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Katie Bray (Zenobia) and Grant Doyle (Tiridate) © Richard Hubert Smith
London

ETO's Radamisto: Uneven Handel in Hackney

By , 06 October 2018
***11
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Craig Smith (Michele) in Il tabarro © Richard Hubert Smith
London

Brooding Tabarro and a humdinger of a Gianni Schicchi from ETO

By , 02 March 2018
****1
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Elena Xanthoudakis © William Knight
London

Damp squibs prevent ETO's Rossini: Fireworks! from taking off

By , 22 February 2018
***11
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Christopher Ainslie (Giulio Cesare) and Soraya Mafi (Cleopatra) © Richard Hubert Smith
London

Static but worth the slog: ETO's two-part Giulio Cesare

By , 07 October 2017
***11
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Anthony Gregory (Dardanus) © Jane Hobson
London

Rawness and tenderness in English Touring Opera's Dardanus

By , 06 October 2017
****1
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Adrienn Miksch (Judith) and Bálint Szabó (Szabo) © Anett Kállay-Tóth
London

Tainted Love: a passionate Hungarian double bill in Hackney

By , 19 September 2017
*****
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Lawrence Brownlee (Charlie Parker) © Richard Hubert Smith
London

A moving tribute in Charlie Parker’s Yardbird

By , 09 June 2017
****1
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Craig Smith (Scarpia) and Paula Sides (Tosca) © Richard Hubert Smith
London

Puccini without passion: a bloodless Tosca from English Touring Opera

By , 04 March 2017
**111
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Hannah Poulsom (Juno), Alexander Aldren (Mercury) and Dominic Bowe (Jupiter) © Robert Workman
London

Riotous journey to the Underworld: Royal Academy's Orphée in Hackney

By , 03 February 2017
****1
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Szilveszter Szélpál (Papageno) and Eva Kovács (Pamina) © Szeged National Theatre
London

Melodrama becomes madness: a sensational Magic Flute in Hackney

By , 21 October 2016
****1
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Paula Sides (Calisto) and Catherine Carby (Diana) © Jane Hobson
London

A fun-filled La Calisto from English Touring Opera at the Hackney Empire

By , 14 October 2016
***11
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Julia Riley (Xerxes) and Clint van der Linde (Arsamenes) © Richard Hubert Smith
London

Xerxes: ETO’s quirky revival sparkles vocally but is not all plane sailing

By , 08 October 2016
***11
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George von Bergen (Don Giovanni) and Lucy Hall (Zerlina) © Richard Hubert Smith
London

A dark and dingy Don Giovanni from English Touring Opera

By , 11 March 2016
***11
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Elena Xanthoudakis (Pia) © Jane Hobson
London

Something old, something new: Donizetti's Pia de' Tolomei, English Touring Opera

By , 10 March 2016
*****
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Božidar Smiljanic (Figaro) © Robert Workman
London

A marriage of youth and experience: Mozart's Figaro in Hackney

By , 30 October 2015
****1
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Ilona Domnich (Mimì) © Richard Hubert Smith
London

Simple and emotive: English Touring Opera’s La bohème at Hackney Empire

By , 13 March 2015
****1
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Peter Brathwaite (Kaidamà) and Craig Smith (Cardenio) © Richard Hubert Smith
London

The Wild Man stumbles into Hackney in ETO’s rare Donizetti revival

By , 12 March 2015
***11
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Paula Sides (Eleonora) and Craig Smith (Eustachio) © Bill Knight
London

Verismo before its time: Donizetti's Siege of Calais at English Touring Opera

By , 07 March 2015
***11
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Andrew Slater (Buonafede) and Christopher Turner (Ecclitico) © Richard Hubert Smith
London

Broad slapstick eclipses Haydn’s Life on the Moon

By , 17 October 2014
**111
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Ashley Catling (Tamino) and Anna Patalong (Pamina) © Robert Workman
London

Fun-filled Magic Flute from ETO in Hackney

By , 07 March 2014
****1
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English Touring Opera, The Siege of Calais  ©  Richard Hubert Smith
London

Donizetti re-done: The Siege of Calais with English Touring Opera in Hackney

By , 09 March 2013
****1
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Craig Smith (Simon Boccanegra)  ©  Richard Hubert Smith
London

James Conway's updated Simon Boccanegra with ETO at Hackney Empire

By , 08 March 2013
***11
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©  Robert Workman
London

A frivolous Così fan tutte: English Touring Opera at Hackney Empire

By , 02 March 2013
****1
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London

A big hit: Shadowball at the Hackney Empire

By , 15 March 2012
****1
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Sarah-Jane Davies (Tatyana), Nicholas Lester (Eugene Onegin), English Touring Opera: Eugene Onegin,  ©  Richard Hubert Smith
London

Eugene Onegin with English Touring Opera

By , 09 March 2012
****1
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Andrew Slater (Bartolo) and Alan Fairs (Basilio)  ©  Richard Hubert Smith
London

ETO serve up classic comedy in The Barber of Seville

By , 08 March 2012
****1
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Kronos Quartet Barbican Residency / Hackney Empire  ©  Mark Allan
London

Kronos Quartet at the Hackney Empire

By , 24 January 2012
***11
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