ETO's Spring season starts on 2 March 2013 at Hackney Empire. James Conway's production of Simon Boccanegra (in the 1881 revised version) will be their first new Verdi production for some years. Paul Higgins will be directing Cosi fan Tutte and James Conway will also be in charge of L'assiedo di Calais (The Siege of Calais) with designs by Samai Blak which are inspired by the siege of Stalingrad - sounds intriguing! They are also touring a new opera for children, Laika the Spacedog (which premieres at the Science Museum in January) and SPIN an opera for young people with profound special needs.
In the Autumn they are taking Venice for their inspiration. Handel's Agrippina was premiered there as were Monteverdi and Cavalli's operas. Agrippina sets one of the best, and wittiest, librettos that Handel ever received. James Conway is directing Agrippina and his production of Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea (The Coronation of Poppea) will be revived by Oliver Platt . (The production is a co-operation with the Royal College of Music and it debuts there tonight). Cavalli's Giasone (Jason) will be produced by Ted Huffman and directed from the keyboard by Roger Hamilton. They will also be concerts of Vivaldi's Magnificat and Stabat Mater, and Handel's Dixit Dominus and Haec est Regina Virginum, toured to cathedrals, churches and concert halls.
Further information from the English Touring Opera website.
Elsewhere on this blog:
- Well meaning confusion - creating today's Carmen
- Merton College Choir - Choral at Cadogan
- Don Quichotte at Chelsea Opera Group
- Passion and discipline - Russion Virtuosi of Europe at Cadogan Hall
- Creating socially responsible individuals as well as musicians - In Harmony Sistema England
- The Natural History of the Piano
- CD Review - Coro Allegro - In Paradisum