Everything you need to know about Purcell and Carissimi.Read More Double Trouble: Five Facts about Henry Purcell and Giacomo Carissimi
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?
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
I’ve always been interested in the way that opera combines instrumental and vocal music, as well as adding theatrics and creating a full production. I would not have been so enthusiastic about classical music today, if it wasn’t for my mum introducing me at an early age. There are so many operas which are family-friendly, […]Read More ‘A Family Affair’: Top Five Family Friendly Operas
This spring season, English Touring Opera performs Giacomo Puccini’s Il tabarro & Gianni Schicchi all around the United Kingdom. Along with the two selections from Il Trittico (1918), this great Italian composer has written some of the world’s most popular operas: La bohème (1896), Tosca (1900), Madama Butterfly (1904), and the famously unfinished Turandot (1926). Resident […]Read More ‘My Butterfly Will Not Die!’ Why has Puccini remained so popular?
What is it that puts people off of opera? The price, the accessibility…? Let’s set this record straight, and debunk the 10 most common myths about opera: 1. ‘Opera is Expensive’ I have done my research on this, and a ticket to the opera is usually no more than a ticket to go and see […]Read More Don’t Myth a Thing: 10 Opera Myths Debunked
This blog is going to explore why wigs are still important in opera, and what different stylings of wigs may signify.Read More Let’s Get Wiggy With It: How and Why Wigs Still Inspire Opera Today
What is the first thing you think of when you hear the word marriage? Love? Companionship? A rather stressful ‘big day’? Well, you’re in luck, because Mozart’s popular comic opera, The Marriage of Figaro offers all of that, plus even more twists and turns.Read More Five Things You Need To Know About Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro