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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.

Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

Sat 2 May

£24–£35 / 01892 530613

Buxton Opera House

Sun 1 Mar

£36 (£33) / 0845 127 2190

Caird Hall, Dundee

Thu 2 Apr

£28 / 01382 434940

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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

Mon 2 Mar

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

Tue 3 Mar

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

Wed 4 Mar

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

…and 9 more dates until 14 Mar

Scottish Opera: Orfeo ed Euridice

Gluck's 1762 Orfeo ed Euridice did away with opportunities for empty virtuosity, setting new standards for dramatic integrity in opera writing, and in doing so helped to usher in the age of classical opera. Ashley Page directs this production, with Australian mezzo Caitlin Hulcup donning the breeches as Orfeo. Kenneth…

Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Tue 3 Mar

£10–£80.50 / 0131 529 6000

Thu 5 Mar

£10–£80.50 / 0131 529 6000

Sat 7 Mar

£10–£80.50 / 0131 529 6000

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

Wed 4 Mar

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

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

Fri 6 Mar

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

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

Sat 7 Mar

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

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

Ava’s Wedding: An English Tragedy

  • Written by: Alexandra Taylor

The Vocal and Instrumental Departments at the Birmingham Conservatoire performs a contemporary opera composed by Michael Wolters with a soap-style libretto by Alexandra Taylor, following ten intertwining stories each with their own secrets and misunderstandings. Sung in English.

The Crescent Theatre, Birmingham

Sat 28 Feb

£5–£15 / 0121 643 5858

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

Mon 16 Mar

£18.50–£20 / 01604 624 811

  • 19:45 – 22:15 The Mikado Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Tue 17 Mar

£18.50–£20 / 01604 624 811

  • 19:45 – 22:15 The Mikado Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Wed 18 Mar

£18.50–£20 / 01604 624 811

  • 19:45 – 22:15 The Mikado Royal and Derngate, Northampton
…and 3 more dates until 21 Mar

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

Sun 1 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.

Wed 4 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.

Thu 5 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.

…and 3 more dates until 8 Mar

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.

Anne of Cleves Barn, Braintree

Fri 24 Apr

£20 (Children £10 under 16s) / 01371 810776

Asylum, London SE15

Sun 12 Apr

£20 / 07796 684834

Black Mountains Barns, Hereford

Fri 6 Mar

£35 / 01873 860358

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La Traviata

  • Directed by: Ellen Kent
  • Written by: Verdi

Ellen Kent present the tragic tale of searing passion, Verdi's outstanding interpretation of one of the best-known love stories of the 19th century, 'La Dame aux Camelias'.

Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

Fri 1 May

£24–£35 / 01892 530613

  • 19:30 La Traviata Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

Belfast Waterfront

Tue 14 Apr

£17–£32.50 / 028 9033 4400

Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea

Tue 10 Mar

£17.50–£36 / 01702 351135

  • 20:00 – 22:30 La Traviata Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea

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The Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company: The Mikado

  • Written by: Gilbert & Sullivan

Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera set in Japan.

Wyvern Theatre, Swindon

Tue 28 Apr

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

Wed 29 Apr

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

Thu 30 Apr

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

…and 2 more dates until 2 May

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.

Glyndebourne Opera House, Lewes

Sat 13 Jun

£10–£250 / 01273 813813

Wed 17 Jun

£10–£250 / 01273 813813

Sat 20 Jun

£10–£250 / 01273 813813

…and 12 more dates until 10 Aug

Park Opera: The Barber Of Seville

Rossini's riotous comedy about love, inheritance and betrayal and featuring well known arias such as Largo Al Factotum or Figaro.

South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell

Thu 26 Mar

Wilde Theatre

£18; £20 (£9; £10) / 01344 484 123

Fri 27 Mar

Wilde Theatre

£18; £20 (£9; £10) / 01344 484 123

Sat 28 Mar

Wilde Theatre

£18; £20 (£9; £10) / 01344 484 123

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

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

King George's Hall, Blackburn

Thu 5 Mar

£26–£29 / 01254 582579

Plaza, Stockport

Wed 4 Mar

£30–£32 (£28–£30) / 0161 477 7779

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Scottish Opera: Opera Highlights

A cast of four young singers and a pianist transport you to their summer garden party whilst performing a musical mix of opera highlights. The programme includes Viennese waltzes, a world premiere from composer Lliam Paterson and favourites from Verdi’s La traviata, Bizet’s Carmen and Mozart’s The Magic Flute.

Duns Volunteer Hall

Tue 3 Mar

£5–£11 / 01361 882 224

McLaren Hall, Killin

Thu 5 Mar

£5–£11 / 01786 473544

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Le Nozze di Figaro

VoiceArc present their debut production, Le Nozze di Figaro, by W A Mozart.

St Bride's Centre, Edinburgh

Fri 6 Mar

£14–£16 / 0131 346 1405

Sat 7 Mar

£14–£16 / 0131 346 1405

Opera Della Luna: The Ghosts Of Ruddigore

  • Written by: Sullivan

Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera.

Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Wed 22 Apr

£10–£20 / 01484 430528

Thu 23 Apr

£10–£20 / 01484 430528

Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham

Sat 4 Apr

£16.50 ( £10) / 01434 652477

Theatre By The Lake, Keswick

Wed 1 Apr

Main House

£10–£20 (£7) / 01768 774411

Thu 2 Apr

Main House

£10–£20 (£7) / 01768 774411

Fri 3 Apr

Main House

£10–£20 (£7) / 01768 774411

The Opera Project

Purcell's haunting Dido and Aeneas and Poulenc's Les Mammelles de Tiresias, directed by Mark Hathaway with movement direction from Kally Lloyd-Jones, conducted by Timothy Dean and Oliver Rundell.

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow

Wed 4 Mar

Alexander Gibson Opera Studio

£14.50 (£12) / 0141 332 5057

Thu 5 Mar

Alexander Gibson Opera Studio

£14.50 (£12) / 0141 332 5057

Fri 6 Mar

Alexander Gibson Opera Studio

£14.50 (£12) / 0141 332 5057

Sat 7 Mar

Alexander Gibson Opera Studio

£14.50 (£12) / 0141 332 5057

The Opera Project

The Opera Project presents a unique Scottish premiere, fusing Baroque and 20th century repertoire. Although linked by virtue of their classical origins, the two pieces could not be more contrasting. Purcell’s Dido, an intensely expressive, condensed journey through the troubled tragedy of a doomed relationship, is paired…

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow

Wed 4 Mar

Alexander Gibson Opera Studio

£14.50 (£13.50) / 0141 332 5057

Thu 5 Mar

Alexander Gibson Opera Studio

£14.50 (£13.50) / 0141 332 5057

Fri 6 Mar

Alexander Gibson Opera Studio

£14.50 (£13.50) / 0141 332 5057

Sat 7 Mar

Alexander Gibson Opera Studio

£14.50 (£13.50) / 0141 332 5057

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

Fri 27 Mar

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

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Russian State Opera House: La Traviata

Verdi's tragic opera about a scandalous love affair, presented by Russian State Opera House.

King George's Hall, Blackburn

Sun 4 Oct

£26–£29 / 01254 582579

Albert Herring

David Jones conducts a performance of Benjamin Britten's three-act comic opera.

Royal Welsh College Of Music And Drama, Cardiff

Wed 1 Apr

Dora Stoutzker Concert Hall

£15 (£13) / 029 2039 1391

  • 19:30 – 21:30 Albert Herring Royal Welsh College Of Music And Drama, Cardiff

Thu 2 Apr

Dora Stoutzker Concert Hall

£15 (£13) / 029 2039 1391

  • 19:30 – 21:30 Albert Herring Royal Welsh College Of Music And Drama, Cardiff

Die Walküre (Act III)

Lothar Koenigs conducts the WNO Orchestra to perform Wagner's Die Walkure Act II, with Bryn Terfel as Wotan and Evelyn Herlitzius as Brunnhilde.

Wales Millennium Centre / Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru, Cardiff

Sun 26 Apr

£14.50–£53.50 / 029 2063 6464

English National Opera: Mastersingers of Nuremburg

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

The ENO performs Wagner’s popular opera.

London Coliseum, WC2N

Tue 3 Mar

£38.75–£161.25 / 0871 911 0200

Tue 10 Mar

£38.75–£161.25 / 0871 911 0200

Opera North: The Marriage Of Figaro

Perhaps Mozart's most perfect opera, The Marriage of Figaro sets up one of the most tortuous love pentagons in dramatic history: Figaro loves Susanna, who loves him back, but who is lusted after in turn by the Count, whose wife the Countess loves him even though he's unfaithful, and who in turn is lusted after by the…

Grand Opera House, Belfast

Thu 19 Mar

£17–£49 / 028 9024 0411

Sat 21 Mar

£17–£49 / 028 9024 0411

The Lowry, Salford

Tue 10 Mar

Lyric Theatre

£19.50–£60 / 08432 086000

Sat 14 Mar

Lyric Theatre

£19.50–£60 / 08432 086000

Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Thu 26 Mar

£15–£60 / 0115 989 5555

Sat 28 Mar

£15–£60 / 0115 989 5555

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