Everything you need to know about Purcell and Carissimi.Read More Double Trouble: Five Facts about Henry Purcell and Giacomo Carissimi
Director Seb Harcombe and Soprano Sky Ingram on their involvement in English Touring Opera’s upcoming production of Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas, their careers, and their advice for budding artists. What is your role in the company? Sky Ingram: My role as part of the tour is performing the role of Queen Dido. Seb Harcombe: I […]Read More Behind the Scenes at Dido & Aeneas Rehearsals
What is Ground Bass? The ‘Ground Bass’, a short, very harmonically-driven phrase that is repeated, sometimes strictly, and sometimes with variation, while a melody is built over the top, has most likely been around since the dawn of music itself. The earliest surviving examples date to the 13th Century, but it reached its heyday in […]Read More Get A Good Grounding: The Importance of Ground Bass in Baroque Music
Five facts about George Frideric Handel, his music and legacy.Read More Get a Handle on Handel: Five Facts about George Frideric Handel
As a part of our Autumn 2018 touring season, we’ll be presenting the music of Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa in our Triple Bill, under the title ‘I will not speak‘. Resident blogger, Alex Burns, introduces you to the man behind the music. 1. He was a murderer. Gesualdo found his wife of two years, […]Read More A Lasting Effect: What Should You Know About Carlo Gesualdo?
In honour of London’s Pride parade tomorrow, the ETO office looked through our archives and thought it was a chance to highlight a selection of operas written by LGBTQ+ composers. Pride is the perfect time of year to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community’s monumental contribution to the arts. If you have a favourite work that’s been […]Read More Operas with pride: a retrospective
This week, I’ve been catching up with the cast and director of this year’s opera for audiences with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). This Is My Bed is being taken to Luxembourg to be performed in the Philharmonie theatre hall. This follows an extremely successful tour of the UK from March 2018 to June 2018 in more than 12 different schools.Read More ‘This Is My Bed’ goes to Luxembourg – Q&A with the cast
Love classical music, but don’t know how you can learn more about it? Here’s the online website our blogger, Alex Burns, goes to!Read More So You Want To Know More? 14 places to learn more about classical music online
Remembered today as a French polymath, Pierre Beaumarchais’ talents seemed to be never-ending. His knowledge spanned between inventing, publishing, being a musician, a playwright and much more. So what is the legacy this jack of all trades has left behind? The Inventor Beaumarchais was interested in inventing from when he was aged twelve. He dropped […]Read More The Man with Many Talents: Who was Pierre Beaumarchais?
One of the stars of English Touring Opera’s Rossini: Fireworks! is Australian mezzo-soprano Catherine Carby. Here she talks to Re:hearsal Magazine about Rossini, self-love and music preparation. You’re currently performing with the English Touring Opera in Rossini: Fireworks! Can you tell me about your first experience with Rossini – how it came about and how […]Read More In Conversation: Catherine Carby