English Touring Opera - Upcoming events http://englishtouringopera.org.uk/productions/rss/ Upcoming events at Warwick Arts Centre en-gb <![CDATA[Giulio Cesare: The Death of Pompey]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden 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

★★★★
The Times
★★★★
WhatsonStage
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The Stage

Giulio Cesare is Handel’s most celebrated opera: a thrilling story of passion and revenge featuring a treasure trove of great arias of immense dramatic intensity.

The opera follows the events surrounding Julius Caesar’s conquest of Egypt, as well as his uneasy alliance and then romance with fabled Egyptian queen Cleopatra.

English Touring Opera is presenting this 4-hour masterpiece as two separate shows, The Death of Pompey and Cleopatra’s Needle: either makes for a great night out, so book for just one if this is your first baroque experience, or book for both to hear every note in the score.

In Part I, a small group of top-ranking Romans find their lives turned upside down in Egypt, while Cleopatra and her brother fight to the death for the throne, using their visitors as pawns. The evening ends with Cleopatra’s unmissable aria, Se pietà di me non senti, which is also repeated at the start of Part II for those people only attending the second show.

New production, sung in Italian with English surtitles
Running time: 2 hours 35 minutes, inc. one interval

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<![CDATA[Giulio Cesare: Cleopatra's Needle]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Gala Theatre, Durham 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

English Touring Opera has assembled an outstanding cast for this prestige production, dominated by a performance from Soraya Mafi as Cleopatra that verges on the divine. Artistically, it has a worth beyond rubies.

Whatsonstage ★★★★

Giulio Cesare is Handel’s most celebrated opera: a thrilling story of passion and revenge featuring a treasure trove of great arias of immense dramatic intensity.

The opera follows the events surrounding Julius Caesar’s conquest of Egypt, as well as his uneasy alliance and then romance with fabled Egyptian queen Cleopatra.

English Touring Opera is presenting this 4-hour masterpiece as two separate shows, The Death of Pompey and Cleopatra’s Needle: either makes for a great night out, so book for just one if this is your first baroque experience, or book for both to hear every note in the score.

In Part II, most of the protagonists are at their lowest ebb: Pompey’s family is enslaved, Caesar is presumed dead, and Cleopatra is made captive by her brother. When their fortune changes, Caesar and Cleopatra are changed also, in ways they never expected. This evening starts with the last 5 scenes from Part 1 repeated with variations, to give audiences a complete and rounded experience.

New production, sung in Italian with English surtitles
Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes, incl. one interval

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<![CDATA[Turtle Songs 2017]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Waddestone Manor, Aylesbury Turtle Song celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2017.

The project, a partnership with Turtle Key Arts and the Royal College of Music, brings music, singing, song writing and movement to people with Alzheimer’s and all forms of dementia together with their companions and carers.

The participants meet once a week for nine or ten weeks, and with the help of professional musicians and music students, write the lyrics and compose the music for their own song cycle, ending in a live performance for friends and family which is recorded as a DVD. Turtle Song encourages artistic and social interaction, a positive outlook through an enjoyable and shared activity and gives the brain and body a bit of stimulating exercise. It also helps to enhance the professional development of the music students who take part in the project.

The current projects are led by composer Jon Petter and director Carolyn von Stumm (Reading), and composer Alexander Campkin and director Susan Moore (Waddestone), along with students from Reading University and the Royal College of Music. All the workshop sessions are in the morning and generally last two hours.

Since the first Turtle Song at the Royal College of Music, London in 2007 it has been introduced in Cambridge, Wolverhampton, Dulwich, Hackney, Suffolk, Oxford, Stockton-on-Tees, Leeds, Norwich, Croydon, York, Reading and Newbury; there are now on average three held each year.

I cried silent tears of sorrow, of pride, of happiness, of loss, of admiration, of gratitude and more. Thank you for bringing joy to my mum, for accepting her just as she is and for making her truly happy. I have not seen her smile like that for a long time, today she was my beautiful, intelligent, kind & caring, fun loving mum again”

From the daughter of a participant in Reading 2015

If you would like to take part please call Charlotte Cunningham on 020 8964 5060.

Special thanks to The Henry Smith Charity, Mark Armitage, C.A. Redfern Charitable Foundation and Scouloudi Foundation.

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<![CDATA[Discovering Dardanus]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden ETO is offering free secondary school workshops this autumn to accompany our production of Rameau’s ravishing opera Dardanus.

ETO’s incredibly rare production of Rameau’s masterpiece offers students not just the chance to explore the opera itself, but also to find out about the art form in general. Loosely based on the Greek myth of Dardanus, Rameau’s colourful and vivid score brings to life a world torn by monsters, magic and war, where the affection of two lovers will be tested to its limits.

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 meet a few members of the cast and talk not just about their roles, but about the life of a working singer. They will then have a tour of the set 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 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, performed by some of the country’s finest young singers.

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[Dardanus]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden Rameau’s ravishing, romantic tale of love and war

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Dardanus, Rameau’s undoubted masterpiece, is ETO’s first foray into French baroque opera. 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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<![CDATA[Mass in B minor]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Firth Hall, Sheffield One of his last compositions, Bach's Mass in B minor is regarded as one of the greatest works in musical history.

© Oliver Rosser

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[Sem'ya]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Holy Trinity Primary School, London Sem’ya (Family), our third new opera, marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution

Our third major collaboration in as many years with Holy Trinity and St Silas Primary School in Camden takes place this term, with performances in December. Holy Trinity and St Silas is a remarkable school, with the arts at the centre of its learning.

Two brand new operas have been created with the whole school: Three Matches in 2015 (about a refugee’s journey to Europe) and Fire Children in 2016 (a contemporary take on the Great Fire of 1666).

Sem’ya (Family) is our third new opera, and marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution, focussing on the family and household of Nicholas II. The pupils will create many of the opera’s elements, including the lyrics and the songs, and much of the narrative. Rachel Leach is the composer, and we are joined by musicians from the Royal Academy of Music for the final performances. The story will encompass the haemophiliac Prince Alexei, the mad priest Rasputin, and the fabulous wealth of the Tsar and his family, as well as its tragic end in Ekaterinberg.

Times subject to change

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<![CDATA[Giulio Cesare in concert]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Great Malvern Priory 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.

Photography by Richard Hubert Smith

★★★★
The Times
★★★★
WhatsonStage
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The Stage

ETO presents a special concert performance of Handel’s Giulio Cesare at Great Malvern Priory on Friday 24th November.

Tickets are available online on Experience Tickets, and will also be made available to book in person at Great Malvern’s Tourist Information Centre.

New production, sung in Italian with English surtitles
Running time: 3 hours, incl. one interval

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<![CDATA[Fireworks!]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Hackney Empire An evening of Rossini's greatest arias

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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.

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

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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 with surtitles

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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

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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[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

© Robert Workman

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 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. This Is My Bed is the latest in a long line of ETO’s award-winning operas for children. It is written with the help of students from Perseid School in Wimbledon.

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

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