Monday 20 March
Gilbert and Sullivan’s light comic opera pokes fun at the aesthetic craze of the late 1800s and the eccentric affectations of figures like Oscar Wilde and his admirers. Willowy poets, sighing maidens, hearty milkmaids and burly officers – all become targets of Gilbert’s razor-sharp wit. Expect plenty of tunes and humour as fresh today as it was at the first performance.
Tuesday 21 March
Puccini’s visceral depiction of love in the midst of a war-torn Rome, Tosca is one of the world’s best-loved operas, brimming with lust, corruption and political intrigue. When the painter Cavaradossi helps a fugitive escape, he attracts the attention of Scarpia, the malevolent chief of police. What will Tosca be ready to sacrifice to save her lover from his fate?