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Performer: English Touring Opera

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LondonTriple bill: Dido & Aeneas (Purcell) / Jonas (Carissimi) / I Will Not Speak (Gesualdo)

Triple bill: Dido & Aeneas (Purcell) / Jonas (Carissimi) / I Will Not Speak (Gesualdo)
Purcell, Carissimi, Gesualdo
English Touring Opera Orchestra; Jonathan Peter Kenny; English Touring Opera; Seb Harcombe; Bernadette Iglich; Sky Ingram

LondonRadamisto

Radamisto
Handel: Radamisto, HWV 12a, b
Peter Whelan; James Conway; English Touring Opera; William Towers; Katie Bray; Grant Doyle; Ellie Laugharne

LondonSt Matthew Passion

St Matthew Passion
Bach: St Matthew Passion, BWV244
English Touring Opera Orchestra; Jonathan Peter Kenny; English Touring Opera; Ellie Laugharne; Susanna Fairbairn; Katie Bray

DurhamTriple bill: Dido & Aeneas (Purcell) / Jonas (Carissimi) / I Will Not Speak (Gesualdo)

Triple bill: Dido & Aeneas (Purcell) / Jonas (Carissimi) / I Will Not Speak (Gesualdo)
Purcell, Carissimi, Gesualdo
English Touring Opera Orchestra; Jonathan Peter Kenny; English Touring Opera; Seb Harcombe; Bernadette Iglich; Sky Ingram

DurhamRadamisto

Radamisto
Handel: Radamisto, HWV 12a, b
Peter Whelan; James Conway; English Touring Opera; William Towers; Katie Bray; Grant Doyle; Ellie Laugharne
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A warm, but basic Figaro from ETO

Rachel Redmond (Susanna) and Nadine Benjamin (Countess) © Jane Hobson
ETO's production of Mozart's nuptial comedy, being performed in towns across the country, lacks depth but has some terrific singing with a particularly fine Susanna from Rachel Redmond.
***11
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Humdinger of a Gianni Schicchi from ETO

Craig Smith (Michele) in Il tabarro © Richard Hubert Smith
A great return appearance for English Touring Opera's Puccini double bill opening its spring tour at the Hackney Empire.
****1
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Damp squibs prevent ETO's Rossini: Fireworks! from taking off

Elena Xanthoudakis © William Knight
ETO's extracts from Rossini's serious operas at the Hackney Empire lacked spark and dynamism, but saw a fine showing from Elena Xanthoudakis and Catherine Carby.
***11
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Static but worth the slog: ETO's Giulio Cesare

Christopher Ainslie (Giulio Cesare) and Soraya Mafi (Cleopatra) © Richard Hubert Smith
Conway's decision to render Handel's epic in its entirety was let down by a static staging and unnecessary repeats that masked the hidden gem-like arias.
***11
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Rawness and tenderness in English Touring Opera's Dardanus

Anthony Gregory (Dardanus) © Jane Hobson
A searing examination of love in a time war is to be found in a new production and new edition of Rameau's greatest work.
****1
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