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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

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

Thu 5 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

…and 2 more dates until 8 Mar

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

Fri 27 Feb

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

Sat 28 Feb

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

Mon 2 Mar

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

…and 11 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

Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Sat 28 Feb

£10–£76 / 0844 871 7647

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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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

Sat 7 Mar

£38.75–£161.25 / 0871 911 0200

Tue 10 Mar

£38.75–£161.25 / 0871 911 0200

Katherine Jenkins

Britain's best-selling classical crossover artist.

Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Tue 3 Mar

£29.50–£55 / 0844 907 9000

Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea

Wed 11 Mar

£29.50–£55 / 01702 351135

Motorpoint Arena Cardiff

Sat 14 Mar

£29.50–£55 / 02920 224488

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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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Ada can't sleep, but can doctors Frostbait and Dewberry help? An opera for kids about sleeping, composed by Dee Isaacs, written by Katharine Craik and performed by a professional cast and musicians plus children from Leith Walk Primary School.

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Wed 18 Mar

£10 (£5) / 0131 248 2909

Thu 19 Mar

£10 (£5) / 0131 248 2909

Fri 20 Mar

£10 (£5) / 0131 248 2909

Sat 21 Mar

£10 (£5) / 0131 248 2909

HMS Pinafore and The Zoo

Wolverton Gilbert & Sullivan Society celebrate its 40th Anniversary with a double bill.

Stantonbury Campus Theatre, Milton Keynes

Tue 17 Mar

£16 ( £13; £13; Children £5 under 16s) / 01908 324466

Wed 18 Mar

£16 ( £13; £13; Children £5 under 16s) / 01908 324466

Thu 19 Mar

£16 ( £13; £13; Children £5 under 16s) / 01908 324466

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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

Building on the success of BabyO and SensoryO, their much-loved productions for babies and toddlers, Scottish Opera’s new show for 3–4 year olds and their carers is fast paced and full of fun. Directed by acclaimed children’s theatre director Lu Kemp, and with music by Katy Lavinia Cooper, KidO leads audiences into a…

Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock

Thu 26 Mar

The Beacon Studio

£5 (Children £5) / 01475 723723

Fri 27 Mar

The Beacon Studio

£5 (Children £5) / 01475 723723

Lochgelly Centre

Sat 4 Apr

£6.50 (Children £4.50) / 01592 418141

Sun 5 Apr

£6.50 (Children £4.50) / 01592 418141

The Studio at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Tue 24 Mar

£6 / 0131 622 8086

  • 14:00 KidO The Studio at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Wed 25 Mar

£6 / 0131 622 8086

  • 11:00 KidO The Studio at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre
  • 14:00 KidO The Studio at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Opera South East: Il Trovatore: Verdi

A performance of one of Verdi's darkest operas, and with a wonderfully memorable score, one of his most popular.

The White Rock Theatre, Hastings

Fri 24 Apr

£9–£20 / 01424 462288

Sat 25 Apr

£9–£20 / 01424 462288

Pop Up Opera - The Abduction From The Seraglio

Pop-up Opera perform Mozart's tale about two young men rescuing their lovers from an Ottoman harem.

Black Mountains Barns, Hereford

Fri 6 Mar

£35 / 01873 860358

Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

Wed 22 Apr

£17 / 01539 725 133

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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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

Surrey Opera: Camelot

  • Written by: Lerner & Loewe

Surrey Opera present their production of Lerner and Loewe's romantic tale, Camelot. A happily-ever-after tale about King Arthur and Guenevere.

The Harlequin, Redhill

Fri 27 Feb

£20; £18 (Children £18; Children £16; £18; £16) / 01737 276 500

Sat 28 Feb

£20; £18 (Children £18; Children £16; £18; £16) / 01737 276 500

Welsh National Opera: Hansel And Gretel

  • Directed by: Erik Nielsen (cond)

Richard Jones directs Humperdinck's timeless opera based on the Brother's Grimm fairytale, set against the backdrop of the 1950s. Sung in English with English and Welsh surtitles. Erik Nielsen conducts.

Birmingham Hippodrome

Sat 7 Mar

£16–£49 / 0844 338 5000

Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Sat 28 Mar

£8–£43 / 023 8071 1811

Milton Keynes Theatre

Sat 21 Mar

£21.90–£53.90 / 0844 871 7652

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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

Thu 5 Mar

£25–£49 / 0844 338 5000

Fri 6 Mar

£25–£49 / 0844 338 5000

Wed 10 Jun

£25–£49 / 0844 338 5000

Fri 12 Jun

£25–£49 / 0844 338 5000

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

Fri 27 Feb

£15–£25 / 020 7401 9603

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

Sat 28 Feb

£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 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.

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Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata

  • Directed by: Francesco Ivan Ciampa

Verdi's tragic drama about a scandalous love affair.

Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea

Tue 10 Mar

£17.50–£36 / 01702 351135

The Lowry, Salford

Wed 11 Mar

£17.50–£58 / 08432 086000

Thu 12 Mar

£17.50–£58 / 08432 086000

Fri 13 Mar

£17.50–£58 / 08432 086000

Regent Theatre, Ipswich

Sun 26 Apr

£26–£36 (£26–£33)

Hereford Gilbert And Sullivan Society: Pirates Of Penzance

The multi-award winning company presents a production of the ever popular operetta.

The Courtyard, Hereford

Fri 27 Feb

£14; £16; £14 (£14; £12) / 01432 340555

Sat 28 Feb

£14; £16; £14 (£14; £12) / 01432 340555

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

Mme Butterfly: The One Man Opera

Ignacio Jarquin's sequel to Puccini's tragic tale, in which Mme Butterfly's son, Tomisaburo, journeys to America to confront his father. Andrew G Marshall's libretto is set to Michael Finnessy's music with themes by Puccini.

Villa Marina Royal Hall, Isle of Man

Sat 7 Mar

Studio Theatre

£15.30 (£12.75) / 01624 686801

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

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