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?
ETO’s Box Office & Marketing Assistant, Genevieve Arkle, looks at the arguments surrounding this controversial subject, and makes the case for creative interpretation. ‘If after my death something does not sound right, then change it. You have not only the right but the duty to do so’ – Gustav Mahler In its Autumn 2015 season […]Read More Modernising Opera: Triumph or Travesty?
36 people of every age joined us on the set of our new production of Donizetti’s The Siege of Calais, to explore the stage and the opera, have a go at conducting, meet and hear some singers, and find out what it takes to put on an opera – costume, staging, make-up, and lights!Read More A Trip to Calais: European Opera Day at Warwick Arts Centre
I spend most of my time at Cambridge involved in activities that are almost entirely self-serving. I work towards a degree; I engage in musical projects to practice conducting; I seek work either to earn money or to gain valuable professional experience. There is I hope nothing shocking about this – apart from those of […]Read More Turtle Song: the benefits of music making
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
Soprano Paula Sides is one of English Touring Opera’s most recognisable faces, having worked with the company on no less than six productions since 2009, including The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro and Xerxes. She now plays Bubikopf in ETO’s Autumn 2012 production The Emperor of Atlantis, which she is finding one of the […]Read More Paula Sides on The Emperor of Atlantis
Act 1, Scene 1, and the question on everybody’s lips in Albert Herring is who should be May Queen. The scene is effectively a committee meeting, a means to an end, lacking much physical stage drama. I was slightly disappointed: I had wanted to take some photographs of dramatic facial expressions, I had wanted to […]Read More No Red Herrings: choosing the May Queen
In June 1940 the Gestapo took control of Terezín, an abandoned fort in the Czech Republic. By the end of November it had been turned into a ghetto, holding hundreds of thousands of Jews. Those who survived its horrendous conditions waited there to be transported to their deaths at Auschwitz and Treblinka extermination camps. Two […]Read More Intern on the Inside: Dancing under the Scaffold
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”