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Giulio Cesare in Egitto

English Touring Opera


No. of reviews: 5

English Touring Opera hits the road with a top-notch production of Handel’s Giulio Cesare
16 Mar 20 / The Observer
A serious-minded but accessible staging
14 Mar 20 / The Stage
Donnez donc César à (Paul) Antoine!
13 Mar 20 / Forum Opéra
Susanna Hurrell's Queen Cleopatra reigns in English Touring Opera's Giulio Cesare
10 Mar 20 / Bachtrack
A new cast brings a different focus to English Touring Opera's production of Handel's masterpiece
9 Mar 20 / Planet Hugill
Così fan tutte

English Touring Opera


No. of reviews: 5

Has wit and hilarity of 1930s screwball comedy
11 Mar 20 / The Guardian
A travelling Cosi Fan Tutti
11 Mar 20 / The Article
A school for lovers full of froth and fizz
5 Mar 20 / OperaWire
A sunny, insouciant Così from English Touring Opera
3 Mar 20 / Opera Today
A handsome Così fan tutte opens English Touring Opera's Spring tour
3 Mar 20 / Bachtrack
St John Passion

English Touring Opera


No. of reviews: 2

Immersive and communal Bach staging is deeply touching
9 Mar 20 / The Guardian
Communal experience & the re-telling of familiar stories
9 Mar 20 / Planet Hugill
Der Silbersee

English Touring Opera


No. of reviews: 11

No praise too high for English Touring Opera at Snape
5 Nov 19 / East Anglian Daily Times
A dark musical fable with a rarely heard score and a message from 1930s Germany that holds good today
18 Oct 19 / Jewish Renaissance
This rarely seen work is well worth the effort
15 Oct 19 / The Opera Critic
True heroes link Engish Touring Opera’s contrasting productions
14 Oct 19 / Buxton Advertiser
Timely steps with English Touring Opera
10 Oct 19 / The Guardian
With its parallels to today, ETO bring authentic Weill sounds and exciting music making to The Silver Lake
10 Oct 19 / Seen and Heard
A deeply impressive performance of a shockingly underrated work
10 Oct 19 / Music OMH
‘If the present is already lost, then I want to save the future.’
10 Oct 19 / Opera Today
Remorse and resentment find redemption in Kurt Weill’s The Silver Lake
9 Oct 19 / The Article
A larger than life performance of a show that could hardly be more topical
8 Oct 19 / Independent
Even by English Touring Opera’s standards, this is adventurous
8 Oct 19 / Classical Source
Die Entführung aus dem Serail

English Touring Opera


No. of reviews: 8

No praise too high for English Touring Opera at Snape
5 Nov 19 / East Anglian Daily Times
A highly entertaining performance
15 Oct 19 / The Opera Critic
True heroes link Engish Touring Opera’s contrasting productions
14 Oct 19 / Buxton Advertiser
Timely steps with English Touring Opera
10 Oct 19 / The Guardian
An effervescent and visually rewarding production
8 Oct 19 / Classical Source
A sparkling Seraglio from English Touring Opera
8 Oct 19 / Bachtrack
English Touring Opera's Autumn Tour 2019 opens with a stylish Seraglio
7 Oct 19 / Opera Today
Thought provoking and engaging
7 Oct 19 / Planet Hugill
Macbeth

English Touring Opera


No. of reviews: 13

A cold and bleak Macbeth
21 May 19 / The Opera Critic
The annual visit by English Touring Opera is always a highlight of the Perth Festival of the Arts
18 May 19 / The Herald
A timeless tale of ambition
28 Apr 19 / Norwich Evening News
James Dacre’s production of Macbeth ticks all the wrong boxes at the outset but finally wins through
7 Apr 19 / The Reviews Hub
James Dacre transplants the action of Verdi’s Macbeth into an Orwellian dystopia
5 Apr 19 / The York Press
Not yet down and dirty: English Touring Opera rising to the challenge of Verdi's Macbeth
18 Mar 19 / Planet Hugill
A potent concoction: Macbeth is ETO's hit of the season
13 Mar 19 / Bachtrack
Spooky sisters stoke up the cauldron
12 Mar 19 / Evening Standard
ETO's Scottish tragedy is among the company’s finest achievements
11 Mar 19 / The Guardian
While this ETO production has moments of great pathos and emotion, it fails to ignite on every level
11 Mar 19 / Broadway World
A hen-pecked King in a lively production
11 Mar 19 / Telegraph
Another must-see show from ETO
11 Mar 19 / Classical Source
Monarchs corrupted and tormented: ETO’s Idomeneo and Macbeth at the Hackney Empire
11 Mar 19 / Opera Today
Idomeneo

English Touring Opera


No. of reviews: 12

The score delivers on all fronts
29 Apr 19 / Norwich Evening News
A satisfying Idomeneo
8 Apr 19 / The Opera Critic
The four principals are perfectly balanced
7 Apr 19 / The Reviews Hub
The evening had much to offer even if it never quite achieved lift-off
5 Apr 19 / The York Press
A tale of pain softened by wonderful music and lovingly performed
19 Mar 19 / The Reviews Hub
Strong singing and fuss-free direction do justice to Mozart's dark masterpiece
13 Mar 19 / The Arts Desk
English Touring Opera’s splendid account of Idomeneo
12 Mar 19 / Seen and Heard
English Touring Opera’s clear-sighted staging
12 Mar 19 / The Stage
Here be monsters: a bracing new Idomeneo from English Touring Opera
12 Mar 19 / Bachtrack
Monarchs corrupted and tormented: ETO’s Idomeneo and Macbeth at the Hackney Empire
11 Mar 19 / Opera Today
Pared-down production lets the music speak for itself
11 Mar 19 / Planet Hugill
A cogent and creditable staging of an ever-rewarding and complex work
10 Mar 19 / Classical Source
Elisabetta, Regina d'Inghliterra

English Touring Opera


No. of reviews: 10

Rossini's rarely heard opera gets the royal treatment from ETO
8 Apr 19 / The Opera Critic
ETO have certainly done it proud
11 Mar 19 / The Guardian
Mary Plazas makes a truly regal queen
11 Mar 19 / The Observer
An uneven Elisabetta from English Touring Opera
9 Mar 19 / Bachtrack
The extremely committed cast is headed by Mary Plazas as Elisabetta
6 Mar 19 / Music OMH
English Touring Opera start their 2019 spring tour
6 Mar 19 / Opera Today
Rossini’s opera is delivered with style and clarity
5 Mar 19 / The Stage
A well-nigh perfect evening
5 Mar 19 / Independent
Grace notes
4 Mar 19 / The Critics' Circle
An uncharacteristically limp effort by ETO
4 Mar 19 / Classical Source
Jonas

English Touring Opera


No. of reviews: 6

A purity of line pervades ETO's triple bill
12 Nov 18 / The Opera Critic
An adventurous journey through the 17th century
28 Oct 18 / Telegraph
Dido and Aeneas rescue a disappointing Baroque triple bill from ETO
24 Oct 18 / Bachtrack
ETO's divine calling
18 Oct 18 / The Guardian
Intense? Yes, but you’ll want to catch this atmospheric show
17 Oct 18 / The Times
An triple bill of exquisite beauty
16 Oct 18 / Music OMH
I Will Not Speak

English Touring Opera


No. of reviews: 6

A purity of line pervades ETO's triple bill
12 Nov 18 / The Opera Critic
An adventurous journey through the 17th century
28 Oct 18 / Telegraph
Dido and Aeneas rescue a disappointing Baroque triple bill from ETO
24 Oct 18 / Bachtrack
ETO's divine calling
18 Oct 18 / The Guardian
Intense? Yes, but you’ll want to catch this atmospheric show
17 Oct 18 / The Times
An triple bill of exquisite beauty
16 Oct 18 / Music OMH
Dido and Aeneas

English Touring Opera


No. of reviews: 6

A purity of line pervades ETO's triple bill
12 Nov 18 / The Opera Critic
An adventurous journey through the 17th century
28 Oct 18 / Telegraph
Dido and Aeneas rescue a disappointing Baroque triple bill from ETO
24 Oct 18 / Bachtrack
ETO's divine calling
18 Oct 18 / The Guardian
Intense? Yes, but you’ll want to catch this atmospheric show
17 Oct 18 / The Times
An triple bill of exquisite beauty
16 Oct 18 / Music OMH
Radamisto

English Touring Opera


No. of reviews: 7

Radamisto misses the spark
8 Nov 18 / The Opera Critic
A strikingly designed and characterful performance develops in this effective new staging
15 Oct 18 / Planet Hugill
Female singers seize the moment in rollicking tale of power and lust
11 Oct 18 / Evening Standard
Vitality and visual magic
9 Oct 18 / The Stage
Uneven Handel in Hackney
9 Oct 18 / Bachtrack
Authentic Handel done with straightforward good taste
8 Oct 18 / Telegraph
Let English Touring Opera bask in the glory of the Coliseum
8 Oct 18 / Independent
Le nozze di Figaro

English Touring Opera


No. of reviews: 15

ETO’s gimmicky-less Figaro was a highly entertaining evening
12 Jun 18 / Seen and Heard
What the evening ultimately lacked was an edge
5 Jun 18 / The York Press
Blanche McIntyre’s workmanlike production is totally straightforward
3 Jun 18 / The Reviews Hub
A genial Figaro
21 May 18 / The Opera Critic
A warm, but basic Marriage of Figaro from English Touring Opera
11 May 18 / Bachtrack
A night of fun and japes that will really lift the spirits
5 May 18 / Eastern Daily Press
An extremely polished, enjoyable and memorable production
17 Apr 18 / East Anglian Daily Times
Two delightful evenings with English Touring Opera
7 Mar 18 / Seen and Heard
A celebration of BAME talent, but not quite a revolution
6 Mar 18 / Evening Standard
Blanche McIntyre’s perfectly cast staging is skilfully conducted by Christopher Stark
6 Mar 18 / The Stage
A flimsy touring Mozart production needs more seasoning
5 Mar 18 / The Observer
Beguiling cast bring clarity to the confusion
3 Mar 18 / The Guardian
English Touring Opera's new production of Mozart's masterpiece hits the road
2 Mar 18 / What's on Stage
This show deserves to be remembered not for its ethnic mix, but its musical qualities
2 Mar 18 / The Times
A delightful and colour-blind new take on Mozart
2 Mar 18 / Telegraph
Il tabarro

English Touring Opera


No. of reviews: 13

James Conway’s production does total justice to this wonderful piece
10 Jun 18 / The Reviews Hub
ETO celebrated the centenary of Puccini’s Il Trittico with two of its three parts
5 Jun 18 / The York Press
English Touring Opera’s Il tabarro was the most convincing I have seen
18 May 18 / The Spectator
An absolute triumph of staging, comedy and voice
20 Apr 18 / Saffron Walden Reporter
Outstanding performances again from the splendid ETO
17 Apr 18 / East Anglian Daily Times
Two delightful evenings with English Touring Opera
7 Mar 18 / Seen and Heard
Brooding Tabarro and a humdinger of a Gianni Schicchi from ETO
6 Mar 18 / Bachtrack
Comedy trumps tragedy in a double-bill of two Puccini one-act operas
6 Mar 18 / The Stage
Liam Steele’s adaptation of Puccini’s opera is deftly etched, black-humoured and vibrantly performed
6 Mar 18 / The Times
Contrasting double
5 Mar 18 / Planet Hugill
Brooding Tabarro and a humdinger of a Gianni Schicchi from ETO
4 Mar 18 / Bachtrack
Enormous fun
4 Mar 18 / Telegraph
English Touring Opera has revived two-thirds of Puccini’s Il trittico
4 Mar 18 / Classical Source
Gianni Schicchi

English Touring Opera


No. of reviews: 13

Liam Steel’s production of Gianni Schicchi is splendidly imaginative and vivid
10 Jun 18 / The Reviews Hub
ETO celebrated the centenary of Puccini’s Il Trittico with two of its three parts
5 Jun 18 / The York Press
Too much mugging
18 May 18 / The Spectator
An absolute triumph of staging, comedy and voice
20 Apr 18 / Saffron Walden Reporter
Outstanding performances again from the splendid ETO
17 Apr 18 / East Anglian Daily Times
Two delightful evenings with English Touring Opera
7 Mar 18 / Seen and Heard
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News & Articles

'There is no traditional way of doing opera'
English Touring Opera’s James Conway on reviews, the rise of digital screenings and why a good artistic director knows how to balance the books.
4 Feb 2015 / The Guardian
English Touring Opera announces schedule for fall 2015 season
English Touring Opera's Autumn 2015 season, touring England this October and November, features three classics of French opera.
20 Jan 2015 / Broadway World
English Touring Opera announces the spring 2015 season
English Touring Opera has announced details of its Spring 2015 season, which features rare bel canto gems by Donizetti, a Puccini favourite, and two new operas for young people.
31 Jul 2014 / Broadway World
English Touring Opera gives Roald Dahl back to the kids
A new version of ETO's Fantastic Mr Fox casts 250 children. Roald Dahl would approve.
18 Feb 2011 / The Guardian
Fantastic Mr. Fox the opera: interview with Tobias Picker
'Fantastic Mr Fox’, based on the Roald Dahl story, is about to go on tour Ivan Hewett talks to its composer.
17 Feb 2011 / Telegraph