English Touring Opera - Upcoming events http://englishtouringopera.org.uk/productions/rss/ Upcoming events at Warwick Arts Centre en-gb <![CDATA[Dido & Aeneas / Jonas / I Will Not Speak ]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden A rare concoction of 17th century music and opera

Dido & Aeneas 
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This unique 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.

Running time: approx. 2 hours 20 minutes including interval.

There will be a concert performance of Dido and Aeneas /Jonas / I Will Not Speak (Io tacerò) at the Coronation Hall, Ulverston on Wed 7 Nov

2018-10-12T19:30:00 2018-11-22T19:30:00
<![CDATA[Radamisto]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Gala Theatre, Durham 'recommended to all Handel lovers' The Telegraph

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Handel tells the dramatic story of a royal family in old Armenia, locked in mortal conflict. Radamisto is famous for its aria “Ombra cara”, which stunned audiences and was sung in drawing rooms for decades thereafter. 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
Running time: 2 hours 25 minutes (incl. interval)

2018-10-06T19:30:00 2018-11-24T19:30:00
<![CDATA[St Matthew Passion]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Wolverhampton Grand Theatre Concluding our 3 year cycle of Bach's works

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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 with English surtitles

Participating Choirs
Temple Church, Collegium Musicum of London Chamber Choir
Holy Trinity and Saint Silas CE Primary School

Lancaster Priory
Lancaster Priory Bach Choir
Lancaster Priory Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs

St John’s Church, Workington
Cockermouth Harmonic
Cockermouth School Choir
Wigton Choral Society
University of Cumbria Choral Society

Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
Wulfrun Singers
Members from the Kidderminster Choral Society
Lichfield Gospel Choir

Saffron Hall
Granta Chorale
SWCHS Voices
SCYM Junior Choir

Wiltshire Music Centre
Cantamus Chamber Choir
Wiltshire Music Centre Chorus

Blackburn Cathedral
The Renaissance Singers of Blackburn Cathedral
Bolton Junior Youth Choir

Firth Hall, Sheffield
Sheffield Chamber Choir
Sterndale Singers
Escafeld Chorale
Sheffield Chorale

Exeter Cathedral
Schola Exe
St Peter’s Preparatory School Choir

Great Malvern Priory
Hill Singers

Stoller Hall, Manchester
Chetham’s Chamber Choir
Manchester Cathedral Choristers

Running time: approx 3 hours (inc. interval)

2018-10-18T19:30:00 2018-11-28T19:30:00
<![CDATA[Dido & Aeneas Workshops ]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Ulverston Make an opera in a day

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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.

0000-00-00T00:00:00 2018-11-22T12:00:00
<![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[Elizabeth I]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Hackney Empire Rossini's masterpiece about the woman behind the monach

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The first fully staged professional production Rossini’s opera Elizabeth I (Elisabetta, regina d’Inghilterra) to tour the UK since 1818.

Elizabeth I shows the woman behind the monarch. The queen had the reputation of a queen who ruled with her head, and silenced her heart – but writers and composers remained fascinated with her private life, and in particular with her rivalry her cousin Mary Queen of Scots.

Rossini’s opera contrasts the private and public spheres of her life, sparkling with vocal fireworks which culminate in a virtuosic showdown between the virgin queen, her councillor, her lover and his wife.

The production features Mary Plazas in the title role and is directed by ETO’s General Director James Conway.

2019-03-02T19:30:00 2019-05-23T19:30:00
<![CDATA[Idomeneo]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Hackney Empire Mozart's greatest opera seria

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Returning from the Trojan War and caught in the midst of a storm, King Idomeneo promises the raging seas that he will sacrifice the first person he meets, in return for his safe passage. Cruelly, the first person he encounters is his only son, Idamante.

The rivalry between the princesses Ilia and Elettra for the heart of Idamante coupled with a king’s ill-fated promise provide a rich, emotional drama and unforgettable music.

Mozart’s Idomeneo remains one the greatest of his ‘opera seria’ (serious operas). This is an opera that explores royalty, high ideals and deep emotions.

More venues to be announced

2019-03-08T19:30:00 2019-06-01T19:30:00
<![CDATA[Macbeth]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Hackney Empire Macbeth will be king. But royalty comes at a price

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The witches have a prophecy: Macbeth will be king. But royalty comes at a price. The cost of power is betrayal, murder and revenge.

Follow Verdi’s Macbeth in a blood-soaked journey to the throne and watch a guilt-ridden Lady Macbeth descend into the depths of despair in English Touring Opera’s new production. Starring Grant Doyle (Macbeth) and Madeleine Pierard (Lady Macbeth) in Verdi’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s iconic play.

Sung in English with English surtitles

More venues to be announced

2019-03-09T19:30:00 2019-05-31T19:30:00
<![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.

2019-03-22T14:00:00 2019-05-01T14:00:00