English Touring Opera - Upcoming events http://englishtouringopera.org.uk/productions/rss/ Upcoming events at Warwick Arts Centre en-gb <![CDATA[Visual to Vocal 2017]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Dulwich Picture Gallery Visual to Vocal is a groundbreaking project that sees ETO creating new work in response to paintings in the Dulwich Picture Gallery’s collection.

In 2017 ETO is collaborating once more with Dulwich Picture Gallery and with Dulwich College. Visual to Vocal is a groundbreaking project that sees us creating new work in response to paintings in the Gallery’s collection. The project is for people living with dementia and their carers, and takes place on 10 consecutive weeks with a performance at the end.

This is the fifth project at the Gallery, and celebrates the 250th anniversary of the founding of the Gallery. We will explore the lives, studios and milieu of several of the key painters represented in the collection, including Rembrandt and Gainsborough. The final piece will be a staged song-cycle that brings these artists to life in surprising ways.

The project seeks to give a creative voice to people living with dementia, and puts them at the heart of a creative process, writing lyrics, helping with melodies as well as with the story.

The composer is Rachel Leach. We are joined by students from Dulwich College, and by Matthew Wilsher (clarinet).

There will be a pop-up performance by this year’s Visual to Vocal participants on Tuesday 16 May at 3.30pm at Dulwich Picture Gallery. All are welcome to attend: please click here for directions and visitor information.

Visual to Vocal is supported by City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s charitable funder.

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<![CDATA[Giulio Cesare: The Death of Pompey]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Hackney Empire Handel’s greatest creation and a thrilling story of passion and revenge in the midst of bitter power struggles over the succession to Egypt’s throne.

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Giulio Cesare is Handel’s most celebrated opera, and a real clash of titans on stage. A thrilling story of passion and revenge, it features music so beautiful and characters so strong that we have decided to present it complete, in two intriguing performances.

Part I: The Death of Pompey
Having defeated his rival Pompey, can Caesar now survive the machinations of King of Egypt Ptolemy and his sister Cleopatra?

Part II: Cleopatra’s Needle
The Battle for the Kingdom of the Nile reaches a crisis, as Pompey’s family is enslaved, Caesar is presumed dead, and Cleopatra is made captive by her brother.

Don’t miss this exhilaratingly epic drama, featuring our partner baroque orchestra The Old Street Band and a first-rate cast.

New production, sung in Italian with English surtitles

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<![CDATA[Giulio Cesare: Cleopatra's Needle]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Hackney Empire Handel’s greatest creation and a thrilling story of passion and revenge in the midst of bitter power struggles over the succession to Egypt’s throne.

© Oliver Rosser

Giulio Cesare is Handel’s most celebrated opera, and a real clash of titans on stage. A thrilling story of passion and revenge, it features music so beautiful and characters so strong that we have decided to present it complete, in two intriguing performances.

Part I: The Death of Pompey
Having defeated his rival Pompey, can Caesar now survive the machinations of King of Egypt Ptolemy and his sister Cleopatra?

Part II: Cleopatra’s Needle
The Battle for the Kingdom of the Nile reaches a crisis, as Pompey’s family is enslaved, Caesar is presumed dead, and Cleopatra is made captive by her brother.

Don’t miss this exhilaratingly epic drama, featuring our partner baroque orchestra The Old Street Band and a first-rate cast.

New production, sung in Italian with English surtitles

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<![CDATA[Dardanus]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Hackney Empire The first UK performance of the 1744 version of Dardanus

ETO is proud to present the first performance in the UK of the 1744 version of Dardanus, Rameau’s undoubted masterpiece. Jupiter’s son Dardanus is in love with Iphise, the daughter of his enemy Teucer – a love that, though reciprocated, is forbidden. So begins a ravishing tale of love in war, containing some of the composer’s finest music including the stunning aria “Lieux funestes”.

New production, sung in French with English surtitles

Please note that there will be a concert performance of Dardanus at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford.

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2017-10-06T19:30:00 2017-10-06T19:30:00
<![CDATA[Mass in B minor]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden One of his last compositions, Bach's Mass in B minor is regarded as one of the greatest works in musical history.

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Bach’s Mass in B minor is one of the great statements of faith in music: a mighty response to life’s terrible silences. Being part of a performance, whether as an audience member or a chorister, is one of the things that can change your life.

At several venues around the country ETO’s orchestra and soloists, under the direction of Jonathan Peter Kenny, collaborate with local choirs to build this cathedral of music – including many amateur singers who took part in last year’s extraordinary performance of Bach’s St John Passion.

Tour dates are subject to change

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<![CDATA[Shackleton's Cat]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - St Luke's Primary School Shackleton’s Cat returns in 2018, as part of ETO’s award-winning strand of operas for young people

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A compelling and accurate hour-long distillation of perhaps the greatest battle for survival of modern times.

★★★★ THE TIMES

An outstanding piece, which will remain etched in the memories of all the children lucky enough to see it.

★★★★★ OPERA NOW

Shackleton’s Cat returns in 2018, as part of ETO’s award-winning strand of operas for young people. The opera features nine performers, including singers and players, and tells the story of the voyage and destruction of the Endurance 100 years ago, and the subsequent tale of survival against all odds. The opera features an ingenious set, with maps and images from the expedition, interactive songs, a puppet cat, and comprehensive resources for teachers, compiled in partnership with the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge. Curriculum topics include music, drama, geography, science, literacy and maths.

The story itself begins in 2015, when scientists measuring the alarming changes in the levels of the polar sea-ice make an astonishing discovery: The bones of a cat. They belong to Mrs Chippy, the carpenter’s cat on the Endurance, and best friend to the young Welsh stowaway Perce Blackborow. At the heart of the opera is Shackleton himself, perhaps the greatest expedition leader of all time. The opera follows the crew as they set sail from Buenos Aires to the incredible rescue after months of hardship.

The opera lasts just over an hour and is created for children aged 7-11 and their families. Two months ahead of ETO’s visit schools are sent a CD and sheet music of three songs the children join in with, as well as a comprehensive teacher’s pack, which includes information about the piece and the story, and its curriculum links. The pack contains activities for classes.

Shackleton’s Cat is created by composer Russell Hepplewhite and director Tim Yealland and is designed by Jude Munden – the team behind ETO’s recent children’s operas Silver Electra, Laika the Spacedog and Borka.

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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<![CDATA[This is My Bed]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Polka Theatre A brand new SEND opera

This Is My Bed is the latest of a long line of operas devised annually for audiences with special educational needs and disabilities. Recent operas have included “Different (2017)”, Dust Child (2016), Waxwings (2015), Rumbled (2014) and Spin (2013). Interactive, stimulating and participatory, all of these operas are created to be enjoyed by young people of every ability.

This Is My Bed is devised in partnership with Perseid School in Wimbledon, and is a collaboration with Polka Theatre, where the show will play for two weeks in June 2018.

With a brand new score by Pete Letanka, ETO singers Abigail Kelly, Jo Skillet and Bradley Travis are joined by musicians Ruth Ross and Jonathan Kitchen. The story begins with a problem. There’s no bed. With the audience’s help the cast tries to find a solution to the problem, given that there’s a worldwide shortage of beds. But once a bed has been made the problems really begin. Because there’s only one bed. And it’s a single. Fantasies are played out as the characters take their turns in the magic bed, which wraps up the audience in dreams.

Feedback from recent shows in our SEND strand:

“Both children and support staff loved the performance. It was interesting, fun and creative. A lovely story that the students could follow. The students loved it and were engaged throughout. They loved the music/songs, interacting with the performers and becoming part of the show. A fantastic performance that enabled all students to access and enjoy.

Claire Hatton, teacher of a boys’ group aged 7-11 with visual impairment and additional needs

Very engaging and interactive. Having lots of things to do during the performance really brought it to life and ‘meeting the real cast’ was particularly great for the students. [The students were given] exposure to opera singing in an accessible format (i.e. not just sitting still and listening). An exciting sense of being part of the production. A massive thank you from everyone!

Nick Atkins, teacher of students aged 11-16

If you are interested in booking the opera please contact Daniel Coelho or call 020 7833 2555.

Dates subject to change

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