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Farinelli And The King

  • Written by: Claire van Kampen

Claire van Kampen's play, featuring a selection of arias first sung by Farinelli, is set in 18th-century Spain. 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.

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London SE1

Sun 8 Mar

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

£25–£45 phone for availability; £10 Standing, phone for availability; £60 Premium Tickets, phone for availability / 020 7401 9919

Charles Court Opera: Ruddigore

  • Directed by: John Savournin
  • Written by: Sullivan

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

King's Head, London N1

Sat 14 Mar

£10 preview; £19.50 ( £18; £18; £15; Children £15 under 18s) / 0207 478 0160

English National Opera: Mastersingers of Nuremburg

  • Directed by: Richard Jones (dir)
  • Written by: Wagner

The ENO performs Wagner’s popular opera.

London Coliseum, WC2N

Sat 7 Mar

£38.75–£161.25 / 0871 911 0200

Tue 10 Mar

£38.75–£161.25 / 0871 911 0200

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

The Mikado

Gilbert And Sullivan's well-loved operetta, based on themes of power, corruption, love, betrothal and sycophancy. Performed by Northampton Gilbert & Sullivan Group.

Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Sat 21 Mar

£18.50–£20 / 01604 624 811

  • 14:30 – 17:00 The Mikado Royal and Derngate, Northampton
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English National Opera: The Pirates Of Penzance

Mike Leigh's sparkling new production of this much-loved comic opera.

London Coliseum, WC2N

Sat 23 May

£12–£115 / 0871 911 0200

Sat 13 Jun

£12–£115 / 0871 911 0200

Sun 21 Jun

£12–£115 / 0871 911 0200

Iolanthe: Savoy Singers

  • Written by: WS Gilbert

Gilbert & Sullivan's celebrated comic opera, a satire on ineffectual government in which concerns a band of immortal fairies who find themselves at odds with the House of Lords.

The Camberley Theatre

Sat 14 Mar

£14; £16 (£15; Children £8; Children £8) / 01276 707600

The Mikado

A performance of Gilbert & Sullivan's deliciously light-hearted exploration of capital punishment.

Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy

Sat 7 Mar

£12 (Children £6) / 01592 583302

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

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

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A Midsummer Nights Dream

  • Directed by: Garth Bardsley
  • Written by: Benjamin Britten

A performance of Benjamin Britten operatic adaptation of Shakespeare's great play.

Royal Northern College Of Music, Manchester

Sun 29 Mar

£36 ( £32.40; £32.40; Children £32.40 under 18s) / 0161 907 5555

Pop-Up Opera: Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail

  • Written by: Mozart

Pop-up Opera perform Mozart's comedy about two young men attempting to rescue their lovers from an Ottoman harem. Sung in German with English subtitles.

Asylum, London SE15

Sun 12 Apr

£20 / 07796 684834

Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

Sun 19 Apr

£20

Puccini's Tosca

In March 2015, Midsummer Opera will perform Puccini's TOSCA (semi-staged and sung in Italian). The Chorus & Symphony Orchestra of Midsummer Opera plus St Dunstan's College children's choir will be conducted by Artistic Director David Roblou.

St John's Church, London SE1

Sun 22 Mar

£15 gallery pew; £22 adv; £26 (£19 advance; £23) / 020 7633 9819

Sun 29 Mar

£15 gallery pew; £22 adv; £26 (£19 advance; £23) / 020 7633 9819

Welsh National Opera: Peter Pan

  • Directed by: Erik Nielsen (cond)
  • Written by: Lavinia Greenlaw

Richard Ayres and Lavinia Greenlaw's new opera based on JM Barrie's classic story with a darker theme of danger and anarchy but maintaining the vibrancy of the tale. Directed by Keith Warner and conducted by Erik Nielsen, with Iestyn Morris in the title role.

Wales Millennium Centre / Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru, Cardiff

Sun 31 May

£3.50–£38.50 / 029 2063 6464

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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The Centenary Company: Princess Ida

  • Written by: Gilbert

Gilbert and Sullivan's ever-popular satire on the battle of the sexes.

Greenwich Theatre, London SE10

Sat 28 Mar

£14; £18.50; £18.50 (£17.50; £17.50; £52) / 020 8858 7755

Contemporary Opera Scenes

Young vocalists from Music Theatre Wales and the Royal Welsh College perform extracts from a variety of contemporary operas.

Royal Welsh College Of Music And Drama, Cardiff

Sat 7 Mar

Richard Burton Theatre

£12 / 029 2039 1391

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

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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

Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Sat 14 Mar

£10–£16; £10–£16 (£2; £2; £6; £6) / 01392 493493

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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

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

Giovanni

Silent Opera’s brand new digitally re-mastered re-working of Mozart's masterpiece, where audience members use a specially designed mobile app to interact with the performers.

The Vaults, London SE1

Sat 7 Mar

£15–£25 / 020 7401 9603

£25 ticket includes one of the best seats, a programme and a show-themed cocktail Part of Vault Festival.

Sun 8 Mar

£15–£25 / 020 7401 9603

£25 ticket includes one of the best seats, a programme and a show-themed cocktail Part of Vault Festival.

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

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