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English Opera opens in Hackney with Susannah, Donizetti and Mozart

PUBLISHED: 16:49 07 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:04 05 October 2010

Donna Baterman as Susannah at The Hackney Empire

Donna Baterman as Susannah at The Hackney Empire

THE UK premiere and UK touring premiere of Carlisle Floyd s 20th century American opera Susannah is one of three operas taking the stage at the Hackney Empire as English Touring Opera launches its national tour next week

By Victoria Huntley

THE UK premiere and UK 'touring' premiere of Carlisle Floyd's 20th century American opera Susannah is one of three operas taking the stage at the Hackney Empire as English Touring Opera launches its national tour next week.

It is the contemporary retelling of the biblical tale of Susannah and the Elders in Floyd'sSusannah, staged next Friday (March 14).

Susannah is set in the American Mid West, the story of a high-spirited young girl who dreams of leaving her home to experience the world beyond the Tennessee mountains. But her dreams are shattered when she is falsely accused of immorality.

English Touring Opera's run, however, opens on Thursday with Donizetti's more traditional classic Anna Bolena, the story of one of King Henry VIII's ill-fated wives Anne Boleyn.

The remarkable life of Boleyn is currently capturing the public's imagination, both in the TV series The Tudors and the new film The Other Boleyn Girl.

Mozart's Don Giovanni is on Saturday, March 15, a dark comedy tracking the last days of Don Juan, his most accomplished character study of a man who is charming and impious, exuberant and unkind.

All performances are in English, at 7.30pm. Tickets £10-£27.50 from 020 8985 2424 or online: www.hackneyempire.co.uk

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