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?
Puppetry is an ancient form of storytelling thought to have originated over 3000 years ago. Simple puppets were used in Egypt as early as 2000 BC when string-operated figures were manipulated to perform the action of kneading and baking bread. Clay puppets dating to 2500 BC have also been unearthed in India, and written records […]Read More Dogs, cats and geese: the role of puppets in children’s opera
There’s only one week to go until Laika in Lambeth is performed at Battersea Arts Centre – we’ve posted a sneak preview of one of the backdrops and the latest blog post from the show’s producer Sarah Botchway below. You can see the full blog here. Thanks for reading my blog so far! I hope […]Read More Latest from Laika in Lambeth
Dashing between the office, the rehearsal room and the road, Steve Hawkins has been ETO’s production manager since 2009. In this interview he tells Rebecca Hanbury just what it takes to tour three operas at the same time. How did you first get interested in production management? It was through school. We had a […]Read More What happens on tour stays on tour
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
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