Op­eras on the road this spring

Yorkshire Post - Culture & The Guide - - 6/MUSIC - DAVID DENTON

Break­ing out of their tra­di­tional world of pre­sent­ing ne­glected mas­ter­pieces, English Tour­ing Opera open their Spring Sea­son in Lon­don this week be­fore em­bark­ing on a jour­ney that will take in 21 venues in 14 weeks, in­clud­ing vis­its to Sh­effield, York and Bux­ton.

Puc­cini’s pop­u­lar drama, Tosca, heads the bill in a new pro­duc­tion from the multi-award win­ning di­rec­tor, Blanche McIn­tyre, best known for her work with the Royal Shake­speare Com­pany, and will here be mak­ing her de­but on the op­er­atic stage.

ETO’s Mu­sic Di­rec­tor, Michael Roswell, con­ducts, with Paula Sides and Laura Mitchell sharing the tour as Tosca, while An­drew Slater and Craig Smith al­ter­nate as the lech­er­ous Scarpia.

Twenty love-sick maid­ens adore the poet, Bun­thorne, but the one he loves, the dairy-maid, Pa­tience, is in­dif­fer­ent to his charms.

It is the first time ETO have ven­tured into the world of

Gil­bert and Sul­li­van op­erettas, and it comes in a new pro­duc­tion from the di­rec­tor and chore­og­ra­pher, Liam Steel, best known for Lon­don’s long run­ning West End mu­si­cal, Les Mis­er­ables.

Laura Zolezzi and Luci Bri­gin­shaw share the lead­ing role, with the for­mer Cho­rus Mas­ter of Opera North, Ti­mothy Burke, con­duct­ing.

Sh­effield Lyceum on March 20 and 21 (01142 496000) www.sheffieldthe­atres.co.uk; York The­atre Royal, April 7 and 8 (01904 623568), www. york­the­atreroyal.co.uk and Bux­ton Opera House,

May 4-6 (01298 72190), www. buxton­op­er­a­house.org.uk.

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