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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
English Touring Opera presents a rarely-heard 18th-century opera by Rameau
10 Oct 17 / What's on Stage
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
A rare outing for Rameau's opera gives much to celebrate, with intense performances from the principals
9 Oct 17 / Planet Hugill
In practice, Dardanus isn’t given a fair chance
9 Oct 17 / The Times
Musical pleasures galore
8 Oct 17 / What's on Stage
A creditable production of a musical masterpiece
8 Oct 17 / Classical Source
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
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
Despite some redundant material, Giulio Cesare Part II has much to commend it
7 Oct 17 / The Stage
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
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
Back to Baroque and to the battle lines with English Touring Opera
10 Oct 17 / Opera Today
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
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
Paula Sides' singing was clear and confident
13 Apr 17 / Express & Star
Fast-paced, passionate and raw
13 Apr 17 / The Birmingham Post
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
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: 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
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
Only half the cast have comprehensible diction
11 Oct 16 / Independent
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
ETO's new productions of Cavalli and Monteverdi’s 17th-century masterpieces are imaginatively staged and finely sung
17 Oct 16 / The Guardian
A fun-filled La Calisto from English Touring Opera at the Hackney Empire
17 Oct 16 / Bachtrack
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
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 fine opportunity to see Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria
19 Oct 16 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
A Venetian double
19 Oct 16 / Opera Today
English Touring Opera pulls off two more unmissable shows
19 Oct 16 / Independent
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
English Touring Opera's production starts and finishes with extraordinary scenes
17 Oct 16 / Broadway World
ETO's new productions of Cavalli and Monteverdi’s 17th-century masterpieces are imaginatively staged and finely sung
17 Oct 16 / The Guardian
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
ETO has made a good fist of it
12 Mar 16 / Classical Source
Accomplished performances in taut drama
12 Mar 16 / The Guardian
Iphigenie en Tauride

English Touring Opera


No. of reviews: 14

Three cheers for the English Touring Opera
11 Apr 16 / Opera Today
A psychological take on Iphigénie en Tauride
11 Apr 16 / The Opera Critic
James Conway’s direction did not spare the misery and grief of this intense tragedy
7 Apr 16 / The Reviews Hub
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