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?
Giacomo Puccini’s comic opera Gianni Schicchi, although collectively within Il trittico, is now the most performed of the trio. It was first performed within the trio of one-act operas in 1918, at the Metropolitan Opera. Puccini intended for these pieces to be kept in their trilogy form, however after 1921, standalone performances of Gianni Schicchi […]Read More The 7 Baritones: 7 Decades of Gianni Schicchi Recordings
Did you know Rossini wrote an amazing collection of dramatic operas while he was based in Naples? Read about our top listening list here.Read More The Neapolitan Nine: Rossini’s Serious Operas
Although in more recent years, women composers have been more recognised for their efforts within the classical music world, there is still an overwhelming amount of forgotten women composers. With a large amount of classical music concerts and music education focusing solely on the output of the ‘great’ male composers, there is often very little, […]Read More ‘This Woman’s Work’ – Top 10 Influential Women Composers
Timothy Burke, conductor of Patience, talks what to listen out for in Gilbert and Sullivan’s comedic masterpiece. On Such Eyes As Maidens Cherish Sullivan writes such beautiful and lyrical music to depict the world of the ‘Lovesick Maidens’ who lounge around feeling heartbroken and thinking of faint lilies. The surprising harmonies at the beginning of this […]Read More Highlights from Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience
ETO’s Box Office & Marketing Assistant, Genevieve Arkle, looks at the arguments surrounding this controversial subject, and makes the case for creative interpretation. ‘If after my death something does not sound right, then change it. You have not only the right but the duty to do so’ – Gustav Mahler In its Autumn 2015 season […]Read More Modernising Opera: Triumph or Travesty?
“There can be no doubt that there is nothing in the world as indispensable as love” Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther This season ETO is kicking things off with a intimate production of Massenet’s heart-wrenching opera Werther, a piece loosely based on Goethe’s infamous first novel Die Leiden des jungen Werthers (The Sorrows of Young Werther). Goethe […]Read More Werther Fever
At the start of Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann, the young poet and hero of the opera, Hoffmann, is smitten with a young woman named Olympia – only to have his illusions shattered upon realising that his love interest is in fact an automaton created by his nemesis Coppelius. As far-fetched as this sounds, there […]Read More Cyberomance: 7 films (and one poem) about the love affair between man and machines