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Award-winning shows from top touring opera

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: May 15, 2014

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THIS coming weekend you will be able to watch an Olivier Award winning performance right here in Devon.

The English Touring Opera (ETO), which was recognised for Outstanding Achievement in Opera for its two productions Paul Bunyan and King Priam, will take to the Exeter Northcott Theatre stage.

Not only is it the first time the company has won the prestigious prize, but it was also up against world-class nominees in the form of Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez, and Placido Domingo.

King Priam and Paul Bunyan both opened in February and are touring alongside a revival of Mozart's The Magic Flute.

Paul Bunyan marks the ETO's final contribution to the centenary celebrations of writer Benjamin Britten's birth, and the off-stage title role was pre-recorded for the tour by award-winning actor Damian Lewis of Homeland fame.

The staging of King Priam, the ETO's first ever production of an opera by Michael Tippett, had been a personal ambition of director James Conway since he began work as ETO's General Director in 2002.

Having been praised by the Olivier Award judges as being "brave and challenging", these well delivered pieces should delight any opera fan.

The English Touring Opera host three performance at the Exeter Northcott Theatre this weekend:

Mozart's The Magic Flute on Thursday, May 15, 7.30pm.

King Priam on Friday, May 16, 7.30pm.

Paul Bunyan on Saturday, May 17, 7.30pm. Tickets: £19-£33. Box office: 01392 493493 or www.exeternorthcott.co.uk.

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