Puccini’s visceral depiction of love in the midst of a war-torn Rome, Tosca is one of the world’s best-loved operas, brimming with lust, corruption and political intrigue. When the painter Cavaradossi helps a fugitive escape, he attracts the attention of Scarpia, the malevolent chief of police. What will Tosca be prepared to sacrifice to save her lover from his fate?
Italians, allegedly, are fanatical about three things: Opera, football and wine in that order. Devonians have altogether different priorities, with Folk ballads, rugby union and cider high on the agenda. But perhaps this is about to change; because the Opera Dudes are coming to your aria (sorry) this February.
Before the month is out, amateur renditions of “Nessun Dorma” will be ringing out from shower cubicles across the county.
“We get a lot of blokes coming up to us at the end of the show,” says Tim Lole, one half of the duo. “They say, “Hate opera. Only came ‘cause my...
A classical extravaganza featuring professional duo Bellevoci, soprano Donna Marie Broomfield and tenor Matthew Wilding , with prizewinning violinist Yulia Northridge and pianist Ekaterina Shetliffe . The programme includes much loved instrumental pieces by Elgar, Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky as well as solos and duets from Musical Theatre and Opera by Puccini, Verdi, Bernstein, Lloyd Webber and many more!
English Touring Opera joins forces with cathedral, youth and gospel choirs around the country to present a concert of Bach’s St John Passion. With twelve chorales translated by personalities including author Chibundu Onuzo, Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu, and Dr Rowan Williams, this promises to be a night to remember.
Returning home from the Trojan War after an absence of 20 years, Ulysses has to confront his wife’s suitors, who have taken over his home. The most tender and moving of Monteverdi’s operas, Ulysses’ Homecoming is a masterpiece of extraordinary eloquence.
Against the epic backdrop of the Battle of Britain, a prince-turned-pilot fights his brother for the love of the same woman. Mixing humour and seething emotions with soaring singing and some of Handel’s best-known music, Xerxes is an enthralling night of fun.
Following last year’s critically acclaimed sold out run, Orange Tree Theatre and English Touring Theatre in association with Exeter Northcott Theatre present French Without Tears, the sparkling comedy by Terence Rattigan at the Exeter Northcott, 16-24 September.
After a group of young men arrive at Monsieur Maingot’s French school for the summer to cram for the Diplomatic exam, their concentration is disrupted by beautiful visitor Diana Lake. Quelle surprise, they must learn another new language: girls.
At first, it seems pretty simple. Kit loves Diana and she loves him....
An opera singer from Devon who started his musical life as a Chorister in Exeter Cathedral Choir made his debut with English National Opera earlier this week.
David Webb, who sang with the Cathedral Choir in the 1990s, made his ENO debut in Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde on 9th June in a new production conducted by Edward Gardner. In a recent interview with Toby Deller he speaks fondly of his time in Exeter Cathedral Choir, then under the direction of Lucian Nethsingtha.
David, who has recently been named a Harewood Young Artist, plays the part of a young sailor – most...
Devised by Paul Drayton Narrated by JOHN NETTLES with Tenor DAVID WEBB and Soloists & Chorus of Duchy Opera
Puccini unleashed a volcanic explosion of operatic passion that shook the musical world to its core. Audience reactions ranged from revulsion to ridicule. After the passage of nearly a century, it has become clear that some of the tragedy we find in Puccini’s operas reflects his own rather tempestuous life. Throughout his career he felt he was hunting (in vain) for the one perfect operatic story. Perhaps, without knowing it,...