Catch an opera at the Hackney Empire

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Catch an opera at the Hackney Empire

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Bradley Travis as Masetto with Lucy Hall as Zerlina in ETO’s Don Giovanni.
Bradley Travis as Masetto with Lucy Hall as Zerlina in ETO’s Don Giovanni. Photo: Bill Knight
Published: 
18 February, 2016
by SEBASTIAN TAYLOR

DO keep an eye on the Hackney Empire – it’s got some interesting shows coming up over the next couple of months or so.

The English Touring Opera’s spring season starts on Saturday evening, March 5, with a performance of Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride. This is a beautiful account of the meeting of Iphigenie and Orestes, children of Agamemnon, after the Trojan War.

Thursday, March 10, it’s Donizetti’s rarely performed Pia de’ Tolomei where a noblewoman is locked in a tower by a jealous husband.

On Friday and Saturday, March 11 and 12, it’s Mozart’s Don Giovanni, set in early 20th-century Vienna, the city of Freud.

Tickets for ETO shows start at £10 each. You can get 25 per cent off if you buy tickets for two or three performances.

In April, the highlight of the Empire’s shows is the London premiere of Brolly Productions’ opera Clocks 1888: the greener, composed by Martin Ward. A brilliant young migrant girl is single-handedly looking after the towering clock that is the beating heart of the East End. When she’s discovered by a gentleman explorer, they are forced to choose their futures. There are four performances, April 20, 7.30pm, April 21, 3pm and 7.30pm, and April 22, 7.30pm. 

Later in April, there’s a return visit of Gilbert & Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore in Sasha Regan’s much-enjoyed all-male production. It’s running from Wednesday, April 27 to Sunday, May 1. 

• Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, E8, 020 8985 2424, www.hackneyempire.co.uk

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