Autumn 2012

English Touring Opera’s new season in Autumn 2012 is surprising, dramatic, risky and entertaining. ETO invites you to try operas you have not yet experienced – very different evenings of music and theatre, each a masterpiece.

This second collaboration with the award-winning Aurora Orchestra includes a village comedy of manners (Albert Herring), a psychological twister (The Lighthouse), and a poignant tribute to life in the face of death (The Emperor of Atlantis). The musical styles are just as various – ranging from Britten’s witty ensembles and sharply characterised songs to Maxwell Davies’ evocation of madness in a lonely lighthouse. In between are the ravishing melodies, the dance-like music hall numbers, and the glorious chorale of Viktor Ullmann’s rarely-performed opera, smuggled from a concentration camp after his murder.

Rich and unusual as these operas are, they are all highly entertaining in very different ways. For those new to opera – of all ages – they offer an exciting way in, through drama, dance and song. For people who already love opera, here is a chance to see some unusual repertoire, performed with care and excellence by superb singers and players. This is opera beyond the ‘top ten’ titles – each one a remarkable record of a special moment in the 20th century, when things changed forever.

October 2012
Thu 4 7.45pm Albert Herring Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London Box office: 020 7304 4000 Booking Closed
Fri 5 7.15pm Towards an Unknown Port Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London Box office: 020 7304 4000 Booking Closed
Fri 5 8.00pm The Emperor of Atlantis Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London Box office: 020 7304 4000 Booking Closed
Sat 6 7.45pm Albert Herring Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London Box office: 020 7304 4000 Booking Closed
Wed 10 7.45pm Albert Herring Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London Box office: 020 7304 4000 Booking Closed
Thu 11 7.45pm The Lighthouse Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London Box office: 020 7304 4000 Booking Closed
Fri 12 7.15pm Towards an Unknown Port Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London Box office: 020 7304 4000 Booking Closed
Fri 12 8.00pm The Emperor of Atlantis Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London Box office: 020 7304 4000 Booking Closed
Sat 13 7.45pm The Lighthouse Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London Box office: 020 7304 4000 Booking Closed
Tue 16 7.30pm The Lighthouse West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge Box office: 020 3761 7069 Booking Closed
Wed 17 7.30pm Albert Herring West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge Box office: 020 3761 7069 Booking Closed
Thu 18 7.30pm Towards an Unknown Port West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge Box office: 020 3761 7069 Booking Closed
Thu 18 8.15pm The Emperor of Atlantis West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge Box office: 020 3761 7069 Booking Closed
Fri 19 7.30pm Albert Herring West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge Box office: 020 3761 7069 Booking Closed
Sat 20 7.15pm The Emperor of Atlantis Alyth Gardens, London, NW11 Box office: 020 8457 8795 Booking Closed
Wed 24 7.30pm The Lighthouse Exeter Northcott Theatre Box office: 01392 72 63 63 Booking Closed
Thu 25 7.30pm Albert Herring Exeter Northcott Theatre Box office: 01392 72 63 63 Booking Closed
Fri 26 7.30pm Towards an Unknown Port Exeter Northcott Theatre Box office: 01392 72 63 63 Booking Closed
Fri 26 8.15pm The Emperor of Atlantis Exeter Northcott Theatre Box office: 01392 72 63 63 Booking Closed
Sat 27 7.30pm Albert Herring Exeter Northcott Theatre Box office: 01392 72 63 63 Booking Closed
Mon 29 7.30pm Towards an Unknown Port Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells Box office: 01892 530613/532072 Booking Closed
Mon 29 8.15pm The Emperor of Atlantis Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells Box office: 01892 530613/532072 Booking Closed
Tue 30 7.30pm Albert Herring Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells Box office: 01892 530613/532072 Booking Closed
November 2012
Thu 1 7.30pm The Lighthouse Harrogate Theatre Box office: 01423 502 116 Booking Closed
Fri 2 7.30pm Albert Herring Harrogate Theatre Box office: 01423 502 116 Booking Closed
Sat 3 7.30pm Towards an Unknown Port Harrogate Theatre Box office: 01423 502 116 Booking Closed
Sat 3 8.15pm The Emperor of Atlantis Harrogate Theatre Box office: 01423 502 116 Booking Closed
Mon 5 7.30pm Albert Herring Theatre Royal Bath Box office: 01225 448844 Booking Closed
Tue 6 7.30pm The Lighthouse Theatre Royal Bath Box office: 01225 448844 Booking Closed
Fri 9 7.30pm The Lighthouse Snape Maltings Concert Hall Box office: 01728 687 110 Booking Closed
Sat 10 7.30pm Albert Herring Snape Maltings Concert Hall Box office: 01728 687 110 Booking Closed
Sun 11 4.00pm The Emperor of Atlantis Snape Maltings Concert Hall Box office: 01728 687 110 Booking Closed
Tue 13 7.30pm Albert Herring Malvern Theatres Box office: 01684 892277 Booking Closed
Wed 14 7.30pm Towards an Unknown Port Great Malvern Priory Box office: 01206 573948 Booking Closed
Wed 14 8.15pm The Emperor of Atlantis Great Malvern Priory Box office: 01206 573948 Booking Closed
Fri 16 7.30pm Albert Herring Buxton Opera House Box office: 01298 72190 Booking Closed
Sat 17 8.15pm The Emperor of Atlantis Buxton Opera House Box office: 01298 72190 Booking Closed
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