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Vienna, in the golden age of the Empress Maria Theresa. The Feldmarschallin, beautiful and married, has a besotted young lover, Count Octavian. But Octavian is half her age, and the Feldmarschallin knows that one day she must give him up to a younger woman. How soon will that time come? When the boorish Baron Ochs charges Octavian to present a silver rose (a traditional engagement gift) on his behalf, Octavian comes face to face with the delightful Sophie; the Feldmarschallin is the first to realise what is going on.
Finish time 17:55 or 19:10 A revival of the Festival 2014 production. Sung in German with English supertitles.
Set in 48BC in Egypt, Handel's Giulio Cesare is part historical drama, part comedy and part love story. It charts the progress of Cleopatra's passionate love for Cesare, from his victory over his rival Pompey to their triumphal union in the harbour at Alexandria. Handel creates a succession of exquisite arias, each reflecting perfectly the depth and variety of emotions experienced by the characters.
Finish time 20:25 or 21:45. A revival of the Festival 2005 production. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.
An American naval officer (Pinkerton) 'acquires' a 15 year old Geisha wife during a stay in Japan - but has no intention of staying with her. After a while he returns to the USA and marries his fiancee. Meanwhile, Butterfly waits for him for three years, cut off from her family, religion and culture by being an American wife. And she is now a mother. When he finally returns she is overjoyed, but he brings with him his new wife. Story originally published in a magazine.
Sung in Italian with English supertitles. Finish time 21:00 or 20:25
Debussy's masterpiece, Pelleas et Melisande is based on Maurice Maeterlinck's symbolist play and was first performed in 1902 at the Opera-Comique, Paris. A tragic fairy-tale, the opera recounts the ill-fated love of half-brothers Golaud and Pelleas for the same woman, the enigmatic Melisande.
Finish time 21:45 or 20:25.
This powerful production delves deep into Handel's grand setting of the well-known Biblical tale of the first king of Israel's love and loathing for his eventual successor, David. We watch Saul crumble before our eyes, as dramatically as Shakespeare's King Lear, as he watches David win everyone's heart - including that of his son, Jonathan.
Finish time: 21:00, 20:25 or 21:00. A revival of the Festival 2015 production. Sung in English with English supertitles.
Abandoned by her lover Anatol, Vanessa retreats from the world, waiting and hoping with only her mother and her niece Erika for company. But when, 20 years later, Anatol's handsome young son arrives unexpectedly, he shatters the calm of this shuttered household of women. Past and present love collides, and the aftershocks threaten to destroy them all.
Finish time 20:25 or 21:00. A new production for Festival 2018. Sung in English with English supertitles.