previously worked for the Nederlandse Opera and various other musical theatre companies in the Netherlands. As assistant director he worked with Pierre Audi and Richard Jones.

In June, BroadwayWorld announced that Nina Ledjerman will play the role of Johanna and Mark Omvlee will be Anthony in the Reisopera tour. Marcel Sijm will direct, scenic design will be by Marc Warning.

SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET (1979) won the Best Musical award in the 1979 Tony Awards and the 1980 Olivier Awards. It is regularly presented by opera companies around the world.

Photo: Harry Nicoll (Musicmakers agency)

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