‘This Woman’s Work’ – Top 10 Influential Women Composers

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, […]

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Werther Fever

“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 […]

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Cyberomance: 7 films (and one poem) about the love affair between man and machines

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 […]

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An introduction to Donizetti’s operas

Gaetano Donizetti was one of the three leading Italian composers of the ‘bel canto’ style of opera in the early 19th century, alongside Gioachino Rossini and Vincenzo Bellini. Despite not being as widely performed perhaps as Rossini, Donizetti is the most prolific of these composers having written an incredible 70 operas during his lifetime, spanning […]

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Gillian Webster sings Handel

In this video, soprano Gillian Webster, conductor Jonathan Peter Kenny and cellist Kinga Gáborjáni perform an extract from Handel’s cantata Donna che in ciel (part of ETO’s autumn 2013 season). See them live this autumn as they tour the UK with a new concert of Bach’s cantatas – click here for more information.

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