Iphigénie en Tauride and Don Giovanni
LIVE at the Grand Theatre Blackpool, Friday 13 and Saturday 14 May 2016
Lovers of great drama and classical opera will be delighted to see the Olivier-Award winning English Touring Opera return to Blackpool Grand this May with a sensational double bill.
Lust, love, war and death rage through these two new spring productions of Iphigénie en Tauride and Don Giovanni, which are performed live on The Grand’s stage by exceptionally talented singers and a full orchestra.
Human sacrifice, shipwreck and bloodthirsty villains set the scene for Iphigénie en Tauride – Christoph Wilibald Gluck’s heart-wrenching masterpiece. Set in the aftermath of the Trojan War, this opera details the beautiful reunion of the powerful central characters Iphigénie and her brother Tauride following the turbulence of war. This is a moving work from the composer who would go on to influence some of the most popular names in classical music and opera, including Mozart and Wagner.
Don Giovanni is one of the world’s most charismatic and well-known antiheros. Audiences will find themselves torn between being charmed and repelled by the Spanish nobleman who seduces women all across Europe. However, when his actions lead to murder and eventually invoke vengeance from beyond the grave, what follows is a dramatic and supernatural conclusion.
Don Giovanni is perhaps the greatest work by one of the most famous composers of all time, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Held up as one of the darkest, sexiest and most cautionary tales ever told, the question as to whether Don Giovanni is a hero or a murderous villain lingers throughout this engrossing opera.
A Grand Theatre spokesperson said,
“English Touring Opera mesmerised us last year with La Boheme and The Siege of Calais, and we are delighted to be able to bring them back to showcase some new works. They are a company dedicated to bringing opera to the wider public and to pulling out all the stops for an intensely visual and dramatic evening out. We even have a multi-buy offer that allows customers to purchase a ticket for both shows and save money. Plus, our exceptional value student and under 26 tickets mean that our younger audience can try something new, and we can guarantee they will be blown away by ETO’s performance.”
English Touring Opera perform Iphigénie en Tauride on Friday 13 May and Don Giovanni on Saturday 14 May at Blackpool Grand Theatre. Tickets are available from blackpoolgrand.co.uk or by calling 01253 290190.
‘ETO is as good as it gets’ – Whatsonstage
‘Exquisite’ – The Guardian
‘Enthralling’ – The Telegraph
(reviews for ETO’s 2015 season)