Major opera tour heading for Harrogate

English Touring Opera.
English Touring Opera.

ENGLISH Touring Opera is to present A Festival of Baroque Opera in Harrogate next month.

Running from Wednesday, November 2 to Sunday, November 6, it’s Harrogate Theatre’s biggest venture into the world of top class opera in recent years.

Audiences will be able to enjoy a series of enchanting and theatrical baroque opera masterpieces including Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, Handel’s Flavio and a revival of the ETO’sr critically-acclaimed production of Handel’s favourite, Xerxes.

The festival also includes a workshop at Wesley Chapel led by tenor Mark Wilde and a concert at St Wilfird’s Church of some of Bach’s most beautiful cantatas.

Highlights. . .

Thursday, November 3, 7.30pm: The Fairy Queen (Purcell), Harrogate Theatre.

Purcell’s The Fairy Queen recreates the enchanted world of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Thomas Guthrie’s production, influenced by the English surreal painter Richard Dadd, imagines the story set in a military convalescent hospital during World War One.

Sung in original English.

Friday, November 4, 7.30pm: Flavio (Handel), Harrogate Theatre.

A runaway success for English Touring Opera in 2009, Flavio mixes comedy and tragedy, telling a story of bitter rivalry between families with a pair of star-crossed lovers – against the background of a corrupt, sensuous court.

Sung in English translation.

Saturday, November 5, 7.30pm, Harrogate Theatre: Xerxes (Handel)

A hilarious comedy of manners in the Venetian style, complete with Handel’s splendid score elegantly performed by the English Touring Opera’s associate period orchestra, the Old Street Band.

Sung in English translation.

Plus. . .

Wednesday, November 2, 6.00pm: English Touring Opera Workshop, Wesley Chapel, Harrogate

Please note this workshop is recommended for ages 16yrs+.

Sunday, November 6, 7.30pm: Cantata Nos 154, 156, 161 & 159 (Bach), St Wilfrid’s Church, Harrogate.