2021 Digital Season

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  • Elena Langer: Ariadne

    Movie + 1 extra

    English Touring Opera’s series of stagings reflecting on the role and practice of the artist in society culminates in an eloquent drama by two living artists. Ariadne is alone, abandoned by Theseus, and for the moment filled with an awareness of absence. Yet absence is defined by love – terrible ...

  • Gesualdo: I Will Not Speak

    The third and final film from the English Touring Opera archive is a dress rehearsal recording of a staging by James Conway of music by the prince-murderer-composer Carlo Gesualdo.

    Tortured by his mortal love affairs and by his intense love for an absent God, Gesualdo was a striking original. Ei...

  • Shostakovich: Michelangelo Suite

    This song cycle for bass voice and piano, regarded by the composer as his final symphony, sets the sinewy poetry of Michelangelo, pre-eminent artist of the Italian renaissance, who found himself at odds with popes and patrons on earth and with God in heaven, and who wrestled with sexuality and sp...

  • Carissimi: Jonas

    As part of our digital season, we thought to include the three parts of our unusual staging of 17th century music, produced and toured in 2018. None of these archive films of dress rehearsals were intended for a public - but in this year of silence in theatres the performers wanted us to share th...

  • Machaut: How can I forget? (Comment oublieray?)

    Guillaume de Machaut (1300-1377) was a prolific poet, composer and civil servant, curating in Rheims at the end of his life a careful, beautiful and thorough record of his work. In a century of war and repeated visitations of plague, Machaut confidently mastered the innovations of poets and compo...

  • Purcell: Dido & Aeneas

    As part of our digital season, we thought to include the three parts of our unusual staging of 17th century music, produced and toured in 2018. None of these archive films of dress rehearsals were intended for a public - but in this year of silence in theatres the performers wanted us to share th...

  • Handel: Amadigi - Full Programme

    In preparation for a brand new production and tour of Handel’s ‘magic’ opera Amadigi, the English Touring Opera and its partner period orchestra the Old Street Band came together at Stone Nest in London’s West End to film a selection of arias.

    Featuring Jenny Stafford, Harriet Eyley, Francesca ...

  • Josquin: Mille Regretz (A Thousand Sorrows)

    Josquin des Prez was the pre-eminent composer of the renaissance, living at the very centre of European culture. A professional singer, his vocal work for several voices (polyphony), is cherished the world over.

    To mark the 500th anniversary of his death, Liam Steel and Jonathan Peter Kenny stag...

  • Bach: St John Passion

    One year on from the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, English Touring Opera presents a free broadcast of our 2020 production of Bach's St John Passion to kick off our 2021 digital season.

    Shot at Hackney Empire on 5 March 2020, the film weaves together performance footage with 90 individual vi...