Building an Opera: The Xerxes Syndicate

Wednesday 6 July 2011

ETO Xerxes, Autumn 2011

Last week we made a start on the exciting process of putting together a new production; Handel’s Xerxes

It was at an event for the members of The Xerxes Syndicate that James Conway announced plans for his new production of this celebrated masterpiece, which forms part of ETO’s Autumn Season 2011. He was joined by Ann Murray DBE and Paula Sides who discussed their own experiences of performing Handel roles in conversation with BBC Radio 3 Presenter Sean Rafferty. Afterwards, there was an opportunity for further discussion between syndicate members and artists over dinner.

“Thank you for a beautifully orchestrated event – thoroughly enjoyed by us and everyone we talked to…Looking forward to seeing the work in progress.” – Xerxes Syndicate Member

James Conway | Ann Murray

The Xerxes Syndicate is made up of supporters who have generously sponsored the creation of this new production for the up-coming season. The members of the group will join the company at every step of the process, from design and set model presentations to intimate rehearsals, right up to the first night on Saturday 8 October at the Royal College of Music.

Production Syndicates are a new venture in English Touring Opera’s development and we are all excited at the varied opportunities that they present: providing supporters and audience members with a unique chance to get closer than ever before to the art-form that they love, whilst at the same time providing ETO with the much needed investment for the project to make it a success. 

Future Syndicates

  • Tatyana Syndicate – Eugene Onegin, Spring Season 2012
  • Ullmann Syndicate – Der Keiser von Atlantis, Autumn Season 2012
  • Albert Herring Syndicate Albert Herring, Autumn Season 2012

If you are interested in sponsoring a particular production through a syndicate or if you would like to learn more about supporting ETO in general, please contact Johnny Langridge (020 7833 2555).

English Touring Opera would like to thank The Xerxes Syndicate and all of the many supporters whose generosity makes possible our varied programme of activity across the UK each year.

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