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It's the one question everyone always asks, whether they are subscribing for the first time or have been coming to the opera for years. So we've come up with a quick quiz which will take you through the options and hopefully find out which opera you might enjoy most.

Just follow the on-screen prompts and see where it takes you !

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First the basics, what city would you like to attend the opera in?

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Next, what is your previous opera experience ?
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What kind of story do you enjoy ? (please choose all that apply)
Force of Destiny

Giuseppe Verdi

The Force of Destiny

New Production

Welcome to a thrilling version of Verdi's classic opera of vendetta, elopement, love, vengeance and doom. The stunning set and richly-detailed costumes of this dramatic new production conjure a dark, expressive landscape that undercuts the glory of war.

(Part of our 2013 Verdi Festival)

Il Trovatore

Giuseppe Verdi

Il trovatore

Can rivals in love become brothers in arms? Verdi's tale of love and revenge is passionate, mysterious, violent and thoroughly human; while his melodies - urgent, foreboding and haunting - convey the spirit and pulse of revolution.

(Part of our 2013 Verdi Festival)

Aida

Giuseppe Verdi

Aida

When the Ethiopian Princess Aida captures the heart of her country's enemy she finds herself torn between passion and her patriotism. This story features a rousing score such as the Egyptian army's triumphal chorus "Gloria all'Egitto" (Glory to Egypt).


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What styles of music do you like ? ?
Rousing choruses, swooning strings and lush orchestral harmonies
that wrap you up in a great wave of music…
We've split this question into several sections to give you a taste of various music styles -
click the images above for audio and video clips from each of the featured pieces,
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Tosca

Giacomo Puccini

Tosca

New Production

Actor director John Bell directs a monumental new staging of Puccini's riveting drama of love, jealousy and sacrifice set in Mussolini's Italy in the 1940s. Two true divas will share the title role, Takesha Meshé Kizart and Cheryl Barker.

La traviata

Giuseppe Verdi

La traviata

Emma Matthews stars as Violetta, the beautiful but vulnerable courtesan who is coerced into sacrificing her one hope of personal happiness for the sake of her lover's reputation. Set in Paris in the mid-19th century, this is truly grand and passionate opera.

(Part of our 2013 Verdi Festival)

La boheme

Giacomo Puccini

La bohème

Puccini's classic is transported to the glittering Spiegeltent of Berlin in the 1930s but the bohemians are still hungry and cold. When poet Rodolfo meets the innocent seamstress Mimì the hardship melts in a blaze of passion. But love won't pay the rent... With its sparkling melodies, famous arias and glorious music, La bohème is an ideal start to the New Year.


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What styles of music do you like ? ?
Showstoppers and winning opera moments that audiences
through the ages have found impossible to resist…
We've split this question into several sections to give you a taste of various music styles -
click the images above for audio and video clips from each of the featured pieces,
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Orpheus in the Underworld

Jacques Offenbach

Orpheus in the Underworld

A night in the underworld has never been so over the top! Musical theatre and comic opera collide when sensational song-and-dance man Todd McKenney takes the lead. Jonathan Biggins and Phil Scott re-ignite Offenbach's classic where the gods of ancient Greece literally go to hell and at the climax of their adventures, they all do the can-can!

Gaetano Donizetti

Don Pasquale

New Production

There can be few comic operas as pleasing to the eye and to the ear as Don Pasquale. With its warm and bright Italian street scenes and lyrical arias, Donizetti’s celebrated work is reawakened in a beautiful new production.

Giuseppe Verdi

A Masked Ball

World Première

Prepare to be amazed by a ground-breaking and visually stunning new production of Verdi’s unforgettable tale of deception, disguise and fate in a world where the wealthy have all the power and control the populace.

(Part of our 2013 Verdi Festival)


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What styles of music do you like ? Tunes you'll go home humming ?
Catchy tunes, spirited singing - music which makes you want to sing and dance…
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Falstaff

Giuseppe Verdi

Falstaff

Based on Shakespeare's comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor, Verdi's final opera is an astute celebration of life and love, and a feast for the senses that is sure to delight opera fans of all ages.

(Part of our 2013 Verdi Festival)

Partenope

George Frideric Handel

Partenope

New Production

Women fighting duels, wearing pants and winning wars. It's all part of Handels's sensual and crazy scheme of desire, passion, parody and intrigue in which three suitors seek Partenope's hand in marriage.

Albert Herring

Benjamin Britten

Albert Herring

Britten's classic has a witty libretto and an evocative score.The comic depiction of a parochial English village springs to life with vivid characters, psychological truths and undertones of melancholy.


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What styles of music do you like ? Something new or challenging ?
The surprise parcel: experience music fresh off the page,
beautiful scoring and new discoveries in song...
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But I'm not an expert... will I get it?

Our productions are designed for audiences, not experts. If you are worried about following the story - don't be.

All operas are performed with surtitles - English translations projected onto a screen above the stage - but don't worry if you can't follow every word as the action will convey a great deal of the story.

There's a break mid-performance, giving you a chance to have a glass of champagne and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. And a night at the opera offers you the perfect opportunity to dress up and go out in style.

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