English Touring Opera - Upcoming events http://englishtouringopera.org.uk/productions/rss/ Upcoming events at Warwick Arts Centre en-gb <![CDATA[Turtle Song]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - West Park, Wolverhampton Turtle Song is our well-known project for people living with dementia, and Has run successfully all over the country for the past 10 years. There are two new projects and partnerships in Wolverhampton and Buckinghamshire

Turtle Song in Wolverhampton and Buckinghamshire this autumn.

Turtle Song is our well-known project for people living with dementia, and has run successfully all over the country for the past 10 years. There are two new projects and partnerships this autumn.

We are delighted to be working alongside the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust this autumn, as well as with our regular partners Turtle Key Arts. Over the course of 10 weeks we will make a new song cycle, created and performed by adults with all forms of dementia, along with their partners and carers. We are collaborating also with music students from Wolverhampton University. The sessions at West Park Hospital will lead to a performance at The Arena Theatre on December 13th.

The group will meet weekly over a ten week period between October and December. The aims are to enjoy singing together, to help write some songs, to record the songs on CD and DVD as well as perform, and to have an experience that is both fun and inspiring. All the ideas for the songs will come from the participants, and the final piece will be performed live to friends and family at the end of the ten weeks. The sessions will be led by Heather Wastie and Tim Yealland.

For more information on booking a place contact the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust Arts Manager on email: natalie.lewis2@nhs.net or phone 01902 307999 ext: 8764

A similar project is happening for the first time this autumn in Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, led by Jon Petter and Carolyn Von Stumm. This is an ETO collaboration with the Royal College of Music and Turtle Key Arts, in partnership with Waddesdon Manor and Tring Park School for the Performing Arts.

The sessions run on Monday afternoons from 2pm to 4pm at Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, Bucks HP18 0JH

On the following dates: *26 September
3 October
10 October
17 October
24 October
31 October
7 November
14 November
21 November*

Thanks to the Rothschild Foundation, the Henry Smith Foundation, the Mark Armitage Foundation and the Scouloudi Foundation for their generous support.

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

© Richard Hubert Smith

The direction is smart, the jokes get the audience laughing, and ETO does Handel’s music proud.

★★★★ The Times

Outstanding musicality… Five years on, it’s still fun.

★★★★ WhatsOnStage

A tremendous spectacle. The singing varies from splendid to astonishing.

★★★★ Broadway World

A pitch-perfect cast, beautiful direction and a score that soars.

★★★★ A Younger Theatre

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 captions
Running time: 2 hours and 45 minutes (including interval)

Interviews, videos and trailers

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<![CDATA[Ulysses’ Homecoming]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Harrogate Theatre 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.

© Richard Hubert Smith

One of the most accomplished Monteverdi stagings I have ever seen. Unmissable.

★★★★★ Independent

This fine production of a great baroque opera shows ETO at its best: for its simplicity, honesty and integrity, I admired it more than anything else I have seen in London this autumn.

★★★★ Telegraph

A staging of extraordinary beauty and simplicity. Profoundly touching.

★★★★ Guardian

I have rarely heard Monteverdi’s score delivered with such fervour or sensual grace.

★★★★ Times

My fellows in the dress circle cheered and stood at the curtain, their delight visible to all.

★★★★ Broadway World

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 with surtitles
Running time: 2 hours 40 minutes (incl. interval)

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<![CDATA[La Calisto ]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Harrogate Theatre When Jove falls in love with a mortal, Calisto, his goddess wife seeks revenge.

© Jane Hobson

Cavalli’s serene conception shines gloriously through.

★★★★★ Independent

Attractive and finely sung. The final scenes are unquestionably moving.

★★★★ Guardian

Full of lovely singing and eerie melodies.

★★★★ Broadway World

Nelson conducts superbly… The cast is strong, with particular accolades going to Catherine Carby, Katie Bray, Paula Sides and George Humphreys.

★★★★ Music OMH

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 with captions
Running time: 2 hours 50 minutes (incl. interval)
Age guidance: 12+ (contains moderate sex references)

2016-10-14T19:30:00 2016-11-23T19:30:00
<![CDATA[Calisto's Spell]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden 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

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<![CDATA[St John Passion]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden 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

My profound thanks for what was an outstanding evening! I am very involved in life at the Cathedral but have never been so moved by it.

Audience member (Rochester)

It was amazing. The way the cast interacted and the animated singing and playing were a revelation and really brought out all the drama of this work. Don’t think I will ever forget this evening!

Audience member (Rochester)

I was very fortunate to attend the performance at Rochester Cathedral – what an incredibly moving and thrilling experience. I can honestly say that I have never before been so moved by a performance of any piece of music. I had to hold back tears as I listened spellbound for the whole evening. It was clear from talking to other members of the audience afterwards that they also felt that this was a very special occasion.

Audience member (Rochester)

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.

Running time: 1 hour 47 minutes

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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<![CDATA[Different ]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - London 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.

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

2017-01-14T12:00:00 2017-06-14T14:00:00
<![CDATA[Silver Electra]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - London 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.

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

2017-06-13T12:00:00 2017-06-13T12:00:00
<![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

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.

2017-03-08T19:30:00 2017-06-08T19:30:00
<![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 Daniel Coelho 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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