Laika the Spacedog live broadcast from Armel Festival

11th October 2013

Laika the Spacedog live broadcast from Armel Festival

English Touring Opera’s award-winning opera Laika the Spacedog will be broadcast live from Armel Opera Festival in Szeged, Hungary on Monday 14 October at 6:10pm.

Laika the Spacedog is a new children’s opera written and directed by Tim Yealland and composed by Russell Hepplewhite for ETO’s spring 2013 tour. It tells the story of Laika, the Russian mongrel discovered in Gorky Park in Moscow in 1957, and destined to become the first animal in orbit.

After a preview for BBC Stargazing Live at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich in January 2013, Laika opened with a sell-out week of performances at the Science Museum in London.

The opera was awarded the PRS David Bedford Music Education Award in 2013 as an exceptional music education project for primary school children and family audiences.

Following its successful UK tour, Laika is now landing in Hungary, where English Touring Opera will give a special performance as part of the Armel Opera Festival in Szeged on Monday 14 October.

The performance will be broadcast live at 6:10pm on the ARTE website, where it will also be available to watch until April 2014. To watch the live web broadcast, please follow this link

A public vote is also open to select the festival’s best-loved production. Please support ETO’s cast and crew by going to the ARTE website and voting for Laika the Spacedog as this year’s public favourite. CLICK HERE to vote.

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