A Midsummer Night's Dream

Benjamin Britten
The battle of wit and will raging between the fairy Queen and King, Titania and Oberon, sees the worlds of men and magic collide in one of Shakespeare's most beloved and narratively complex plays. A Midsummer Night's Dream is counted among Shakespeare's High Comedies.
David Daniels and Ofelia Sala in the Gran Teatre del Liceu's vivid imagining of Britten's operatic take on a Shakespearean classic
Gran Teatre del Liceu
(2005)
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1960

Carmen

George Bizet
Carmen's controversial portrayal of realism and romanticism caused a stir in 19th-century France and has since established itself as an international opera house favourite.
The cast of the Gran Teatre del Liceu's Carmen © A. Bofill
Gran Teatre del Liceu
(2011)
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1875

Così fan tutte

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
A tale of double deceit between two young couples, Così fan tutte explores relationships through complex themes of sexual manipulation, love and forgiveness.


Fiordiligi (Miah Persson) and Dorabella (Anke Vondung) in Così fan tutte © Mike Hoban
Glyndebourne
(2006)
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1789

Dido and Aeneas

Henry Purcell
Baroque composer Henry Purcell’s classical tale of love thwarted by evil powers.
Sarah Connolly and Lucas Meachem as the eponymous characters in Dido and Aeneas
Royal Opera House
(2009)
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1680

Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Belmonte and his servant Pedrillo must outwit the pirate Pasha Selim to rescue their lovers Konstanze and Blonde, held captive in the palace.
Diana Damrau and Christoph Quest in Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Photo: A Bofill)
Gran Teatre del Liceu
(2011)
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1782

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Richard Wagner
The cast of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg © Glyndebourne. Photographer: Alastair Muir.
Glyndebourne
(2011)
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1867

Don Giovanni

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Don Giovanni, opera’s great anti-hero, is a man without scruples. Seducer, deceiver, killer, he cares very little about the disastrous consequences of his hedonistic quest for thrills, pleasure and amusement.
Don Giovanni © A. Bofill
Gran Teatre del Liceu
(2008)
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William Dazeley as Don Giovanni from Opera North
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(2012)

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1787

Eugene Onegin

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
A story of unrequited love, regret and human folly, Alexander Pushkin’s novel, written entirely in verse, is considered a classic among Russian literature, detailing Onegin’s actions and the tragic consequences that follow.
Lensky (Pavol Breslik) with Eugene Onegin (Simon Keenlyside) © ROH/Bill Cooper
Royal Opera House
(2013)
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Eugene Onegin
Stage Russia
(2016)
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1833

Giulio Cesare

George Frideric Handel
Sarah Connolly and Danielle de Niese in Giulio Cesare © Mike Hoban
Glyndebourne
(2005)
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1724

Hansel and Gretel

Engelbert Humperdinck
With a libretto based on the Brothers Grimm story, this classic opera features a host of characters including the Sandman, the Dew Fairy, and the Witch.
Hansel (Angelika Kirchschlager) and Gretel (Diana Damrau) © ROH/Bill Cooper
Royal Opera House
(2008)
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1893

L'Elisir d'Amore

Gaetano Donizetti
When the fraudulent Dr. Dulcamara extorts money from the lovesick Nemorino in exchange for a love potion, hilarious consequences befall the lovesick man and his darling, Adina.
Rolando Villazón and María Bayo in L'Elisir D'Amore
Gran Teatre del Liceu
(1999)
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1832

L'Incoronazione di Poppea

Claudio Monteverdi
Monteverdi's tangled love story and cautionary tale of the Emperor Nerone and his desirable mistress Poppea.
The cast of L'Incoronazione di Poppea (Photo: A Bofill)
Gran Teatre del Liceu
(2009)
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1643

La bohème

Giacomo Puccini
When Rodolfo, a penniless poet, meets Mimì, a seamstress, they fall passionately in love. But their happiness is threatened when Rodolfo learns that Mimì is gravely ill.
Mími (Hibla Gerzmava) and Rodolfo (Teodor Ilincai) © ROH/Johan Persson
Royal Opera House
(2009)
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1895

La Trashiata

Alison Jackson
Multi-award winning artist, photographer and filmmaker Alison Jackson, internationally renowned for satirical performance, presents this iconoclastic opera.
La Trashiata
HiBROW
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2014

La Traviata

Giuseppe Verdi
Alfredo and the courtesan Violetta fall passionately in love. But Violetta is seriously ill and Alfredo’s father disapproves of their relationship – can their love overcome such obstacles?
Alfredo (Joseph Calleja) and Violetta (Renée Fleming) © Catherine Ashmore
Royal Opera House
(2009)
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1853