Monday 21 January 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For further information, press tickets, photos and interviews, contact John Walker, Press and Marketing Officer: email@example.com, 020 7833 2555, 0774 361 0 362.
Così fan tutte
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, words by Lorenzo Da Ponte, translation by Martin Fitzpatrick
Conducted by James Burton, directed by Paul Higgins
Music by Giuseppe Verdi, words by Francesco Maria Piave
Conducted by Michael Rosewell, directed by James Conway
The Siege of Calais (L’assedio di Calais)
Music by Gaetano Donizetti, words by Salvatore Cammarano
Conducted by Jeremy Silver, directed by James Conway
Also touring: Laika the Spacedog, an opera for young people; and SPIN, an opera for children with special educational needs.
ETO’s spring 2013 season opens on Saturday 2 March 2013 at Hackney Empire, London
English Touring Opera’s spring 2013 season, opening at Hackney Empire in London on Saturday 2 March, features three new productions of bel canto operas by Mozart, Verdi and Donizetti.
Paul Higgins’ new period production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte tours alongside Simon Boccanegra – ETO’sfirst new Verdi production in several years, directed by James Conway. Conway also directs Donizetti’s The Siege of Calais, in its first ever UK professional tour.
Alongside the three full-length productions, ETO is touring an award-winning new ‘space opera’ for young people, Laika the Spacedog, and SPIN, an opera for children with profound learning difficulties.
Così fan tutte is in many ways Mozart’s most perfect opera score, and Da Ponte’s most challenging script. In one day fiancés are parted, and new fiancés found – or so it seems. Discovering they are not at all the people they thought they were is strange, exciting, and very embarrassing.
Mozart’s opera, directed by Paul Higgins and conducted by James Burton, is sung in English by a remarkable cast, including Laura Mitchell, Kitty Whately and Paula Sides.
Così fan tutte opens at Hackney Empire, London, on Saturday 2 March 2013, 7.30pm and Thursday 7 March 2013, 7.30pm
Simon Boccanegra is ETO’s first new Verdi production for several years. Directed by James Conway and conducted by Michael Rosewell, this is a massive undertaking for the company, with an unusually large chorus and orchestra, supported with a special grant from the Peter Moores Foundation.
The outstanding cast features Craig Smith in the title role, Keel Watson as Fiesco and Elizabeth Llewellyn singing Amelia.
The opera is sung in Italian with English surtitles, with designs inspired by the Anni di piombo or ‘Years of Lead’- a period of political turmoil in Italy in the 1960s and 1970s.
Simon Boccanegra opens at Hackney Empire, London, on Friday 8 March 2013, 7.30pm
Donizetti’s rarely performed epic The Siege of Calais (L’assedio di Calais) is constructed of bel canto arias and ensembles of extraordinary quality. It is the story of the burghers of Calais, citizens who offer up their lives to save their city from a besieging army. Their sacrifice is quiet, ordinary, sublime – and it culminates in one of the most moving ensembles in all of opera, the momentous O sacra polve, o suol natio (O Sacred Earth).
ETO’s new production is the first ever UK professional tour of Donizetti’s opera. Sung in Italian with English surtitles, The Siege of Calais features designs by Faroese artist Samal Blak, inspired by the siege of Stalingrad.
The Siege of Calais opens at Hackney Empire on Saturday 9 March 2013, 7.30pm.
James Conway, ETO’s General Director, said: ‘Our plans in 2013 are very ambitious, but we have prepared for them for some time. In terms of imagery there is a theme running through them of people in cities governed by the sea – Genoa, Naples, Calais. Mostly, though, our season reflects the diversity and richness of opera.’
Notes to Editors
English Touring Opera is the leading touring opera company in the UK. ETO travels to more regions and to more venues than any other English opera company, touring annually to around 70 theatres and presenting as many as 140 performances per year. Our aim is to offer opera to everyone, with a varied repertoire of high-quality professional productions and education projects. Each year there are touring productions in spring and autumn. The spring tour tends to be larger scale, with a modern orchestra and chorus, while autumn tours tend to be more intimate, with a diverse repertoire. The roughly ‘classical’ scale of presentation is dictated by the size of the venues – generally theatres which receive little or no other opera. The repertoire is selected with respect to that scale, to the company’s eager audiences around the country, and to the particular strengths of our current cast.
A gallery of high resolution press shots, from a recent photo shoot featuring singers from ETO’s spring 2013 productions, can be found here
Please select the individual photograph within the album then click ‘download’ on the menu of options above the photo, to ensure you get the full resolution version. Please credit the photographer Richard Hubert Smith for these photos.
A gallery of promotional images for and production shots of Laika the Spacedog can be found here. For production shots of Laika, please credit Robert Workman.
Production shots for ETO’s spring 2013 productions will be available from Monday 4 March for Cosi fan tutte, and from Thursday 7 March for Simon Boccanegra and The Siege of Calais.
Press Tickets, Interviews, and Further Information
Press tickets are now available for all performances during ETO’s spring 2013 tour. Please get in touch with ETO’s Press and Marketing Officer John Walker to reserve press seats, or to request images, interviews or further information.
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Così fan tutte
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Director: Paul Higgins
Conductor: James Burton
Cast: Laura Mitchell (Fiordiligi), Kitty Whately (Dorabella), Anthony Gregory (Ferrando), Toby Girling (Guglielmo), Paula Sides (Despina), Richard Mosley-Evans (Don Alfonso)
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Director: James Conway
Conductor: Michael Rosewell
Cast: Craig Smith (Simon Boccanegra), Elizabeth Llewellyn (Amelia), Keel Watson (Fiesco), Grant Doyle (Paolo Albiani), Charne Rochford (Adorno), Piotr Lempa (Pietro).
The Siege of Calais (L’assedio di Calais)
Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
Director: James Conway
Conductor: Jeremy Silver
Cast: Eddie Wade (Eustachio), Paula Sides (Eleonora), Helen Sherman (Aurelio) Cozmin Sime (Eduardo III), Brendan Collins (Pietro de Wisants), Andrew Glover (Giovanni d’Aire), Adam Tunnicliffe (Edmondo), Niel Joubert (Giacomo de Wisants), Matthew Sprange (Armando).
1. Hackney Empire, Mare Street, Hackney, London, UK
Hackney Empire, Mare Street, Hackney, London, UK
Sat 2 March 2013: Così fan tutte
Thu 7 March 2013: Così fan tutte
Fri 8 March 2013: Simon Boccanegra
Sat 9 March 2013: The Siege of Calais
Booking information: 020 8985 2424 / www.hackneyempire.co.uk
2. Leicester Curve Theatre, Leicester, UK
Mon 11 March 2013: Così fan tutte
Tue 12 March 2013: Simon Boccanegra
Booking information: 0116 242 3595 / www.curveonline.co.uk
3. Churchill Theatre, Bromley, Kent, UK
Fri 15 March 2013: Così fan tutte
Sat 16 March 2013: Simon Boccanegra
Booking information: 08448 717 620 / www.churchilltheatre.co.uk
4. Exeter Northcott, Exeter, Devon, UK
Tue 19 March 2013: Così fan tutte
Wed 20 March 2013: Così fan tutte
Thu 21 March 2013: Simon Boccanegra
Fri 22 March 2013: The Siege of Calais
Sat 23 March 2013: Simon Boccanegra
Booking information: 01392 493493 / www.exeternorthcott.co.uk
5. Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich, UK
Mon 25 March 2013: Così fan tutte
Tue 26 March 2013: Simon Boccanegra
Wed 27 March 2013: The Siege of Calais
Booking information: 01603 63 00 00 / www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk
6. The Hawth, Crawley, West Sussex, UK
Tue 2 April 2013: Così fan tutte
Wed 3 April 2013: Simon Boccanegra
Booking information: 01293 55 36 36 / www.hawth.co.uk
7. Lighthouse, Poole, Dorset, UK
Fri 5 April 2013: Così fan tutte
Sat 6 April 2013: Simon Boccanegra
Booking information: 0844 406 8666 / www.lighthousepoole.co.uk
8. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield, UK
Mon 8 April 2013: Così fan tutte
Tue 9 April 2013: Simon Boccanegra
Booking information: 0114 249 6000 / www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk
9. York Theatre Royal, York, UK
Thu 11 April 2013: Così fan tutte
Fri 12 April 2013: Simon Boccanegra
Sat 13 April 2013: The Siege of Calais
Booking information: 01904 623568 / www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk
10. Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton, UK
Mon 15 April 2013: Così fan tutte
Tue 16 April 2013: Simon Boccanegra
Booking information: 01902 42 92 12 / www.grandtheatre.info
11. Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, UK
Thu 18 April 2013: Così fan tutte
Fri 19 April 2013: Simon Boccanegra
Sat 20 April 2013: The Siege of Calais
Booking information: 01728 687 110 / www.aldeburgh.co.uk
12. Gala Theatre, Durham, County Durham, UK
Mon 22 April 2013: Così fan tutte
Tue 23 April 2013: Simon Boccanegra
Booking information: 0191 332 4041 / www.galadurham.co.uk
13. Buxton Opera House, Buxton, Derbyshire, UK
Thu 25 Apr 2013: Così fan tutte
Fri 26 Apr 2013: Simon Boccanegra
Sat 27 Apr 2013: The Siege of Calais
Booking information: 0845 127 2190 / www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk
14. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, UK
Tue 30 Apr 2013: Così fan tutte
Wed 1 May 2013: Simon Boccanegra
Thu 2 May 2013: The Siege of Calais
Fri 3 May 2013: Simon Boccanegra
Sat 4 May 2013: Così fan tutte
Booking information: 01242 572 573 / www.everymantheatre.org.uk
15. Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick, Warwickshire, UK
Wed 8 May 2013: Così fan tutte
Thu 9 May 2013: Così fan tutte
Fri 10 May 2013: Simon Boccanegra
Sat 11 May 2013: The Siege of Calais
Booking information: 024 7652 4524 / www.warwickartscentre.co.uk
16. Festival Theatre, Perth, Perthshire, UK
Thu 16 May 2013: The Siege of Calais
Fri 17 May 2013: Simon Boccanegra
Sat 18 May 2013: Così fan tutte
Booking information: 01738 621 031 / www.perthfestival.co.uk
17. Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK
Tue 21 May 2013: The Siege of Calais
Wed 22 May 2013: Simon Boccanegra
Thu 23 May 2013: Così fan tutte
Fri 24 May 2013: Così fan tutte
Sat 25 May 2013: Simon Boccanegra
Booking information: 01223 503 333 / www.cambridgeartstheatre.com
18. G-Live, Guildford, Surrey, UK
Mon 27 May 2013: Così fan tutte
Tue 28 May 2013: Simon Boccanegra
Booking information: 0844 7701 797 / www.glive.co.uk
19. Truro Cathedral, Truro, Cornwall, UK
Thu 30 May 2013: Simon Boccanegra Concert Performance
Booking via Hall for Cornwall, Truro: 01872 262466 / www.hallforcornwall.co.uk #Ends#