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What is it that a citizen owes to his city or country? This is the question posed by Donizetti's rarely performed bel conto epic. It is the story of the burghers of Calais (depicted by Rodin in his famous sculpture outside the Houses of Parliament), citizens who offer up their lives to save their city from a besieging army. Their sacrifice is quiet, ordinary, sublime - and it culminates in one of the most moving ensembles in all of opera, the momentous O sacra polve, o suol natio (O Sacred Earth). The opera also includes poignant, intimate scenes between the young couple at the heart of the drama and between the leader of the city and his anguished followers. Meanwhile, at the gates, the triumphant Edward III shouts for blood. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Cast/Performers

Craig Smith (Eustachio), Paula Sides (Eleonora), Catherine Carby (Aurelio), Helen Sherman (Aurelio), Grant Doyle (Edoardo), Nicholas Merryweather (Edoardo), Matthew Stiff (Pietro de Wisants), Andrew Glover (Giovanni), Matt R J Ward (Giacomo de Wisants), Jan Capinski (Armando), Peter Brathwaite (Incognito)

Creatives/Company

Music: Donizetti
Lyrics: Salvatore Cammarano
Company: English Touring Theatre
Conductor: Jeremy Silver
Director: James Conway
Design: Samal Blak
CORONAVIRUS: All UK venues closed on 16th March 2020, restrictions were lifted on 19th July 2021. Please note that iUKTDb archive listings between March 2020 and July 2021 may not be accurate as we did not receive details of all rescheduled and cancelled shows.

The Siege of Calais (L'assedio di Calais)

The Siege of Calais (L'assedio di Calais) (Opera or Operetta) production archive for QTIX code T0312895697. Details of all The Siege of Calais (L'assedio di Calais) archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S1757072858

Archive Listings

26 May 15Arts Theatre
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
19 May 15Gala Theatre
Durham
County Durham
12 May 15Blackpool Grand Theatre
Blackpool
Lancashire
9 May 15Marlowe Theatre
Canterbury
Kent
7 May 15The Hawth
Crawley
West Sussex
29 Apr 15Northcott Theatre
Exeter
Devon
14 Apr 15Grand Theatre
Wolverhampton
West Midlands
8 Apr 15Everyman Theatre
Cheltenham
Gloucestershire
31 Mar 15Sheffield Theatres
Sheffield
South Yorkshire
21 Mar 15Lighthouse (previously known as Poole Arts Centre)
Poole
Dorset
7 Mar 15Hackney Empire
Outer London
Greater London

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