The Siege of Calais

The Siege of Calais

In spring 2013, English Touring Opera will present a new production of Donizetti’s rarely performed opera The Siege of Calais (L’assedio di Calais), directed by James Conway. The opera tells the story of the Burghers of Calais, six citizens who offered their lives to Edward III so that the rest of the city may live. Donizetti’s opera explores themes of citizenship and what it means to be part of a community.

To support this new production, we are looking for our own Burghers – a small group of forward-thinking people who would like to become more involved with English Touring Opera, and who are prepared to make a financial contribution to ensure that communities across the UK continue to receive high quality performances of interesting and unusual repertoire.

As a Syndicate Supporter you will be offered exclusive access to the production process, following the opera from initial designs to opening night. There will also be opportunities to meet the creative team behind the production and to learn more about the opera with like-minded people.

To join the Burghers Syndicate we are asking for donations of £1,000 and above. We are also seeking a Saint Pierre figure to take a leading role and be the production’s principal supporter. We are looking for generous donations of £5,000 and above to join the Saint Pierre Syndicate.

A list of benefits for the Burghers and Saint Pierre Syndicates are provided on the next tab, and a membership form can be downloaded from the menu on the left.

Should you have any questions about Production Syndicates, please contact David Burgess on 020 7833 2555 or

We look forward to welcoming you into our community of Syndicate Supporters.

Benefits of Production Syndicate Support

As part of English Touring Opera’s new production of Donizetti’s The Siege of Calais we are offering exclusive access to the production and creative process for a small group of individuals.

Benefits for Burghers Syndicate supporters (donations over £1,000) include:

  • Opportunity to attend an exclusive preview of the set and costume designs
  • Opportunity to attend special events to learn more about Donizetti’s opera with talks by the creative team and leading music and history academics, followed by a round-table discussion
  • Opportunities to attend rehearsals throughout the creative process
  • 2 tickets for the Final Rehearsal of The Siege of Calais
  • 2 tickets for a performance of The Siege of Calais at the venue of your choice
  • An invitation to a “Meet The Cast” reception

Benefits for Saint Pierre Syndicate supporters (donations over £5,000) include:

  • All of the benefits of Burghers Syndicate, plus
  • Opportunity to have dinner with the creative and production team
  • Tour of the Stage prior to a performance for you and your guests
  • Up to 6 tickets for a performance of The Siege of Calais at the venue of your choice
  • 2 tickets for the Opening Nights of Cosi fan Tutte and Simon Boccanegra at the Hackney Empire
  • Special Commemorative Gift

If you would like to join the Burghers Syndicate or the Saint Pierre Syndicate, or if you would like to discuss Syndicate Support further, please do not hesitate to contact David Burgess on 020 7833 2555 or Alternatively, you can download and complete and the membership form from the menu on the left, and return it, together with your donation, to 52-54 Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4RP

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