English Touring Opera

Local children to make stage debut in English Touring Opera’s landmark new production of Tosca.

Children from Bootham School have made their stage debut in English Touring Opera’s landmark new production of the classic Puccini opera, Tosca. Twelve children, aged between eight and twelve years old have been rehearsing in school, with the assistance of English Touring Opera’s education team, for their first role in a national opera tour.

A classic Puccini opera, Tosca is the story of Floria Tosca, the wife to a painter who is called upon to hide an escaped political prisoner. At the climax of act one, in a spooky and sombre scene, the local school children, dressed as 19th century choristers, were part of a procession across the town, in this new production of Puccini’s much loved opera, directed by award winning director Blanche McIntyre and conducted by ETO’s Music Director Michael Rosewell.

School children previously performed in English Touring Opera’s production of La Bohème, which was praised by Dee Oelmann, a participating Headteacher as ‘The thrill of live theatre; multi-tasking – singing, acting, moving; the opportunity to be part of a professional production, with a live orchestra, is something they’ll never forget.
Participating Schools
St Mary’s & St John’s CE School, Hendon, London
Baden-Powell and St. Peter’s Church of England Junior School, Poole
Sheffield Fusion Youth Theatre, Sheffield
Crofton Junior School, Bromley
Ipswich Community Children’s Choir, Snape Maltings
Bootham School, York
East Park Primary School, Wolverhampton
St Peter’s Church of England Primary School, Leicester
Members of the Beauregard Youth Choir, Cheltenham
Cambridge Youth Opera, Cambridge
Guilford Cathedral Choristers, Guilford
Kinder Children’s Choirs of the High Peak, Buxton
Finham Park School, Coventry
St Peter’s Methodist Primary School, Canterbury
Durham Cathedral Choir, Durham
Jambouree Choir and Cabaret Singers, Perth
Exeter School, Exeter
Bosvigo School, Cornwall
Arden Grove Infant and Nursery School, Norwich
Nantwich Young Voices, Stoke-on-Trent
St James in Barrow-in-furness, Ulverston
Anchorsholme Primary Academy, Blackpool