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Susanna Tudor-Thomas, Rachael Lloyd, Claire Mitcher and the ENO Chorus in The Day After (2017)

Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

2018 ENO Studio Live programme revealed

2:51, 4th December 2017

English National Opera (ENO) will perform Handel’s Acis and Galatea and Britten’s Paul Bunyan for the first time in 2018.

The productions will be part of the company’s ENO Studio Live strand, which presents opera in more intimate studio and theatre environments.

Acis and Galatea (9-16 June 2018) will be directed by Sarah Tipple and conducted by Nicholas Ansdell-Evans. Performances will take place at ENO’s historic rehearsal studios, Lilian Baylis House.

Paul Bunyan (3-8 September 2018) will be directed by Jamie Manton and will be ENO’s first collaboration with Wilton’s Music Hall. Matthew Kofi Waldren will conduct.

ENO Studio Live launched in May 2017 with the UK premiere of Jonathan Dove’s The Day After, performed for the first time in a new choral version, and performances of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury. The initiative showcases emerging talent from the UK opera and theatre worlds as well as championing ENO’s own in-house talent and young directors.

ENO’s artistic director, Daniel Kramer, commented: ‘The music of Handel and Britten has played a vital role in ENO’s history, and constitutes part of the very DNA of our company. I am looking forward to the company’s first performances of these two works in the inspiring hands of two such impressive up-and-coming directors.’

A cast and further creative team announcement will be made in January 2018. Tickets will go on sale on the 30 January (priority booking) and 14 February (public booking).


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