English Touring Opera present a season of Kings and Queens in the battle for love, loyalty and power with each opera featuring a large chorus and live orchestra.
The first fully staged professional production of Rossini’s opera Elizabeth I (Elisabetta) to tour the UK.
Elizabeth I shows the woman behind the monarch. The queen had the reputation of a queen who ruled with her head, and silenced her heart - but writers and composers remained fascinated with her private life, and in particular with her rivalry her cousin Mary Queen of Scots.
Rossini’s opera contrasts the private and public spheres of her life, sparkling with vocal fireworks which culminate in a virtuosic showdown between the virgin queen, her councillor, her lover and his wife.
The production features Mary Plazas in the title role and is directed by ETO’s General Director James Conway.
Sung in Italian with English surtitles.
Pre-show talk, 6.30pm
The pre-show talk will take place in the Talbot Room at the Old Hall Hotel