VenueHackney Empire
Other spaces: Bullion Room Theatre, Acorn Theatre
TownOuter London
CountyGreater London
From7th March 2015
To7th March 2015
What is currently on at Hackney Empire (V309)
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The Siege of Calais (L'assedio di Calais)

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.
Music Donizetti
Lyrics Salvatore Cammarano

Archive :: production:T0312895697, opera or operetta:S1757072858, venue:V309

Production details

Sung in Italian with English surtitles.


Company English Touring Theatre
Conductor Jeremy Silver
Director James Conway
Design Samal Blak
Performer Craig Smith (Eustachio)
Performer Paula Sides (Eleonora)
Performer Catherine Carby (Aurelio)
Performer Helen Sherman (Aurelio)
Performer Grant Doyle (Edoardo)
Performer Nicholas Merryweather (Edoardo)
Performer Matthew Stiff (Pietro de Wisants)
Performer Andrew Glover (Giovanni)
Performer Matt R J Ward (Giacomo de Wisants)
Performer Jan Capinski (Armando)
Performer Peter Brathwaite (Incognito)

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