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
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 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