A triple bill of opera

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BUXTON Opera House is offering a triple bill of opera next week when English Touring Opera returns with three sumptuous productions.

On Thursday May 5, Il Tabarro & Gianni Schicchi, Puccini’s two short, contrasting operas, will be performed. One is a moody romance ending in a grotesque murder on a barge in Paris, and the other is a sparkling comedy about a family inheritance in Florence. Composed by a mature master of drama and character, Puccini’s lyrical genius is epitomised in the much-loved aria ‘O mio babbino caro’.

La Clemenza di Tito, one of Mozart’s final works, is the performance on Friday May 6. Its epic story of terrorism, betrayal and forgiveness is set in blazing colours.

Written for the Emperor’s coronation Mozart regarded it is as a ‘true’ opera, beautiful and moving and wrote it for the finest singers of his day.

And on Saturday May 7 the performance will be Fantastic Mr Fox. Based on Roald Dahl’s famous story, Tobias Picker’s opera brings the vibrancy of the natural world and sinister machinations of the farmers to life.

The performances will begin at 7.30pm. Tickets for ETO are priced at £16.50 to £32.50 and discounts are available. Call the Box Office on 0845 127 2190 or buy online at www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.