ETO's 'brave and challenging' Spring 2014 productions nominated for Olivier Award

10th March 2014

ETO’s current Spring season has been nominated for an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera, for its “brave and challenging touring productions” of Tippett’s King Priam and Britten’s Paul Bunyan.

The two productions opened at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House last month, and together with a revival of The Magic Flute which itself opened last Saturday at Hackney Empire, are touring the country until the end of May.

All of ETO’s venues in England are receiving at least one of the two new productions; King Priam is touring to a further nine theatres and Paul Bunyan is performed at 12 more venues during the Spring 2014 tour.

The nominations, which are in 26 categories across the fields of theatre, opera and dance, were revealed by actors Nigel Harman and Leigh Zimmerman at a ceremony in central London earlier today.

ETO is the only opera company and the only British recipient of this year’s nomination for the award. The other nominees are the world-famous artists Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez for their performances in La Donna Del Lago at the Royal Opera House, and Placido Domingo for his performance in Nabucco, again at Covent Garden.

The winners in all categories will be revealed at a star-studded ceremony to be held on Sunday 13 April at the Royal Opera House, with highlights of the event due to be broadcast on ITV shortly afterwards.

Established in 1976 and organised by Society of London Theatre (SOLT), the Laurence Olivier Awards celebrate the world-class status of London’s theatre and are recognised internationally as British theatre’s highest honour.

James Conway, ETO’s General Director, said: “It’s a great honour to receive this Olivier nomination, and a mighty encouragement. I am proud of bringing these two great works to the stage, and of touring them alongside three other productions this season. Getting into the West End was a treat for ETO, and this is a treat of rare delicacy – a tribute to all the hard-working artists and technicians now on tour”.

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