English Touring Opera return to Cambridge for the first time since 2019 with a poetic production of the most popular of operas and a lively new production of a comic Russian fantasy.
Puccini’s La bohème is a story of young love, kindled on Christmas Eve in a Parisian garret. Told with the most memorable music, it is a classic tale of passion, friendship, jealousy, and mortality that captures the drama and poverty of late 19th century Paris. ETO’s much praised production, in period dress and inventive designs, sung in Italian, promises to break every heart and breathe joy into the spirit of everyone who has ever wanted love.
Sung in Italian with English surtitles.
The Golden Cockerel was the final – and favourite – opera of Rimsky-Korsakov, the brilliant Russian whose exotic orchestration has made similar works such as Scheherazade so popular. A daring satire on the last days of the Romanov empire, and in particular the debacle of the Russo-Japanese War, it is as explosive as it is charming. Led by new ETO Music Director Gerry Cornelius and ETO Director James Conway, with Grant Doyle (ETO’s Macbeth) in the role of the sleepy Emperor Dodon, this should be an evening of fantasy, mischief, and enough musical delight to ice a lemon cake!
Sung in English with English surtitles.
Since 1979, English Touring Opera has toured outstanding live productions and impactful education and community projects to more towns and cities than any other UK opera company. Their aim is to make exceptional artistic experiences available and accessible to everyone. They reach over 50,000 people per year with five mainstage productions, two specially commissioned operas for children and young people with special educational needs, a series of creative workshops for people with dementia and their carers, and more than 70 workshops for people of all abilities and ages.