ENGLISH Touring Opera returns to the Great Hall at Lancaster University on Thursday, November 7, with a new production of a rare Kurt Weill opera, The Silver Lake - A Winter’s Tale (Der Silbersee), which was banned by the Nazis because of its satirical critique of 1930s Germany.

Weill’s opera is a singspiel (play with music), an accessible and popular operatic form that mixes spoken dialogue with music. It is the first production of the work in the UK in 20 years and the first version to tour outside London.

While in Lancaster, ETO will lead a series of workshops and performances in schools in the area. This will include the award-winning children's opera Laika the Spacedog (key stage two) and 'make-an-opera-in-a-day' workshops in secondary schools.

Additionally, ETO will collaborate with Lancaster Millennium Choir, which will perform as the chorus in The Silver Lake alongside ETO's professional singers, and will lead a free Gilbert and Sullivan workshop for young singers.