Opera windfall picks out Nick as touring singers do the double

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A RETURN to Sheffield by English Touring Opera on Tuesday brings with it a hometown performance from city-born Nicholas Merryweather.

The Lyceum Theatre will host an exciting programme of rarely-performed masterpieces by Puccini (Il tabarro/Gianni Schicchi) on Monday and Mozart (La clemenza di Tito) on Tuesday.

ETO will open their two-date run with a performance featuring two one-hour long Puccini operas. The two short works - Il tabarro (meaning The Cloak) and Gianni Schicchi are regarded as Puccini’s most perfect and perfectly contrasting masterpieces.

Il tabarro is a moody, grotesque thriller set in Paris and Gianni Schicchi, a sparkling Florentine comedy featuring popular tenor Nicholas Sherratt who last performed as Ernesto in Don Pasquale last year.

James Conway’s production of La clemenza di Tito is a bold interpretation of a rarely-performed masterpiece by Mozart.

ETO has a proud history of presenting exceptional productions of Mozart around the UK, the last being The Marriage of Figaro in the spring of 2010.

The cast of singers this time features Julia Riley playing Sesto, who is torn between his loyality to the emperor Titus (Mark Wilde) and his love for Vitellia (Gillian Ramm).

Nicholas Sherratt performs in both operas - as a member of the chorus in La clemenza di Tito and as Marco in Gianni Schicchi.

ETO continues to visit more regions and venues than any other English opera company, presenting as many as 120 performances per year with the aim to offer opera to everyone.

“We had a splendid 2010, with big audiences and handsome shows in the spring, and a really distinctive season in the autumn,” says ETO general director James Conway.

“This hugely ambitious spring tour of classical, verismo and new opera shows that we have no intention of cutting back on our real business – making extraordinary opera in ordinary places – whatever the economic weather.”

Tickets are priced £18.50 to £27.50.

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