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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

De Montfort Hall, Leicester

Thu 30 Apr

£20–£35 (£18–£33) / 0116 233 3111

Edinburgh Grand Opera: L'Elisir d'amore

Edinburgh Grand Opera presents Donizetti's comedy about a love potion (actually, wine) and how effective it is – or rather, how effective the characters believe it to be. Susannah Wapshott conducts; Kally Lloyd-Jones directs.

Church Hill Theatre, Edinburgh

Wed 6 May

£10–£20 / 0131 228 1155

Thu 7 May

£10–£20 / 0131 228 1155

Fri 8 May

£10–£20 / 0131 228 1155

Sat 9 May

£10–£20 / 0131 228 1155

Regan De Wynter: Pirates Of Penzance

The award-winning, all-male take on Gilbert and Sullivan's comic operetta by Sasha Regan.

Cambridge Arts Theatre

Tue 9 Jun

£20–£25; £20 / 01223 578933

Wed 10 Jun

£20–£25; £20 / 01223 578933

Thu 11 Jun

£20–£25; £20 / 01223 578933

…and 2 more dates until 13 Jun

Hampstead Garden Opera: Xerxes

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

Upstairs At The Gatehouse, London N6

Tue 28 Apr

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

Wed 29 Apr

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

Thu 30 Apr

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

…and 3 more dates until 3 May

Kentish Opera: The Merry Widow

Terry John Bates directs Lehar's elegant operetta set in Paris in 1905, concerning a rich widow who courts numerous men in a bid to find the right husband so as to avoid bankruptcy.

The Stag Community Arts Centre, Sevenoaks

Wed 13 May

£10–£30 / 01732 450 175

Thu 14 May

£10–£30 / 01732 450 175

Fri 15 May

£10–£30 / 01732 450 175

Sat 16 May

£10–£30 / 01732 450 175

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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

Mon 1 Jun

Main House

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

Tue 2 Jun

Main House

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

Wed 3 Jun

Main House

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

…and 3 more dates until 6 Jun

English National Opera: The Magic Flute

  • Directed by: Gergely Madaras (cond)
  • Written by: Mozart

Mozart's last opera – well, technically, it's a Singspiel – is one of his most enjoyable and is directed here by Complicite's Simon McBurney, with Gergely Madaras conducting and Ben Johnson, Devon Guthrie, Roland Wood and James Creswell, among others, in the featured roles.

Birmingham Hippodrome

Wed 10 Jun

£25–£49 / 0844 338 5000

Fri 12 Jun

£25–£49 / 0844 338 5000

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.

Birmingham Hippodrome

Thu 11 Jun

£25–£49 / 0844 338 5000

Wales Millennium Centre / Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru, Cardiff

Sat 16 May

£1–£40 / 029 2063 6464

Sat 23 May

£1–£40 / 029 2063 6464

Sun 31 May

£1–£40 / 029 2063 6464

Bus Pass Opera: The Sorcerer

  • Written by: W S Gilbert

The company performs Gilbert and Sullivan's tale about the effects of a love potion on a village.

The Royal Hall, Harrogate

Thu 13 Aug

Phone for prices / 01423 500500

Francis Bacon Opera

  • Written by: Stephen Crowe

In 1985, Melvyn Bragg interviewed Francis Bacon for the South Bank Show and in 2012 Stephen Crowe decided to set it to music and make it into a comedy opera.

ADC Theatre, Cambridge

Wed 6 May

£7 (£6) / 01223 300085

Thu 7 May

£7 (£6) / 01223 300085

Fri 8 May

£7 (£6) / 01223 300085

Sat 9 May

£7 (£6) / 01223 300085

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Jonathan Antoine

Classically-trained tenor who appeared on the sixth series of Britain's Got Talent.

Gawsworth Hall, Macclesfield

Fri 21 Aug

£25 / 01260 223456

The Music of the Night

A night of classic tunes.

Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay

Thu 30 Apr

£17 (Seniors £16; Children £10) / 01803 328385

Thu 7 May

£17 (Seniors £16; Children £10) / 01803 328385

Thu 14 May

£17 (Seniors £16; Children £10) / 01803 328385

…and 20 more dates until 1 Oct

The New London Opera Group: Utopia Limited

  • Written by: W S Gilbert

A rarely performed Gilbert and Sullivan opera, which satirises conventions of the Victorian age.

The Royal Hall, Harrogate

Mon 17 Aug

Phone for prices / 01423 500500

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

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

Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone

Tue 28 Apr

£17.50–£32.50 / 01303 228600

Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Sun 3 May

£20–£48.50 / 01322 220000

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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

Barbara Hannigan in Focus I : Stravinsky & Neo-classicism

  • Directed by: Barbara Hannigan
  • Written by: Haydn

Bravura, exploratory Canadian soprano/conductor Barbara Hannigan conducts and performs overtures, arias and a symphony: Mozart, Overture to La Clemenza di Tito; 'Bella mia fiamma, addio' and Overture to Idomeneo; Haydn, Symphony No 49, La Passione; Stravinsky, Act One, Scene 3 from The Rake’s Progress and Pulcinella Suite.

Barbican Centre, London EC2Y

Wed 6 May

Barbican Hall

020 7638 8891

Birmingham Town Hall

Tue 5 May

£0–£40 / 0121 345 0600

Brighton Dome

Tue 12 May

Concert Hall

£10–£25 / 01273 709709

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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

Bath Opera: La Traviata

Verdi's opera is sung in English with Musical Director Peter Blackwood at the piano.

The Rondo Theatre, Bath

Fri 24 Jul

£14 (£10) / 01225 463362

Sat 25 Jul

£14 (£10) / 01225 463362

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BBC Philharmonic: Beethoven's Fidelio

  • Directed by: Juanjo Mena (cond)
  • Written by: Beethoven

Juanjo Mena conducts the German composer's only opera, with Stuart Skelton as Florestan and Rebecca von Lipinski as Leonore.

Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Fri 8 May

£10–£35 ( £5) / 0844 907 9000

Berlin In Light: Cabaret: Revue Songs In The 1920s

Soprano Anna Dennis, mezzo soprano Lucy Schaufer and pianist Philip Headlam perform some typical examples of a witty and sophisticated genre, including songs by Kurt Weill, Wilhelm Grosz and Herbert Zipper.

Kings Place, London N1

Sun 21 Jun

Hall One

£10 / 020 7520 1490

The Best Of Russian And Italian Opera With Hibla Gerzmava

Soprano Hibla Gerzmava and her regular accompanist, Ekaterina Ganelina, sing favourites from Italian and Russian opera.

Opera Holland Park, London W8

Sun 31 May

£30–£90 / 0300 999 1000

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

Bryn Terfel at 50

One of the world's most sought after voices, Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel, will celebrate his 50th birthday with a special one-off concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

Royal Albert Hall, London SW7

Tue 20 Oct

£38.20–£130 / 020 7589 8212

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