ETO’s distinguished music director Michael Rosewell to step down from his position
English Touring Opera’s distinguished Music Director, Michael Rosewell, has announced that he will be stepping down from his position as Music Director for ETO at the end of 2018. Rosewell has worked with English Touring Opera as Associate Conductor and then as Music Director for fourteen years. During which time critical appraisals of the musical standards of the company have been consistently high, and the repertoire has expanded considerably.
Michael Rosewell’s time with ETO has been a golden period. Michael has been offered and has accepted, the new honorary title of Conductor Laureate of English Touring Opera.
Michael Rosewell has agreed that he will continue to offer his valued advice to General Director James Conway on an informal basis. It is expected that Michael will return to work as a conductor for specific opera projects, and there is a plan for him to develop a programme mentoring young conductors under the ETO umbrella.
Michael Rosewell: “It has been a privilege to have been part of such a fruitful artistic partnership with James Conway and to have collaborated with so many leading British-based singers and orchestral players during my time with ETO.”
James Conway, ETO General Director: “Working alongside Michael Rosewell (so far… I hope there is much more to come!) has been one of the most pleasant and enriching experiences of my professional life. I saw where I thought ETO had to go when I came to the company 15 years ago, and I was lucky enough to find in Michael Rosewell an artistic partner to get there. Michael is that rare thing: a brilliant opera conductor, a company man, a collaborator, leader and mentor of exceptional skill, tact and experience.”
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Different, our opera for audiences with special educational needs, has been nominated in the category Best Opera for a prestigious YamAward.
The awards are sponsored by Reseo, the European network for education, participation and creative learning in opera and dance. There are three other productions nominated, two from Finland and one from South Africa. The awards are announced in Porto on Monday 4 September.
You can find out morehereand also vote for Different.
English Touring Opera is honoured to have been nominated for two International Opera Awards in two categories: Accessibility and Rediscovered Work for its Spring 2015 production of Donizetti’s The Wild Man of the West Indies (Il furioso all’isola di San Domingo).
The jury was chaired by John Allison, editor of Opera magazine and classical music critic with The Daily Telegraph. The panel also included, among others, Joan Matabosch, Artistic Director of Teatro Real, Madrid, Nicholas Payne, Director of Opera Europa, Sebastian Schwarz, General Director of Glyndebourne, Hugh Canning, chief music critic for the The Sunday Times, George Hall, music and opera critic for Guardian and The Stage, and George Loomis, opera and classical music writer for Opera, International New York Times, The Financial Times and other publications.
These nominations are a recognition of ETO’s commitment to bringing the best quality opera to as many audiences as possible across the UK, and follow ETO’s Olivier Award win in 2014 for Outstanding Achievement in Opera for two other productions of rare works: Britten’s Paul Bunyan and Tippet’s King Priam.
Iqbal Kahn, who directed The Wild Man of the West Indies, said: “It was a privilege to be asked by James Conway [ETO’s General Director] to direct this compelling and neglected work. Donizetti, with Cardenio, has created one of the most intriguingly drawn roles for baritone, and, in the slave Kaidamà, has surely left us the first sympathetic portrait of a black man in opera, satiric and subversive. In my opinion it is a surprising, beautifully composed and dramaturgically complex masterwork”.
ETO continues its accessibility mission, touring three outstanding operas this season: Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride, and the UK stage premiere of Donizetti’s Pia de’ Tolomei. Alongside its main stage shows, ETO will also be touring two new operas written for children: the award-winning Laika the Spacedog (for children aged 7-11) and Dust Child, an opera composed for children with ASD and special educational needs.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony in central London on Sunday 15 May. To vote in the Readers’ Award please go to the InternationalOpera Awards website
ETO is thrilled to have been chosen to participate again in the Big Give Christmas Challenge on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 December 2015.
This year we’re aiming to raise £10,000 in order to revive our award winning production of Laïka, the Spacedog, which was last seen in schools, libraries and theatres around the UK in 2013.
The Big Give Christmas Challenge is a time-sensitive, online matched funding opportunity set up by Sir Alec Reed and The Reed Foundation. Every online donation we receive during the Challenge, from £5 to £5,000, could be doubled, but you’ll have to be quick!
How to Support ETO via the Big Give
Please visit ETO’s project page on the Big Give website. Matched funding will be available from 12 noon on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 December but it’s not unlimited, so if you want to make a donation in support of opera for children then please make sure you’ve got your timing right and visit the page as close to 12pm as possible.
If you would like to learn more about our exciting programme of opera for young people please visit the ETO Education page. If you’d like to learn more about the first dog in space, or watch a full-length film of this exciting production, please visit our Laïka, the Spacedog page. Finally, if you have any questions about the Big Give or supporting ETO please do not hesitate to contact Kate Eberwein on 020 7833 2555 or via email on firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested, please email Genevieve Arkle at email@example.com. stating which of the two sessions below you would be able to attend. The discussion groups will be taking place at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, very close to Barbican tube station.
ETO has won a £25,000 award from Creativeworks London to explore how the audience experience of live opera and audience engagement with the art form can be enhanced.
The award, which has been made jointly to a team from ETO and Guildhall School of Music & Drama, was announced yesterday evening (30 June), after seven teams took part in a competitive ‘Dragon’s Den’ style pitch process to industry experts.
ETO and Guildhall School plan to use the award to fund new research into how opera-goers see the live art form, with help from partners at Hackney Empire and Mousetrap Theatre Projects. The research results will then in turn inform the development of new digital or non-digital enhancements to future ETO performances.
ETO Head of Marketing John Holmes, who made the pitch to the panel, said: ‘Finding ways to engage with our audiences all-year-round is a major priority for English Touring Opera, especially as quirks in data protection legislation mean we often don’t get to know who our audience members actually are.’
He added: ‘The expertise of Guildhall School, funded through Creativeworks London, gives us the opportunity to tackle this problem meaningfully. Having experienced researchers actually asking audience members how their engagement with opera could be enhanced, rather than embarking on expensive digital projects for which there is no appetite, is of immeasurable benefit for a company with finite resources such as ourselves.’
Professor John Sloboda, Director of the Guildhall School’s Understanding Audiences Programme, said: ‘Guildhall School is pleased to be able to offer its research expertise to a collaborative project with a valued partner which will both allow new intellectual insights into London audiences for opera, and provide information which will be of genuine business value for ETO’.
Creativeworks London is a research hub set up specifically to bring together London’s creative industries with its research community. The hub brings together 38 London-based universities, colleges, museums, libraries and archives, exploring areas such as entrepreneurial development, emerging markets, new ways of engaging London’s diverse audiences, and the development of digital resources and media content.
BOOST is a follow on award available to SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) and researchers who have previously benefited from Creativeworks London funding. The award scheme aims to provide support to such organisations to further develop or commercialise their ideas through collaborative research projects, with an overall aim of making a positive impact on London’s creative economy.
Participants rehearsing for a previous community project at Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace and ETO are inviting community groups to create and perform a new opera at the palace’s Great Hall in November 2015.
Termed Sing 500, the event forms part of Hampton Court Palace’s 500th birthday celebrations, and is its first large-scale community initiative for adults.
The Sing 500 project is open to non-professional groups in Richmond, Kingston, Elmbridge and Hounslow, and will see participants visit the palace throughout the summer and autumn to take part in creative workshops, culminating in a performance in November.
Hampton Court Palace is inviting interested parties to attend an information day at the palace on Tuesday, April 28 from 6pm to 7.30pm. To find out more, email Kim Klug, Learning Producer, at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 020 3166 6630, or click here to visit the palace’s website.
The nominations, which were announced earlier today, cover 20 different categories, and the winners are being announced at a ceremony on stage at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester on Friday 13 March.
Life on the Moon was performed at Buxton Opera House as part of ETO’s Autumn 2014 national tour, which also included a new production of Handel’s Ottone.
Director Cal McCrystal brought his wide-ranging experience in circus comedy to the production, which was dubbed “terrific fun” by The Guardian, and praised as a “fast-moving yet elegant comedy” in a review by the Manchester Theatre Awards website itself.
The award nominations were chosen by a panel of 11 of the region’s leading theatre critics, and ETO is vying for the Opera award alongside Buxton Festival’s recent production of Dvořák’s comedy The Jacobin, and three recent productions by Opera North: Götterdämmerung, The Coronation Of Poppea and The Girl Of The Golden West.
All nominees are invited, as well as celebrity guests who are presenting the trophies.
A limited number of audience tickets are also available for the awards ceremony, from the RNCM website.
ETO wins “Highly Commended” prize from Legacy10 Award for Excellence
We are delighted to announce that David Burgess (Head of Partnerships and Development) and ETO have been awarded a “Highly Commended” prize as part of the 2014 Legacy10 Awards for Excellence.
The Legacy10 Awards for Excellence were set up to recognise those who have contributed to legacy giving in the UK through innovation and delivery, and was open to all legacy fundraisers working for a registered UK charity.
Susan Hughes, Legacies Manager at the V&A Museum, won the national award, and Rosalyn Leclecq, Legacy Officer at the Essex Wildlife Trust, won the regional award.
ETO was one of five shortlisted organisations. The Awards were decided by a panel comprising senior experts in the fields of philanthropy, business and the media. The panel was chaired by Legacy10 founder and Chairman Roland Rudd.
Legacy10 is a campaigning organisation launched in the autumn of 2011 in order raise awareness of the Government’s changes to inheritance tax which came into force in April 2012. Since that date, anyone who leaves at least 10% of their wealth to charity will have their inheritance tax bill reduced from 40% to 36%.
You can find out more about leaving a legacy to English Touring Opera here
Click here for more information about the Legacy10 campaign.
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