The Olivier Award-winning English Touring Opera (ETO) is performing a new season of fully-staged Italian opera at Exeter Northcott Theatre this April and May.
Puccini’s masterpiece La bohème is joined by two rare Donizetti titles, The Wild Man of the West Indies (Il furioso all’isola di San Domingo) and The Siege of Calais (L’assedio di Calais). All three are sung in full costume, in Italian with English surtitles, accompanied by ETO’s chorus and 25-piece orchestra.
"…a beautiful voice, which just gets better and better"
There is something rather exciting and special about catching a future star in concert early on in their career, particularly when the star is home grown talent. This is certainly the case for Concerts in the West audiences who have the opportunity to see the Devon born tenor Rupert Charlesworth live at Lower Pulworthy, Highampton, Hatherleigh on 7 May.
2014 saw Pop-up Opera tour for three seasons, with over 60 performances at 42 different venues all over the UK and in Corfu. For Spring 2015, they’re coming back with Mozart’s comic opera Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio) about a hero, Belmonte, and his servant, Pedrillo, attempting to rescue their lovers Konstanze and Blonde from an Ottoman harem.
La Bohème is a tale of young love, starting on Christmas Eve in a Paris garret. On this festive night Mimì and Rodolfo draw close, before poverty and ill-health force them apart. With some of the most memorable music in opera, ETO's new Italian-language production lifts every spirit and breaks every heart.
Handel’s comedies Flavio, Xerxes and Agrippina have been hugely popular with ETO audiences in Exeter in recent years. Now the company presents one of the composer’s most successful serious operas, Ottone.
Written for the greatest singers of the day, it dazzles with a treasure trove of tearful and brilliant arias, many of which are regularly performed in concert. The romantic story of a 10th century German Emperor and his Byzantine bride features unusual psychological complexity and, in the extraordinary second act, a dramatic sea cave setting.
Sung in English.
Come and enjoy a wonderful evening of music in the beautiful grounds of Bicton's Italian Gardens. Bring a picnic and listen to the South West British Telecom Band, India's finest tenor Anando Mukerjee, and soprano Laure Meloy. Music will include popular operatic arias and songs from musical theatre The concert will conclude with all your 'proms' favourites and a spectacular firework display by the lake.