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Spotlight: ENO starts a new series of free events

Coliseum, London

Coliseum, London (Photo: ENO)

ENO’s learning and participation programme is committed to developing audiences and a new programme for the Autumn began with the launch of a series of events at the newly opened Apple Store Covent Garden. The first event to take place in Apple’s largest store in the world, ENO introduced its new app, Sing ENO, with ENO Chorus soprano Ella Kirkpatrick and emerging young bass-baritone Benjamin Cahn who gave a singing workshop providing insight in to the life and world of an opera singer. Sing ENO offers a complete set of warm-up exercises to prepare the body, voice and mind for singing and also offers a complete Do It Yourself (DIY) section, including piano accompaniments for all the exercises, as well as record yourself and email to a friend functions. Whether a beginner or a more accomplished singer, anyone can use this application to prepare to sing.

Join The Conversation: Live!
The events at Apple Store Covent Garden continue with ENO’s new pre-performance opera talks Join The Conversation: Live! which take place on the opening night of each of the Autumn 2010 ENO productions. The events are curated and hosted by broadcaster and journalist Christopher Cook. Christopher leads debates and conversations around each production both live and online at the ENO blog Inside Opera, and is joined by a different panel of experts, directors, designers, musicians and passionate household names for each talk. Each event in the series contains an element of live music. Join The Conversation invites audience members to participate and contribute through conversation and the voicing of opinions.

The series begins on 18 September discussing Faust with BBC Radio 4 Today broadcaster James Naughtie and lighting designer for the new ENO production Peter Mumford. On 20 September Christopher Cook is joined by Radio 4 broadcaster Peggy Reynolds (Adventures in Poetry), Janáček expert Professor John Tyrrell and set designer Charles Edwards who discuss Janceks operas. Further Join the Conversations: Live! take place on 7 October (Radamisto); 18 October (La bohme); 6 November (Don Giovanni) and 20 November (A Dog’s Heart).

Further initiatives in the autumn include the return of the ever popular Know the Show, Ian McMillan as ENOs first Poet in Residence, crche facilities to allow parents of young children to attend the opera, the first Opera Preview night for anyone wishing to sample the season ahead.

Know the Show
Know the Show is an ongoing series of events for those passionate about singing to get together and learn choruses from ENO’s upcoming season and is suitable for anyone over 12. The workshops are led by ENO music staff and leading music animateurs. For the first time ENO is running a simultaneous programme aimed at 7-12 year olds offering an array of exciting activities led by staff from the ENO wigs and make-up department and specialist facilitators including face painting, fight workshops, prop making, story telling and singing. Know the Show hosts a mini festival at Cecil Sharp House in Camden on 26 and 27 August from 10am – 4.15pm each day. For the first time participants have the opportunity to perform what they have learnt from Know the Show at the London Coliseum at ENO’s first Opera Preview on Friday 3 September.

Opera Tots and Opera Stars
Opera Tots and Opera Stars are two new initiatives designed not only to allow parents of young children to attend opera performances but also to provide young children with stimulating activities related to ENOs work. Opera Tots is a créche facility focused on musical fun for pre-school children and is available during matinees in ENO’s 2010/11 Season starting with The Makropulos Case (26 September) and Radamisto (10 October). Opera Stars takes children aged 7 – 12 on a special operatic adventure while their parents are able to enjoy selected evening performances: Faust (25 Sept, 6pm); The Makropulos Case (1 October, 7.30pm); Radamisto (15 Oct, 7.00pm); La boheme (30 Oct, 7.30pm and Don Giovanni (13 Nov, 7.30pm).

Further details can be found at eno.org

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