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Il barbiere di Siviglia. A young English aristocrat arrives in Seville to woo the lovely Rosina. However, she is being pursued by an unscrupulous older man, Bartolo and it is only with the ingenious help of the quick thinking barber, Figaro, that the situation is rescued.
Cavalleria rusticana is the bitter tale of the rivalry between two women for the love of one man. Pagliacci’s story-within-a-story makes for an intense theatrical experience and boasts one of the great tenor roles in Italian opera in the vengeful husband Canio.
Sung in Italian.
Il Seraglio. A Spanish nobleman sails to the shores of Turkey to search for his beloved - who by this time is imprisoned in a harem and the apple of both the Bassa Selim's and the Chief Keeper's eyes.
The opera tells the story of how one old man learns a harsh and expensive lesson when he tries to stand in the way of true love. In the finest traditions of the genre we enjoy disguises, crooked lawyers, scheming doctors and at its heart, two love-truck youngsters trying to find a way to be together. Above all, Donizetti’s score is suffused with beauty and vivacity from which a torrent of wonderful music tumbles. First performed in 1843.
The Almaviva household is fleeing the chaos of the Revolution, pursued by the evil Major who is plotting to kill them all. Susanna's frustration with her increasingly cynical husband, Figaro, propels her towards a one-night stand with Cherubino, now a rather sleazy nightclub owner who calls himself The Cherub. Meanwhile, the Count and Countess are scandalised by the revelation of each others' infidelities. They finally return to what remains of the Almaviva residence, and the Count and Countess are reconciled with one another, and with their fate, as revolutionary troops advance.
Sung in English.
3 MARCH - 3 MARCH
BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME, BIRMINGHAM
7 APRIL - 7 APRIL
THEATRE ROYAL, PLYMOUTH
24 MARCH - 24 MARCH
MAYFLOWER THEATRE, SOUTHAMPTON
21 FEBRUARY - 27 FEBRUARY
WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE, CARDIFF
10 MARCH - 10 MARCH
VENUE CYMRU (FORMALLY - NORTH WALES THEATRE), LLANDUDNO
17 MARCH - 17 MARCH
31 MARCH - 31 MARCH
MILTON KEYNES THEATRE, MILTON KEYNES
Count Almaviva lusts after the delicious Susanna, Figaro's bride to be. The neglected Countess pines for her husband's attentions and, as she tries to make him jealous, love and suspicion abound. Figaro must unravel the threads before he and Susanna can tie the knot. Also performed as Figaro's Wedding and Figaro!. First performed at the Burgtheater in Vienna on 1 May 1786