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Farinelli And The King

  • Written by: Claire van Kampen

Philip V of Spain is racked with depression and suffering from insomnia, so the Queen, desperate to help relieve her husband of his suffering, begs the famous castrato Farinelli, to sing to the King. Philip is healed, captivated by the sumptuous voice of Farinelli. Farinelli is also captivated. Claire van Kampen's play…

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London SE1

Wed 11 Feb 2015

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

£25–£45; £10 Standing; £60 Premium Tickets / 020 7401 9919

  • 19:30

Thu 12 Feb 2015

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

£25–£45; £10 Standing; £60 Premium Tickets / 020 7401 9919

  • 19:30

Sat 14 Feb 2015

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

£25–£45; £10 Standing; £60 Premium Tickets / 020 7401 9919

  • 19:30
…and 7 more dates until 7 Mar 2015

The Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company: HMS Pinafore

  • Written by: Gilbert & Sullivan

Gilbert and Sullivan's comic operetta set on board a ship and tells the tale of the Captain's daughter falling in love with a lowly sailor.

Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Mon 16 Mar 2015

£18.50–£19.50; £19–£20; £20–£21 / 01604 624 811

  • 19:45

Tue 17 Mar 2015

£18.50–£19.50; £19–£20; £20–£21 / 01604 624 811

  • 19:45

Wed 18 Mar 2015

£18.50–£19.50; £19–£20; £20–£21 / 01604 624 811

  • 19:45
…and 3 more dates until 21 Mar 2015

The Royal Spa Centre, Leamington Spa

Tue 21 Oct

£13 / 01926 334 418

  • 19:30

Wed 22 Oct

£13 / 01926 334 418

  • 19:30

Thu 23 Oct

£13 / 01926 334 418

  • 19:30
…and 2 more dates until 25 Oct

Glyndebourne Opera: La Traviata

  • Directed by: David Afkham
  • Written by: Giuseppe Verdi

Tom Cairns directs Verdi's tragic drama about a scandalous love affair. Conducted by Mark Elder / David Afkham (Aug 13, 16, 20 and 23), with Venera Gimadieva as Violetta Valery and Michael Fabiano as Alfredo Germont. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Wed 5 Nov

£29–£56.50; £32.50–£60 (£26–£53.50; £24–£51.50) / 01227 787787

  • 19:15

Sat 8 Nov

£29–£56.50; £32.50–£60 (£26–£53.50; £24–£51.50) / 01227 787787

  • 19:15

Milton Keynes Theatre

Wed 19 Nov

£25–£60 / 0844 871 7652

Sat 22 Nov

£25–£60 / 0844 871 7652

New Victoria Theatre, Woking

Wed 29 Oct

£33.90–£89.90 ( £30–£85) / 0844 871 7645

  • 19:15

Sat 1 Nov

£33.90–£89.90 ( £30–£85) / 0844 871 7645

  • 19:15

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Opera & Ballet International: Madama Butterfly

  • Directed by: Ellen Kent
  • Written by: Puccini

Puccini's classic opera of a doomed love story tells the tale of a geisha whose love for an American naval lieutenant has dramatic consequences.

The Anvil, Basingstoke

Sun 5 Oct

£28–£36 ( £14.50–£18.50; £26–£34; Children £14.50–£18.50 under 16s) / 01256 844244

  • 19:30

Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

Thu 20 Nov

£30–£35 / 01892 530613

  • 19:30

Sat 2 May 2015

£24–£35 / 01892 530613

  • 19:30

£30–£35 / 01892 530613

  • 19:30

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Sat 18 Oct

£17.90–£41.40

  • 19:30

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…and at 20 other places

Third World Bunfight & Brett Bailey: Macbeth

  • Directed by: Brett Bailey
  • Written by: Verdi

Director Brett Bailey's modern opera, a musical and visual interpretation of Verdi's work but here set in post-colonial Africa and performed by a South Africa ensemble. Contains disturbing images of war, not suitable for ages below 12. Performed in Italian with English surtitles.

Barbican Centre, London EC2Y

Thu 18 Sep

Barbican Theatre

£16–£35 / 020 7638 8891

  • 19:45

Fri 19 Sep

Barbican Theatre

£16–£35 / 020 7638 8891

  • 19:45

Sat 20 Sep

Barbican Theatre

£16–£35 / 020 7638 8891

  • 19:45
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Mariinsky Opera: Boris Godunov

  • Directed by: Valery Gergiev (cond)
  • Written by: Mussorgsky

Valery Gergiev directs the acclaimed company in a production of Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov, his only completed opera and is set in sixteenth century Moscow.

Barbican Centre, London EC2Y

Mon 3 Nov

Hall

£15–£65 / 020 7638 8891

  • 19:00

The Russian State Ballet And Opera House: Rigoletto

  • Written by: Verdi

Verdi's tragedy about a deformed court jester, who seeks revenge following the abduction of his daughter. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

Sat 7 Mar 2015

£31–£33 (Children £29–£31; £29–£31) / 01892 530613

  • 19:30

Cadogan Hall, London SW1X

Fri 20 Feb 2015

£27–£37 / 020 7730 4500

  • 19:30

Darlington Civic Theatre

Tue 17 Feb 2015

£29–£36 / 01325 486555

  • 19:30

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Wagner's Ring: Die Walkure

The New London Opera Players will be presenting the first act and final scene of Richard Wagner's Ring opera. All accompanied at the piano by the award-winning Andrew Charity.

Rosemary Branch Theatre, London N1

Wed 24 Sep

£15 (£12) / 020 7704 6665

  • 19:30

Fri 26 Sep

£15 (£12) / 020 7704 6665

  • 19:30

Sun 28 Sep

£15 (£12) / 020 7704 6665

  • 17:00
…and 2 more dates until 1 Oct

Alcina: The English Concert

  • Directed by: Harry Bicket
  • Written by: Handel

Handel's opera seria is performed by the established baroque orchestra, directed by harpsichordist Harry Bicket, alongside Joyce DiDonato as Alcina, Alice Coote as Ruggiero and Anna Christie as Morgana.

Barbican Centre, London EC2Y

Fri 10 Oct

Hall

£15–£55 / 020 7638 8891

  • 19:00
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Andrea Bocelli

A unique voice mixing opera and classical with pop.

LG Arena, Birmingham

Fri 21 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 338 8000

With Plus Special Guests.

Liverpool Echo Arena & Convention Centre

Tue 18 Nov

£51.75–£133 / 0844 800 0400

With Plus Special Guests.

NEC, Birmingham

Fri 21 Nov

£51.10 / 0121 780 4141

  • 20:00

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Ann Murray

The Irish mezzo-soprano performs various operatic excerpts.

West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge

Tue 21 Oct

£20–£50 / 01223 335184

  • 20:00

BBC SSO: Wozzeck in Concert

Alban Berg's Wozzeck, adapted by the composer himself from Georg Büchner's fragmentary 1836 play, is the only opera its composer lived to finish. This semi-staged performance is directed by Kenneth Richardson and conducted by Donald Runnicles, and features Roman Trekel in the title role, Elena Zhidkova as Marie and Thomas…

City Halls, Glasgow

Thu 23 Oct

Grand Hall

£11.50–£24.50 / 0141 353 8000

Bizet's Carmen: Barefoot Opera

Barefoot Opera, well known for its strong production values, ensemble work, and lively interpretation, brings its unique style to the world's most popular- and most re-interpreted- opera: Carmen by Bizet. A dazzling, gypsy junkyard Carmen!

St Leonard's Church, London E1

Fri 3 Oct

£14 (£11)

  • 19:00 – 22:00

Bodycorps: The Anatomy Of Melancholy

A modern opera with a libretto by Finn Beames and music by Benjamin Tassie, which explores depression, genetics and Renaissance medicine. The work, featuring song, speech and projected images, is inspired by the 17th century text book written by Robert Burton.

Testbed 1, London SW11

Wed 22 Oct

£12.50

  • 20:00

Thu 23 Oct

£12.50

  • 20:00

Fri 24 Oct

£12.50

  • 20:00

Sat 25 Oct

£12.50

  • 20:00
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Bournemouth Gilbert & Sullivan Operatic Society: The Pirates Of Penzance

  • Written by: Gilbert & Sullivan

Gilbert and Sullivan's tale of Frederic, who, having completed his 21st year, is released from his apprenticeship to a band of tender-hearted pirates and then meets Mabel and falls in love.

Lighthouse: Poole's Centre for the Arts

Wed 22 Oct

£13.50 / 0844 406 8666

  • 19:30

Thu 23 Oct

£13.50 / 0844 406 8666

  • 19:30

Fri 24 Oct

£13.50 / 0844 406 8666

  • 19:30

Sat 25 Oct

£13.50 / 0844 406 8666

  • 19:30

Bryn Terfel at 50

One of the world's most sought after voices, Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel, will celebrate his 50th birthday with a special one-off concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

Royal Albert Hall, London SW7

Tue 20 Oct 2015

£38.20–£130 / 020 7589 8212

  • 19:30 – 22:00

Buxton Opera House: Rigoletto

Verdi's controversial opera in three acts tells the tale of a jester's daughter who falls in love with a charming yet untrustworthy ruler. Featuring the Chisinau National Opera And Philharmonic with International guest soloists.

Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton

Tue 14 Oct

£21–£36 (Children £18; £32.75) / 0845 127 2190

  • 19:30

Cambridge University G. & S. Society: H.M.S. Pinafore

  • Written by: A Sullivan

Gilbert and Sullivan's satirical opera.

Minack Theatre And Exhibition Centre, Penzance

Thu 18 Sep

£9–£11.50 (Children £5–£6; Children £5–£6 under 15s) / 01736 810181

  • 20:00

Fri 19 Sep

£9–£11.50 (Children £5–£6; Children £5–£6 under 15s) / 01736 810181

  • 20:00

Sat 20 Sep

£9–£11.50 (Children £5–£6; Children £5–£6 under 15s) / 01736 810181

  • 20:00

Carluke Jam & Ham Festival

Live music, jam sessions and amateur opera, plus jam (the spreading on toast-kind) and preserve making master-classes. This year's festival also features ham!

SLC Lifestyles, Carluke

Thu 2 Oct

£5

  • 19:00
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Carmen

  • Directed by: David Freeman
  • Written by: Bizet

Bizet's passionate takes to the O2 Arena for a fully staged show, with a cast of more than 150. The story follows the doomed love affair between soldier Don Jose and a gypsy named Carmen, which leads to jealousy and murder. Carmen has become one of the most performed operas around the world and has been created as a movie…

Pavilion Theatre, Rhyl

Tue 30 Sep

£20 (£18; £8) / 01745 330000

  • 19:30

Carmen

Fife Opera bring the classic production to life.

Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy

Wed 5 Nov

£15 (£13; Children £7) / 01592 583302

  • 19:15

Thu 6 Nov

£15 (£13; Children £7) / 01592 583302

  • 19:15

Fri 7 Nov

£15 (£13; Children £7) / 01592 583302

  • 19:15

Caroline MacPhie

Opera from the young soprano.

St Pancras Church, London NW1

Tue 30 Sep

£10–£12 / 020 8558 6982

Launch of MacPhie's debut recital album, *Love said to me … *. Programme includes works by Muriel Herbert, Koechlin, Elizabeth Maconchy, and Poulenc.

  • 19:30

Christmas Treats

A performance of hymns, with extracts from Messiah, organ solos and a glimpse into Handel's Christmas with arias from the operas he wrote during this time.

Handel House Museum, London W1K

Thu 18 Dec

£10 adv booking required / 020 7495 1685

  • 18:30 – 20:00

Classical Opera: Mozart

  • Directed by: Ian Page (cond)
  • Written by: Mozart

Classical Opera perform Mozart's 'Requiem' Schubert’s ‘Unfinished Symphony' with British singers Sophie Bevan, Sarah Connolly, John Mark Ainsley and Darren Jeffery.

Barbican Centre, London EC2Y

Wed 8 Oct

£10–£35 / 020 7638 8891

  • 19:30
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