English Touring Opera - Upcoming events http://englishtouringopera.org.uk/productions/rss Upcoming events at Warwick Arts Centre en-gb <![CDATA[Shackleton's Cat]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Springbank Primary Academy Shackleton’s Cat returns in 2018, as part of ETO’s award-winning strand of operas for young people

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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[The Marriage of Figaro]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham A new production of Mozart's razor-sharp comic opera

© Jane Hobson

Newcomers could hardly have a better introduction to one of the masterpieces of opera.


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 cast, including Ross Ramgobin (Patience) as Figaro, Rachel Redmond as Susanna, Nadine Benjamin as the Countess, Dawid Kimberg as the Count and includes many artists of black and minority ethnic origin.

Sung in English with surtitles
Approx. running time: 2 hours 55 minutes (incl. interval)

2018-02-28T19:30:00 2018-06-09T19:30:00
<![CDATA[This Is My Bed]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - National Star College, Cheltenham 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[Il tabarro & Gianni Schicchi]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham 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
Approx. running time: 2 hours 10 minutes (inc. 25 minute interval)

2018-03-02T19:30:00 2018-06-02T19:30:00
<![CDATA[I Have a Song to Sing O!]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Studio Theatre, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham 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 Trust. 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.

2018-04-21T12:00:00 2018-04-21T12:00:00
<![CDATA[Rossini: Fireworks! concert]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Perth Festival, Perth Theatre A concert of sparkling vocal displays

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Full of fire


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 and French with English surtitles
Running time: approx. 2 hours 40 minutes (incl. 20 minute interval)

Concert Programme
Act 1, Overture

Maometto II
Act 2, Trio: “In questi estremi istanti”
Act 1: Preghiera (“Giusto cielo”) and Scena (“Ahi, padre!”)
Act 2, Aria: “Non temer: d’un basso affetto”

Act 2: Gran scena

Act 2, Duet: “Ah vieni, nel tuo sangue”
Act 3, Aria: “The Willow Song”

Elisabetta, regina d’Inghilterra
Act 2, Scene: “Della cieca fortuna”, to “Deh! Scusa i trasporti”
Act 2, Aria: “Dov’è Matilde”
Act 2, Chorus: “Qui soffermiamo il piè”

La donna del lago
Act 1, Cavatina: “Mura felici”

Guillaume Tell
Act 1: Chorus of Villagers
Act 2, Aria: “Sombre forêt”
Act 3, Finale: “Sois immobile”

Stoke-on-Trent and Ulverston only.

2018-02-22T19:30:00 2018-06-07T19:30:00
<![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.

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

11 years of collaboration!

2015 marks the 11th 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.

2010-05-04T10:30:00 2010-09-24T10:30:00
<![CDATA[Radamisto]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Hackney Empire Handel's most appreciated opera

Radamisto was one of Handel’s most appreciated operas, not least for its famous aria “Ombra cara”, which stunned audiences and was sung in drawing rooms for decades thereafter. It tells a dramatic story of a royal family in old Armenia, locked in mortal conflict. 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

2018-10-06T19:30:00 2018-10-06T19:30:00
<![CDATA[Triple bill: Dido & Aeneas/ Jonas/ I Will Not Speak]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Hackney Empire A rare concoction of 17th century music and opera

© Richard Hubert Smith

This 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 Sebastian 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.

2018-10-12T19:30:00 2018-10-12T19:30:00
<![CDATA[St Matthew Passion]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Temple Church, London Concluding our 3 year cycle of Bach's works

© Robert Workman

In partnership with 36 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

2018-11-04T15:00:00 2018-11-04T15:00:00