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CheltenhamRossini: Fireworks!

© Jane Hobson
Rossini
English Touring Opera Orchestra; John Andrews; Luciano Botelho; Catherine Carby; John-Colyn Gyeantey; Gillian Ramm

CheltenhamThe Marriage of FigaroNew Production

© Jane Hobson
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)
Christopher Stark; Blanche McIntyre; English Touring Opera; Neil Irish; Dawid Kimberg; Nadine Benjamin; Ross Ramgobin

CheltenhamIl tabarro & Gianni Schicchi

© Richard Hubert Smith
Puccini
Michael Rosewell; James Conway; English Touring Opera; Neil Irish; Craig Smith; Sarah-Jane Lewis; Charne Rochford

CanterburyThe Marriage of FigaroNew Production

© Jane Hobson
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)
Christopher Stark; Blanche McIntyre; English Touring Opera; Neil Irish; Dawid Kimberg; Nadine Benjamin; Ross Ramgobin

CanterburyIl tabarro & Gianni Schicchi

© Richard Hubert Smith
Puccini
Michael Rosewell; James Conway; English Touring Opera; Neil Irish; Craig Smith; Sarah-Jane Lewis; Charne Rochford
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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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Fresh, funny, frivolous: Patience in Cambridge

Lauren Zolezzi (Patience) © Richard Hubert Smith
A joyous explosion of tuneful Victorian satire provides an unlikely, yet ideal, contrast to English Touring Opera's Tosca as their Patience tours the UK in this finely-cast, period-perfect production.
****1
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James Conway © Bill Knight

Carry on Cleo: ETO's Baroque autumn

When it is not digging up Donizetti rarities, English Touring Opera can often be found performing Baroque opera. Artistic Director James Conway has decided on a return to the Baroque for its autumn season.