Chingford Foundation School students in Hackney

Stepping onto the Moon

A series of free workshops aimed at secondary school students, exploring the world of opera and how it is produced.

ETO is offering free short secondary school workshops this autumn to accompany our productions of both Haydn’s Life on the Moon and Handel’s Ottone.

We had a fantastic time – it was a great first opera for the students and they were really positive about it – really enjoyed it. I massively appreciate the openness with which the theatre and ETO allowed us access on stage and gave us a chance to be in the auditorium with the director, designer and cast members. It was such a privilege and really exciting to feel part of it. I think it made the whole experience more “edible” for them so thanks a million to you all. Space costumes were hilarious!

Teacher, Chingford Foundation School

The staff director of both shows will come into schools and talk with students about the operas themselves; he will also explain how the productions have travelled from an original concept to the stage with the help of the designers’ model boxes, as well as rehearsal shots and film. Whenever possible students will look at the set itself just before curtain-up in local theatres, and then after the show they will meet a few of the singers backstage.

This is a unique opportunity to explore the real gritty world of opera and how it is produced. At the core of the experience is the chance to see two great operas in brand-new productions by ETO’s Olivier Award-winning team.

What each school gets:

  • A short workshop with an ETO director about the operas and the evolution of the productions
  • A visit onto the stage of the local theatre prior to the show (whenever possible)
  • Discounted tickets to see Haydn’s Life on the Moon or Handel’s Ottone in their local venue
  • A meeting with members of the professional cast after the show

This experience is aimed at Music or Drama GCSE or A-level groups, but would be a great experience for any keen secondary school-aged group.

For more information or to book this experience, please contact Talia Lash: talia.lash@englishtouringopera.org.uk or call 020 7833 2555.

Showing At

  1. London
    17th Oct 2014 - 12:00 am
  2. Cambridge
    22nd Oct 2014 - 12:00 am
  3. Durham
    4th Nov 2014 - 12:00 am
  4. Buxton
    7th Nov 2014 - 12:00 am
  5. Malvern
    11th Nov 2014 - 12:00 am
  6. Snape Maltings
    14th Nov 2014 - 12:00 am
  7. Exeter
    19th Nov 2014 - 12:00 am
  8. Exeter
    20th Nov 2014 - 12:00 am
  1. London — 17th Oct 2014 - 12:00 am

    WC1 1AA

  2. Cambridge — 22nd Oct 2014 - 12:00 am

    Cambridge, CB1 7BN

  3. Durham — 4th Nov 2014 - 12:00 am

    DH1 1WA

  4. Buxton — 7th Nov 2014 - 12:00 am

    SK17 6XN

  5. Malvern — 11th Nov 2014 - 12:00 am

    WR14 3HB

  6. Snape Maltings — 14th Nov 2014 - 12:00 am

    IP17 1SP

  7. Exeter — 19th Nov 2014 - 12:00 am

    EX1 3RW

  8. Exeter — 20th Nov 2014 - 12:00 am

    EX1 3RW

Everybody had a great time. Could you please pass on special thanks to PJ and the others who we met last night. Very much appreciate that they took time out at a very busy point for this. The kids absolutely loved meeting them and having the tour of the set. Everybody I spoke with was absolutely inspired!

Teacher, Cambridge

On behalf of Amalie, I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you for last night! Amalie absolutely loved the whole experience – stepping on the stage, behind the scenes, the Tuesday workshop and of course last night’s superb performance – fantastic! Such a wonderful opportunity!

Parent, Cambridge

Having been to watch the opera Life on the Moon, I can say with certainty that it is a hugely enjoyable experience for one and all. The set was fantastic: the complexity of Buonofede’s garden in Act 1 provided an excellent contrast with the simplicity of the supposed moon in the second act. I believe that this juxtaposition added to the comedic effect of the opera, as it is somewhat ironic that Buonofede was enthused by the concept of leaving his beautiful stately home to visit the plain and barren land of the moon. From an analytical point of view, I was able to see that beneath the mask of comedy, the writer perhaps intended to make a statement about feminism, as the other characters are able to trick Buonofede – a sexist man – and make a mockery of his ridiculous view of women as sexual objects and property of men. The plot itself gave the audience a cathartic experience, as we watched their prank become successful, leaving Buonofede to be the sad, old man that he is. The quality of singing was exquisite throughout – I believe that the operatic format of this piece added to the comedy, and had it been an ordinary play, it may not have been quite so hilarious. I would definitely recommend this production to others; everyone over the age of twelve would be sure to find it both interesting and humorous. My only criticism is that some members of the audience struggled to follow the story due to the speed of some of the singing; however, this issue could be easily resolved had the subtitles been shown on the screens. Overall, I was very pleased – a delightful evening indeed.

Karis (Y11 student), Framwellgate School, Durham

Thank you for providing us with the opportunity to watch and learn about your production of Life on the Moon. The performance itself was excellent, and many of the students (from years 10-13) commented on how much they enjoyed it. For the majority, it was their first experience of opera, and I was aware beforehand that some were unsure that they would like it. The responses at the interval, and after the show, were overwhelmingly positive.

I also wanted to thank the company for taking so much time to talk to us about the show, particularly Christopher and Ronan, who spent a good twenty minutes taking questions from students before what was clearly going to be an exhausting and energetic performance. They were both very enthusiastic and provided some excellent background both to the show and their own careers which I think the students found quite enlightening.

[The staff director’s] workshop during the afternoon was very interesting and he offered a genuine insight into both ETO and his own experience of working professionally in the theatre, which was exceptionally valuable for the students.

Overall, I felt that this was a very successful experience for my students and one which I hope will open them up to attending more theatre and opera of their own volition. If you have any opportunities such as this available in the future, I would be very interested in participating.

Chris Earl, Director of Creative and Performing Arts, Framwellgate School Durham

Showing At

  1. London
    17th Oct 2014 - 12:00 am
  2. Cambridge
    22nd Oct 2014 - 12:00 am
  3. Durham
    4th Nov 2014 - 12:00 am
  4. Buxton
    7th Nov 2014 - 12:00 am
  5. Malvern
    11th Nov 2014 - 12:00 am
  6. Snape Maltings
    14th Nov 2014 - 12:00 am
  7. Exeter
    19th Nov 2014 - 12:00 am
  8. Exeter
    20th Nov 2014 - 12:00 am

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