The Siege of Calais (L'assedio di Calais) (Opera or Operetta) archive [OPERA OR OPERETTA]


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
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Archive listings for The Siege of Calais (L'assedio di Calais)

Work type: Opera or Operetta.


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).
26 May 15Arts Theatre, Cambridge :: V19
listing details L1106239583
19 May 15Gala Theatre, Durham :: V0146218420
listing details L01642297567
12 May 15Blackpool Grand Theatre, Blackpool :: V518
listing details L854358001
9 May 15Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury :: V674
listing details L431262761
7 May 15The Hawth, Crawley :: V720
listing details L0353128478
29 Apr 15Northcott Theatre, Exeter :: V886
listing details L1555115463
14 Apr 15Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton :: V161
listing details L01883489479
8 Apr 15Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham :: V90
listing details L0373067433
31 Mar 15Sheffield Theatres, Sheffield :: V962
listing details L0414964415
21 Mar 15Lighthouse (previously known as Poole Arts Centre), Poole :: V910
listing details L2013770981
7 Mar 15Hackney Empire, Outer London :: V309
listing details L1727098534


Sung in Italian with English surtitles.Producer English Touring Opera. Performer Paula Sides. Conductor Jeremy Silver. Director James Conway. Design Samal Blak. Lighting Ace McCarron. Performer Helen Sherman. Performer Eddie Wade. Performer Cozmin Sime.
16 May 13Perth Theatre, Perth :: V637
listing details L0912168336
11 May 13Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry :: V156
listing details L01389430744
27 Apr 13Buxton Opera House, Buxton :: V424
listing details L02136697051
20 Apr 13Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Aldeburgh :: V75
listing details L0712866212
13 Apr 13Theatre Royal, York :: V954
listing details L1268778291
27 Mar 13Theatre Royal, Norwich :: V72
listing details L01010491939
9 Mar 13Hackney Empire, Outer London :: V309
listing details L01314612379

Other listings

2 May 13Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham :: V90
listing details L0988397703

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