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Tosca

English Touring Opera


No. of reviews: 11

Paula Sides’ Tosca is superb
23 Mar 17 / The Reviews Hub
The verticality and almost neo-classical severity of the stage calls to mind a Fascist architectural vision
13 Mar 17 / A Younger Theatre
ETO has chosen two works for its 2017 spring tour that it admits “have nothing in common, except they are very, very good”
13 Mar 17 / Express
An uneven new production of Puccini's popular shocker heads out round Britain
13 Mar 17 / What's on Stage
ETO begin their Spring tour and bring Tosca to the Hackney Empire
11 Mar 17 / Seen and Heard
ETO has fielded many memorable productions, but this Tosca isn’t in that illustrious league
11 Mar 17 / Classical Source
ETO's Tosca is promising but needs more punch
8 Mar 17 / Telegraph
A spirited production
7 Mar 17 / The Stage
ETO's uneven new staging comes alive in the pit
7 Mar 17 / The Guardian
A bloodless Tosca from English Touring Opera
6 Mar 17 / Bachtrack
A disappointing Tosca
6 Mar 17 / Opera Today
Patience

English Touring Opera


No. of reviews: 7

What fun!
15 Mar 17 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
A lesson in Patience
13 Mar 17 / Opera Today
TO has chosen two works for its 2017 spring tour that it admits “have nothing in common, except they are very, very good”
13 Mar 17 / Express
Pointed delight
13 Mar 17 / Planet Hugill
Top-notch Gilbert and Sullivan from English Touring Opera provides irresistible fun
13 Mar 17 / What's on Stage
ETO miss a trick with their G&S debut
12 Mar 17 / The Observer
Gilbert and Sullivan's satire still stings in ETO’s expertly comic production
10 Mar 17 / The Guardian
Xerxes

English Touring Opera


No. of reviews: 8

A genuinely entertaining production
24 Nov 16 / The Reviews Hub
Three ways not to do tragicomedy
20 Oct 16 / The Spectator
This production offers many musical rewards
12 Oct 16 / Opera Today
ETO’s quirky revival sparkles vocally but is not all plane sailing
12 Oct 16 / Bachtrack
Only half the cast have comprehensible diction
11 Oct 16 / Independent
A highly accessible take on the story by setting it on an RAF base during the Second World War
11 Oct 16 / Music OMH
ETO proves once again they can play with the big boys
11 Oct 16 / A Younger Theatre
ETO revives its WWII airbase production of Handel's popular opera
10 Oct 16 / What's on Stage
La Calisto

English Touring Opera


No. of reviews: 13

English Touring Opera captures and bottles the madness in Cavalli's Baroque comedy
7 Nov 16 / What's on Stage
An ebullient production of La Calisto
2 Nov 16 / The Opera Critic
A confident, robust performance with a modern comic twist
26 Oct 16 / Bath Chronicle
Comedy, musical richness and social commentary mingle in this early Venetian classic
22 Oct 16 / Limelight
Three ways not to do tragicomedy
20 Oct 16 / The Spectator
A Venetian double
19 Oct 16 / Opera Today
English Touring Opera pulls off two more unmissable shows
19 Oct 16 / Independent
The cast of ten worked well as a team to bring out the lusts and life of this opera
19 Oct 16 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
The staging is dynamic, and there is a fair dose of bawdy humour
19 Oct 16 / Music OMH
Stylish period music-making
17 Oct 16 / The Stage
A fun-filled La Calisto from English Touring Opera at the Hackney Empire
17 Oct 16 / Bachtrack
ETO's new productions of Cavalli and Monteverdi’s 17th-century masterpieces are imaginatively staged and finely sung
17 Oct 16 / The Guardian
In the title role, Paula Sides used her radiant soprano and emotive acting with poignant results
16 Oct 16 / Classical Source
Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria

English Touring Opera


No. of reviews: 14

A welcome return
4 Nov 16 / Bachtrack
English Touring Opera has mounted a strongly cast account of Monteverdi's final opera
4 Nov 16 / What's on Stage
ETO's Ulysses' Homecoming is a joy to watch
31 Oct 16 / The Opera Critic
Fine work from all the cast
23 Oct 16 / Express
Three ways not to do tragicomedy
20 Oct 16 / The Spectator
A Venetian double
19 Oct 16 / Opera Today
English Touring Opera pulls off two more unmissable shows
19 Oct 16 / Independent
A fine opportunity to see Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria
19 Oct 16 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
English Touring Opera has woven magic from Monteverdi in a beautifully thought-through production
18 Oct 16 / Classical Source
A fine production of a great baroque opera
18 Oct 16 / Telegraph
An entertaining and skillfully staged production
18 Oct 16 / British Theatre
ETO's new productions of Cavalli and Monteverdi’s 17th-century masterpieces are imaginatively staged and finely sung
17 Oct 16 / The Guardian
English Touring Opera's production starts and finishes with extraordinary scenes
17 Oct 16 / Broadway World
Dignity and integrity
17 Oct 16 / The Stage
Don Giovanni

English Touring Opera


No. of reviews: 14

Musically speaking, this was a feast for the ears
7 Jun 16 / The York Press
A vibrant, exciting, engaging – and truly operatic – rendition of what is arguably Mozart’s most famous production
27 May 16 / The Reviews Hub
ETO's dark, underground Giovanni is evenly cast
23 May 16 / The Opera Critic
An economic but true version of the piece
18 May 16 / The Good Review
An absolute triumph of sustained power and technique
28 Apr 16 / Cambridge News
ETO take their atmospheric Don Giovanni around the country
16 Apr 16 / Seen and Heard
Three cheers for the English Touring Opera
11 Apr 16 / Opera Today
Lust, passion, revenge, deceit, drama and sex...
6 Apr 16 / The Gay UK
This intriguing new production sets the action in the underground world of Vienna during the early 1900s
16 Mar 16 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
This show rattles along with tremendous energy and wit
15 Mar 16 / Opera Britannia
A dark and dingy Don Giovanni from English Touring Opera
15 Mar 16 / Bachtrack
Unmissable Mozart from English Touring Opera, and it's travelling the land
14 Mar 16 / What's on Stage
Mozart's dark vision delivers subterranean thrills
14 Mar 16 / The Guardian
Enchanting and vividly characterised production of Mozart's perennial classic
14 Mar 16 / Planet Hugill
Pia de' Tolomei

English Touring Opera


No. of reviews: 10

Il fascino nostalgico dell'opera 'di giro'
28 Apr 16 / Il Giornale della Musica (Ita)
This minor Donizetti opera remains something of a dud
13 Apr 16 / Gloucestershire Echo
Bel canto shines through the preposterous plot
11 Apr 16 / The Opera Critic
Three cheers for the English Touring Opera
11 Apr 16 / Opera Today
Marvellous stuff, the very soul of Italian opera in the 1830s
16 Mar 16 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Mixed messages
15 Mar 16 / The Critics' Circle
Something old, something new: Donizetti's Pia de' Tolomei
15 Mar 16 / Bachtrack
The three leads were well-matched and gave intelligent performances
14 Mar 16 / Opera Britannia
Accomplished performances in taut drama
12 Mar 16 / The Guardian
ETO has made a good fist of it
12 Mar 16 / Classical Source
Iphigenie en Tauride

English Touring Opera


No. of reviews: 14

A psychological take on Iphigénie en Tauride
11 Apr 16 / The Opera Critic
Three cheers for the English Touring Opera
11 Apr 16 / Opera Today
James Conway’s direction did not spare the misery and grief of this intense tragedy
7 Apr 16 / The Reviews Hub
Kill or be killed
30 Mar 16 / Bachtrack
Mixed messages
15 Mar 16 / The Critics' Circle
A Full house for English Touring Opera’s excellent Iphigénie en Tauride
10 Mar 16 / Seen and Heard
Shouldn’t be missed
9 Mar 16 / Telegraph
As Iphigenia, Catherine Carby sang beautifully with fine French diction,
9 Mar 16 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Fierce passion, pity and terror
8 Mar 16 / The Guardian
Gluck’s sombre masterpiece is clearly staged and finely conducted
8 Mar 16 / The Stage
What a joy to hear Gluck performed on modern instruments!
8 Mar 16 / Boulezian
A rare opportunity to hear this great 19th-century opera in a fine musical performance
8 Mar 16 / What's on Stage
In the title role the Australian mezzo Catherine Carby was completely in charge of Iphigénie’s suffering
7 Mar 16 / Classical Source
Remembered pain and classical style, Gluck's rarely performed masterpiece in Hackney
7 Mar 16 / Planet Hugill
Les Contes d'Hoffmann

English Touring Opera


No. of reviews: 14

A fresh, young and modern feel to a classic genre
12 Nov 15 / Bath Chronicle
ETO dishes up a fantastical Hoffmann
2 Nov 15 / The Opera Critic
Oliver Townsend's sets are wonderful
29 Oct 15 / Opera Journal
English Touring Opera has a winner of a show with The Tales of Hoffmann
16 Oct 15 / Classical Source
The Tales of Hoffmann is given coherence - and imbued with irony, wit and dramatic impact
16 Oct 15 / Opera Today
Fruitful wounds
15 Oct 15 / The Critics' Circle
Sam Furness made a beautifully convincing Hoffmann
14 Oct 15 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Offenbach’s fantastical opera is imaginatively realised in ETO’s visually striking and strongly cast production
13 Oct 15 / The Stage
Offenbach reimagined as an expressionist nightmare
13 Oct 15 / The Guardian
ETO recreates the age of silent films in Tales of Hoffmann
13 Oct 15 / Seen and Heard
A reasonably slick production
13 Oct 15 / Music OMH
Weirdly ghoulish, hugely enjoyable
13 Oct 15 / Telegraph
Sam Furness's solid tenor leads as Hoffmann
12 Oct 15 / Broadway World
Offenbach's episodic grand opera is a major undertaking for ETO
11 Oct 15 / What's on Stage
Werther

English Touring Opera


No. of reviews: 12

Truly, madly, but not quite deeply enough: Massenet's Werther from English Touring Opera
11 Nov 15 / Bachtrack
A sustained emotional experience
7 Nov 15 / Cambridge News
A kitchen-sink drama full of emotion
31 Oct 15 / The Opera Critic
A little bit more of Tennessee Williams wouldn't have gone amiss in this setting
29 Oct 15 / Opera Journal
Prissy and precise
13 Oct 15 / Telegraph
An absorbing and well staged work that suits this particular interpretation well
11 Oct 15 / Broadway World
Ed Ballard as Werther looks nerdy rather than romantic
11 Oct 15 / Express
Some fine singing, but the title character fails to stir the emotions
10 Oct 15 / The Stage
this pared down staging is likely to prove strange to those coming to it for the first time
10 Oct 15 / Classical Source
Oliver Platt’s staging of Werther takes the notion of reduction to another level
10 Oct 15 / Music OMH
Emotional power despite the reductions
6 Oct 15 / The Guardian
ETO's up-close production sets Massenet's romance in a 1950s kitchen
4 Oct 15 / What's on Stage
Pelléas et Mélisande

English Touring Opera


No. of reviews: 14

A strange otherworld
2 Nov 15 / The Opera Critic
ETO's staging is uncomplicated and open to the symbolism of the drama
29 Oct 15 / Opera Journal
Luke-warm Debussy
28 Oct 15 / The Critics' Circle
Uneven dramatically
24 Oct 15 / The Post Bulletin
The love between Jonathan McGovern’s naive Pelleas and Susanna Hurrell’s fragile Melisande is delicately defined
11 Oct 15 / Express
English Touring Opera’s Pelléas et Mélisande feels pared down in every way
5 Oct 15 / Forum Opéra
Enterprising reduced scale Pelleas
5 Oct 15 / Planet Hugill
Jonathan Berman expertly conducts Debussy’s enigmatic masterpiece
5 Oct 15 / Financial Times (via Google)
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'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
Interview: James Conway of ETO
The ultimate tribute to the 250th anniversary of Handel’s death is being undertaken by English Touring Opera this October, who are also celebrating their not inconsiderable 30th anniversary.
15 Oct 2009 / Opera Britannia
English Touring Opera: 30 Years
During 2009, English Touring Opera will celebrate three decades of touring to otherwise opera-starved regions of the UK.
8 Jan 2009 / Music OMH