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English Touring Opera

English Touring Opera presents live opera in more than 20 towns and cities each year, with a particular focus on areas where there is no access to a resident opera company. ETO typically mounts between four and six productions a year, mixing core repertory with titles that audiences might not be able to see elsewhere. This is supported by an imaginative year-round education programme. Our funding supports core costs.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £1,577,015
  • 2013-2014: £1,766,256
  • 2014-2015: £1,819,244

Video feed

Donizetti's The Siege of Calais | Trailer

The invaders are at the gates and their king is demanding six victims in exchange for sparing the city from destruction. But will the people of Calais agree to the sacrifice? Touring March-May 2015:

An introduction to ETO's spring 2015 season

“There’s a kind of expressiveness that is live, that you just don’t find anywhere else.” ETO general director James Conway reflects on what live opera means to him. This season, James is directing a new production of Puccini’s La bohème and reviving his 2013 production of Donizetti’s The Siege of Calais. Find out more on our website:

La bohème at Hackney Empire

Paris, 1840. On a snowy Christmas Eve, a starry-eyed poet meets a poor dress-maker over candlelight, and instantly falls in love. At first the good times roll. But will their happiness last, or does the bohemian lifestyle come at a price? Touring March-May 2015. For more information visit

Donizetti's The Wild Man of the West Indies | Preview

Baritone Peter Brathwaite introduces ETO's new production of Donizetti's long-lost masterpiece, The Wild Man of the West Indies. For more information visit

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Haydn's Life on the Moon | Trailer

Trailer for English Touring Opera's autumn 2014 production of Haydn's Life on the Moon (Il mondo della luna). For more information visit:

Handel's Ottone | Trailer

Trailer for English Touring Opera's autumn 2014 production of Handel's Ottone. For more information visit

Handel's Ottone | Preview

General director James Conway introduces ETO's new production of Handel's Ottone. For more information visit

Haydn's Life on the Moon | Preview

Director Cal McCrystal and designer takis introduce their new production of Haydn's Life on the Moon (Il mondo della luna) for English Touring Opera's autumn 2014 season. Il mondo della luna, Act 1: "La ragazza col vecchione" by Opera de Camara del Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires) is sung by Fernando Santiago. For more information on ETO's production please visit:

Borka: The Goose with no Feathers

Trailer for ETO's production of Borka, The Goose with no feathers - a new children's opera based on John Burningham's classic book (published by Jonathan Cape). For more information visit

Laika the Spacedog

Winner of the Armel Opera Festival 2013. Recording of English Touring Opera's multi-award-winning opera for children and families. Originally broadcast in 2013 on ARTE as part of the Armel Opera Festival in Szeged. For more information visit Opera in one act Composer -- Russell Hepplewhite Libretto -- Tim Yealland Director -- Tim Yealland Valentina -- Sarah Laulan Korolev -- Nicolas Rigas Yelena; Anya -- Abigail Kelly Mikhail -- Edward Lee Puppeteer -- Maciek O'Shea With: Cello -- Rebecca Hewes Clarinet -- Tamás Péter Bassoon -- Belházy Gyula Percussions -- Laskai Krisztián Zsolt

Inside Opera Live: Why opera matters

Kirsten O'Brien interviews Oliver Mears (NI Opera), Kasper Holten (Royal Opera House), Richard Mantle (Opera North), Alex Reedijk (Scottish Opera) and Michael Rosewell (English Touring Opera) as part of Inside Opera: Live.

Inside Opera Live: What we do at English Touring Opera

Kirsten O'Brien interviews ETO's music director Michael Rosewell as part of Inside Opera: Live.

Inside Opera Live: On tour with English Touring Opera

See behind the scenes of English Touring Opera's spring 2014 tour in this film following three of the people that make it all happen. This film was first broadcast as part of Inside Opera: Live, a unique event on Saturday 10 May 2014, streamed live from the Grand Theatre in Leeds, home to Opera North. A collaboration between seven UK opera companies, Inside Opera: Live discovered the passion, intensity and drama that makes opera such a powerful art form and featured interviews, performance and exclusive films. Find out more about Inside Opera: Live on these channels: Highlights from the event: English Touring Opera English National Opera NI Opera Opera North The Royal Opera Scottish Opera Welsh National Opera

Inside Opera: Live

Gain unprecedented behind-the-scenes access and insight into the opera being created and performed in theatres across the country. Watch the live stream on Saturday 10 May 2014 from 2pm-6pm:

The Magic Flute trailer

"Conceptually deft, musically satisfying and consistently entertaining ... ETO's Magic Flute is a winner." WhatsOnStage "ETO's Magic Flute outshines its more expensive and overblown rivals" ★★★★ Telegraph "Brings a zing to Mozart's well-loved score" ★★★★ Sunday Express The Magic Flute has enchanted music and theatre lovers of all ages for hundreds of years. With charm and wit, it tells the story of a terrifying and joyful journey in pursuit of love, wisdom and happiness. From the stratospheric arias of the Queen of the Night, through the jolly folk tunes of Papageno the Birdcatcher, to the profound music of Sarastro, leader of the enlightened ones, it is a full expression of Mozart's musical and dramatic genius. ETO is delighted to be reviving Liam Steel's 2009 production of Mozart's final masterpiece. UK tour: March-May 2014. For more information visit

Paul Bunyan: First Ballad Interlude

A rehearsal recording of the First Ballad from Britten's Paul Bunyan. For more information please visit

Zeppelin Dreams trailer

A new community opera created in partnership with Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton Music Education Hub and many local groups and schools from Wolverhampton:

Handel: Agrippina trailer (English Touring Opera)

Trailer for English Touring Opera's 2013 production of Handel's Agrippina. For more information visit

Monteverdi: The Coronation of Poppea trailer (English Touring Opera)

Trailer for English Touring Opera's production of The Coronation of Poppea (L'incoronzione di Poppea). For more information visit

Jason trailer (English Touring Opera)

Trailer for English Touring Opera's new production of Cavalli's Jason (Giasone). Find out more:

English Touring Opera: Baroque Opera from Venice

Trailer for English Touring Opera's autumn 2013 season of baroque opera from Venice: Filmed and edited by Richard Hubert Smith:

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