English Touring Opera - Upcoming events http://englishtouringopera.org.uk/productions/rss/ Upcoming events at Warwick Arts Centre en-gb <![CDATA[Radamisto]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Hackney Empire Handel's most appreciated opera

Radamisto was one of Handel’s most appreciated operas, not least for its famous aria “Ombra cara”, which stunned audiences and was sung in drawing rooms for decades thereafter. It tells a dramatic story of a royal family in old Armenia, locked in mortal conflict. Thematically, it champions faithfulness and married love, but it also has a fine gallery of moral depravity and intolerance. Certainly one for collectors, this is nonetheless a moving and accessible piece of music theatre for anyone wanting to try opera. Peter Whelan conducts, and James Conway directs a new production in Adam Wiltshire’s designs, inspired by the art of early Christian Armenia.

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

2018-10-06T19:30:00 2018-10-06T19:30:00
<![CDATA[Dido & Aeneas Workshops ]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - London Make an opera in a day

© Abi Oshodi

ETO bring a ‘make an opera in a day’ workshop to secondary schools around the country based on the beautiful and emotional Dido and Aeneas.

This autumn English Touring Opera is delivering workshops in secondary schools based on the seminal opera Dido and Aeneas. The day long workshops will see the students create an opera based around the themes and music in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.

An inspirational team of director Karen Gilliangham, composer John Barber, designer Ruth Paton and star soprano Abigail Kelly lead the workshops. Karen is creative director of both Garsington Opera Learning and Participation and Garsington Opera4All and was co-artistic director of the Royal Opera House’s Youth Opera Company for 9 years. Abigail is a hugely versatile artist who has sung many roles for ETO, the most recent being Susanna and Barbarina in The Marriage of Figaro and Kina in the opera for young people with SEND: This is My Bed. The workshop will be a fantastic opportunity for the students to explore the challenging themes of love Dido presents while creating a piece inspired by their own experiences that they will perform at the end of the day.

The students will also be given the opportunity to come and see the Triple Bill: Dido & Aeneas/ Jonas/ I Will Not Speak performed by ETO singers and a live orchestra.

This experience is aimed at Music or Drama GCSE groups, but would also be suitable for keen A-level students.

For information on whether this workshop could come to your school please contact Daniel Coelho or call 020 7833 2555.

Dates and times are subject to change.

2018-10-09T12:00:00 2018-10-09T12:00:00
<![CDATA[Triple bill: Dido & Aeneas/ Jonas / I Will Not Speak]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Hackney Empire A rare concoction of 17th century music and opera

© Richard Hubert Smith

This triple bill features works by Purcell, Carissimi and Gesualdo. Best known is Dido and Aeneas: “Remember me!” the abandoned Dido calls, and in Henry Purcell’s melody she will be remembered forever. Director Seb Harcombe promises to conjure a Jacobean night-world, in which a great woman contemplates her ruin.

The priest-composer Giacomo Carissimi made a series of short musical dramas for his Roman audience, depicting scenes from the Bible in which humans wrestle with God. One of the finest is Jonas, or Jonah, which depicts the story of Jonah and the whale. Dancer/director Bernadette Iglich will make a new piece of drama on this story with Carissimi’s sensuous music.

The third part of the evening showcases music of the prince-murderer-composer Carlo Gesualdo. Tortured by his mortal love affairs and by his intense love for an absent God, Gesualdo was a striking original. Eight singers and eight players will perform some of his most intense madrigals in a landscape of shadows and candle-light. You will not have heard anything like this before.

2018-10-12T19:30:00 2018-10-12T19:30:00
<![CDATA[St Matthew Passion]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Temple Church, London Concluding our 3 year cycle of Bach's works

© Robert Workman

In partnership with 23 different choirs around the country, our soloists and the Old Street Band, led by Jonathan Peter Kenny, will conclude our 3-year cycle of Bach’s major works with the St Matthew Passion. Following the overwhelming success of our St John Passion and B minor Mass performances, these concerts are sure to sell out very quickly, so join us for intense performances of the greatest music ever written by a man of faith.

Sung in German

2018-11-04T15:00:00 2018-11-04T15:00:00
<![CDATA[The Ghost of Dickens' Past]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Holy Trinity and St. Silas Primary School A new opera about Charles Dickens

English Touring Opera return to Holy Trinity and St Silas Primary School in Camden in the autumn to create a new opera with 120 pupils. This special partnership is now in its 4th year, and the new project follows Sand Surf Snow, Fire Children and Sem’ye: three operas created with the school’s KS2 classes. Performances are in early December.

The story will look at the creation of A Christmas Carol, Dickens’ famous novel about the transformation of the miser Scrooge at Christmastime, through the visitation of ghosts past and present. What is often forgotten is the experience of Dickens himself as a child, at a time when children often died young in appalling conditions. Four classes in the school will help create the story, lyrics and music of the new ambitious opera, as well as perform.

Dates and times are subject to change

2018-12-10T12:00:00 2018-12-10T12:00:00
<![CDATA[Paradise Planet]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - St Luke's Primary School Paradise Planet is a celebration of the natural world that puts children at the heart of stories about the environment.

Paradise Planet is a collection of ocean stories for families and children in primary schools (KS2). This world of musical mayhem follows the adventures of humans who live on the waves, and the animals that live beneath them. This interactive opera celebrates the awesome power of the ocean – but things are not all as they seem and the animals are in danger. As the stories collide it’s up to us to save this magical world.

This interactive performance uses song, live musicians and sound-design wizardry to show children that they have the power to change the world.

Wirtten by artists Hanbury & Groves, the opera is performed by a cast of 4 professional singers. The musical ensemble is cello, clarinet and keyboard.

The opera is accompanied by extensive resources for teachers. This curriculum-linked piece draws from the KS2 Science syllabus on ‘Living Things’ including classifying and naming animals, food chains, changing natural environments, human impact, conservation, and working scientifically. There will also be songs for children to learn ahead of the visit of ETO to a school.

Running time: approx. 1 hour
Q&A and meet the cast after the performance

We visit schools, libraries and smaller theatre venues, so if you’d like to book a performance, please contact Daniel Coelho or call 020 7833 2555.

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