After performing their first ever tragedy this Spring, Pop-Up Opera return to comedy for their Summer Season 2016.
Pop-Up Opera challenge the way opera is traditionally performed, by taking it into unusual spaces and making it fun, fresh and intimate. Rossini's famous opera buffa Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) is brought to life by the critically acclaimed company, sung in Italian with English captions.
Vampire-like villains and human sacrifice form a bloodthirsty backdrop to what is one of the most refined and perfect of operas, based on a famous story from Greek myth. By a composer who influenced future generations from Mozart to Wagner, this account of the reunion of Iphigenia and her brother in the aftermath of the Trojan War is an eloquent, heart-wrenching masterpiece.
Following the success of The Siege of Calais and The Wild Man of the West Indies, ETO continues to explore Donizetti’s operas with the first British production of Pia de’Tolomei. Ghino has fallen in love with his cousin’s wife, Pia – but when she doesn’t reciprocate his passion, he vows to take revenge by persuading Nello of his wife’s unfaithfulness.
Don Giovanni is one of the best-loved of all operas, with a dramatic story and ravishing music. Part thriller, part comedy, it’s the provocative tale of a womaniser whose conquests come back to haunt him. Is Don Giovanni a hero who defies all authority − or a murderous villain? Whichever way you are pulled, Mozart’s masterpiece is a musical and dramatic whirlwind – from the first bars of the magnificent score to the chilling supernatural conclusion.
Red Earth Opera - Devon's own community opera company. Gluck's telling of the story of Iphigenia, daughter of Agamemnon on the island of the Scythians. Performed in English. Soloists include Laura Curry, Sebastian Charlesworth and Gavin Jarvis with the orchestra, chorus and dancers of Red Earth Opera.
The opera contains some glorious tunes - Gluck may be more famous for his opera "Orpheus", but this contains some even better music. Part of the Teignmouth Classical Music Festival.
Red Earth Opera - Devon's own community opera company. Gluck's telling of the story of Iphigenia, daughter of Agamemnon on the island of the Scythians. Performed in English. Soloists include Laura Curry, Sebastian Charlesworth and Gavin Jarvis with the orchestra, chorus and dancers of Red Earth Opera. The opera contains some glorious tunes - Gluck may be more famous for his opera "Orpheus", but this contains some even better music. Part of the Teignmouth Classical Music Festival.
English Touring Theatre return to the Exeter Northcott Theatre at the end of November, this time with The Odyssey: Missing Presumed Dead, their acclaimed collaboration with Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse.
The production reunites Simon Armitage and Nick Bagnall after their recent collaborations on The Last Days of Troy and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
Pelléas et Mélisande
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There is no other opera like Pelléas et Mélisande. For years Debussy searched for the perfect drama to set, and once he saw the strange, compelling play by Maurice Maeterlinck he had no doubt that this was it. The resulting marriage of music and drama is sensuous, mysterious, utterly captivating. For no other opera is the sensation of being ‘under a spell’ so applicable.
From the master of French operetta, who virtually reinvented comic opera in France, this work of genius, studded with famous melodies like the Barcarolle, is as dark a comedy as you can get. No wonder, you say – for it is based on the brilliant, bizarre stories of E.T.A. Hoffmann!
Based on the great classic novel by Goethe that took Europe by storm, Werther is an entirely domestic story of an apparently idyllic middle class family, torn apart by uncontrollable passion.
The opera is dominated by the handsome, over-sensitive young artist (played by emerging talent Ed Ballard, and sung in the special version for baritone prepared by the composer) and the lovely Charlotte (Carolyn Dobbin), who is engaged to be married to his friend Albert (Simon Wallfisch).