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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

Chapel End Savoy Players: The Gondoliers

Gilbert and Sullivan's enduringly popular operetta, set amidst the topsy-turvy mayhem of the Venice Carnival.

Forest School, London E17

Sat 30 May

£14 / 020 8520 1744

Sun 31 May

£14 / 020 8520 1744

Cox & Box/HMS Pinafore: Cotswold Savoyards

A double bill of works by Sir Arthur Sullivan: The mischievous one-act drama Cox & Box is a collaboration with Punch editor FC Burnand, and HMS Pinafore is one of the most loved Gilbert & Sullivan operettas.

Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

Sat 13 Jun

£13–£17; £15–£19 / 01242 572573

Glyndebourne Festival 2015: Donizetti's 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

Scottish Opera: Il Trovatore

Verdi's Il trovatore is a story of family revenge with more twists and turns than a strand of fallen spaghetti, but it's all tied together with Verdi's powerful music. This revival of the 2001 production features Roland Wood, Anne Mason, Claire Rutter, Gwyn Hughes Jones and Matthew Best, and is directed by Peter Watson…

Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Sun 24 May

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

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Scottish Opera Theatre On Wheels

An introduction to opera for little ears featuring stories and music.

Annan Academy

Sat 23 May

£3.45–£5.95 / 01461 202954

Dock Park, Dumfries

Fri 22 May

£3.45–£5.95

Ryan Centre, Stranraer

Mon 25 May

£3.45–£5.95 / 01776 703535

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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

The Catfish Conunrum

The Catfish Conundrum is a crunchy new opera in which the heroine is killed - and eaten. "Quirky and entertaining". One of the hits of the Tete-a-Tete Opera Festival 2014, revived for the Brighton Fringe 2015.

The Other Place, Brighton

Fri 22 May

£5.25–£10 / 07800 983 290

Sat 23 May

£5.25–£10 / 07800 983 290

Sun 24 May

£5.25–£10 / 07800 983 290

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 Royal Hall, Harrogate

Sat 8 Aug

Phone for prices / 01423 500500

China National Peking Opera Company

This is an exceptional opportunity to be immersed in the art of Peking Opera and take a cultural adventure into Chinese traditional artistic heritage with world-class company China National Peking Opera Company as they perform two masterpieces.

ACC Liverpool

Sun 15 Nov

£25–£85 / 01514 758 888

Sadler's Wells, London EC1R

Sat 21 Nov

£25–£85 / 0844 412 4300

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The Darling Music Experience: Mozart’s Don Giovanni

  • Directed by: Christiaan Olwagen

The South African-based company perform an adaptation of the opera in English and Afrikaans.

The Tricycle Theatre, Kilburn

Sat 11 Jul

£13–£21; £17–£27; £19–£29 / 020 7328 1000

Dartington Community Choir: Elgar, Maurice Jacobson

  • Directed by: Simon Capet (cond)
  • Written by: Maurice Jacobson

Simon Capet conducts Maurice Jacobson's A Cotswold Romance, plus 5 unaccompanied songs by Edward Elgar and other Romantic English music of the period.

The Arts at Dartington, Totnes

Sun 28 Jun

Great Hall

£16 ( £5; Children £5 under 16s) / 01803 847 070

Dot, Squiggle And Rest

Award-winning ensemble Polka Theatre present a family-friendly adaptation of composer Elspeth Brooke's work which fuses puppetry, music and animation.

Royal Opera House, London WC2E

Sat 13 Jun

Clore Studio Upstairs

£12 phone for availability / 020 7304 4000

Tue 16 Jun

Clore Studio Upstairs

£12 phone for availability / 020 7304 4000

Wed 17 Jun

Clore Studio Upstairs

£12 phone for availability / 020 7304 4000

…and 3 more dates until 21 Jun

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

English Touring Opera: Waxwings

Interactive opera about a brother and sister on their way to a new school. Family friendly performance suitable for children of all ages.

Kings Place, London N1

Thu 6 Aug

£5–£9.50 / 020 7520 1490

Fri 7 Aug

£5–£9.50 / 020 7520 1490

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Farinelli And The King

  • Directed by: John Dove
  • Written by: Claire van Kampen

Featuring a selection of arias first sung by Farinelli in the 18th century, Claire van Kampen's drama unfolds in 1730s Spain where Queen Isabella Farnese implores the world famous castrato to king for her husband, Philip V of Spain, in the hope that Farinelli's heavenly voice will lift the king's depression and insomnia.

The Duke Of York's Theatre, London WC2N

Thu 17 Sep

£10–£95 / 0845 505 8500

Sat 19 Sep

£10–£95 / 0845 505 8500

Thu 24 Sep

£10–£95 / 0845 505 8500

…and 21 more dates until 5 Dec

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–£20 / 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 / 01643 821425

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 phone for availability / 01273 813813

Thu 28 May

£20–£250 phone for availability / 01273 813813

Sun 31 May

£20–£250 phone for availability / 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: Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail

  • Directed by: David McVicar

Robin Ticciati conducts the Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment in Mozart's first fully mature stage work. Directed by David McVicar with soprano Sally Matthews as Konstanze, plus Edgaras Montvidas, Tobias Kehrer, Mari Eriksmoen and Brenden Gunnell. Sung in German with English surtitles.

The Fisher Theatre, Bungay

Sun 19 Jul

£12 / 01986 897130

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: 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

Grosvenor Light Opera Company: Ruddigore

The company performs Gilbert and Sullivan's supernatural operetta about a misplaced curse and the damning consequences.

St Bride Foundation, London EC4Y

Sat 6 Jun

£16; £14 adv (£12) / 020 7353 3331

Guillaume Tell

Damiano Michieletto makes his Royal Opera House debut with a new production of Rossini's final opera.

Royal Opera House, London WC2E

Sun 5 Jul

£9–£190 / 020 7304 4000

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