Silver Electra

Russell Hepplewhite

Silver Electra is the very first opera about Amelia Earhart.

Composer 
Russell Hepplewhite
Director 
Tim Yealland
Set Designer 
Jude Munden

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.

Showing At

  1. St Jude's Church of England Primary School
    30th Jan 2017 - 10:15 am
  2. Hatcham College
    1st Feb 2017 - 11:00 am
  3. Queensbridge Primary/Mapledene Children's Centre
    2nd Feb 2017 - 2:00 pm
  4. Vauxhall Primary School
    3rd Feb 2017 - 10:45 am
  5. Vauxhall Primary School
    3rd Feb 2017 - 1:30 pm
  6. Baden Powell & St Peters CE Junior School, Poole
    17th Mar 2017 - 10:00 am
  7. Rossmore Library, Poole
    18th Mar 2017 - 2:00 pm
  8. Riverside Library Heritage and Arts, Rotherham
    21st Mar 2017 - 1:15 pm
  9. Ivydale Primary School
    24th Mar 2017 - 10:30 am
  10. Gladstone Park Primary School
    27th Mar 2017 - 11:00 am
  11. Gladstone Park Primary School
    27th Mar 2017 - 1:30 pm
  12. Britten Studio, Snape Maltings
    1st Apr 2017 - 3:00 pm
  13. Wilton's Music Hall
    4th Apr 2017 - 11:30 am
  14. Wilton's Music Hall
    4th Apr 2017 - 2:00 pm
  15. Wilton's Music Hall
    5th Apr 2017 - 11:30 am
  16. Wilton's Music Hall
    5th Apr 2017 - 2:00 pm
  17. Explore Acomb, York
    9th Apr 2017 - 11:00 am
  18. Curve, Leicester
    13th Apr 2017 - 11:00 am
  19. Milton Road Primary School, Cambridge
    25th Apr 2017 - 2:00 pm
  20. Arbury Primary School, Cambridge
    26th Apr 2017 - 11:30 am
  21. Chatteris Library
    27th Apr 2017 - 1:30 pm
  22. Hertfordshire & Essex High School & College
    28th Apr 2017 - 11:30 am
  23. St Luke's Primary School
    4th May 2017 - 1:30 pm
  24. Chatham Library
    13th May 2017 - 1:00 pm
  25. Sacred Heart Catholic High School, Newcastle
    16th May 2017 - 2:00 pm
  26. Inch View Primary School
    18th May 2017 - 1:15 pm
  27. Barley Lane School, Exeter
    24th May 2017 - 12:00 pm
  28. Newton Poppleford Primary School, Devon
    25th May 2017 - 11:00 am
  29. Ladysmith Junior School
    26th May 2017 - 2:00 pm
  30. Norwich Theatre Royal
    1st Jun 2017 - 11:00 am
  31. St George and St Martin Catholic Academy
    5th Jun 2017 - 2:00 pm
  32. Thameside Theatre
    13th Jun 2017 - 1:00 pm
  1. St Jude's Church of England Primary School — 30th Jan 2017 - 10:15 am

    Regent Road, SE24 0EL

  2. Hatcham College — 1st Feb 2017 - 11:00 am

    Jerningham Road, SE14 5NY

  3. Queensbridge Primary/Mapledene Children's Centre — 2nd Feb 2017 - 2:00 pm

    E8 4ET

  4. Vauxhall Primary School — 3rd Feb 2017 - 10:45 am

    Vauxhall Street, SE11 5LG

  5. Vauxhall Primary School — 3rd Feb 2017 - 1:30 pm

    Vauxhall Street, SE11 5LG

  6. Baden Powell & St Peters CE Junior School, Poole — 17th Mar 2017 - 10:00 am

    Mill Lane, Poole, BH14 8UL

  7. Rossmore Library, Poole — 18th Mar 2017 - 2:00 pm

    Herbert Avenue, Poole, BH12 4HS

  8. Riverside Library Heritage and Arts, Rotherham — 21st Mar 2017 - 1:15 pm

    Main Street, Rotherham, S60 1AE

  9. Ivydale Primary School — 24th Mar 2017 - 10:30 am

    Ivydale Road, SE15 3BU

  10. Gladstone Park Primary School — 27th Mar 2017 - 11:00 am

    nw10 1lb

  11. Gladstone Park Primary School — 27th Mar 2017 - 1:30 pm

    nw10 1lb

  12. Britten Studio, Snape Maltings — 1st Apr 2017 - 3:00 pm

    IP17 1SP

  13. Wilton's Music Hall — 4th Apr 2017 - 11:30 am

    1 Graces Alley , London, E1 8JB

  14. Wilton's Music Hall — 4th Apr 2017 - 2:00 pm

    1 Graces Alley , London, E1 8JB

  15. Wilton's Music Hall — 5th Apr 2017 - 11:30 am

    1 Graces Alley , London, E1 8JB

  16. Wilton's Music Hall — 5th Apr 2017 - 2:00 pm

    1 Graces Alley , London, E1 8JB

  17. Explore Acomb, York — 9th Apr 2017 - 11:00 am

    yo24 3BZ

  18. Curve, Leicester — 13th Apr 2017 - 11:00 am

    Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1SB

  19. Milton Road Primary School, Cambridge — 25th Apr 2017 - 2:00 pm

    Ascham Road, Cambridge, CB4 2BD

  20. Arbury Primary School, Cambridge — 26th Apr 2017 - 11:30 am

    Carlton Way, Cambridge, CB4 2DE

  21. Chatteris Library — 27th Apr 2017 - 1:30 pm

    2 Furrowfields Rd, PE16 6DY

  22. Hertfordshire & Essex High School & College — 28th Apr 2017 - 11:30 am

    Warwick Rd, CM23 5NJ

  23. St Luke's Primary School — 4th May 2017 - 1:30 pm

    SK13 7BS

  24. Chatham Library — 13th May 2017 - 1:00 pm

    ME4 4TX

  25. Sacred Heart Catholic High School, Newcastle — 16th May 2017 - 2:00 pm

    NE4 9YH

  26. Inch View Primary School — 18th May 2017 - 1:15 pm

    Glenearn Road, PH2 0BE

  27. Barley Lane School, Exeter — 24th May 2017 - 12:00 pm

    Exeter, EX4 1TA

  28. Newton Poppleford Primary School, Devon — 25th May 2017 - 11:00 am

    School Lane, Newton Poppleford, Sidmouth, EX10 0EL

  29. Ladysmith Junior School — 26th May 2017 - 2:00 pm

    EX1 2PT

  30. Norwich Theatre Royal — 1st Jun 2017 - 11:00 am

    Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RL

  31. St George and St Martin Catholic Academy — 5th Jun 2017 - 2:00 pm

    Boulton Street, ST1 2NQ

  32. Thameside Theatre — 13th Jun 2017 - 1:00 pm

    Orsett Rd, Grays, Essex, RM17 5DX

Russell Hepplewhite

Russell Hepplewhite

Composer

Russell Hepplewhite is becoming widely known for his choral music and operas. For ETO he has composed several highly acclaimed operas for young audiences including ‘Shackleton’s Cat’, ‘Silver Electra’, and the award winning ‘Laika the Spacedog’ which has been performed more than 70 times. Alongside the current ETO revival of ‘Laika’, Opera Nouvel in Switzerland and Opera Comique in Paris have their own forthcoming productions. Russell’s musical ‘Moonfleet’ premiered at the Salisbury Playhouse in 2018; his choral music is published by Oxford University Press and Banks Music publications, and forthcoming pieces include operas for Jubilee Opera and W11 Opera.

Tim Yealland

Tim Yealland

Director

Tim has written the libretti for and directed numerous operas for young people, including Shackleton’s Cat, Silver Electra, Different and Waxwings. He has also devised many large-scale community operas for ETO, including One Day Two Dawns in Truro (winner RPS Award), and Zeppelin Dreams in Wolverhampton. Alongside the ETO production, Laika the Spacedog is also produced in 2019 by Nouvel Opera Fribourg, and performed next year at the Opera Comique in Paris. His association with Casa da Música in Porto continues with Écoute, a new piece in 2020. He was appointed MBE in the 2019 New Year Honours.

Jude Munden

Jude Munden

Set Designer

Jude Munden worked as a secondary school art teacher before becoming a self employed maker and designer specialising in costume, props and puppets. She works from a workshop on a barge on the Penryn river, which she shares with her husband Alan who is also a set designer and furniture maker. Jude has made and designed work for Miracle Theatre Company, Illyria, Shallal Dance Company, Trifle Gathering, Cube Theatre, Wild West Film, Bedrock Films as well as ETO. Her own theatre company, Pipeline Theatre tours nationally.

Cast

Vanessa Bowers

Vanessa Bowers

Alison Manifold

Alison Manifold

Alison was born in Sydney, Australia holds a Bachelor of Music Studies (voice) and an Advanced Diploma of Opera from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Alison most recently performed 2nd Lady in the English Touring Opera’s “Io Taceró” in the 2018 Autumn Season, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with the Waterperry Opera Festival 2018, as well as a recital series in Sydney and Amsterdam. Previous roles with the English Touring Opera include Amelia/Bindi in Silver Electra, Lady Saphir in Patience, and Sylvia in Dust Child. For a full biography please visit www.alisonmanifold.com

Amanda Wagg

Amanda Wagg

Amanda Wagg grew up in the Southern Highlands of NSW, Australia, and moved to the UK in 2012 to study at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Since completing her MA in Opera Performance, she has performed with companies such as Finnish National Opera, Opera Holland Park and Grange Park Opera and is delighted to be joining ETO for a third season. Recent roles have included Dorabella Così fan tutte, Ramiro La finta giardiniera, Wellgunde Das Rheingold, Third Lady The Magic Flute, Madame de la Haltière Cendrillon, Older Woman Flight, Lucretia The Rape of Lucretia, and Clorinde Tancrede. When not happily ensconced in a theatre, Amanda can usually be found fussing over horses or seeking out a good pizza.

Susan Moore

Susan Moore

SPRING 2014 – THE MAGIC FLUTE
The role of Third Lady will be sung by Ms Susan Moore for the following performances: London (8 March), Poole (13 March), Cheltenham (3 April), Sheffield (11 April), Coventry (9, 10 May), Exeter (14, 15 May), Durham (19 May), Perth (22 May), and Cambridge (29 May).

Susan Moore studied at TCM and now works privately with Susan McCulloch. Recent roles include Valentina in Laika the Spacedog, Filipyevna (cover) Eugene Onegin and Mrs Herring (cover) Albert Herring (ETO); Suzuki Madame Butterfly (Opera Brava); Florence Pike Albert Herring (Surrey Opera); Katisha The Mikado (Charles Court Opera); Marcellina Le nozze di Figaro (LFO); Widow Browe Peter the Great (Opera South) and Mrs Partlet The Sorcerer (Opera della Luna). Susan recently premiered her narrated recital programme What is Life?, a celebration of contralto Kathleen Ferrier. She also continues to develop and run opera workshops for Opera Minima and Streetwise Opera.

Alexander Vearey-Roberts

Alexander Vearey-Roberts

Dominic Walsh

Dominic Walsh

Felix Kemp

Felix Kemp

Henry Neill

Henry Neill

Showing At

  1. St Jude's Church of England Primary School
    30th Jan 2017 - 10:15 am
  2. Hatcham College
    1st Feb 2017 - 11:00 am
  3. Queensbridge Primary/Mapledene Children's Centre
    2nd Feb 2017 - 2:00 pm
  4. Vauxhall Primary School
    3rd Feb 2017 - 10:45 am
  5. Vauxhall Primary School
    3rd Feb 2017 - 1:30 pm
  6. Baden Powell & St Peters CE Junior School, Poole
    17th Mar 2017 - 10:00 am
  7. Rossmore Library, Poole
    18th Mar 2017 - 2:00 pm
  8. Riverside Library Heritage and Arts, Rotherham
    21st Mar 2017 - 1:15 pm
  9. Ivydale Primary School
    24th Mar 2017 - 10:30 am
  10. Gladstone Park Primary School
    27th Mar 2017 - 11:00 am
  11. Gladstone Park Primary School
    27th Mar 2017 - 1:30 pm
  12. Britten Studio, Snape Maltings
    1st Apr 2017 - 3:00 pm
  13. Wilton's Music Hall
    4th Apr 2017 - 11:30 am
  14. Wilton's Music Hall
    4th Apr 2017 - 2:00 pm
  15. Wilton's Music Hall
    5th Apr 2017 - 11:30 am
  16. Wilton's Music Hall
    5th Apr 2017 - 2:00 pm
  17. Explore Acomb, York
    9th Apr 2017 - 11:00 am
  18. Curve, Leicester
    13th Apr 2017 - 11:00 am
  19. Milton Road Primary School, Cambridge
    25th Apr 2017 - 2:00 pm
  20. Arbury Primary School, Cambridge
    26th Apr 2017 - 11:30 am
  21. Chatteris Library
    27th Apr 2017 - 1:30 pm
  22. Hertfordshire & Essex High School & College
    28th Apr 2017 - 11:30 am
  23. St Luke's Primary School
    4th May 2017 - 1:30 pm
  24. Chatham Library
    13th May 2017 - 1:00 pm
  25. Sacred Heart Catholic High School, Newcastle
    16th May 2017 - 2:00 pm
  26. Inch View Primary School
    18th May 2017 - 1:15 pm
  27. Barley Lane School, Exeter
    24th May 2017 - 12:00 pm
  28. Newton Poppleford Primary School, Devon
    25th May 2017 - 11:00 am
  29. Ladysmith Junior School
    26th May 2017 - 2:00 pm
  30. Norwich Theatre Royal
    1st Jun 2017 - 11:00 am
  31. St George and St Martin Catholic Academy
    5th Jun 2017 - 2:00 pm
  32. Thameside Theatre
    13th Jun 2017 - 1:00 pm

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