Hackney Empire are delighted to welcome back the English Touring Opera for what promises to be a thrilling Season of glorious music. ETO have chosen to present Rossini: Fireworks, Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro and Puccini: Il Tabarro & Gianni Schicchi
Thu 22 Feb 2018, 7.30pm
A thrilling concert of highlights from Rossini’s greatest operas – his serious ones! These were the operas of which Rossini was most proud, and which contain his most brilliant writing for orchestra, and his most challenging vocal fireworks. John Andrews will conduct the full ETO orchestra in exciting scenes from Rossini’s Otello (including his melting ‘Willow Song’), La donna del lago (a Walter Scott feast), Maometto II (the most testing of them all), Elisabetta (the story of Queen Elizabeth I of England) and Ermione.
Conductor: John Andrew
Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro
Wed 28 Feb & Sat 3 Mar 2018, 7.30pm
English Touring Opera presents an energetic new production of one of the world’s most beloved operas, Mozart’s classic comedy The Marriage of Figaro. During the course of one eventful day, Figaro and Susanna must overcome every obstacle put in their way by Count Almaviva and his cronies before they can finally be united as man and wife. Blanche McIntyre (Tosca, 2017) returns to direct this most warm-hearted of operas, equally acclaimed for its sublime music and huge sense of fun.
Sung in English with surtitles
Director: Blanche McIntyre
Conductor: Christopher Stark
Puccini: Il tabarro & Gianni Schicchi
Fri 2 Mar 2018, 7.30pm
Puccini’s one-act operas Il tabarro and Gianni Schicchi could hardly be more different: one is a moody romance ending in a grotesque murder on a barge in Paris, and the other is a sparkling comedy about a family inheritance in Florence. First performed in 2011 to great critical acclaim, this double bill shows Puccini at his finest as a master of the theatre that speaks to the heart.
‘Ensemble work doesn’t get tighter than this’ – Independent on Sunday
***** The Independent
***** Sunday Express
**** Daily Telegraph
**** Mail on Sunday
**** The Times
Sung in Italian with English surtitles
Director: James Conway (Il tabarro) / Liam Steel (Gianni Schicchi)
Conductor: Michael Rosewell