Calisto's Spell

ETO offers free secondary school workshops this autumn to accompany our production of Cavalli’s sparkling comedy La Calisto

ETO is offering free secondary school workshops this autumn to accompany our production of Cavalli’s sparkling comedy La Calisto.

With memorable tunes and light-hearted humour La Calisto is the Venetian opera par excellence: saucy, fun and bubbly, it follows the twin romances of gods Jupiter and Diana with the nymph Calisto and the shepherd Endymion. Inevitably, comic misadventures arise from their thwarted attempts at seduction, and many colourful characters play their part on the way. With music full of dance rhythms, they are constantly on its feet – or hooves…

In the local theatre ETO’s staff director will talk with students about the opera; he will also explain how the production has travelled from an original concept to the stage with the help of the designer’s model box. Students will then have a tour of the set and meet some of the cast before curtain-up on the evening of the performance. After the show, students will be invited to write reviews, which ETO will display on our website and blog.

This is a unique opportunity to explore the real gritty world of opera and how it is produced. At the core of the experience is the chance to see a great opera in a brand new production by ETO’s Olivier Award-winning team.

This experience is aimed at Music or Drama GCSE or A-level groups, but would be suitable for any keen secondary school-aged group.

For more information or to book this experience, please contact Daniel Coelho or call 020 7833 2555.

Times subject to change

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    14th Oct 2016 - 4:00 pm
  2. Malvern Theatres
    21st Oct 2016 - 4:00 pm
  3. Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden
    3rd Nov 2016 - 4:00 pm
  4. Buxton Opera House
    17th Nov 2016 - 4:00 pm
  5. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    23rd Nov 2016 - 4:00 pm
  1. Hackney Empire — 14th Oct 2016 - 4:00 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  2. Malvern Theatres — 21st Oct 2016 - 4:00 pm

    Malvern Theatres, Grange Road, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 3HB

  3. Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden — 3rd Nov 2016 - 4:00 pm

    Audley End Road, Saffron Walden , CB11 4UH

  4. Buxton Opera House — 17th Nov 2016 - 4:00 pm

    Water Street, SK17 6XN

  5. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 23rd Nov 2016 - 4:00 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

We had a fantastic time – it was a great first opera for the students and they were really positive about it – really enjoyed it. I massively appreciate the openness with which the theatre and ETO allowed us access on stage and gave us a chance to be in the auditorium with the director, designer and cast members. It was such a privilege and really exciting to feel part of it. I think it made the whole experience more “edible” for them so thanks a million to you all. Space costumes were hilarious!

Teacher, Chingford Foundation School, London, on ETO’s 2014 Autumn season workshop

Thank you for providing us with the opportunity to watch and learn about your production of Life on the Moon. The performance itself was excellent, and many of the students (from years 10-13) commented on how much they enjoyed it. For the majority, it was their first experience of opera, and I was aware beforehand that some were unsure that they would like it. The responses at the interval, and after the show, were overwhelmingly positive. The director’s workshop during the afternoon was very interesting and offered a genuine insight into both ETO and his own experience of working professionally in the theatre, which was exceptionally valuable for the students. Overall, I felt that this was a very successful experience for my students and one which I hope will open them up to attending more theatre and opera of their own volition.

Teacher, Framwellgate School, Durham, on ETO’s 2014 Autumn season workshop

Having been to watch the opera Life on the Moon, I can say with certainty that it is a hugely enjoyable experience for one and all. The set was fantastic… The quality of singing was exquisite throughout – I believe that the operatic format of this piece added to the comedy, and had it been an ordinary play, it may not have been quite so hilarious. I would definitely recommend this production to others. Overall, I was very pleased – a delightful evening indeed.

Karis, Y11 student on ETO’s 2014 production of Life on the Moon

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    14th Oct 2016 - 4:00 pm
  2. Malvern Theatres
    21st Oct 2016 - 4:00 pm
  3. Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden
    3rd Nov 2016 - 4:00 pm
  4. Buxton Opera House
    17th Nov 2016 - 4:00 pm
  5. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    23rd Nov 2016 - 4:00 pm

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