Operas on the road this spring
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.