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Puccini, Mozart and Verdi are in the front row of the year's outstanding opera productions
It sounds so glamorous: a masked ball with the cream of society. But not all the lives behind the disguises are safe and anonymity may prove fatal
In the Know
Shakespeare's tragedy of lovers from enemy families unfolds in song in Gounod's beautiful opera, staged in the countryside
Tried and Tested
At the Theatre in the Woods, a suitably rural drama unfolds, and the audience is at the heart of the action
The London-based rising star would drop everything if the dance show came calling...
Glorious Mozart and stirring Verdi are served with smoked salmon and a big helping of ingenuity when the evenings lighten and the opera scene heads for the great outdoors
Art, politics and love collide in Puccini's masterpiece, in which the menacing chief of police, Scarpia, pursues the opera singer of the title
The second opera in Wagner's great Ring Cycle, Die Walküre is also a stand-alone story of siblings in love and vengeful gods