Fresh from its sell-out performance at the 75th Aldeburgh Festival, Judith Weir's acclaimed opera Blond Eckbert is back. It is paired with Do not take my story for a fairtytale – a staging of song cycles and cantatas exploring love, isolation and the terrible wonder of the natural world.

Blond Eckbert cast:
Aoife Miskelly Bird
Flora McIntosh Berthe
William Morgan Walther, Hugo, Old Woman
Alex Otterburn
Eckbert

Do not take my story for a fairytale:
Abigail Kelly soprano
Amy J Payne
mezzo-soprano
Matthew McKinney
tenor
Mark Nathan
baritone
Period-instrument chamber ensemble

Robin Norton-Hale
director
Molly Harris Farley
assistant director
Monica Nicolaides
assistant and movement director
Eleanor Bull
designer
Erika Gundesen
assistant conductor
Gerry Cornelius conductor

Come to a pre-performance talk before the opera to learn more about the creative process.

Judith Weir:
Blond Eckbert (70’)
Various:
Do not take my story for a fairytale (60’)

Blond Eckbert was a huge hit at this year's Festival, captivating the opening night audience with a hauntingly imaginative staging of Judith Weir's landmark work. Dark shadows threaten Eckbert and Berthe's woodland solitude; will they regret confiding in the mysterious Walther?

We're delighted to welcome English Touring Opera back for a second heartstopping performance, this time presented in a double bill with Do not take my story for a fairytale, a staging of song cycles and cantatas exploring love, isolation and the terrible wonder of the natural world. Featuring music from the same period that Ludwig Tieck’s story, Der Blonde Eckbert, was written, including Schubert's Prometheus and Beethoven's An die ferne Gelibte as well as a cantata by Mariana Martines, Do not take my story for a fairytale explores the shaping of the Romantic imagination.

Do not take my story for a fairytale will be performed by a period-instrument chamber ensemble alongside soprano Abigail Kelly, mezzo-soprano Amy J Payne, tenor and 2024 Kathleen Ferrier Award-winner Matthew McKinney, and baritone Mark Nathan.

Both performances are helmed by ETO General Director Robin Norton Hale and Music Director Gerry Cornelius, with designs by the Linbury Prize-winning Eleanor Bull.

Sung in English with English surtitles.

Credit: Richard Hubert Smith

Main image: Blond Eckbert © Richard Hubert Smith

The dream-like narrative is anchored by strong vocal performances
4 Stars

The Telegraph

It was a visual treat and a thought-provoking presentation of a work that invites further exploration. I would gladly attend repeat performances

Thoroughly Good

The subtly nuanced acting and expressive singing of a fine cast ... You get a vivid feeling of traumas barely suppressed
4 Stars

The Times


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