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Idomeneo

English Touring Opera


No. of reviews: 11

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

Donizetti'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
Macbeth

English Touring Opera


No. of reviews: 10

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
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
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
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
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
From among the good cast Anthony Gregory stands out in the title role
10 Oct 17 / Music OMH
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
Rome meets Egypt as ETO performs Handel's lengthy opera across two evenings
10 Oct 17 / What's on Stage
Static but worth the slog: ETO's two-part Giulio Cesare
10 Oct 17 / Bachtrack
Back to Baroque and to the battle lines with English Touring Opera
10 Oct 17 / Opera Today
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
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
Rome meets Egypt as ETO performs Handel's lengthy opera across two evenings
10 Oct 17 / What's on Stage
Static but worth the slog: ETO's two-part Giulio Cesare
10 Oct 17 / Bachtrack
Back to Baroque and to the battle lines with English Touring Opera
10 Oct 17 / Opera Today
Uncut and in two parts, Handel's opera seria given a strongly characterised new production
9 Oct 17 / Planet Hugill
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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
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A new version of ETO's Fantastic Mr Fox casts 250 children. Roald Dahl would approve.
18 Feb 2011 / The Guardian
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'Fantastic Mr Fox’, based on the Roald Dahl story, is about to go on tour Ivan Hewett talks to its composer.
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