English Touring Opera - Upcoming events http://englishtouringopera.org.uk/productions/rss/ Upcoming events at Warwick Arts Centre en-gb <![CDATA[National Portrait Gallery]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - National Portrait Gallery English Touring Opera and National Portrait Gallery collaborate once more to inspire brand new musical theatre composition with primary schools.

Using the National Portrait Gallery’s collection, and working in collaboration with professional musicians from English Touring Opera, primary school children aged 7-11 are introduced to a portrait, and encouraged to create words and music to perform their own piece to the public in front of the chosen portrait.

Primary teachers can now explore the skills used in this project in their own teaching by attending our CPD day on 25 June 2015. More information here.

Recent feedback

“I didn’t know paintings could be so interesting!”
“I want to play piano as good as Pete when I grow up.”
“I’m going to ask my mum if we can come back to the gallery in the holidays so I can show her the painting and sing her the song.”

It was fun thinking of ideas, working in a team and looking at the portraits. The best part was making up the story. I loved the song!

Guadalupe, 10

Amazing, it was fun learning and making the song about T.S. Eliot. The best part was working and brainstorming the song. Never close down the gallery!

Niamh, 10

The workshop on Thursday was excellent – thoroughly enjoyed by children and staff. Pete pitched the work at the perfect level for our Y3-5 mixed group (I know it’s not always easy with a mixed group). The children were buzzing all the way home. We also had some parents who came to watch the performance and were really impressed too.

Teacher, Chase Bridge School

We had a fabulous time. What a really great project with terrific end results, the kids were all so thrilled with their song. Pete was inspirational. Do book us in again next year.

Teacher, St Paul’s CE Primary School

Eight years of collaboration!

2015 marks the eighth year of this remarkable collaboration between English Touring Opera and the National Portrait Gallery. Combining the visual arts, with history, literacy, and music this series of inspiring and creative workshops provides an opportunity for teachers of Key Stage 2 to deepen their pupils’ appreciation and understanding in these curriculum areas.

How does the day work?

Pictures in the collection serve as a jumping off point for new composition. The children are taken to one of the Gallery spaces, where they are introduced to a historical or contemporary portrait. Using their newfound knowledge of the portrayed character, the pupils then begin instant music-theatre composition, working with professional musicians in the workshop space to create their own original lyrics and music. The workshop lasts a full day and concludes with the children returning to the portrait in the main Gallery to perform their composition in public.

These workshops are run biannually at the National Portrait Gallery and are led by leading musicians and animateurs Paul Griffiths and Pete Letanka assisted by a range of other professional musicians.

Contact and booking details

The workshop is suitable for all Key Stage 2 classes and lasts a full day.

For more details please email Tim Yealland or Lucy Beech at ETO, or call 020 7833 2555.

English Touring Opera and the National Portrait Gallery would like to acknowledge the generous support of Sarah and Geoff Roberts for this project.

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<![CDATA[Xerxes]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Hackney Empire A revival of Handel's comedic masterpiece set in 1940 during the Battle of Britain.

®Richard Hubert Smith

Covent Garden would count itself lucky to host a baroque show of this calibre.

★★★★★ Independent

A production that takes flight in more ways than one.

★★★★ WhatsOnStage

Musically gripping from take-off to landing.

Guardian

One of ETO’s most warm-hearted and humorous productions of recent years was Xerxes, which saw Handel’s astonishing setting of a Venetian text relocated to the Battle of Britain, with the Persian king recast as a glamorous prince-turned-pilot jealous of his brother’s stronger sex appeal.

The score is absolutely Handel at his best, sometimes fiery and even explosive, at other times deeply touching. Julia Riley, Clint van der Linde, Laura Mitchell and Andrew Slater return in their original roles, with Peter Brathwaite and Galina Averina in her company debut, and Jonathan Peter Kenny directing the spitfire brilliance of the Old Street Band.

Revival, sung in English with surtitles
Running time: 2 hours and 45 minutes (including interval)

Interviews, videos and trailers

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2016-10-08T19:30:00 2016-11-22T19:30:00
<![CDATA[La Calisto ]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Hackney Empire When Jove falls in love with a mortal, Calisto, his goddess wife seeks revenge.

® Richard Hubert Smith

Cavalli’s La Calisto irreverently charts the relations between gods, men and women, in a score so rich and heady it must have drawn as many blushes as gasps when first heard.

The infatuation of Jove (George Humphreys) with the lovely Calisto (Paula Sides) and the unlikely attraction of virgin Diana (Catherine Carby) to the handsome youth Endymion (Tai Oney) entangle them in love wars as comical as they are dangerous.

ETO’s new production is conducted and directed by Timothy Nelson, and features Paula Sides in the title role, with a plush collection of continuo instruments.

New production, sung in English

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2016-10-14T19:30:00 2016-11-23T19:30:00
<![CDATA[Ulysses’ Homecoming]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Hackney Empire Returning home from the Trojan War after an absence of 20 years, Ulysses has to confront his wife’s suitors, who have taken over his home.

One of the certain masterpieces of Venice’s glory days is Monteverdi’s crowning achievement, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (Ulysses’ Homecoming), recounting the delicate interplay between gods and men when, long after the end of the disastrous Trojan war, Ulysses is reunited with his wife Penelope.

James Conway’s new production, designed by Greek designer takis (Ottone, Life on the Moon) will feature Benedict Nelson and Carolyn Dobbin in these central roles, Nick Pritchard as their son Telemachus, and Katie Bray as the feisty goddess Minerva.

New production, sung in English

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2016-10-15T19:30:00 2016-11-26T19:30:00
<![CDATA[St John Passion]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Rochester Cathedral Soloists from ETO and the Old Street Band collaborate with local cathedral, gospel and youth choirs to present Bach’s *St John Passion*.

© Robert Workman

‘No praise too high for the continuo support from the Old Street Band: a period-instrument ensemble with an unerring feel for idiom.’

Independent

‘The Old Street Band plays like a charm for Jonathan Peter Kenny; a gorgeous reading, flowing and spruce, that never fails to support the singers and favour the drama.’

What’s On Stage

Deeply personal, inspiring and questioning in equal parts, Bach’s St John Passion is a brilliant reflection of that extraordinary gospel and one of the highest points in Western civilisation.

It opens with an impassioned cry to God, written in the plain language of an earnest witness and full of restlessness and desire. Between this opening and the final, magnificent chorus, we are called to face up to some of the most basic questions in life, all in the form of an urgent, unsentimental story.

ETO plans a new kind of performance of this masterpiece, in collaboration with more than thirty choirs around the country and featuring new English translations of the chorales from writers of different faiths and backgrounds.

English translations
Gordon Matthews: O grosse Lieb, O Lieb ohn alle Masse
Maitreyabandhu: Dein Will gescheh, Herr Gott, zugleich
Chibundu Onuzo: Wer hat dich so geschlagen
Tim Yealland: Himmel Reisse / Jesu, deine Passion
Dr John Sentamu: Petrus, der nicht denkt zurück
Canon Dr Giles Fraser: Christus, der uns selig macht
Abigail Morris: Ach grosser König
John McCarthy): Durch dein Gefängnis, Gottes Sohn
The Very Revd Dr Jonathan Draper: In meines Herzens Grunde
A.L. Kennedy: Er nahm alles wohl in acht
Dr Rowan Williams: O hilf, Christe, Gottes Sohn
Marina Warner: Ach Herr, lass dein lieb Engelein

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2016-10-16T19:30:00 2016-12-04T19:30:00
<![CDATA[Tosca]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Hackney Empire Puccini’s visceral depiction of love and power in the midst of political terror.

Puccini’s visceral depiction of love and power in the midst of political terror, is directed by award-winning Blanch McIntyre, new to opera but fresh from some revelatory work in the theatre. A trio of powerful UK artist are lined up for the diva, the artist and the chief of police, so it is sure to be a night of passion.

A new production. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Dates subject to change

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2017-03-04T19:30:00 2017-06-09T19:30:00
<![CDATA[Patience]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Hackney Empire ETO's first production of a light Gilbert and Sullivan opera.

Patience, a light opera, by Gilbert and Sullivan is the duo’s extremely witty, infrequently performed little masterpiece about the aesthetic movement of the 1890s, with willowy poets, sighing maidens, hearty milkmaids and burly officers galore. Every tune is whistleable, every word worth hearing, and the humour is as fresh as it was at the first performance.

Sung in English with English surtitles.

Dates subject to change.

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2017-03-08T19:30:00 2017-06-08T19:30:00
<![CDATA[Silver Electra]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Thameside Theatre Silver Electra is the very first opera about Amelia Earhart.

In 1937 the most famous woman on the planet went missing in her silver Electra aeroplane. Amelia Earhart was approaching the final leg of her round the world flight when the plane disappeared, and neither she nor her plane were ever found. 40 years later, and 2,000 miles away in Australia, an old jar of freckle cream is discovered by an elderly woman on the beach. So begins a story that takes us from Australia to America and back, with a huge cast of exciting characters.

Silver Electra is an opera that looks both at the riveting story of Earhart herself, and at issues around memory loss. It also explores a complex family relationship, as we meet Bindi, the older woman’s daughter, her new partner Darrel, and her son Noah, who himself goes missing in the outback at the climax of the opera. The opera also highlights the role of women pioneers in the twentieth century.

The team behind Laika the Spacedog and Shackleton’s Cat of composer Russell Hepplewhite, writer Tim Yealland and designer Jude Munden have created this new opera, which is suitable for both Key Stage 2 (ages 9-11) and Key Stage 3 (ages 12-14), as well as families.

The opera is performed by a cast of 4 professional singers, and violin, viola, keyboard and a big range of percussion (much of it handmade). It lasts 65 minutes, and there are opportunities to ask questions and meet the cast after the show.

The opera is accompanied by resources for teachers, and supports the curriculum subjects of science, history, design and technology, geography, literacy, music and drama. There will also be songs for children to learn ahead of the visit of ETO to a school.

The cost to schools is £290 +VAT for both the show and the resources. The opera will tour also to theatre venues across the UK in Spring 2017.

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

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2017-06-13T12:00:00 2017-06-13T12:00:00
<![CDATA[Different ]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Thameside Theatre A new opera for SEND audiences.

Different is being created by Key Club, the group of young adults with high functioning autism or asperger’s syndrome. Working with composer Llywelyn ap Myrdden, designer Ruth Paton, animator Babis Alexiadis *and cellist *Jonathan Kitchen, the group is writing an opera from scratch, which will be performed by ETO professionals and will tour to SEND schools and to small venues across the UK in the spring of 2017.

The material will be written in the autumn of 2016, but the opera builds on ETO’s many successful operas for special needs audiences. In the last few years RedBlueGreen, Spin, Rumbled, Waxwings and Dust Child have been seen by audiences in schools in most of ETO’s touring venues. Interactive, stimulating and participatory, the operas are created to be enjoyed by young people of every ability.

Key Club is run by Turtle Key Arts, one of principle ETO’s long-term partners.

The cost to schools is £290 +VAT. The opera will tour also to theatre venues across the UK in Spring 2017.

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

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