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A satire on the Parliament of the day (or of today!) - fantasy and fact collide in this, one of Gilbert and Sullivan's most popular operettas. Iolanthe, a fairy, has been banished for marrying a mortal. Her son, Strephon is in love with Phyllis a Ward of Court. The entire House of Lords has also fallen for Phyllis but she declines to marry a peer. The fairies persuade their Queen to pardon Iolanthe. She returns and is reunited with her son. The peers and Phyllis misinterpret the scene and believe that Strephon is being unfaithful. The fairies take revenge by sending Strephon to Parliament with astonishing results.
Amongst the most popular of Verdi's operas, La traviata is the work of a master of the musical drama. Its perfumed arias and soaring choruses vividly depict the ravishingly decadent but glamorous world of Parisian high society as the background to a heart rending story of romantic happiness destroyed. Original book called La Dame aux Camelias.
Giacomo Puccini's Madama Butterfly is one of the best-loved operas of all time. Julia Burbach's revelatory new production, inspired by Japanese folkloric ghost stories, premieres at Grimeborn 2015. Sung in the original Italian (with English surtitles) but radically reframed, this haunting psychological rendering of Puccini's masterpiece is alive with the mysteries of memory, mortality and the supernatural.