English Touring Opera - Upcoming events http://englishtouringopera.org.uk/productions/rss/ Upcoming events at Warwick Arts Centre en-gb <![CDATA[Rossini: Fireworks!]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Hackney Empire A concert of sparkling vocal displays

© Jane Hobson

A thrilling concert of highlights from Rossini’s greatest operas – his serious ones! These were the operas of which Rossini was most proud, and which contain his most brilliant writing for orchestra, and his most challenging vocal fireworks. John Andrews will conduct the full ETO orchestra in exciting scenes from Rossini’s Otello (including his melting ‘Willow Song’), La donna del lago (a Walter Scott feast), Maometto II (the most testing of them all), Elisabetta (the story of Queen Elizabeth I of England) and Ermione.

“I have a great admiration for Rossini. For me, he occupies an essential place in the history of music. His freedom, his life and his genius have always impressed me. He took opera out of its yoke by offering a new freedom to the voice: he completely reinvented lyrical singing. From Barbiere to Il viaggio a Reims through Cenerentola, he created an irresistible style – but I am also sensitive to his serious operas, such as Moses or Maometto II, which are given so rarely.”

Emmanuel Macron

Sung in Italian

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<![CDATA[The Marriage of Figaro]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Hackney Empire A new production of Mozart's razor-sharp comedic opera

© Jane Hobson

English Touring Opera presents an energetic new production of one of the world’s most beloved operas, Mozart’s classic comedy The Marriage of Figaro. During the course of one eventful day, Figaro and Susanna must overcome every obstacle put in their way by Count Almaviva and his cronies before they can finally be united as man and wife. Blanche McIntyre (Tosca, 2017) returns to direct this most warm-hearted of operas, equally acclaimed for its sublime music and huge sense of fun.

Featuring a first-class BAME cast, including Ross Ramgobin (Patience) as Figaro, Rachel Redmond as Susanna and Nadine Benjamin as the Countess, this promises to be a production like no other.

Sung in English

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<![CDATA[Il tabarro & Gianni Schicchi]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Hackney Empire Puccini's double bill is back by popular demand

© Richard Hubert Smith

Ensemble work doesn’t get tighter than this

Independent on Sunday
★★★★★ The Independent
★★★★★ Sunday Express
★★★★ Daily Telegraph
★★★★ Mail on Sunday
★★★★ The Times

Puccini’s one-act operas Il tabarro and Gianni Schicchi could hardly be more different: one is a moody romance ending in a grotesque murder on a barge in Paris, and the other is a sparkling comedy about a family inheritance in Florence. First performed in 2011 to great critical acclaim, this double bill shows Puccini at his finest as a master of the theatre that speaks to the heart.

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

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<![CDATA[This Is My Bed]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Corbets Tey School An opera about bedtimes and dreams. And a bed with a mind of its own!

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.

There’s one thing about your bed. It’s your very own bed. Except somebody else seems to think it’s their bed too. And then the bed itself has its own ideas. And when things get scary in the middle of the night it whisks you off to meet the very things you’re frightened of. Thank goodness the bed has some friends at the end of the journey.

Performed by three singers and two players, and full of fabulous songs and characters, This Is My Bed is completely immersive, and will take you to some very odd and surprising destinations.

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.

Workshops held at Perseid School
Wednesday 27 September
Thursday 28 September
Monday 9 October
Tuesday 10 October
Wednesday 11 October

Dates subject to change

2018-06-13T00:00:00 2018-06-13T00:00:00
<![CDATA[Shackleton's Cat]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Southbank International School, London (Kensington) Shackleton’s Cat returns in 2018, as part of ETO’s award-winning strand of operas for young people

© Robert Workman

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


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


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.

2018-03-22T00:00:00 2018-03-22T00:00:00
<![CDATA[I Have a Song to Sing O!]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Cambridge Free singing workshops with renowned opera singers

This Spring English Touring Opera, in partnership with D’Oyly Carte Opera Trust, is delivering workshops for teenagers and young adults, introducing the world of Gilbert and Sullivan, and focusing on vocal technique, dialogue, comic timing and patter. The sessions will also look at pathways into the profession.

Renowned mezzo-soprano Gaynor Keeble and star baritone Bradley Travis lead the workshops. Bradley was Bunthorne in ETO’s acclaimed Patience last spring, and Gaynor has sung principal roles for almost all of the UK’s leading opera companies, including several years with D’Oyly Carte Opera Company. Pitched for young singers (aged approximately 15-30) of all abilities, the workshops will be fun, inspiring and insightful.

The workshops are entirely free, and there are complementary packs for all participants, containing information about the voice, Gilbert and Sullivan’s works and history, and further educational information, as well as a CD.

If you live in Cambridge, Cheltenham, Exeter, Norwich, Perth or Ulverston and would like to take part please contact Daniel Coelho or call 020 7833 2555.

I Have a Song to Sing O! is supported by a generous grant from the D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust.

Dates and times are subject to change.

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