2012 spring tour announced

6th September 2011

Next spring English Touring Opera plans a season of two of the most popular operas in the repertoire – Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and Rossini’s The Barber of Seville.

Our production of Tchaikovsky’s romantic classic Eugene Onegin received critical acclaim and popular ovations around the country in 2007. The Guardian (4 stars) said of it that “it sheds more light on Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece than any other recent UK production”. ETO Director James Conway and Conductor Michael Rosewell return to this striking production with a new cast, including emerging star Nicholas Lester in the title role. With its heartfelt arias and ensembles, its splendid choruses and ballroom scenes, and Tchaikovsky’s gift for melody, rich orchestration and drama, Eugene Onegin is a night at the opera for romantics of all ages.

Effervescent, high-spirited, vocally brilliant, a work of comic genius: Rossini’s masterpiece The Barber of Seville is a favourite with audiences around the world. ETO’s new production, directed by the exciting and imaginative Thomas Guthrie and conducted by an experienced master of Italian opera, Paul McGrath, promises to be one of the highlights of the artistic calendar in 2012. The roguish young Count Almaviva, masquerading as the student Lindoro, will be sung by Nicholas Sharratt, one of the UK’s most promising Italianate tenors. Kitty Whately, winner of the 2011 Kathleen Ferrier Award, plays his beloved Rosina, as cunning as she is lovely.

Please keep checking our website for more information – such as booking opening dates and more venues to be announced (including Cambridge and Belfast).

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