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  "Pure Imagination" Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd July 2pm
Spotlight's up and coming young people, its "Spotlight Stars" , present a new version of Pure Imagination.
 
Enjoy the enthusiasm of these talented 4 to 16 year olds as they perform song and dance to the music of popular shows including "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" and "Matilda".
 
 
 
 
  "Otello" [CL] RoH Covent Garden Saturday 1st July 7.15 pm
Jonas Kaufmann makes his role debut as Otello in Verdi’s passionate retelling of Shakespeare’s great tragedy of jealousy, deception and murder, conducted by Antonio Pappano.
 
The Moorish general Otello has been appointed Governor of Cyprus and married the beautiful young Venetian Desdemona. But their happiness is threatened when Otello's ensign Iago begins to hint that Desdemona has been unfaithful.
 
Otello is a tragic story of love that meets an unfortunate and untimely end at the hands of betrayal and manipulation. It highlights effects of jealousy- both personal and political- on the lives of the characters.
 
String, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments are used to portray different emotions.
 
  "La Boheme" [CL] Cert 12A Cinema Live from Taormina, Sicily. Saturday 8th July 7.30pm
La Bohème is one of opera’s most popular and unforgettable stories.
 
When young poet Rodolfo meets seamstress Mimi, it’s love at first sight.
 
But faced by the cruel realities of poverty and ill health, will the flame that burns between them flicker and die?
 
Or will the timeless strength of their youthful passion withstand every trial and tribulation that life can throw at them?.
 
Sit back and enjoy one of the most famous of Giacomo Puccini’s operas, performed in the Teatro Antico di Taormina ,the second largest ancient Greek theatre in Italy, dating from the early seventh century BC.
 
  "La Traviata " [CL] Rai Com All’Opera Saturday 15th July 7 pm
New to Spotlight's Live Streaming, State Italian broadcaster Rai Com’s All’Opera combines the talents of acclaimed director Sofia Coppola and designer Valentino to bring you one the most ambitious productions of Verdi's La Traviata to date.
 
This elegant spectacle is being brought directly to the big screen captured in glorious 4K with over 100 microphones live from Teatro dell’Opera di Roma.
 
La Traviata, meaning“the fallen woman” or “the one who goes astray”, tells the moving story of how the beautiful but fragile courtesan Violetta is coerced into sacrificing her one hope of personal happiness for the sake of her lover’s reputation.
 
Violetta, dying with consumption falls in love with a young man Alfredo - they leave the city for the countryside but her father interferes and persuades her to leave Alfredo for her old life, leading,ultimately,to tragedy.
   
  " André Rieu " [CL] in Maastricht Saturday 22nd July 7pm and Sunday 23rd July 3 pm
 "Celebrating 30 years of André and his Johann Strauss Orchestra"
 
2017 will be the 13th consecutive year of André Rieu's traditional summer evening concerts on the most romantic city square in the Netherlands: the Vrijthof in Maastricht!
 
Founded in 1987 , with up to 50 musicians, the famous Johann Strauss Orchestra combines with Andre Rieu to play his popular brand of accessible classical music.
 
Considered one of the world's greatest musical entertainers Rieu is renowned for his innovative stage performances, and programmes of irresistible waltzes, classical music, operetta and classic renditions of famous pieces like ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ and ‘Amazing Grace.’
   
  "A NIGHT IN THE SPOTLIGHT" Every Tuesday July 25 to September 26 7.30 pm

Spotlight's in-house company's summer season brings you an evening of live music, song, dance and laughter.

 
A night of popular music with tributes to some of the pop greats including David Bowie, George Michael, Elvis and Cilla Black.
 
Together with music from Queen, Take That, Girls Aloud, Little Mix, Boys Own and Ratpack there will be something for everyone.
 
 
   
  "An Evening with André Rieu"[CL] Thursdays July 27 to August 24, Friday 1,8,22,29 September 7.30 p.m
 
André Rieu fans are in for a treat as his 2017 Maastricht concert can be seen weekly throughout the summer season.
 
For anyone not familiar with the music of Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra here is an opportunity not to be missed, with an evening of great entertainment - an ideal way to end a fine summer day !
 
 
Please note that this is a repeat of the original concert shown on July 22 and 23.
   
  "Jack and the Beanstalk" July 26 and every Wednesday to August 30, 2 pm and 7 pm
Styletrax Productions bring the magic of Panto to Spotlight with this summer's live presentation of another old favourite "Jack and the Beanstalk"
 
The well known story of Jack, the magic beans and the giant features performers with many TV and Theatre credits. who bring a show full of fun, for all the family, with popular songs, dancing, and comedy.
 
 
 
 
   
  "Titus Andronicus " [CL] RSC Saturday 12th August 7 pm
Titus Andronicus, thought to be Shakespeare's first tragedy,is believed to have been written between 1588 and 1593,
 
The play is set during the latter days of the Roman Empire and tells the fictional story of Titus, a general in the Roman army, who is engaged in a cycle of revenge with Tamora, Queen of the Goths.
 
Titus is a ruler exhausted by war and loss, who relinquishes power but leaves Rome in disorder. Rape, cannibalism and severed body parts fill the moral void at the heart of this corrupt society.
 
Shakespeare’s gory revenge tragedy presents us with murder as entertainment, and, as the body count piles up, poses questions about the nature of sexuality, family, class and society.
   
  "Angels in America" PART 1 (Millennium Approaches) [CL] NT Sunday 13th August 7 pm

It is 1985, Ronald Reagan is in the White House, and AIDS is causing mass death in the Americas.

 
In Manhattan, Prior Walter [Andrew Garfield] tells Louis, his lover of four years, that he has AIDS; Louis, unable to handle it, leaves him. As disease and loneliness ravage Prior, guilt invades Louis.
 
Joe Pitt,[Russell Tovey], a Mormon and Republican attorney, is pushed by right-wing fixer Roy Cohn toward a job at the United States Department of Justice. Both Pitt and Cohn are in the closet: Pitt out of shame and religious turmoil, Cohn to preserve his power and image.
 
Pitt's wife Harper[Denise Gough] is strung out on Valium, causing her to hallucinate constantly (sometimes jointly with Prior during his fever dreams) and she longs to escape from her sexless marriage.
 
An angel with ulterior motives commands Prior to become a prophet.
  "Angels in America" PART 2 (Perestroika) [CL] NT Sunday 20th August 7 pm
Pitt's mother and Belize, a close friend and drag queen, help Prior choose.
 
Joe leaves his wife and goes to live with Louis but the relationship doesn't work out due to ideological differences.
 
Roy is diagnosed with AIDS early on and as his life comes to a close he is haunted by the ghost of Ethel Rosenberg.
 
As the film continues, these lost souls come together to create bonds of love, loss, and loneliness and in the end, discover forgiveness and overcome abandonment.
 
Since its UK premiere at the same theatre in 1992 it has gone on to be regarded as one of the best plays of the modern era, as well as a seminal piece about homosexuality at the end of the 20th century.
  "Yerma" [CL] NT Live Young Vic Cert 15 Saturday 2nd September 7 pm
The incredible Billie Piper (Penny Dreadful, Great Britain) returns in her Evening Standard Best Actress award-winning role.
 
A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece.
 
Set in contemporary London, Piper’s portrayal of a woman in her thirties desperate to conceive builds with elemental force to a staggering, shocking, climax.
 
Billie Piper’s lead performance is described as ‘spellbinding’ (The Evening Standard), ‘astonishing’ (iNews) and ‘devastatingly powerful’ (The Daily Telegraph).
 
Please note this broadcast does not have an interval.
 
  John le Carré "An Evening with George Smiley" Saturday 9th September 8 pm
In a rare public appearance and one-off event, the author reads from his new novel, A Legacy of Spies, which sees the return of his most iconic Cold War characters, as their past comes back to claim them in the present.
 
With a unique question and answer session, this is an unmissable opportunity to experience one of the foremost chroniclers of our age, direct and in his own words.
 
In conversation le Carré discusses the full breadth of his career spanning five decades, and reflects on the continuing story of his most famous creation, the tubby, bespectacled spy, George Smiley.
 
Through this event John le Carré and the producers The Ink Factory are raising money for Médicins Sans Frontières / Doctors without Borders (MSF), and are donating their proceeds to the charity.
 
  "Carmen" [CL] Cinema Live from Lake Constance,Bregenz, Austria Sunday 17th September 7 pm
Performed on the spectacular water stage of Lake Constance in Bregenz (Austria), George Bizet’s Carmen is a story of passion, destiny and obsession.
 
The French composer’s opera is most famous for its Spanish melodies, including the Flower Song, Habanera and the Toreador Song.
 
Experience Carmen like never before – recorded live on the floating stage during the annual Bregenz Festival.
 
As with previous spectacular productions, you can expect the staging of this classic tale to have an extravagantly original and innovative design, with the waters of the lake being used as an extension of the stage.
 
This production of Carmen will be directed by Kasper Holten, Director of Opera at the Royal Opera House in London, with the set designed by the British artist Es Devlin.
 
  " The Magic Flute " RoH Opera Saturday 23rd September 7.15 pm
As well as being a comedy, The Magic Flute is an expression of Mozart’s profound spiritual beliefs: Enlightenment concerns with the search for wisdom and virtue are at the heart of this enchanting tale. The Magic Flute was an instant success.
 
Prince Tamino promises the Queen of the Night that he will rescue her daughter Pamina from the enchanter Sarastro. He begins his quest, accompanied by the bird-catcher Papageno – but all is not as it seems
 
David McVicar’s classic production embraces both the seriousness and comedy of Mozart’s work. The audience is transported to a fantastical world of dancing animals, flying machines and dazzlingly starry skies.
 
The setting provides a wonderful backdrop for Mozart’s kaleidoscopic score, from the Queen of the Night’s coloratura fireworks to Tamino and Pamina’s lyrical love duets and Papageno’s hearty, folksong-like arias.
 
  "Fire and Rain" Thursday 28th September 8 pm
Fire & Rain are a collection of Scarborough–based musicians that combine to perform the timeless classics of James Taylor and Carol King which invariably results in an evening of 'pure musical pleasure'.
 
Classic Taylor and King compositions include 'You've Got Friend' 'Fire & Rain', 'Sweet Baby James',’Shower the People’ 'I Feel the Earth Move' and 'Will you still Love me Tomorrow'- and these will likely be included in the evening's song list.
 
Gracie Falls is a fine young up and coming young singer songwriter from Bridlington. She has recently released her debut album, Down but not Defeated) and is receiving much critical acclaim and radio coverage. Gracie has recently won the national competition ‘Unsigned Singer Songwriter of the year award’ beating 100 entrants.
 
  "Don Carlo "[CL] Rai Com All’Opera Saturday 30th September 7 pm
From the Opera di Firenze. Zubin Mehta is the conductor in Verdi's opera about love, ambition and intrigue in 16th-century Spain.
 
Elizabeth of Valois is promised in marriage to Don Carlos of Spain, as part of a peace treaty between the two kingdoms.
 
They meet and fall in love – but no sooner have they declared their love than news comes that the terms of the treaty have changed: Elizabeth is to marry Carlos’s father Philip instead.
 
Elizabeth, now Carlos’s step-mother, loves him still, but is horrified by his declarations of love and then the Grand Inquisitor intervenes.........
 
Don Carlo contains a host of vividly drawn characters, depicted through some of Verdi’s most complex music.
 
  "Norma" [CL] Met Opera NY Saturday 7th October 5.55 pm
This tragic opera in two acts by Vincenzo Bellini was first produced at La Scala in Milan on 26 December 1831.
 
Orovist, chief of the Druids, and others, await the signal to be given by his daughter, the Druid High Priestess Norma. for the start of the rebellion against the Roman invaders.
 
But Norma has fallen in love with the Roman Proconsul, Pollione, and given birth to two children who have been brought up in secrecy by her confidante Clotilde.
 
Norma still loves Pollione but he has fallen in love with a novice priestess, Adalgisa.
 
Forsaken by her Roman lover Norma brings down vengeance upon his head, but is yet willing to share his fate.
 
  " La Bohème" RoH Opera Sunday 8th October 7.15 pm
Irresistible in its witty, passionate blend of comedy and tragedy, the opera focusses on the lives of a group of young artists as they eke out an existence on the bohemian fringes of Paris.
 
When Rodolfo, a penniless poet, meets Mimì, a seamstress, they fall instantly in love. But their happiness is threatened when Rodolfo learns that Mimì is gravely ill.
 
Puccini’s romantic depiction of bohemian Paris, with wonderful music and a love story drawn from everyday life, has captivated audiences around the world, making La Bohème one of the best-loved of all operas.
 
 
 
  "Die Zauberflote " [CL] Met Opera NY Saturday 14th October 5.55pm
Better known with its English title, "The Magic Flute", Mozart’s utterly unique extravaganza blends myth, magic, and a remarkable variety of wonderful music to deliver its life-affirming message: love conquers all.
 
The handsome Prince and his comical friend are given enchanted musical instruments and tasked with rescuing the Queen of the Night’s daughter,Pamina, from a mysterious group of priests led by Sarastro.
 
In a story that encompasses both the real and the fantastical, Tamino and Papageno undergo trials of virtue, discretion, and charity,under the influence of the evil Queen of the Night — with her stratospheric high notes and show-stopping arias — and the virtuous high priest Sarastro.
 
Revel in this combination of heartwarming comedy and true heroism, and the unparalleled genius and beauty of Mozart’s music.
 
  "Coriolanus" [CL] RSC Sunday 15th October 7 pm
A full-throttle war play that revels in the sweat of the battlefield, Coriolanus transports us back to the emergence of the republic of Rome.
 
Caius Martius Coriolanus is a fearless soldier but a reluctant leader.
 
His ambitious mother attempts to carve him a path to political power, but he struggles to change his nature and do what is required to achieve greatness.
 
In this new city state struggling to find its feet, where the gap between rich and poor is widening every day, Coriolanus must decide who he really is and where his allegiances lie.
 
 
 
  "The Temperance Seven" Sunday 22nd October 7.30 pm
The Temperance Seven came to popularity during the resurgent trad-jazz era of the early 1960s, and in March 1961,‘You’re Driving Me Crazy’, produced by Sir George Martin became a No.1 hit.
 
Playing tuneful jazz classics and original numbers their unique sound, coupled with their musicianship and ingeniously humorous compositions, set them apart from their contemporaries.
 
The original members may have ceased to appear with the band but the current members can boast over 200 years of service between them.
 
 "Pasadena", "Hard Hearted Hannah", "Charleston" are three other items that will bring back a lot of musical memories of the sixties.
 
   
  "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" RoH Ballet Sunday 29th October 7.15 pm
At a garden party on a sunny afternoon, Alice is surprised to see her parents’ friend Lewis Carroll transform into a white rabbit. When she follows him down a rabbit hole events become curiouser and curiouser…
 
Alice encounters a cast of extraordinary and instantly recognizable characters, from the highly strung Queen of Hearts – who performs a hilarious send-up of The Sleeping Beauty’s famous Rose Adage – to a playing card corps de ballet, a sinuous caterpillar and a tap-dancing Mad Hatter.
 
But the ballet does not avoid the darker undercurrents of Lewis Carroll’s story: a nightmarish kitchen, an eerily disembodied Cheshire Cat and the unhinged tea party are all here in vivid detail.
 
The delicious result shows The Royal Ballet at its best, bringing together world-class dance with enchanting family entertainment.
 
  "The Exterminating Angel" Met Opera NY Saturday 18th November 5.55 pm
By the British composer Thomas Adès The Exterminating Angel is a surreal fantasy.
 
When 12 bourgeois guests arrive at a dinner party, after a night at the opera , they can hardly expect that some dark magic is at work, not even noting that one by one the servants are abandoning them.
 
Towards the end of the evening they find they are unable to leave. The door is open – but no one can get out, and no one can get in.
 
The elegant party quickly dissolves into anarchy,civility begins to decline, leading to tragic, often explosive results.
   
  "The Nutcracker " RoH Ballet Sunday 10th December 7.15 pm
Peter Wright’s production ranks as one of the most enduring and enchanting versions of The Nutcracker. With its festive period setting, dancing snowflakes and enchanting stage magic, Lev Ivanov’s 1892 ballet has become the perfect Christmas entertainment, with Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous, sugar-spun music the most recognizable of all ballet scores
 
Loosely based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, the ballet opens with the lively Christmas party that is hosted by the Stahlbaum family,
 
The young Clara creeps downstairs on Christmas Eve to play with her favourite present – a Nutcracker.
 
But the mysterious magician Drosselmeyer is waiting to sweep her off on a magical adventure involving the Mouse King, the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy treats them to a wonderful display of dances.
 
  "Rigoletto" RoH Opera Saturday 20th January 2018 7.15 pm
Rigoletto, court jester to the libertine Duke of Mantua, is cursed by the father of one of the Duke’s victims for his irreverent laughter. When the Duke seduces Rigoletto’s daughter Gilda, it seems the curse is taking effect…with tragic cosequences.
 
Giuseppe Verdi wrote in 1855 that Rigoletto was his ‘best opera’ and,indeed, it has remained one of the most popular of all operas.
 
David McVicar’s production highlights the cruelty at the heart of the court of Mantua. Richly dressed courtiers engage in orgies and revelries to Verdi’s heady, spirited dances.
 
The opera’s many musical highlights include the ebullient ‘La donna è mobile’, in which the Duke boasts of his disregard for women, and the gorgeous Act III quartet that beautifully weaves the voices together as the story quickens to its shattering conclusion.
 
  "Tosca" Met Opera NY Saturday 27th January 5.55 pm
Puccini's opera takes place in Rome in 1800, during the month of June. A tragic and political love story, Tosca explores how love overcomes all.
 
Under the cloud of rebellion on all sides, Rome is in the middle of a tumultuous change as the Royalist regime is winning over the Republic
 
Whilst the merciless Baron Scarpia is rounding up rebels and jailing them, Tosca rehearses in a church before meeting her fugitive lover Cavaradossi.
 
When the embittered Baron catches up with him he falls for Tosca, much to her anger, and tortures her lover in front of him.
 
If she yields to him, she is promised his life under the guise of a false execution. But Scarpia's meanness knows no bounds and before the day is out, all life will be extinguished.
   
  "L'Elisir d'Amore " Met Opera NY Saturday 10th February 5 pm
In Donizetti's comic opera when the shy Nemorino approaches the beautiful but shy Adina, he proclaims his love to her - only to find her indifferent to him.
 
Nemorino buys a bottle of the "potion" from a traveling salesman not realising it is a fake.
 
Nemorino, with his new,found confidence that he believes his elixir has given him, acts indifferently to Adina, who immediately agrees to marry a soldier out of revenge.
 
When the nuptials are called Nemorino panics; he buys yet another bottle, using money earned through enlisting with the army as a last resort. Comically, this brings all the local girls to him, but not Adina.
 
Will these two be able to stop playing mind games long enough to realise their love for each other?
   
  "Tosca" RoH Opera Sunday 11th February 7.15 pm

From its strident opening chords Puccini's Tosca conjures up a world of political instability and menace. Jonathan Kents production for The Royal Opera captures the dangerous political turbulence of Rome in 1800.

 
The Chief of Police, Scarpia – one of the most malevolent villains in opera – ruthlessly pursues and tortures enemies of the state.
 
His dark, demonic music contrasts with the expansive melodies of the idealistic lovers, Tosca and Cavaradossi, who express their passion in sublime arias, including ‘Vissi d’arte’ and ‘E lucevan le stelle’.
 
A candle-lit church, Scarpia’s gloomy study with its hidden torture chamber and the false optimism of a Roman dawn: this handsome production throws into relief the ruthlessly taut drama, as the tension is wound up towards a fateful conclusion.
 
  "Twelfth Night" [CL] RSC Saturday 17th February 7pm
'I am all the daughters of my father's house, And all the brothers too.'
 
Twelfth Night is a tale of unrequited love – hilarious and heartbreaking.
 
Twins are separated in a shipwreck, and forced to fend for themselves in a strange land.
 
The first twin, Viola, falls in love with Orsino, who dotes on OIivia, who falls for Viola but is idolised by Malvolio.
 
Enter Sebastian, who is the spitting image of his twin sister...
 
Christopher Luscombe, directs Shakespeare’s greatest comedy, a brilliantly bittersweet account of "the whirligig of time".
 
  "La Bohème" Met Opera NY Saturday 24th February 5.30 pm
A four-act tragedy, by Puccini, the story delves into 1830s Paris where a group of struggling artists live in destitute slum conditions, yet are determined to celebrate love in all its simple glory.
 
When Rodolfo helps his pretty neighbour Mimi to find her keys in the dark, their hands touch, and attraction flares within them.
 
The story then moves on over the course of a few months, where Mimi is found to be terminally ill from consumption; despite having broken up, Rodolfo cares for her deeply, and is heartbroken to hear that she is dying.
 
.He carries her upstairs to his couch and caresses her, as she slips away in his arms.
   
  "The Winter's Tale" RoH Ballet Saturday 3rd March 7.15 pm
Christopher Wheeldon, Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet, created his adaptation of Shakespeare’s late great romance The Winter’s Tale for The Royal Ballet in 2014.
 
King Leontes, possessed by a mad jealousy, believes his pregnant wife Hermione to be having an affair with his childhood friend King Polixenes.
 
His actions tear their families apart.
 
The story follows the destruction of a marriage through consuming jealousy, the abandonment of a child and a seemingly hopeless love.
 
Yet, through remorse and regret – and after a seemingly miraculous return to life – the ending is one of forgiveness and reconciliation
 
  "Semiramide" Met Opera NY Saturday 10th March 5.55 pm
The overture to Rossini’s ancient royal drama Semiramide is one of his most popular.
 
In the ancient world where conspiracy, murder and secrecy are the rule of the day, Semiramide has ruled for decades, after conspiring with her lover Assur to murder her husband King Nino.
 
Now she is due to elect her successor. Assur assumes the crown is his, but is furious when Semiramide leaves it to the young officer Arsace, whom she loves.
 
When Arsace learns from the high priest Oroe that he is Semiramide and Nino’s son, lost since his father’s murder tragedy ensues.
 
   
  "Carmen" RoH Opera Sunday 11th March 6.45 pm
Georges Bizet’s Carmen is one of the most successful operas ever written.
 
Its gorgeous melodies have secured the opera’s hold on the popular imagination – Escamillo’s Toreador Song, Carmen’s Habanera, Don José’s Flower Song and many passages for orchestra and chorus are among the most widely known pieces of Western classical music.
 
Don José falls in love with Carmen and sacrifices everything to be with her.
 
When Carmen becomes infatuated with the toreador Escamillo, she loses interest in Don José, whose love quickly turns to violent jealousy ending in tragedy.
 
 
  "Cosi fan Tutte" Met Opera NY Saturday 31st March 5.55 pm
Originally set in Naples,this production of Mozart's comic opera is set in Coney Island of the 1950s, filling the stage with fire-eaters, bearded ladies and carousels.
 
The story begins with a wager - the cynical philosopher Don Alfonso bets two young soldiers that their fiancees will be unfaithful, but they have unshaken faith in them.
 
The soldiers agree to pretend to be called away on duty and then return in disguise and try and seduce their the other's betrothed.
 
And so begins a comedy of the sexes in this deliciously sparkling opera.
   
  "Bernstein Centenary " RoH Sunday 1st April 7.15 pm
The Royal Ballet celebrates the centenary of Leonard Bernstein's birth.
 
Leonard Bernstein was one of the first classical composers in America to achieve both popular and critical acclaim. He was eclectic in his sources – drawing on jazz and modernism, the traditions of Jewish music and the Broadway musical – and many of Bernstein’s scores are remarkably well suited to dance.
 
The Royal Ballet has united all three of its associate choreographers to celebrate the dynamic range and danceability of Bernstein’s music.
 
The programme includes two world premieres by Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor and Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon.
 
At the heart of the programme is the first revival of Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett’s The Age of Anxiety, created in 2014 to Bernstein’s soul-searching Second Symphony.
 
  "Macbeth" RoH Opera Saturday 7th April 7.15 pm
 Verdi’s life-long love affair with Shakespeare’s works began with Macbeth, a play he
considered to be ‘one of the greatest creations of man’.
 
The warrior Macbeth fights on the side of the King of Scotland – but when a coven of witches prophesy that he shall become king himself, a ruthless ambition drives Macbeth and his wife to horrific acts.
 
Phyllida Lloyd’s production for The Royal Opera is richly hued, shot through with
black, red and gold.
 
The witches – imagined by designer Anthony Ward as strange, scarlet-turbaned creatures – are ever-present agents of fate.
 
  "Luisa Miller " Met Opera NY Saturday 14th April 5.30 pm
In Verdi's tragic story of fatherly love rising above social snobbery and rivalry, Placido Domingo sings the iconic role of Miller, Luisa's devoted father.
 
Luisa loves Rodolfo, the son of nobleman, Walter who,being a proud man refusing to have his son marry the poor daughter of a retired soldier, conspires with his retainer Wurm to part them and have Rodolfo marry a wealthy, widowed duchess, by throwing Luisa's father into jail for a perceived insult..
 
While Rodolfo meets with the duchess and confesses his love for Luisa, she is being poisoned by Wurm, who convinces her to marry him in order to save her father's life.
 
Luisa renounces Rodolfo and the deceit around the innocent couple culminates in tragedy.
   
  "Cendrillon" Met Opera NY Saturday 28th April 5.55 pm
Romantic and glittering, this witty and elegant production of Massenet's adaptation of the enduring Cinderella story has astoundingly pretty sets and costumes full of rococo flourish and fairytale magic.
 
When her father remarries a spiky and spoilt Madame after her mother's death, Cendrillon is cast as a servant in her own house. Whilst her stepmother and mean spirited step-sisters prepare for a lavish Royal ball, Cendrillon has only chores to do.
 
But when she finds herself alone and reflecting on her sorry situation she discovers help is at hand in the form of a Fairy Godmother.
 
Enchanted and transformed into the fairest maiden in the land Cendrillon heads to the ball where she catches the eye of a very important suitor..
   
  "Manon" RoH Ballet Saturday 5th May 7.15 pm
Kenneth MacMillan’s masterpiece of modern ballet, based on the 18th-century French novel by Abbé Prévost, is revived this Season as part of continuing celebrations of MacMillan’s profound impact on British ballet, to mark the 25th anniversary of his death.
 
MacMillan’s spectacular ensemble scenes for the whole Company create vivid, complex portraits of the distinct societies of Paris and New Orleans.
 
Manon’s brother Lescaut is offering her to the highest bidder when she meets Des Grieux and falls in love. They elope to Paris, but when Monsieur G.M. offers Manon a life of luxury as his mistress she can’t resist.
 
With the Lescauts’ encouragement Des Grieux cheats at cards in an attempt to win Monsieur G.M.’s fortune, but things go badly wrong.......
 
  "Swan Lake " RoH Ballet Saturday 16th June 7.15 pm
Swan Lake" is a ballet composed in 1876 by Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky.
 
The story begins with a hunting journey by Prince Siegfriend, when he comes across a swan.
 
Before he is able to shoot, the swan turns into a beautiful woman named Odette.
 
She reveals that she is under a spell by the evil Von Rothbart, and can only be saved by a virgin prince who swears eternal fidelity to her.
 
Siegfriend falls rapidly in love, inviting her that night to a ball at his castle where he will marry her and reverse her spell.
 
The evil sorcerer,not to be beaten, upsets Siegfriend's plans, with tragic consequences.
 
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