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Hoffmann's World

A series of free workshops aimed at secondary school students, exploring the world of opera and how it is produced.

ETO is offering free short secondary school workshops this autumn to accompany our production of Offenbach’s dark comedy, The Tales of Hoffmann.

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, on 2014’s workshop

The staff conductor will come into schools and talk with students about the opera itself; he will also explain how the production has travelled from an original concept to the stage with the help of the designers’ model boxes. Whenever possible students will look at the set itself just before curtain-up in local theatres, and meet a few of the singers backstage.

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 2014’s workshop

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. After having seen the show, students will be invited to write reviews and a selection will be published on ETO’s website and blog.

What each school gets:

  • A short workshop with an ETO conductor about the opera and the evolution of the production

  • A visit onto the stage of the local theatre prior to the show (whenever possible)

  • Discounted tickets to see Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann in their local venue

  • A meeting with members of the professional cast after the show

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

For more information or to book this experience, please contact Lucy Beech: lucy.beech@englishtouringopera.org.uk or call 020 7833 2555.

Showing At

  1. London
    9th Oct 2015 - 12:00 am
  2. Buxton
    16th Oct 2015 - 12:00 am
  3. Malvern
    23rd Oct 2015 - 12:00 am
  4. Cambridge
    6th Nov 2015 - 12:00 am
  5. Bath
    9th Nov 2015 - 12:00 am
  6. Bath
    10th Nov 2015 - 12:00 am
  7. Snape Maltings
    13th Nov 2015 - 12:00 am
  8. Exeter
    19th Nov 2015 - 12:00 am
  9. Exeter
    20th Nov 2015 - 12:00 am
  1. London — 9th Oct 2015 - 12:00 am

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  2. Buxton — 16th Oct 2015 - 12:00 am

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  3. Malvern — 23rd Oct 2015 - 12:00 am

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  4. Cambridge — 6th Nov 2015 - 12:00 am

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  5. Bath — 9th Nov 2015 - 12:00 am

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  6. Bath — 10th Nov 2015 - 12:00 am

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  7. Snape Maltings — 13th Nov 2015 - 12:00 am

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  8. Exeter — 19th Nov 2015 - 12:00 am

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  9. Exeter — 20th Nov 2015 - 12:00 am

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I really enjoyed the tour and meeting some of the actors. The performance was very good, it was quite easy to follow. I am glad I went to see it.

Greta, Cambridge Youth Opera

In The Tales of Hoffmann I found Olympia’s act the most amusing because Hoffmann saw Olympia differently than the audience. For example, he found her dancing beautiful but it was in fact very clumsy. This was all because of the rose-tinted glasses that Coppelius had given him. I found the workshop very helpful as it gave a preview of the story and a good introduction. Meeting the cast was informative as they gave us a description of their memories and experiences.

Caroline, Cambridge Youth Opera

I really enjoyed the Tales of Hoffmann because it was fun and entertaining. My favourite act was with Olympia as it was fun how Hoffmann thought that Olympia was a very elaborate woman but actually she was a skeleton of lights. My favourite song was “Yes your spirit is calling” because it was the most tuneful and the butler’s song was funny because he sang everything out of tune. My favourite bit was when Dr Miracle came gliding out of the wall on a stretcher while the father had just said “whew, he’s gone!” and because it was spooky. Going behind the scenes was interesting because you could see all the props. The workshop was also useful because you got a preview of the story beforehand.

Juliette, Cambridge Youth Opera

Showing At

  1. London
    9th Oct 2015 - 12:00 am
  2. Buxton
    16th Oct 2015 - 12:00 am
  3. Malvern
    23rd Oct 2015 - 12:00 am
  4. Cambridge
    6th Nov 2015 - 12:00 am
  5. Bath
    9th Nov 2015 - 12:00 am
  6. Bath
    10th Nov 2015 - 12:00 am
  7. Snape Maltings
    13th Nov 2015 - 12:00 am
  8. Exeter
    19th Nov 2015 - 12:00 am
  9. Exeter
    20th Nov 2015 - 12:00 am

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