Friday, 8 August 2014

Italian treat in store for Blackpool and beyond

Grand Theatre, Blackpool
Grand Theatre, Blackpool
English Touring Opera will be returning to the Grand Theatre, Blackpool for the first time since 2005 as part of their Spring 2015 tour. The tour, which takes in Hackney, Truro, Poole, Norwich, Sheffield, Cheltenham, Aldeburgh, Exeter, Canterbury, Buxton, Durham and Perth, features three Italian operas. A new production of Puccini's La Boheme, directed by James Conway, conducted by Michael Rosewell, will be joined by a new production of Donizetti's rarely performed The Wild Man of the West Indies (Il furioso all’isola di San Domingo) directed by Iqbal Khan and conducted by Jeremy Silver. The trio will be completed with a revival of the company's stunning production of Donizetti's The Siege of Calais, conducted by Jeremy Silver and directed by James Conway.

The Wild Man of the West Indies, loosely based on Cervantes Don Quixote, features a cast including Craig Smith in the title role, with Sally Silver and Nicholas Sharratt. La Boheme will include Ilona Domnich and Paula Sides sharing the role of Mimi, with David Butt Philip as Rodolfo, Grant Doyle as Marcello and Sky Ingram as Musetta. La bohème and The Wild Man of the West Indies are both designed by Linbury Prize-winning designer Florence de Maré.

The tour also includes Shackleton’s Cat based on the true story of the tabby cat that accompanied Ernest Shackleton’s 1914-17 Antartic expedition, for children aged 7-11, and Waxwings, ETO’s new opera for children with severe learning difficulties.

Further information from the English Touring Opera website.

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