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In Rehearsal With English Touring Opera

Published : 29/Mar/2017

In the heart of Bermondsy, London is the home of English Touring Opera and we took a visit to see how they were getting on rehearsing their two latest operas - Gilbert and Sullivan's PATIENCE and Puccini's TOSCA.

PATIENCE or, Bunthorne's Bride, is a comic opera in two acts with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert. The opera is a satire on the aesthetic movement of the 1870s and '80s in England and, more broadly, on fads, superficiality, vanity, hypocrisy and pretentiousness; it also satirizes romantic love, rural simplicity and military bluster.

TOSCA is an opera Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. It premiered at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome on 14 January 1900. The work, based on Victorien Sardou's 1887 French-language dramatic play, La Tosca, is a melodramatic piece set in Rome in June 1800, with the Kingdom of Naples's control of Rome threatened by Napoleon's invasion of Italy. It contains some of Puccini's best-known lyrical arias.

How about a preview? Watch it, it's worth it...

 The set for the production of PATIENCE is based on the work of artist William Morris.

PATIENCE is performed here on Monday 10 April and TOSCA on Tuesday 11 April 2017.







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