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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
A delightful and colour-blind new take on Mozart
2 Mar 18 / Telegraph
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
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
Liam Steele’s adaptation of Puccini’s opera is deftly etched, black-humoured and vibrantly performed
6 Mar 18 / The Times
Comedy trumps tragedy in a double-bill of two Puccini one-act operas
6 Mar 18 / The Stage
Contrasting double
5 Mar 18 / Planet Hugill
English Touring Opera has revived two-thirds of Puccini’s Il trittico
4 Mar 18 / Classical Source
Enormous fun
4 Mar 18 / Telegraph
Brooding Tabarro and a humdinger of a Gianni Schicchi from ETO
4 Mar 18 / Bachtrack
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
Liam Steele’s adaptation of Puccini’s opera is deftly etched, black-humoured and vibrantly performed
6 Mar 18 / The Times
Comedy trumps tragedy in a double-bill of two Puccini one-act operas
6 Mar 18 / The Stage
Brooding Tabarro and a humdinger of a Gianni Schicchi from ETO
6 Mar 18 / Bachtrack
Contrasting double
5 Mar 18 / Planet Hugill
English Touring Opera has revived two-thirds of Puccini’s Il trittico
4 Mar 18 / Classical Source
Enormous fun
4 Mar 18 / Telegraph
Brooding Tabarro and a humdinger of a Gianni Schicchi from ETO
4 Mar 18 / Bachtrack
Dardanus

English Touring Opera


No. of reviews: 12

Musically it was a distinguished performance
14 Nov 17 / Ipswich Star
Mixing magic with machine guns
23 Oct 17 / The Opera Critic
A lyric tragedy in which everything goes wrong
15 Oct 17 / Express
Rawness and tenderness in English Touring Opera's Dardanus
11 Oct 17 / Bachtrack
From among the good cast Anthony Gregory stands out in the title role
10 Oct 17 / Music OMH
Back to Baroque and to the battle lines with English Touring Opera
10 Oct 17 / Opera Today
Modest but telling production of rare opera
10 Oct 17 / Evening Standard
English Touring Opera presents a rarely-heard 18th-century opera by Rameau
10 Oct 17 / What's on Stage
In practice, Dardanus isn’t given a fair chance
9 Oct 17 / The Times
A rare outing for Rameau's opera gives much to celebrate, with intense performances from the principals
9 Oct 17 / Planet Hugill
A creditable production of a musical masterpiece
8 Oct 17 / Classical Source
Musical pleasures galore
8 Oct 17 / What's on Stage
Giulio Cesare: Cleopatra's Needle

English Touring Opera


No. of reviews: 10

Dubious Caesar
9 Nov 17 / The Critics' Circle
Two parts, or not two parts?
23 Oct 17 / The Opera Critic
Back to Baroque and to the battle lines with English Touring Opera
10 Oct 17 / Opera Today
Static but worth the slog: ETO's two-part Giulio Cesare
10 Oct 17 / Bachtrack
Rome meets Egypt as ETO performs Handel's lengthy opera across two evenings
10 Oct 17 / What's on Stage
Experiencing the work in this full-blown and highly innovative form proves to be extremely worthwhile
9 Oct 17 / Music OMH
Uncut and in two parts, Handel's opera seria given a strongly characterised new production
9 Oct 17 / Planet Hugill
The breadth of music here makes the two parts a long haul
8 Oct 17 / Classical Source
Despite some redundant material, Giulio Cesare Part II has much to commend it
7 Oct 17 / The Stage
A Cleopatra to die for
7 Oct 17 / Telegraph
Giulio Cesare: The Death of Pompey

English Touring Opera


No. of reviews: 11

Dubious Caesar
9 Nov 17 / The Critics' Circle
Two parts, or not two parts?
23 Oct 17 / The Opera Critic
Back to Baroque and to the battle lines with English Touring Opera
10 Oct 17 / Opera Today
Static but worth the slog: ETO's two-part Giulio Cesare
10 Oct 17 / Bachtrack
Rome meets Egypt as ETO performs Handel's lengthy opera across two evenings
10 Oct 17 / What's on Stage
Uncut and in two parts, Handel's opera seria given a strongly characterised new production
9 Oct 17 / Planet Hugill
Experiencing the work in this full-blown and highly innovative form proves to be extremely worthwhile
9 Oct 17 / Music OMH
The breadth of music here makes the two parts a long haul
8 Oct 17 / Classical Source
A Cleopatra to die for
7 Oct 17 / Telegraph
An astute and detailed production of the first half of Handel’s Julius Caesar
6 Oct 17 / The Stage
ETO’s full-length performance of Handel’s masterpiece is all about close-focus drama and subtly developing characterisation
6 Oct 17 / The Times
Tosca

English Touring Opera


No. of reviews: 17

Every emotion is portrayed in a real, honest, and moving way
2 Jun 17 / The Reviews Hub
ETO's Tosca conveys the inexorable progress to tragedy
22 May 17 / The Opera Critic
English Touring Opera’s Tosca captivates the audience at Cambridge Arts Theatre
27 Apr 17 / Cambridge News
Paula Sides was a convincing Tosca, a strong stage presence with a clear voice and delivery
19 Apr 17 / Ipswich Star
Fast-paced, passionate and raw
13 Apr 17 / The Birmingham Post
Paula Sides' singing was clear and confident
13 Apr 17 / Express & Star
Paula Sides’ Tosca is superb
23 Mar 17 / The Reviews Hub
An uneven new production of Puccini's popular shocker heads out round Britain
13 Mar 17 / What's on Stage
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
ETO has fielded many memorable productions, but this Tosca isn’t in that illustrious league
11 Mar 17 / Classical Source
ETO begin their Spring tour and bring Tosca to the Hackney Empire
11 Mar 17 / Seen and Heard
ETO's Tosca is promising but needs more punch
8 Mar 17 / Telegraph
ETO's uneven new staging comes alive in the pit
7 Mar 17 / The Guardian
A spirited production
7 Mar 17 / The Stage
A disappointing Tosca
6 Mar 17 / Opera Today
A bloodless Tosca from English Touring Opera
6 Mar 17 / Bachtrack
Patience

English Touring Opera


No. of reviews: 11

An enjoyable production suitable for Gilbert and Sullivan fans and newcomers alike
25 May 17 / The Reviews Hub
Fresh, funny, frivolous: Gilbert & Sullivan's Patience from English Touring Opera in Cambridge
28 Apr 17 / Bachtrack
The various groups – aesthetes, maidens and military – were brilliantly characterised
19 Apr 17 / Ipswich Star
Patience is a virtue
9 Apr 17 / The Opera Critic
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
ETO’s quirky revival sparkles vocally but is not all plane sailing
12 Oct 16 / Bachtrack
This production offers many musical rewards
12 Oct 16 / Opera Today
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
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
A Venetian double
19 Oct 16 / Opera Today
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

English Touring Opera has mounted a strongly cast account of Monteverdi's final opera
4 Nov 16 / What's on Stage
A welcome return
4 Nov 16 / Bachtrack
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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
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

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