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National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company: Patience

  • Written by: W S Gilbert

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

The Royal Hall, Harrogate

Fri 14 Aug

Phone for prices / 01423 500500

Sat 15 Aug

Phone for prices / 01423 500500

Sat 22 Aug

Phone for prices / 01423 500500

Sir John In Love

The RCS opera department stages Ralph Vaughan Williams' seldom-seen version of Shakespeare's rom-com The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow

Sat 9 May

New Athenaeum Theatre

£19.50–£25.50 / 0141 332 5057

Mon 11 May

New Athenaeum Theatre

£19.50–£25.50 / 0141 332 5057

Wed 13 May

New Athenaeum Theatre

£19.50–£25.50 / 0141 332 5057

Fri 15 May

New Athenaeum Theatre

£19.50–£25.50 / 0141 332 5057

Birmingham Opera Company: The Ice Break

Graham Vick directs Michael Tippett's three-act modern drama about race, riots and rebellion, following the crossing of paths of two seemingly different individuals. Conducted by Andrew Gourlay with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the people of Birmingham led by Chorus Master Jon Laird.

B12 Warehouse, Birmingham

Fri 3 Apr

£17.50 (£10) / 0121 246 6632

Sat 4 Apr

£17.50 (£10) / 0121 246 6632

Tue 7 Apr

£17.50 (£10) / 0121 246 6632

…and 2 more dates until 9 Apr

Scottish Opera: Jenufa

Janáček’s Jenůfa is a powerful and brutally unsentimental tale of child murder in a small Czech town, but it manages to take the grimmest subject matter and make it curiously redemptive. Lee Bisset plays the title character, alongside Peter Wedd and Kathryn Harries. Stuart Stratford conducts.

Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Thu 16 Apr

£10–£80.50 / 0131 529 6000

Sat 18 Apr

£10–£80.50 / 0131 529 6000

Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Tue 7 Apr

£10–£76 / 0844 871 7647

Thu 9 Apr

£10–£76 / 0844 871 7647

Sat 11 Apr

£10–£76 / 0844 871 7647

Albert Herring

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

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
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Ellen Kent Opera & Ballet International: Rigoletto

  • Directed by: Ellen Kent
  • Written by: Verdi

Verdi's tragic opera in three acts tells the dramatic tale of the jester's daughter who falls in love with an untrustworthy ruler. Directed by Ellen Kent. Starring Vladimir Dragos as Rigoletto.

The Anvil, Basingstoke

Tue 21 Apr

The Anvil

£27–£35 (£13.50–£17.50; £25–£33) / 01256 844244

De Montfort Hall, Leicester

Wed 29 Apr

£20–£35 (£18–£33) / 0116 233 3111

Grand Theatre, Swansea

Thu 23 Apr

£15–£33 / 01792 475715

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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

Caird Hall, Dundee

Thu 2 Apr

£28 / 01382 434940

De Montfort Hall, Leicester

Thu 30 Apr

£20–£35 (£18–£33) / 0116 233 3111

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Carmen

Bizet's opera about the downfall of Don José who is seduced by the seductress gypsy, Carmen.

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Sat 2 Apr 2016

£15–£37.50

The Edinburgh Playhouse

Sat 12 Mar 2016

£15–£37.50 / 0844 871 3014

Grand Opera House, York

Tue 24 Nov

£15–£39.50

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National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company: The Gondoliers

  • Written by: W S Gilbert

The Company performs Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera.

Harrogate International Centre

Sat 1 Aug

Phone for prices / 01423 537230

The Royal Hall, Harrogate

Fri 21 Aug

Phone for prices / 01423 500500

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

Thu 2 Apr

Main House

£10–£20 (£7) / 01768 774411

Fri 3 Apr

Main House

£10–£20 (£7) / 01768 774411

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Trent Opera: The Yeomen Of The Guard

  • Written by: W S Gilbert

The company performs Gilbert and Sullivan's darkly comic tale of reluctant romance and intrigue.

The Royal Hall, Harrogate

Wed 19 Aug

Phone for prices / 01423 500500

Bingley Gilbert & Sullivan Society: The Mikado

  • Written by: Gilbert

A new production by the society of Gilbert and Sullivan's Japanese-themed satirical work.

Bingley Arts Centre

Mon 20 Apr

£7–£12 / 01274 567983

Tue 21 Apr

£7–£12 / 01274 567983

Wed 22 Apr

£7–£12 / 01274 567983

…and 3 more dates until 25 Apr

Carmen

Villa InCanto Opera Group from Verona, Italy, bring their alternative to staged operas and with this very popular Opera brings Spanish heat and gypsy passion.

Normansfield Theatre, Langdon Down Centre Trust, Teddington

Sat 18 Apr

£20 (£16) / 020 8943 3849

  • 19:30 – 21:30 Carmen Normansfield Theatre, Langdon Down Centre Trust, Teddington

Heritage Opera: La Traviata

  • Written by: Puccini

A performance of Verdi's tale of a Parisian courtesan who gives up everything for love, set in the late 19th century. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Theatre By The Lake, Keswick

Wed 15 Apr

Main House

£10–£20 (£7) / 01768 774411

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HighTime Opera: Hansel And Gretel

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

Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Thu 7 May

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

Fri 8 May

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

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

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

  • 11:00 KidO Birnam Arts & Conference Centre
  • 13:00 KidO Birnam Arts & Conference Centre

Lochgelly Centre

Sat 4 Apr

£6.50 (Children £4.50) / 01592 418141

Sun 5 Apr

£6.50 (Children £4.50) / 01592 418141

Moshe Leiser And Patrice Caurier: Madama Butterfly

A stunning production of Puccini's poignant opera.

Linbury Studio Theatre At Royal Opera House, London WC2E

Sat 4 Apr

£125–£145 / 020 7304 4000

Mon 6 Apr

£125–£145 / 020 7304 4000

Thu 9 Apr

£125–£145 / 020 7304 4000

Sat 11 Apr

£125–£145 / 020 7304 4000

Russell Watson

  • Written by: Claude-Michel Schonberg

One of the country's most popular crossover singers returns to the stage.

Churchill Theatre, Bromley

Sun 26 Apr

£28–£45 / 08441 717620

Derby Cathedral

Tue 1 Dec

£39.50–£55

Milton Keynes Theatre

Mon 22 Jun

£28–£45 / 0844 871 7652

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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

£12.50 (under 26s, students and unemployed £6; under 16s £5; Family £31) / 0131 220 4348

City Halls, Glasgow

Sun 14 Feb 2016

£12.50 (under 26s, students and unemployed £6; under 16s £5; Family £31) / 0141 353 8000

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Welsh National Opera: The Magic Flute

  • Directed by: Lothar Koenigs (cond)
  • Written by: Mozart

Mozart's tale of Prince Tamino and his love for the Queen Of The Night's daughter, Pamina.

Bristol Hippodrome

Thu 9 Apr

£8.50–£41 / 0844 847 2325

Fri 10 Apr

£8.50–£41 / 0844 847 2325

Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Thu 2 Apr

£11–£30 / 01752 267222

Wales Millennium Centre / Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru, Cardiff

Fri 22 May

Donald Gordon Theatre

£5–£40 / 029 2063 6464

Sat 30 May

Donald Gordon Theatre

£5–£40 / 029 2063 6464

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

Tue 5 May

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

Wed 6 May

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

Thu 7 May

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

…and 2 more dates until 9 May

Andover Choral Society: Carmen

The acclaimed choral society perform with the distinguished soloists of The Black Cat Opera Company in concert excerpts from Bizet's most celebrated opera.

The Lights, Andover

Sat 9 May

£13 / 01264 368368

Antonio Pappano And the Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House

The orchestra performs Ravel's orchestrations of two pieces from his piano work Miroirs, Ernest Chausson's song cycle Poeme De L'amour Et De La Mer with soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci, excerpts from Bernstein's ballet Fancy Free and Skryabin's Le Poeme De L'extase.

Royal Opera House, London WC2E

Mon 4 May

£5–£45 / 020 7304 4000

Bath Opera: An All American Celebration

The company performs works by American composers.

The American Museum In Britain, Bath

Sat 20 Jun

£12 ( £10) / 01225 460503

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