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Friday 18 October 2024, 7pm

English Touring Opera: Blond Eckbert Double Bill

English Touring Opera: Blond Eckbert Double Bill

Presented by Saffron Hall in association with English Touring Opera

Tickets from £16

Price includes a commission of £1.00

Judith Weir’s Blond Eckbert is a haunting tale of isolation and enigma, based on a supernatural short story by the Romantic author Ludwig Tieck and presented in a new production directed by Robin Norton-Hale and conducted by ETO Music Director, Gerry Cornelius. Eckbert and Berthe live a life of quiet solitude in their forest home, but an unexpected visit from an old friend sets in motion a series of revelations and mysteries. As dark secrets surface, Eckbert suspects his world is far stranger than it first appeared, and that the past is maybe best left buried

★★★★ 'This cast and creative team have produced a show with great thought and impact.' - Opera Now

★★★★ 'A terrific sense of unease in this psychological thriller.' - The Times

★★★★ 'The dream-like narrative is anchored by strong vocal performances.' - The Telegraph

Blond Eckbert is performed alongside Do not take my story for a fairytale, a staging of song cycles and cantatas exploring love, isolation and the terrible wonder of the natural world. Featuring music from the same period that Tieck’s story Der Blonde Eckbert was written, by composers including Beethoven, Haydn and Martines, Do not take my story for a fairytale explores the shaping of the Romantic imagination, with its intense emotional responses to nature. It will be performed in an arrangement for period-instrument chamber ensemble and by soprano Abigail Kelly, mezzo Amy J Payne, tenor and 2024 Kathleen Ferrier Award-winner Matthew McKinney and baritone Mark Nathan.


This performance is made possible by a Circle of Supporters

Performance information

Running time

To be confirmed

Booking information

Seating style

This event has tiered stalls and balcony seating


Under 25s can purchase half price tickets for this show.


Shuttle bus

Pre-show shuttle bus will be operating from Audley End Station to Saffron Hall. This service is free to use, with no need to book in advance

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Programme and performers


  • Judith Weir Blond Eckbert
  • Do not take my story for a fairytale

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Information for your visit

Friday 18 October 2024, 7pm


All timings are approximate and will be updated closer to the show date. Please check the website on the day of the performance for up-to-date information.

Latecomers can usually be admitted at a suitable gap within the performance.

Pre-show shuttle bus

6pm - 7pm
Operating from Audley End Station to Saffron Hall. This service is free to use, with no need to book in advance.

When to arrive

6pm - 6.45pm
We have over 400 free parking spots for anyone driving.

Foyer opens

Enjoy a drink at the bar before the auditorium opens.

Auditorium opens

Get your tickets ready for checking, find your seats, sit back and relax.

Show starts



Interval (20 mins)

Show ends

To be confirmed

Post-show shuttle bus

Operating from Saffron Hall to Audley End Station


Saffron Hall

Audley End Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4UH


Shuttle bus

Operating from Audley End Station to Saffron Hall. This service is free to use, with no need to book in advance.
More info

Additional information


We are unable to allow any bags into the performance space which are larger than a hand bag or small backpack. Unfortunately our cloakroom will not be in operation.

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