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Madama Butterfly

  • Directed by: Ellen Kent
  • Written by: Puccini

Ellen Kent presents Puccini's heartbreaking story of a beautiful young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval lieutenant. Starring Elena Dee and Miki Mori.

Royal Opera House, London WC2E

Sat 4 Apr

£7–£190 / 020 7304 4000

Thu 9 Apr

£7–£145 / 020 7304 4000

Sat 11 Apr

£7–£145 / 020 7304 4000

HighTime Opera: Hansel And Gretel

A modern retelling of the much-loved traditional children's tale by Humperdinck. Sung in English.

Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Sat 9 May

£17.25; £15.25–£24.25; £13.25–£21.25 (£12.25; £10.25–£22.25; £8.50–£19.25) / 02476 553055

English Touring Opera: La Boheme

  • Written by: Puccini

Puccini's much-loved weepie about young things falling in and out of love and TB in a Parisian garret, featuring Ilona Domnich and Paula Sides as Mimi, David Butt Phillip as Rodolfo and Sky Ingram and Donna Bateman as Musetta.

Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

Sat 11 Apr

£15–£27 / 01242 572573

The Wizard Of Oz: Eastleigh Operatic And Musical Society

This well-loved show, packed with wonderful songs and colourful characters, follows the adventures of Dorothy, a young Kansas girl who is whisked away from her family during a storm.

The Point, Eastleigh

Sat 9 May

£12 (Children £10; £10; £10) / 023 8065 2333

Charles Court Opera: Ruddigore

  • Directed by: John Savournin
  • Written by: Sullivan

John Savournin directs a small-scale performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's Gothic spoof, with musical direction by pianist David Eaton.

The Corn Exchange, Newbury

Sun 17 May

£15.50 (Children £9.50 under 16s) / 0845 5218 218

The Royal Hall, Harrogate

Sat 8 Aug

Phone for prices / 01423 500500

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Hampstead Garden Opera: Xerxes

Richard Hetherington conducts a performance of Handel's Xerxes, presented by the award-winning Hampstead Garden Opera.

Upstairs At The Gatehouse, London N6

Sun 26 Apr

£23 (£21 Apr 24, 25, & 26 only) / 020 8340 3488

Sat 2 May

£23 (£21 Apr 24, 25, & 26 only) / 020 8340 3488

Sun 3 May

£23 (£21 Apr 24, 25, & 26 only) / 020 8340 3488

KidO

Scottish Opera brings a world of sound to children aged 3–4. The show features live singing, opera and body percussion to create exciting rhythms.

Birnam Arts & Conference Centre

Fri 3 Apr

£8 (Children £6) / 01350 727674

  • 13:00 KidO Birnam Arts & Conference Centre

Eden Court Theatre and Cinema, Inverness

Wed 1 Apr

£8 (Children £6) / 01463 234234

  • 16:00 KidO Eden Court Theatre and Cinema, Inverness

Lochgelly Centre

Sat 4 Apr

£6.50 (Children £4.50) / 01592 418141

Sun 5 Apr

£6.50 (Children £4.50) / 01592 418141

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: The Crocodiamond

Jonathan Dove's The Crocodiamond, with a story by Anthony Horowitz, tells the tale of some fiendish jewel thieves, a plucky young girl and a diamond that used to be in a crocodile's stomach. Ideal for ages 4–10.

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Sat 13 Feb 2016

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 220 4348

City Halls, Glasgow

Sun 14 Feb 2016

Prices to be confirmed / 0141 353 8000

Bitesize Opera: Mozart Opera Scenes

Young opera singers from London conservatoires perform Mozart highlights in contemporary English translations.

Norden Farm Centre For The Arts, Maidenhead

Sun 26 Apr

£10 / 01628 788997

Blue Hill Troupe: Patience

  • Written by: Arthur Sullivan

The company performs Gilbert and Sullivan's two-act comic opera, which takes a satirical look at the British aesthetic movement of the 1870s and 1880s.

The Royal Hall, Harrogate

Sun 9 Aug

Phone for prices / 01423 500500

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Carl Rosa Opera: Die Fledermaus

  • Written by: Johann Strauss

Strauss's light-hearted, romantic, and wickedly funny work, beautifully dressed in traditional costumes from 1875 designs. Sung in the original German, which has the benefit of a witty English narration by the acclaimed Ranjit Bolt.

Theatre Royal, Bath

Wed 3 Jun

Main House

£20–£32.50; £18.50–£31; £22.50–£34.50 / 01225 448844

Sat 6 Jun

Main House

£20–£32.50; £18.50–£31; £22.50–£34.50 / 01225 448844

English National Opera: Between Worlds

  • Directed by: Deborah Warner
  • Written by: Tansy Davies

A sensitive, spiritual and ultimately uplifting journey inspired by the events of 9/11, features a group of people stuck between life and death. An operatic debut from composer Tansy Davies.

Barbican Centre, London EC2Y

Sat 11 Apr

£16–£50 / 020 7638 8891

Sun 12 Apr

£16–£50 / 020 7638 8891

Mon 13 Apr

£16–£50 / 020 7638 8891

…and 12 more dates until 25 Apr

English National Opera Co-production: Orfeo

  • Directed by: Tom Morris

Tom Morris directs a showcase for young British operatic talent, in which one of the world's oldest musical dramas is presented in the intimate setting of the UK's oldest continuously working theatre. Conducted by Chris Bucknall.

Bristol Old Vic

Sun 19 Apr

£5–£40 / 0117 987 7877

English National Opera: Xerxes

  • Directed by: Michael Hofstetter (cond)
  • Written by: Handel

Handel's opera in three acts.

Longborough Festival Opera, Moreton-in-Marsh

Sun 26 Jul

£30–£200 / 01451 830292

Folie A Deux

Frederic Wake-Walker directs the ensemble in a performance of Emily Hall's latest opera.

Rich Mix, Bethnal Green

Sun 7 Jun

£15 / 020 7613 7498

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Free Choral and Orchestral Concert

Concert from singers and players involved in the Yarn Market Hotel's music week.

Yarn Market Hotel, Minehead

Sat 15 Aug

Free / 06143 821425

The Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company: The Mikado

  • Written by: Gilbert & Sullivan

Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera set in Japan.

Wyvern Theatre, Swindon

Sat 2 May

£10–£12 ( £7.50–£9; Children £5–£6 under 16s) / 01793 524481

Gilbert And Sullivan’s Opera “The Gondoliers” Presented By Chapel End Savoy Players

Chapel End Savoy Players present Gilbert and Sullivan's delightful opera "The Gondoliers" at The Deaton Theatre, Forest School, Oakhurst Gardens, Snaresbrook, London E17 3PY from Thursday to Sunday, 28th to 31st May 2015 inclusive.

Forest School, London E17

Sat 30 May

£14 / 020 8520 1744

Sun 31 May

£14 / 020 8520 1744

Glyndebourne Opera: Carmen

  • Directed by: David McVicar (dir)
  • Written by: Bizet

David McVicar directs Bizet's widely acclaimed opera of love, passion and murder, following the Gypsy temptress and the unfortunate Don Jose. Music by The London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Jakub Hrusa, with Stephanie d'Oustrac as Carmen and Pavel Cernoch as Don Jose.

Glyndebourne Opera House, Lewes

Sat 23 May

£20–£250 / 01273 813813

Thu 28 May

£20–£250 / 01273 813813

Sun 31 May

£20–£250 / 01273 813813

…and 12 more dates until 11 Jul

Glyndebourne Opera: Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail

  • Directed by: Robin Ticciati (cond)
  • Written by: Mozart

David McVicar directs Mozart's comedy about two young men attempting to rescue their lovers from an Ottoman harem. Sang in German with English surtitles. Music from The Orchestra Of The Age of Enlightenment, conducted by Robin Ticciati.

Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge

Sun 19 Jul

0871 902 5720

Cinema City, Norwich

Sun 19 Jul

0871 902 5724

Exeter Picturehouse

Sun 19 Jul

0871 902 5730

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Glyndebourne Opera: Handel's Saul

Christopher Purves portrays the title character in Handel's tragic tale of envy and hatred. Directed by Barrie Kosky and conducted by Ivor Bolton, who leads the Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment. Sung in English with surtitles.

Glyndebourne Opera House, Lewes

Sun 26 Jul

£10–£225 / 01273 813813

Glyndebourne Opera: Poliuto

  • Directed by: Mariame Clement

This season WNO presents three operas as part of its Eternal Light series from Italy and Germany and the Company aims to show how rich, varied and entertaining the work from these two countries can be. The three works are Beethoven's only opera, Fidelio, Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos and Mozart's The Magic Flute. Fidelio…

Glyndebourne Opera House, Lewes

Sun 24 May

£10–£225 / 01273 813813

Sun 7 Jun

£10–£225 / 01273 813813

Sun 14 Jun

£10–£225 / 01273 813813

…and 2 more dates until 12 Jul

Glyndebourne Opera: The Rape Of Lucretia

  • Directed by: Fiona Shaw (dir)
  • Written by: Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten's chamber opera telling the story of a secret crime with public consequences in a land where corruption and abuse of power is rife. Directed by Fiona Shaw and starring Kate Royal in her role debut. Leo Hussain conducts. Sung in English with surtitles.

Glyndebourne Opera House, Lewes

Sun 9 Aug

£10–£225 / 01273 813813

Glyndebourne: The Rape of Lucretia

A live screening direct from the Glyndebourne Festival of Opera of Benjamin Britten's two-act opera based on Roman myth.

MAC (Midlands Arts Centre), Birmingham

Sun 9 Aug

Cinema

£16–£20 / 0121 446 3232

Harrogate Gilbert And Sullivan Society: Princess Ida

  • Written by: W S Gilbert

The company performs Gilbert and Sullivan's tale about a university for women and subsequent shenanigans concerning disguises and attendant chaos.

Harrogate Theatre

Sat 23 May

£17–£18 ( £15–£16; £17) / 01423 502116

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