ENO Tosca at South Facing Festival

Published: 13 August 2021
Reporter: Vera Liber


On Friday 27 and Sunday 29 August 2021, as a part of South Facing Festival at Crystal Palace Bowl in South London, English National Opera will present a semi-staged outdoor performance of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca.

British conductor Richard Farnes will lead the ENO Orchestra and Chorus. Welsh soprano Natalya Romaniw will sing Tosca, while in the role of Cavaradossi is Korean tenor David Junghoon Kim. Baritone Roland Wood will sing Scarpia.

British bass William Thomas and bass-baritone David Ireland will sing the roles of Sciarrone and Sacristan respectively. In the role of Spoletta is Colin Judson, while Angelotti will be sung by South African bass-baritone Simon Shibambu.

South Facing Festival is a new concert series coming to Crystal Palace Park this summer, drawing on the musical heritage of the South London venue. In its early years, the park played host to Handel concerts within the Crystal Palace itself. In 1961, the Crystal Palace Concert Bowl opened in the grounds of the park with a performance by the London Symphony Orchestra, leading to successful Proms in the Park events. Since then, Crystal Palace Bowl has hosted Pink Floyd, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Bob Marley and many more.

South Facing Festival will take place on a purpose-built stage on the lake, and large screens will relay the performance. General tickets are seated on the grass and audiences are encouraged to bring a picnic blanket and/or cushions.