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?
Our part of the score, with my annotations above the score line on how it should be performed on the day. My head is still stuffed with the most wonderful music today, so it’s time to take a break from my usual bloggage. On Sunday I sang the chorales in Bach’s St John Passion at […]Read More Music for the Masses
This is an exciting term for the year 5s at St Mary’s and St John’s Primary School in Barnet. They are one of the lucky groups singing alongside ETO in their Autumn tour. In 3 weeks’ time they will be on stage at the Royal Opera House, Linbury Studio Theatre, and today rehearsals are getting […]Read More Intern on the Inside: Towards an Unknown Port
Photos by @VerityBramsonRead More Albert Herring rehearsals, week one
Day two of rehearsals for ETO’s autumn production of Britten’s Albert Herring. Act 1, Scene 2. Herring (Mark Wilde), disillusioned by the monotony of a life working in the grocer’s is about to be interrupted by Emmie (Erin Hughes), entering in a whirlwind of hormones and non-sensical rattling. I am particularly struck by the fluid […]Read More No Red Herrings: Balance and “Bananarmageddon”
Rehearsal pictures by @hanburyrebeccaRead More “Three men dwell on Flannan Isle to keep the lamp alight…”
Having just graduated from Bristol and feeling somewhat bereaved at the loss of my student days, ETO has thrown me a lifeline and welcomed me right into the heart of their opera-making process. I am going to spend the next couple of months observing rehearsals and cornering the creatives behind ETO’s autumn season to try […]Read More Intern on the inside: the story of a lighthouse
As I speak at opera and music club meetings around the country, I am often asked ‘How do you choose the operas?’, or even ‘Why did you choose those operas?’ They are good questions. Each season I have to remind myself of how the choices were made, inasmuch as they were made two or three […]Read More Choosing the operas for the autumn 2012 season