Autumn 2013

“I must needs confess that all the pleasant things I have yet heard or seen, are inexpressibly short of the delight I had, in seeing this Venetian Opera: and as Venice in many things surpasses all places elce where I have been, so are these Operas the most excellent of all its glorious Vanities.”
From the journal of English merchant Richard Bargrave, on the occasion of his visit to the Venetian Carnival of 1655

Venice, the home of the world’s first commercial opera, at one time hosted six different opera houses. English Touring Opera presents three operas by different composers, premiered at three different theatres, all first unveiled in the carnival season and inspired by Venice’s wit and humour.

In Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea political power and lust triumph over virtue, wonderfully. The same characters are viewed comically in Handel’s virtuosic bedroom farce, Agrippina. Lesser known now, Cavalli was the master of Venetian opera, and his ironic take on the hero of the Golden Fleece, Jason, is his most seductive work.

Alongside these very different operas, ETO singers and the Old Street Band collaborate with local choirs on performances of Italian sacred music by Handel and music written by Vivaldi for the orphan musicians of the Pietà.

September 2013
Sat 28 7.30pm The Coronation of Poppea Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, London Box office: 0844 412 4314 Booking Closed
October 2013
Fri 4 7.30pm Jason Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, London Box office: 0844 412 4314 Booking Closed
Sat 5 7.30pm Jason Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, London Box office: 0844 412 4314 Booking Closed
Tue 8 7.30pm Agrippina Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, London Box office: 0844 412 4314 Booking Closed
Wed 9 7.30pm The Coronation of Poppea Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, London Box office: 0844 412 4314 Booking Closed
Thu 10 7.30pm Jason Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, London Box office: 0844 412 4314 Booking Closed
Fri 11 7.30pm Agrippina Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, London Box office: 0844 412 4314 Booking Closed
Sat 12 7.30pm Agrippina Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, London Box office: 0844 412 4314 Booking Closed
Tue 15 7.30pm Music for Vespers Rochester Cathedral Box office: 01206 573948 Booking Closed
Thu 17 7.30pm Jason Snape Maltings Concert Hall Box office: 01728 687 110 Booking Closed
Fri 18 7.30pm The Coronation of Poppea Snape Maltings Concert Hall Box office: 01728 687 110 Booking Closed
Sat 19 7.30pm Agrippina Snape Maltings Concert Hall Box office: 01728 687 110 Booking Closed
Thu 24 7.30pm Agrippina Malvern Theatres Box office: 01684 892277 Booking Closed
Fri 25 7.30pm The Coronation of Poppea Malvern Theatres Box office: 01684 892277 Booking Closed
Sat 26 7.30pm Jason Malvern Theatres Box office: 01684 892277 Booking Closed
Sun 27 3.00pm Music for a Venetian Orphanage Church of the Holy Cross, Crediton Box office: 01392 493 493 Booking Closed
Mon 28 7.30pm The Coronation of Poppea Theatre Royal Bath Box office: 01225 448844 Booking Closed
Tue 29 7.30pm Jason Theatre Royal Bath Box office: 01225 448844 Booking Closed
Thu 31 7.30pm Jason Harrogate Theatre Box office: 01423 502 116 Booking Closed
November 2013
Fri 1 7.30pm The Coronation of Poppea Harrogate Theatre Box office: 01423 502 116 Booking Closed
Sat 2 7.30pm Agrippina Harrogate Theatre Box office: 01423 502 116 Booking Closed
Sun 3 3.30pm Music for a Venetian Orphanage St Wilfrid's Church, Harrogate Box office: 01423 502 116 Booking Closed
Mon 4 7.30pm Agrippina Gala Theatre, Durham Box office: 03000 266600 Booking Closed
Tue 5 7.30pm Jason Gala Theatre, Durham Box office: 03000 266600 Booking Closed
Wed 6 7.30pm The Coronation of Poppea Gala Theatre, Durham Box office: 03000 266600 Booking Closed
Thu 7 7.30pm Music for Vespers King's Hall, Newcastle Box office: 03000 266600 Booking Closed
Fri 8 7.30pm The Coronation of Poppea Buxton Opera House Box office: 01298 72190 Booking Closed
Sat 9 7.30pm Agrippina Buxton Opera House Box office: 01298 72190 Booking Closed
Sun 10 7.30pm Music for Vespers Firth Hall, Sheffield Box office: 0333 666 3366 Booking Closed
Tue 12 7.30pm Music for Vespers Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick Box office: 01926 776438 Booking Closed
Wed 13 7.30pm Jason Cambridge Arts Theatre Box office: 01223 503 333 Booking Closed
Thu 14 7.30pm The Coronation of Poppea Cambridge Arts Theatre Box office: 01223 503 333 Booking Closed
Fri 15 7.30pm Agrippina Cambridge Arts Theatre Box office: 01223 503 333 Booking Closed
Sat 16 7.30pm Agrippina Cambridge Arts Theatre Box office: 01223 503 333 Booking Closed
Wed 20 7.30pm Jason Exeter Northcott Theatre Box office: 01392 72 63 63 Booking Closed
Thu 21 7.30pm The Coronation of Poppea Exeter Northcott Theatre Box office: 01392 72 63 63 Booking Closed
Fri 22 7.30pm Agrippina Exeter Northcott Theatre Box office: 01392 72 63 63 Booking Closed
Sat 23 7.30pm Agrippina Exeter Northcott Theatre Box office: 01392 72 63 63 Booking Closed
Sun 24 7.30pm Music for Vespers Exeter Cathedral Box office: 01392 72 63 63 Booking Closed
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