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English Touring Opera announces Spring 2015 season of Italian opera, including rare Donizetti opera never before staged in the UK

Tuesday 29 July 2014

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English Touring Opera announces Spring 2015 season of Italian opera, including rare Donizetti opera never before staged in the UK

The Wild Man of the West Indies (Il furioso all’isola di San Domingo)

Music by Gaetano Donizetti, libretto by Jacopo Ferritti, after Cervantes.

New production, sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Conducted by Jeremy Silver, directed by Iqbal Khan.

La bohème

Music by Giacomo Puccini, libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa.

New production, sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Conducted by Michael Rosewell, directed by James Conway.

The Siege of Calais (L’assedio di Calais)

Music by Gaetano Donizetti, words by Salvatore Cammarano.

Revival of ETO’s 2013 production, sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Conducted by Jeremy Silver, directed by James Conway.

All three productions open at Hackney Empire, London:
The Siege of Calais opens on Saturday 7 March 2015;
The Wild Man of the West Indies opens on Thursday 12 March 2015;
and La bohème opens on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 March 2015.

The tour then continues to venues including Truro, Poole, Norwich, Sheffield, Cheltenham, Wolverhampton, Snape, Leicester, Exeter, Canterbury, Buxton, Durham and Perth, with further venues to be announced.

Also touring: Shackleton’s Cat, a new opera for 7-11 year olds and their families; and Waxwings, a new opera for children with special educational needs.

 

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English Touring Opera wins Olivier Award for current productions of King Priam and Paul Bunyan.

Monday 14 April 2014

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English Touring Opera wins Olivier Award for current productions of King Priam and Paul Bunyan.

English Touring Opera has won the Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera.

Revealed at a ceremony on Sunday 13 April at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the award was given for ETO’s ‘brave and challenging’ productions of Michael Tippett’s King Priamand Benjamin Britten’s Paul Bunyan, which are halfway through a nationwide tour.

This is the first time ETO has ever won an Olivier Award. The other nominees in ETO’s category were Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez for their performances in La Donna Del Lago at the Royal Opera House, and Placido Domingo for his performance in Nabucco, again at Covent Garden.

King Priamand Paul Bunyan opened at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House in February 2014, and are currently touring alongside a revival of The Magic Flute and two operas for children, as part of ETO’s Spring 2014 season.

King Priamis ETO’s first ever production of an opera by Michael Tippett. Its staging was a personal ambition of director James Conway since he began work as ETO’s General Director in 2002.

The opera is based on sources including Homer’s Iliad and depicts the fall of Troy from the perspective of its ageing king, focusing on the difficulties and consequences of moral choices at a time of warfare.

Conway, with season designer Anna Fleischle and lighting designer Guy Hoare, staged the opera in an ancient yet timeless setting, with extensive use of natural materials such as antlers, leather and bone, chosen to reflect the sparse beauty of Tippett’s score.

The Guardian’s review praised a ‘performance of ravaged majesty from Roderick Earle in the title role’, and the opera overall as ‘Unnerving, seductive stuff, and utterly compelling’.

King Priam is still to tour to The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury (Wed 23 April), Norwich Theatre Royal (Sat 26 April), Exeter Northcott Theatre (Sat 17 May), Gala Theatre, Durham (Tue 20 May) and Cambridge Arts Theatre (Tue 27 May)

Paul Bunyanmarks ETO’s final contribution to the Britten 100 centenary celebrations, and is one of the composer’s least-performed operas.

Liam Steel’s production –also produced with Anna Fleischle and Guy Hoare – sees the action unfold  in the naturalistic setting of an early twentieth-century lumber camp.

It draws on its director’s extensive choreographic experience to present a show that features strong elements of musical theatre as well as opera. The off-stage title role was pre-recorded for ETO’s current tour by award-winning actor Damian Lewis.

In its five-star review of Paul Bunyan, The Independent wrote that ‘this inventive marriage of sight and sound is flawless from start to finish’.

Remaining performances of Paul Bunyan are at York Theatre Royal (Wed 16 April), Norwich Theatre Royal (Fri 25 April), The Hawth in Crawley (Tue 6 May), Warwick Arts Centre (Thu 8 May), Exeter Northcott Theatre (Fri 16 May) and Cambridge Arts Theatre (Wed 28 May).

ETO’s General Director James Conway said: ‘It’s a great honour for English Touring Opera’s work to be recognised by SOLT nominators and judges, especially in such august company. Our wonderful regional audiences recognise our work now, and that is hugely gratifying; to be noticed in London’s exciting theatre world is almost more than one could have hoped for.

He added: ‘The longstanding, generous support of the Arts Council makes the work possible; in this particular, highly risky programme, we also had support from the Britten-Pears Foundation, and from a wonderful syndicate of ‘Angels’ who believe in Michael Tippett’s great, and greatly human work. ETO is certainly strong in one thing: highly trained, gifted, generous performers and technicians, who work hard every day they are with us for very modest rewards. They are on the road now, performing in five shows for audiences of all ages. This recognition is all for them’.

Established in 1976 and organised by Society of London Theatre (SOLT), the Laurence Olivier Awards celebrate the world-class status of London’s theatre and are recognised internationally as British theatre’s highest honour.
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Images

 

Hi-res production shots for King Priam and Paul Bunyan are now available to download from the links below:

King Priam production shots:
https://picasaweb.google.com/englishtouringopera/KingPriamProductionShotsSpring2014?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCODpxuvUlvO7VA&feat=directlink

Paul Bunyan production shots:
https://picasaweb.google.com/englishtouringopera/PaulBunyanProductionShotsSpring2014?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCLWJruOmhJaepgE&feat=directlink

For a hi-res version of any shot, left-click the individual photograph within the gallery, click ‘actions’ on the menu of options above the photo, then click ‘Download photo’.

To get a smaller web-ready version of any shot, left-click an individual photo within the gallery, then right-click on it, then select ‘Save image’. Please credit Richard Hubert Smith for these photos.

Press Tickets, Interviews and Further Information

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Full details announced of English Touring Opera’s Autumn 2014 season of Handel, Haydn and Bach

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Full details announced of English Touring Opera’s Autumn 2014 season of Handel, Haydn and Bach

Life on the Moon (Il mondo della luna)

Music by Joseph Haydn, libretto by Carlo Goldoni

New production, sung in English to a translation by James Conway

Conducted by Christopher Bucknall

Directed by Cal McCrystal

Ottone

Music by George Frideric Handel, libretto by Nicola Francesco Haym

New production, sung in English to a new translation by James Conway

Conducted by Jonathan Peter Kenny

Directed by James Conway

Advent Cantatas

Music by Johann Sebastian Bach: BWV 61 and 62 ‘Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland’; BWV 147 ‘Herz und Munt und Tat und Leben’; BWV 186a ‘Ärgre dich, o Seele, nicht’.

Conducted by Jonathan Peter Kenny

English Touring Opera soloists and orchestra, with regional choirs

Life on the Moon opens at Hackney Empire, London, on Friday 17 October

Ottone opens at Hackney Empire, London, on Saturday 18 October

English Touring Opera’s (ETO) Autumn 2014 season features operas and concert performances of music from across the eighteenth century, with two new fully-staged productions of operas by Handel and Haydn, and a series of concert performances of Bach Cantatas.

Working once again with period instrument orchestra The Old Street Band, ETO presents a season ranging between the baroque and classical eras. The company’s two new opera productions this Autumn are Haydn’s Il mondo della Luna (performed by ETO as Life on the Moon) and Handel’s Ottone.

Alongside these operas ETO performs evening concerts of cantatas composed by J.S. Bach for Advent, which see the company’s soloists and orchestra working with regional choirs across the country.

The tour opens from Friday 17 – Saturday 18 October 2014 at Hackney Empire, London E8 before visiting a further twelve opera houses, theatres, cathedrals and concert halls across England until Sunday 23 November. Designer Takis is designing the sets and costumes for both the season’s operas.

Life on the Moon was written by Haydn during his period as Kapellmeister or music director of the hugely powerful Hungarian noble house of Esterházy, and was first performed in 1777 at the family’s vast Esterháza palace in Hungary.

The action sees a young heiress and her maid teaming up with a quack astronomer and his servant to trick her wealthy father out of his fortune. In one of the earliest examples of science fiction in opera, their confidence trick involves persuading the miserly father that he has been transported to the Moon.

ETO’s new production is directed by Cal McCrystal, who was the Comedy Director for the West End hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors. The opera’s highly comic libretto is by noted Venetian playwright Carlo Goldoni – who also wrote the play Servant of Two Masters, itself the inspiration for One Man, Two Guvnors. ETO’s production is sung in English to a new translation by James Conway.

Life on the Moon is conducted by Christopher Bucknall, and stars Christopher Turner as the bogus astronomer Ecclitico, Andrew Slater as the wealthy miser Buonafede and Jane Harrington as his daughter Flaminia. The production also stars Ronan Busfield as Ecclitico’s servant Cecco and Martha Jones as Flaminia’s maid Lisetta.

Ottoneis regarded as one of Handel’s finest serious operas, and was first performed in London in 1723 at the King’s Theatre, Haymarket. The story centres on Ottone’s betrothal to the Byzantine princess Teofane, and the plot features a bloody coup, multiple mistaken identities, and repeated captures and recaptures, before all its characters are reunited in a wave-swept sea-cave setting.

A huge success during Handel’s lifetime, the opera includes three highly complex female characters, and several arias which are regularly performed in concert, including the dazzling ‘Falsa immagine’.

Ottonestars Clint van der Linde in the title role, Andrew Radley as the rebellious Adelberto, Gillian Webster as his manipulative mother Gismonda and Louise Kemeny as the princess Teofane, betrothed to Ottone. The production also stars Rosie Aldridge as Adelberto’s fiancée Matilda, while Grant Doyle and Johnny Herford share the role of the pirate Emireno.

ETO’s new production is directed by the company’ general director James Conway – who has written a new English translation of the libretto – and conducted by baroque specialist Jonathan Peter Kenny.

ETO’s series of Advent Cantatas by Bach continues the company’s tradition of regular collaboration with regional choirs, who join with ETO’s soloists, The Old Street Band to perform evening concerts of cantatas written for the four Sundays preceding Christmas.

The repertoire includes two strongly contrasted settings of Martin Luther’s great chorale ‘Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland’ (‘Now come, saviour of the heathens’), and the joyful ‘Herz und Munt und Tat und Leben’ (‘Heart, mouth, deed and life’), the original setting for the celebrated chorale ‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring’.

Booking for all tour venues except Bath is now open- booking for Bath opens in July 2014.  More information including full tour dates, booking status and booking links can be found at www.englishtouringopera.org.uk

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Notes to Editors

English Touring Opera

The winner of the 2014 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera, English Touring Opera is the most prolific touring opera company in the UK, travelling annually to around 70 venues, more than any other English opera company. With its mission to offer opera to everyone, the company presents as many as 140 performances a year. There are two major annual tours, both performed in full costume with a live orchestra. The spring tour tends to be larger scale, while autumn tours tend to be more intimate: both seasons often come to venues which receive little or no other live opera.

 ETO’s outreach programme focuses on creative work, and ranges from community operas and music theatre workshops to educational productions featuring artists from the company’s main-stage shows, touring to schools across the UK. The company is also a national leader in the provision of arts for dementia sufferers. ETO has helped launch the careers of singers including Amanda Echalaz and Sarah Connolly and gave the world première of Alexander Goehr’s opera Promised End in 2010.

 

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The Old Street Band

The Old Street Band was formed in 2011, and is working with ETO for the third time in Autumn 2014. Members of the orchestra include experienced players from some of the finest period instrument orchestras and chamber groups, as well as highly talented emerging artists. The Old Street Band has a special interest in theatre music.

 

Press Tickets, Interviews, Images and Further Information

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Full Tour Listings

 

English Touring Opera: Autumn 2014 season

Life on the Moon

Composer: Joseph Haydn

Director: Cal McCrystal

Conductor: Christopher Bucknall

Cast: Christopher Turner (Ecclitico), Ronan Busfield (Cecco), Jane Harrington (Flaminia), Andrew Slater (Buonafede), Martha Jones (Lisetta).

Ottone

Composer: George Frideric Handel

Director: James Conway

Conductor: Jonathan Peter Kenny

Cast: Clint van der Linde (Ottone), Andrew Radley (Adelberto), Grant Doyle/Johnny Herford (Emireno), Louise Kemeny (Teofane), Gillian Webster (Gismonda), Rosie Aldridge (Matilda).

Advent Cantatas
Concert performance of cantatas by J.S. Bach.

Conductor: Jonathan Peter Kenny

Soloists: Gillian Webster (soprano), Andrew Radley (countertenor), Ronan Busfield (tenor), Grant Doyle (baritone; until 8 November), Johnny Herford (baritone; from 8 November).

Chorus: Different regional choirs in each concert venue as follows:

Sun 19 October concert: Rochester Cathedral Choir

Sun 26 October concert: Cantamus Chamber Choir

Sun 2 November concert: Sheffield Cathedral Choirs, The University of Sheffield Chamber Choir

Sun 23 November concert: Gentlemen of Exeter Cathedral’s Choir, Isca Voices, Cathedral Consort

 

1. Hackney Empire, Mare Street, Hackney, London, UK

Fri 17 October 2014, 7.30pm: Life on the Moon

Sat 18 October 2014, 7.30pm: Ottone

Booking information: 020 8985 2424 / www.hackneyempire.co.uk

 

2. Rochester Cathedral, Rochester, Kent, UK

Sun 19 October 2014, 6pm: Advent Cantatas

Booking information: 01634 338 383/ www.medwayticketslive.co.uk

3. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, UK

Wed 22 October 2014, 7.30pm: Life on the Moon

Thu 23 October 2014, 7.30pm: Ottone

Fri 24 October 2014, 7.30pm: Ottone

Booking is via Cambridge Arts Theatre: 01223 503 333 / www.cambridgeartstheatre.com

4. Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, UK

Sun 26 October 2014, 7.30pm: Advent Cantatas

Booking information: 01225 860 100 / www.wiltshiremusic.org.uk

5. Theatre Royal Bath, Bath, Somerset, UK

Mon 27 October 2014, 7.30pm: Life on the Moon

Tue 28 October 2014, 7.30pm: Ottone

Booking information: 01225 44 88 44 / www.theatreroyal.org.uk

6. Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate, UK

Fri 31 October 2014, 7.30pm: Ottone

Sat 1 November 2014, 7.30pm: Life on the Moon

Booking information: 01423 502 116 / www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk

 

7. Firth Hall, Sheffield, UK

Sun 2 November 2014, 7.30pm: Advent Cantatas

Booking information: 0114 22 33 777/ www.sivtickets.com

 

8. Gala Theatre, Durham, County Durham, UK

Tue 4 November 2014, 7.30pm: Life on the Moon

Wed 5 November 2014, 7.30pm: Ottone

Booking information: 03000 266 600 / www.galadurham.co.uk

 

9. Buxton Opera House, Buxton, Derbyshire, UK

Fri 7 November 2014, 7.30pm: Ottone

Sat 8 November 2014, 7.30pm: Life on the Moon

Booking information: 0845 127 2190 / www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

 

10. Malvern Forum Theatre, Malvern, Worcestershire, UK

Tue 11 November 2014, 7.30pm: Life on the Moon

Wed 12 November 2014, 7.30pm: Ottone

Booking information: 01684 892277 / www.malvern-theatres.co.uk

11. Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, UK

Fri 14 November 2014, 7.30pm: Life on the Moon

Sat 15 November 2014, 7.30pm: Ottone

Booking information: 01728 687 110 / www.aldeburgh.co.uk

12. Exeter Northcott Theatre, Exeter, Devon, UK

 

Wed 19 November 2014, 7.30pm: Life on the Moon

Thu 20 November 2014, 7.30pm: Life on the Moon

Fri 21 November 2014, 7.30pm: Ottone

Sat 22 November 2014, 7.30pm: Ottone

Booking information: 01392 493493 / www.exeternorthcott.co.uk

13. Exeter Cathedral, Exeter, Devon, UK

Sun 23 November 2014, 7.30pm: Advent Cantatas

Booking is via Exeter Northcott Theatre:  01392 493493 / www.exeternorthcott.co.uk

 

English Touring Opera to retell Ancient and Modern Myths across the UK in Spring 2014

Monday 9 December 2013

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English Touring Opera to retell Ancient and Modern Myths across the UK in Spring 2014

King Priam

Music and words by Michael Tippett.

Conducted by Michael Rosewell, directed by James Conway.

Paul Bunyan

Music by Benjamin Britten, words by W.H. Auden.

Conducted by Philip Sunderland, directed by Liam Steel.

The Magic Flute

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, words by Emanuel Schikaneder, translation by Jeremy Sams.

Conduced by Michael Rosewell / James Southall, directed by James Hurley, from Liam Steel’s original.

King Priam and Paul Bunyan open from Thursday 13 – Saturday 22 February 2014 at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London.

The Magic Flute opens from Friday 7 – Saturday 8 March 2014 at Hackney Empire, London.

In Spring 2014 English Touring Opera (ETO) performs an ambitious and groundbreaking season across the UK of operas that address ancient and modern myths of nationhood.

The season starts with two new performances of Michael Tippett’s King Priamand Benjamin Britten’s Paul Bunyan at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Studio Theatre from Thursday 13- Saturday 22 February 2014, before performances of ETO’s revival of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, at the Hackney Empire from Friday 7 – Saturday 8 March. The three productions then tour together across the country untilSaturday 31 May 2014.

The operas all deal with a quest-story, or national myth: Mozart’s of the Germanic world, Tippett’s of ancient Greece, and Britten’s of North America. All three operas are performed in full costume, sung in English with orchestral accompaniment. The designer for the season is Anna Fleischle, and the lighting designer is Guy Hoare.

King Priamis a retelling of the ancient Greek myth of the Trojan Wars, told from the perspective of the ageing king, who sees himself in his two utterly unalike sons - the valiant Hector, and amorous Paris. The opera is both a meditation on fatherhood and a drama about the futility of war. ETO’s production, directed by James Conway and conducted by Michael Rosewell, represents the first time that Tippett’s opera has been toured on this scale in the UK.

Britten’s Paul Bunyan has been described as a cross between an opera and a musical, and re-creates the great myth of the American frontier. The production, set in a lumber camp, brings to life the mythical lumberjack who is one of the most famous figures in North American folklore, and also features fellow lumberjacks, singing geese and cats, good and bad cooks and an accountant.

The title character, a spoken, off-stage role, has been pre-recorded for ETO’s production by Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Damian Lewis, famous for his roles in Homeland and Band of Brothers. The music incorporates a wide variety of styles, including folk songs, blues and hymns, in a witty and irreverent response to the American Dream. The conductor is Philip Sunderland, and the director is Liam Steel.

Mozart’s late masterpiece The Magic Flutemixes a variety of myths with magic, and the fight between good and evil, to send the message that love conquers all. Liam Steel’s production was widely acclaimed for its highly physical staging and enthralling visuals when first performed by ETO in 2009, and is performed in many more towns and cities in this, its first revival. ETO’s production this Spring is performed alternately by two casts, with Michael Rosewell and James Southall sharing the duties of conductor. The revival director is James Hurley.

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Press Tickets, Interviews, Images and Further Information

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Notes to Editors

English Touring Opera is the most prolific touring opera company in the UK, travelling annually to around 70 venues, more than any other English opera company. With its mission to offer opera to everyone, the company presents as many as 140 performances a year. There are two major annual tours, both performed in full costume with a live orchestra. The spring tour tends to be larger scale, while autumn tours tend to be more intimate: both seasons often come to venues which receive little or no other live opera. ETO’s outreach programme focuses on creative work, and ranges from community operas and music theatre workshops to educational productions featuring artists from the company’s main-stage shows, touring to schools across the UK. The company is also a national leader in the provision of arts for dementia sufferers. ETO has helped launch the careers of singers including Amanda Echalaz and Sarah Connolly and gave the world première of Alexander Goehr’s opera Promised End in 2010.

Full tour dates and cast listings

For full details of ETO’s Spring 2014 tour dates and casting, click here to visit the ETO website.

For The Magic Flute, which includes a number of roles shared between two singers, you can use our online tool to find the correct casting for all spring season performances of The Magic Flute: click here.

Damian Lewis is the voice of American hero Paul Bunyan in new opera production

Embargoed until midday on Wednesday 11 December 2013

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Damian Lewis is the voice of American hero Paul Bunyan in new opera production

Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Damian Lewis has given his voice to the title character in English Touring Opera’s (ETO) new production of Benjamin Britten’s Paul Bunyan, which tours England from February to May 2014.

The production, set in a lumber camp, brings to life the mythical lumberjack who is one of the most famous figures in North American folklore.

Paul Bunyan is a spoken role, and only ever portrayed off stage. Therefore Lewis, famous for his roles in Homeland and Band of Brothers, has pre-recorded the voiceover of his part, which will be played during performances.

The production opens at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Studio Theatre on Monday 17 February, before touring with a full orchestra to 13 English theatres as far apart as Truro and York. This is the first time Britten’s opera has toured England, giving audiences a rare chance to see it live.

Lewis, who recently showed his support for UK theatre by hosting the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2013, is happy to be helping ETO’s mission to take high quality live opera to audiences in towns and cities that wouldn’t otherwise get chance to enjoy it.

Directed by Liam Steel and conducted by Philip Sunderland, ETO’s Paul Bunyan forms part of the Britten 100 centenary celebrations. Written when the composer was resident in the USA in WWII, it features a libretto by the great English poet W. H. Auden. The music incorporates a wide variety of styles, including folk songs, blues and hymns, to make a witty and irreverent response to the American Dream.

After the Covent Garden opening, it will be performed at theatres in Truro, Poole, Wolverhampton, Snape, Cheltenham, Leicester, York, Norwich, Crawley, Coventry, Exeter and Cambridge.

Paul Bunyan is performed as part of ETO’s season of Ancient and Modern myths. The season opens on Thursday 13 February at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, with a performance of Michael Tippett’s retelling of the ancient Greek myth of the Trojan wars, King Priam. A third production, Mozart’s The Magic Flute, opens at Hackney Empire on Friday 7 March, before the company goes on the road.

www.englishtouringopera.org.uk

 

Notes to Editors

English Touring Opera is the most prolific touring opera company in the UK, travelling annually to around 70 venues, more than any other English opera company. With its mission to offer opera to everyone, the company presents as many as 140 performances a year. There are two major annual tours, both performed in full costume with a live orchestra. The spring tour tends to be larger scale, while autumn tours tend to be more intimate: both seasons often come to venues which receive little or no other live opera. ETO’s outreach programme focuses on creative work, and ranges from community operas and music theatre workshops to educational productions featuring artists from the company’s main-stage shows, touring to schools across the UK. The company is also a national leader in the provision of arts for dementia sufferers. ETO has helped launch the careers of singers including Amanda Echalaz and Sarah Connolly and gave the world première of Alexander Goehr’s opera Promised End in 2010. www.englishtouringopera.org.uk           @ETOpera

 

Paul Bunyan Tour Dates

Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden:

Monday 17 February 2014

Wednesday 19 February 2014

Thursday 20 February 2014

Friday 21 February 2014

Hall for Cornwall, Truro:

Tuesday 11 March 2014

Lighthouse, Poole, Dorset:

Friday 14 March 2014

Wolverhampton Grand Theatre:

Tuesday 18 March 2014

Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Suffolk:

Friday 28 March 2014

Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire:

Tuesday 1 April 2014

Curve Theatre, Leicester:

Tuesday 8 April 2014

York Theatre Royal:

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Norwich Theatre Royal:

Friday 25 April 2014

The Hawth, Crawley, West Sussex:

Tuesday 6 May 2014

Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry:

Thursday 8 May 2014

Exeter Northcott:

Friday 16 May 2014

Cambridge Arts Theatre:

Wednesday 28 May 2014

 

Press Tickets, Interviews, Images and Further Information

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Opera made for primary school halls wins two Best Production awards at international opera festival

Thursday 17 October 2013
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Contact: John Walker, Press and Marketing Officer: john.walker@englishtouringopera.org.uk, 020 7833 2555.

 English Touring Opera’s opera for young people, Laika the Spacedog, has won two awards at a major international opera festival.

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Laika the Spacedogwas awarded the International Jury Prize for Best Production at the Armel Opera Competition, part of the Armel Opera Festival in Szeged, Hungary. The opera saw off competition from productions of Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex, Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra and Britten’s The Turn of the Screw.

ETO’s production, which is composed by Russell Hepplewhite with words and direction by Tim Yealland, also received the University of Szeged prize for Best Production at the award ceremony, which took place on Tuesday 15 October. The opera itself was performed in Szeged, and streamed live on the TV Network ARTE, on Monday 14 October.

Laika the Spacedogis both the first ever British opera and the first opera for children to win the Armel Opera Competition’s prize for Best Production. Two of the roles in the opera were performed by Nicholas Rigas and Sarah Laulan, singers competing in the festival in their own right.

Laika the Spacedog is a children’s opera that tells the story of Laika, the Russian mongrel discovered in Gorky Park in Moscow in 1957, and destined to become the first animal in orbit.

The show opened with a sell-out week of performances at the Science Museum in London, before touring to schools and theatres across the country alongside ETO’s full-length Spring 2013 operas, with a cast of singers drawn from the company’s main-stage shows.

Laikawas awarded the PRS David Bedford Music Education Award in 2013 as an exceptional music education project for primary school children and family audiences.

The Armel Opera Festival was established in 2008 in Szeged, in southern Hungary, and judges singers on their ability to excel in all aspects of opera performance, including not only singing but also stage movement and acting. The Festival therefore stages performances each year of five new productions, in cooperation with opera companies and opera houses in five different countries, before awarding prizes to the winning production and singers.

The international jury this year for the Armel Opera Competition included Raymond Duffaut, General Director of the Chorégies d’Orange; Guy Coolen, the Artistic Director of the Operadagen Rotterdam Festival; Fabrizio Melano, Stage Director of the Metropolitan Opera House; and Henry Little, the Chief Executive of Orchestras Live and Chairman of the UK’s National Opera Coordinating Committee.

Tim Yealland, ETO’s Artistic Associate for Education, said: ‘We were thrilled to be able to take Laika to the magnificent theatre in Szeged, and for the juries to suspend their disbelief to trust in the power and value of opera for children.’
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Video link to performance of Laika

 During the Armel Opera Festival, Laika the Spacedog was streamed live on the Franco-German TV network ARTE. The performance can be watched again at this link:

 http://liveweb.arte.tv/fr/video/Laika_le_Chien_de_l_Espace_de_Russel_Hepplewhite_a_l_Armel_Opera_Festival/

Images

A gallery of images from the original production of Laika the Spacedog can be found at the link below:

Laika the Spacedog photos (please credit Robert Workman)

For the full resolution version of any shot, left-click the individual photograph within these album, then click ‘download’ on the menu of options above the photo. To get a web-ready smaller version of any of these JPGs, left-click an individual photo within the album, right-click on it, then select ‘Save image’.

Please credit Robert Workman for photos of Laika the Spacedog.

Notes to Editors

English Touring Opera is the most prolific touring opera company in the UK, travelling annually to around 70 venues, more than any other English opera company. With its mission to offer opera to everyone, the company presents as many as 140 performances a year. There are two major annual tours, both performed in full costume with a live orchestra. The spring tour tends to be larger scale, while autumn tours tend to be more intimate: both seasons often come to venues which receive little or no other live opera. ETO’s outreach programme focuses on creative work, and ranges from community operas and music theatre workshops to educational productions featuring artists from the company’s main-stage shows, touring to schools across the UK. The company is also a national leader in the provision of arts for dementia sufferers.

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@ETOpera

English Touring Opera plans pioneering research into opera cinema broadcasts

Wednesday 21 August 2013

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The current trend for large opera companies to broadcast their work in cinemas has changed the audience experience of opera. Now a leading opera company, English Touring Opera, is teaming up with researchers at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama for the first academic study of the phenomenon in the UK.

180 UK cinemas now regularly broadcast the Met Opera Live in HD series, with an ever-expanding list of more than 200 cinemas also broadcasting the Royal Opera House’s cinema season. The research will explore the appeal of live opera and cinema broadcasts, if the emotional experience for audiences differs, and if lessons from the success of the cinema broadcasts can be used to increase the audience for live opera.

The research is funded by Creativeworks London, which brings together creative businesses and academic institutions based in London to increase growth in the creative economy. The lead researcher is Professor John Sloboda, director of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s Understanding Audiences research programme.

Research in cinemas and theatres will take place between October and December, 2013, with the findings being announced in early 2014.

The Barbican is involved as initial research partner. Cinema companies that would like to know more about their audiences for opera cinema broadcasts are invited to participate in the research. For more information on this opportunity please contact John Holmes at English Touring Opera on john.holmes@englishtouringopera.org.uk or 0207 833 2555.

Notes to Editors

English Touring Opera is the most prolific touring opera company in the UK, travelling annually to around 70 venues, more than any other English opera company. With its mission to offer opera to everyone, the company presents as many as 140 performances a year. There are two major annual tours, both performed in full costume with a live orchestra. The spring tour tends to be larger scale, while autumn tours tend to be more intimate: both seasons often come to venues which receive little or no other live opera. ETO’s outreach programme focuses on creative work, and ranges from community operas and music theatre workshops to educational productions featuring artists from the company’s main-stage shows, touring to schools across the UK. The company is also a national leader in the provision of arts for dementia sufferers.

www.englishtouringopera.org.uk

@ETOpera

Creativeworks London. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Creativeworks London aims to bring creative people together to explore the issues that impact on London’s creative economy and to facilitate exciting new research collaborations.

 

Creativeworks London works with Londons creative business owners to assist company growth and to explore three major questions:

·         How can we make London a better place to work and live for creative professionals?

·         What is special about London’s Digital Economy and how can we ensure its success in a global world?

·         How do London’s audiences interact with the live and digital worlds and how can we help create amazing experiences of the city’s culture?

Over a three year period, we are allocating a million pounds of Creative Vouchers to London-based businesses to work with Arts and Humanities professionals across the capital. This will give small companies access to our historians, linguists, lawyers, computer scientists, archivists, curators, to name only a few.

The Creativeworks London group is run on behalf of the AHRC by Queen Mary, University of London and The Culture Capital Exchange. For more information visit www.creativeworkslondon.org.uk or email info@cwlondon.org.uk

Further Information

Please contact John Holmes to request interviews or further information.

(E: john.holmes@englishtouringopera.org.uk

English Touring Opera’s Autumn 2013 season of Baroque Opera from Venice

Monday 10 June 2013

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For images, further information, press tickets, photos and interviews, please contact John Walker, Press and Marketing Officer: john.walker@englishtouringopera.org.uk, 020 7833 2555, 0774 361 0 362.

The Coronation of Poppea

Music by Claudio Monteverdi, words by Giovanni Francesco Busenello, translation by Anne Ridler.

Conducted by Michael Rosewell, revival director Oliver Platt, original director James Conway

 

Jason

Music by Francesco Cavalli, words by Giacinto Andrea Cicognini, translation by Ronald Eyre.

Conducted by Joseph McHardy, directed by Ted Huffman

 

Agrippina

Music by George Frideric Handel, words by Vincenzo Grimani, translation by James Conway.

Conducted by Jonathan Peter Kenny, directed by James Conway


Also touring: Handel: Music for Vespersincluding Dixit Dominus and Haec est Regina Virginum and Vivaldi: Music for a Venetian Orphanageincluding the Magnificat and Stabat Mater.

 

English Touring Opera’s Autumn 2013 season opens on Saturday 28 September 2013 at Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, London SW7.

 

This autumn, English Touring Opera revisits the baroque era to bring a festival of Venetian opera and music to opera houses, theatres, churches and cathedrals up and down the country.

Returning to the origins of commercial opera, which emerged in Venice in the 17th century, ETO presents three productions which capture the wit, humour and seductive qualities of the era. These are new productions of Handel’s Agrippina and Cavalli’s Jason, together with a revival of Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea.

 

The tour opens at the Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music between Saturday 28 September and Saturday 12 October, then visits eight theatres and another seven churches, cathedrals and concert halls in England until Sunday 24 November.

 

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English Touring Opera’s spring 2013 season of bel canto opera

Monday 21 January 2013

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For further information, press tickets, photos and interviews, contact John Walker, Press and Marketing Officer: john.walker@englishtouringopera.org.uk, 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

 

Simon Boccanegra

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

 

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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 BoccanegraETO’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.

 

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English Touring Opera to delight children, teachers and families with award-winning new space opera Laika the Spacedog

Tuesday 4 December 2012

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For further information, press tickets, photos. images and interviews, contact John Walker, Press and Marketing Officer: john.walker@englishtouringopera.org.uk, 020 7833 2555, 0774 361 0 362.

English Touring Opera to delight children, teachers and families with award-winning new space opera Laika the Spacedog

English Touring Opera performs Laika the Spacedog, a PRS Foundation award-winning new opera for children set in space, at the Science Museum in London and across the country from January 2013.

Written for children and family audiences, Laika the Spacedog is designed for Key Stage 2 children in primary schools, and incorporates many areas of the curriculum, including science, history and literacy as well as music.

The opera, which has already won an award from the PRS Foundation, opens with a week of performances at the Science Museum in London from Tuesday 22 January. The music is by Russell Hepplewhite, and the design by Jude Munden.

Laika was the Russian mongrel discovered in Gorky Park in Moscow in 1957, and was the first animal sent into orbit, sadly dying in space like so many other animals sent up by both the Soviet Union and the USA. Laika the Spacedog’s story touches on the lives of the scientists involved, the relationship between men and animals, and the ethics of science and discovery.

The opera’s story is told in diverse ways by nine professional performers – with singing, drama, film, animation (created with children) and puppetry. The piece is highly interactive, with the audience included in many of its songs. A teachers’ pack and cartoon strips also support the project.

The opera is supported by the PRS Foundation, and has won the PRS David Bedford Music Education Award. Generous support has also come from the Fidelio Charitable Trust, and the John Lyon’s Charity.

Laika the Spacedog accompanies ETO’s spring tour of Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra and Donizetti’s The Siege of Calais, which opens at London’s Hackney Empire in March before touring the country. ETO plans to perform Laika the Spacedog in schools and theatres near to its touring venues.

Tim Yealland, ETO Education Associate and director of Laika the Spacedog, said:  ’This is ETO’s most ambitious new opera yet for young people. The story of Laika is amazing, and we tell it in multiple ways, with a thrilling new score, and partnered almost uniquely to the science of space exploration. We hope that science and art combine to create a rich and stimulating experience.’



 

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.

 

ETO’s ambitious outreach programme focuses on creative work – in other words, it creates stimulating opportunities for people to create music theatre, in many different ways, bringing diverse abilities and experiences to that creative work and play. Each year there are an average of 170 workshops and performances (involving more than 5000 people of all ages), ranging from full-scale community operas to intimate performances in care facilities. The company has developed a special expertise in collaborating with children with special needs.

Press Tickets, Images, Interviews, and Further Information.
Press tickets are available for all performances of Laika the Spacedog at the Science Museum: performances will take place at 10:30am and 12:30pm on Tuesday 22, Wednesday 23, Thursday 24 and Friday 25 January 2013. 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.

(E: john.walker@englishtouringopera.org.uk  / T: 020 7833 2555 / M: 0774 361 0 362)

 

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