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
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
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 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