Opera for all the family

English Touring Opera - June 1-2

English Touring Opera are famous for their productions of the works of composers like Puccini and Bach. You might not know that they also perform operas specially written for family audiences.

This June, they bring two of those operas to the Peter Wilson Auditorium in Stage Two (located behind the Theatre Royal). Those are Silver Electra, suitable for ages 7-14, and Different, an opera written for SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) audiences and accessible for young families.

Silver Electra

Silver Electra is a brand new family opera about Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.

In 1937, Amelia Earhart was the most famous woman on the planet, and attempting to fly all the way around the globe. But as she reached the final leg of the journey, she went missing in her silver Electra aeroplane. Neither she nor her plane were ever found.

Our opera is set 40 years later and 2,000 miles away, when an old jar of freckle cream is discovered by an elderly woman on an Australian beach. Could it offer a clue to Amelia’s disappearance?

Silver Electra is an opera that looks both at the riveting story of Earhart herself, and at issues around memory loss. It also celebrates the role of women pioneers in the twentieth century.

The cast is made up of four professional singers from English Touring Opera, with music performed on violin, viola and keyboard.

It’s here at 11am on Thursday 1 June, and it’s perfect for children aged 7-14. Take a look at these photos of the production, or click here to book your tickets now.


A new opera written specially for SEND audiences, Different tells the story of Romek and Tomek, two Polish twins camping in the woods with their dog Peaches.

A stranger – Alona – arrives, hungry and hunting for biscuits. Alona is so organised and competent the men are frightened of her, and when a storm breaks, they won’t allow her into their tents. Finally, and after the dog has had puppies, the stranger herself is in desperate need of help…

The opera is fun, colourful, stimulating and participatory. It is suitable for young people with a wide variety of learning and physical needs.

It was created by Key Club (a group of young adults with high functioning autism or Asperger syndrome), and performed by three singers, a cellist and a trumpeter.

Different is being performed here at 11am on Friday 2 June. Click here to book your tickets.

Both of these ETO productions take place at the Theatre Royal’s Stage Two building, and tickets range from £5-10. They can be booked online, or by calling the Box Office on 01603 630000.