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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact Scott Weddell, Press and Marketing Officer, for images, interviews, press tickets, or to request more information: scott.weddell@englishtouringopera.org.uk, 020 7833 2555.

English Touring Opera announces its Spring 2017 season, including its first Gilbert & Sullivan production Patience and director Blanche McIntyre’s opera debut Tosca English Touring Opera’s Spring 2017 season features the company’s first ever Gilbert & Sullivan production, a Puccini favourite marking the opera debut of stage director Blanche McIntyre, and two new operas for young people: Silver Electra and Different. The season opens at Hackney Empire from Saturday 4 March to Friday 10 March 2017, with new productions of Puccini’s Tosca and Gilbert & Sullivan’s Patience. The operas then tour to Lighthouse, Poole; Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield; Churchill Theatre, Bromley; Snape Maltings Concert Hall; York Theatre Royal; Wolverhampton Grand Theatre; Curve, Leicester; Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham; Cambridge Arts Theatre; G Live, Guildford; Buxton Opera House; Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry; Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury; Gala Theatre, Durham; Perth Festival (Perth Concert Hall); Exeter Northcott Theatre; Hall for Cornwall, Truro; Norwich Theatre Royal; Regent Theatre, Stoke-OnTrent; Ulverston International Music Festival (Coronation Hall); Blackpool Grand Theatre. They are joined by Silver Electra and Different, two new operas for young people, to be performed in schools, libraries and studio theatre spaces. Tosca was last toured by ETO 11 years ago; this new production marks the opera debut of award-winning stage director Blanche McIntyre, whose most recent productions include Titus Andronicus and The Two Noble Kinsmen (RSC), Noises Of (Nottingham Playhouse), Welcome Home Captain Fox! (Donmar Warehouse), The Oresteia (HOME, Manchester), As You Like It and The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare’s Globe). Tosca will be sung in Italian with English surtitles. “I am excited to present Blanche’s first opera production. Blanche McIntyre is a brilliant director, and Tosca is a fantastic opera.” – James Conway, General Director, ETO Laura Mitchell and Paula Sides share the role of Tosca; Alexander James Edwards and Samuel Sakker are Cavaradossi, and Craig Smith and Andrew Slater share the role of Scarpia. Michael Rosewell conducts ETO’s orchestra; Linbury Prize-winning designer Florence de Maré is responsible for the set and costumes for both this production and Patience. Patience, is ETO’s first Gilbert and Sullivan production. Patience was premiered in London at the Opera Comique in April 1881, before moving to the Savoy Theatre in October of the same year, where it became the first theatrical production to be lit entirely by electric light. The opera offers a satirical take on the Aesthetic movement of the 1870s and 1880s – a popular topic with Victorian theatre audiences, and already the focus of a lively industry of parody and caricature in the press. “Think of original opera in English and you think of the wit and skill of Gilbert & Sullivan. Patience is my favourite Gilbert & Sullivan, with a brilliant script and a lovely score.” – James Conway, General Director, ETO Lauren Zolezzi, as Patience, leads a cast of talented young singers, including Bradley Travis as Bunthorne (Masetto in ETO’s 2016 production of Don Giovanni) and Ross Ramgobin as Grosvenor. Timothy Burke conducts ETO’s

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orchestra; director Liam Steel returns to the company after the success of his 2014 production of Britten’s Paul Bunyan, part of an Olivier Award winning season. -ETO’s Spring 2017 season also continues the company’s record of touring new operas for younger audiences, with singers and players drawn from the cast and orchestra of the main-stage productions. Silver Electra is the very first opera written about the early 20 th century aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart and her dramatic disappearance in 1937, where she attempted to circumnavigate the globe in a Lockheed Model 10 Electra aeroplane. Designed for children aged 7-14, the opera looks both at the riveting story of Earhart, and issues around memory loss; highlighting the role of women pioneers in the twentieth century. Silver Electra’s creative team includes composer Russell Hepplewhite and ETO’s head of education Tim Yealland, who also created ETO’s awardwinning children’s opera Laika the Spacedog, which toured the country in 2013 and 2016. Different is ETO’s new opera for children with severe special educational needs. In another first for the company, this opera was created by Key Club, a group of young adults with high-functioning autism or Asperger syndrome, together with composer Llywelyn ap Myrdden, designer Ruth Paton, animator Babis Alexiadis and cellist Jonathan Kitchen. Diferent builds on ETO’s many successful operas for special needs audiences, including in RedBlueGreen, Spin, Rumbled, Waxwings and Dust Child.

Images & trailers Pre-season press images are available to download online: Tosca – please click here. The photoshoot features soprano Paula Sides as Tosca and bass-baritone Andrew Slater as Scarpia. Photographer credit: Richard Hubert Smith. Patience – please click here. Featuring soprano Lauren Zolezzi as Patience, bass-baritone Bradley Travis as Bunthorne and baritone Ross Ramgobin as Grosvenor. Photographer credit: Richard Hubert Smith. Preview trailers are available on our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/englishtouringopera): Tosca – https://youtu.be/NtzIrPCcff0. Credit: Matt Mead. Patience – https://youtu.be/46pvs-C-RFE. Credit: Matt Mead.

Listings and tour dates English Touring Opera: Spring 2017 season Tosca Composer: Giacomo Puccini Conductor: Michael Rosewell Director: Blanche McIntyre New production, sung in Italian with English surtitles Cast includes: Laura Mitchell/Paula Sides (Tosca), Alexander James Edwards/Samuel Sakker (Cavaradossi), Craig Smith/Andrew Slater (Scarpia), Timothy Connor (Angelotti), Matthew Stiff (Sacristan), Aled Hall (Spoletta), Maciek O’Shea (Sciarrone), Vanessa Bowers (Shepherd), Felix Kemp (Jailer) Patience Composer: Arthur Sullivan (with words by W. S. Gilbert) Conductor: Timothy Burke Director: Liam Steel New production, sung in English Cast includes: Lauren Zolezzi/Luci Briginshaw (Patience), Bradley Travis (Bunthorne), Ross Ramgobin (Grosvenor), Valerie Reid (Lady Jane), Suzanne Fischer (Lady Saphir), Gaynor Keeble (Lady Angela), Andrew Slater (Colonel Calverley), Jan Capiński (Major Murgatroyd), Aled Hall (Duke of Dunstable)

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Both productions open at Hackney Empire, London: Tosca opens on Saturday 4 March 2017; Patience opens on Wednesday 8 March 2017. The tour then continues to Poole, Sheffield, Bromley, Snape Maltings, York, Wolverhampton, Leicester, Cheltenham, Cambridge, Guildford, Buxton, Coventry, Canterbury, Durham, Perth, Exeter, Truro, Norwich, Stoke-on-Trent, Ulverston and Blackpool. Please contact ETO’s Press and Marketing Officer Scott Weddell, scott.weddell@englishtouringopera.org.uk or 020 7833 2555 to request press tickets to any ETO tour venue. Hackney Empire, Mare Street, Hackney, London Sat 4 March, 7.30pm: Tosca Wed 8 March, 7.30pm: Patience Thu 9 March, 7.30pm: Tosca Fri 10 March, 7.30pm: Patience Booking information: 020 8985 2424 / www.hackneyempire.co.uk Tickets: £35, £32, £28.50, £26, £20, £10 Lighthouse, Poole Fri 17 March, 7.30pm: Patience Sat 18 March, 7.30pm: Tosca Booking information: 0844 406 8666 / www.lighthousepoole.co.uk Tickets: £24, £22, £20 Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield Mon 20 March, 7.45pm: Patience Tue 21 March, 7.45pm: Tosca Booking information: 0114 249 6000 / www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk Tickets: £29.50, £25.50, £24.50, £21.50 Churchill Theatre, Bromley, Greater London Fri 24 March, 7.30pm: Patience Sat 25 March, 7.30pm: Tosca Booking information: 020 3285 6000 / www.churchilltheatre.co.uk Tickets: £36, £32, £29, £22 Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Aldeburgh Thu 30 March, 7.30pm: Tosca Fri 31 March, 7.30pm: Patience Sat 1 April, 7.30pm: Tosca Booking information: 01728 687110 / www.snapemaltings.co.uk Tickets: £35, £31, £26, £20, £16

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York Theatre Royal, York Fri 7 April, 7.30pm: Patience Sat 8 April, 7.30pm: Tosca Booking information: 01904 623568 / www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk Tickets: £30, £26, £22, £17, £14 Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton Mon 10 April, 7.30pm: Patience Tue 11 April, 7.30pm: Tosca Booking information: 01902 42 92 12 / www.grandtheatre.co.uk Tickets: £29.50, £27.50, £25, £20, £15 Curve, Leicester Wed 12 April, 7.30pm: Patience Thu 13 April, 7.30pm: Tosca Booking information: 0116 242 3595 / www.curveonline.co.uk Tickets: £32.50, £28, £23.50, £19.50, £10 Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham Wed 19 April, 7.30pm: Tosca Thu 20 April, 7.30pm: Patience Fri 21 April, 7.30pm: Patience Sat 22 April, 7.30pm: Tosca Booking information: 01242 572 573 / www.everymantheatre.org.uk Tickets: £30, £27, £24, £19 Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge Tue 25 April, 7.30pm: Tosca Wed 26 April, 7.30pm: Patience Thu 27 April, 7.30pm: Patience Fri 28 April, 7.30pm: Tosca Sat 29 April, 7.30pm: Tosca Booking information: 01223 503 333 / www.cambridgeartstheatre.com Tickets: £42, £33, £28, £23 G Live, Guildford Tue 2 May, 7.30pm: Tosca Booking information: 01483 369 350 / www.glive.co.uk Tickets: £32.50, £26.50, £19 Buxton Opera House, Buxton

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Thu 4 May, 7.30pm: Tosca Fri 5 May, 7.30pm: Tosca Sat 6 May, 7.30pm: Patience Booking information: 01298 72190 / www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk Tickets: £36.50, £32.50, £28, £19.50 Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry Mon 8 May, 7.30pm: Patience Tue 9 May, 7.30pm: Tosca Booking information: 024 7652 4524 / www.warwickartscentre.co.uk Tickets: £30, £26, £23 The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, Kent, UK Fri 12 May, 7.30pm: Patience Sat 13 May, 7.30pm: Tosca Booking information: 01227 787 787 / www.marlowetheatre.com Tickets: £42, £37.50, £34.50, £28.50, £23.50, £13 Gala Theatre, Durham Mon 15 May, 7.30pm: Patience Tue 16 May, 7.30pm: Tosca Booking information: 03000 266 600 / www.galadurham.co.uk Tickets: £26, £10 Perth Festival, PerthConcert Hall, Perth Thu 18 May, 7.30pm: Tosca Booking information: 01738 621 031 / www.perthfestival.co.uk On general sale from Mon 27 March 2017 Ticket prices: £40, £37, £34, £25 Exeter Northcott, Exeter Tue 23 May, 7.30pm: Tosca Wed 24 May, 7.30pm: Patience Thu 25 May, 7.30pm: Patience Fri 26 May, 7.30pm: Tosca Sat 27 May, 7.30pm: Tosca Booking information: 01392 72 63 63 / www.exeternorthcott.co.uk Tickets: £35.50, £32.50, £25.50, £20.50 Hall for Cornwall, Truro Mon 29 May, 7.30pm: Tosca Tue 30 May, 7.30pm: Patience

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Booking information: 01872 262466 / www.hallforcornwall.co.uk On general sale from Tue 28 February 2017 Tickets: £32, £29, £26, £15 Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich Thu 1 June, 7.30pm: Tosca Fri 2 June, 7.30pm: Tosca Sat 3 June, 7.30pm: Patience Booking information: 01603 63 00 00 / www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk Tickets: £37.50, £31, £23.50, £19, £8 Regent Theatre, Stoke-On-Trent Mon 5 June, 7.30pm: Tosca Booking information: 0844 871 7649 / www.atgtickets.com/stoke Tickets: £36.25, £31.25, £26.25, £21.25, £16.25 Ulverston International Music Festival, Coronation Hall, Ulverston Wed 7 June, 7.30pm: Tosca Booking information: 01229 587140 / www.corohall.co.uk Tickets: £35, £30, £25, £20 The Grand Theatre, Blackpool, Lancashire, UK Sat 10 June, 7.30pm: Tosca Booking information: 01253 290 190 / www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk Tickets: £31.50, £26.50, £21.50, £15.50

Notes to Editors English Touring Opera (ETO) The winner of the 2014 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera, English Touring Opera is the most prolific touring opera company in the UK, travelling annually to around 70 venues, more than any other English opera company. With its mission to offer opera to everyone, the company presents as many as 140 performances a year. ETO’s outreach programme focuses on creative work, and ranges from community operas and music theatre workshops to productions for young people and their families, featuring artists from the company’s main-stage shows, touring to schools across the UK. The company is also a national leader in the provision of arts for dementia sufferers. ETO has helped launch the careers of singers including Amanda Echalaz and Sarah Connolly and gave the world première of Alexander Goehr’s opera Promised End in 2010. www.englishtouringopera.org.uk @ETOpera James Conway – General Director, ETO James Conway has been General Director for ETO since 2004. James Conway has directed ETO productions of operas by Monteverdi, Handel (8), Mozart (2), Donizetti (3), Janáček (3), Puccini (2), Dubussy, Ullmann, Britten and Tippett, as well as a world premiere by Alexander Goehr. James Conway is former General Director of OTC in Dublin, producing work that travelled to New York (BAM), Melbourne, London, Buxton, Paris, Dusseldorf, Prague,

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Brno, Lisbon and Porto. James Conway directed the notable and long running production of The Cunning Little Vixen at the Janáček Theatre, Brno. #ENDS#

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