Life on the Moon shortlisted for Manchester Theatre Award

20th January 2015

English Touring Opera has been shortlisted for the Opera category in the 2015 Manchester Theatre Awards for the company’s recent production of Haydn’s Life on the Moon.

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 returns to Buxton Opera House later in 2015 with new productions of Puccini’s La Bohème on Thursday 14 and Saturday 16 May, and Donizetti’s The Wild Man of the West Indies on Friday 15 May.

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