Britten’s magical opera breathes new life into Shakespeare’s most loved comedy. When the King of the Fairies quarrels with his Queen, he orders his servant, a mischievous sprite, to play a prank on her – resulting in mistaken identities, confused lovers and a startling transformation.
4-11 December 2021. Book now.
Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera or ‘The disguised gardener’ is your typical opera: set in Italy with a confusing plot involving love triangles, cross-dressing, characters pretending to be others, characters believing that they are gods and many spurned suitors.
An opera bouffe by Francis Poulenc based on the play by Guillaume Apollinaire. Although farcical it conveys a deeper message about new life after wartime.
Taking inspiration from the movies, director Michael Gow and designer Robert Kemp set this production of Mozart’s final work for the stage as a rollicking adventure in 1930s Egypt.
For nearly 300 years, this work lay hidden from lovers of music and drama, but this heady score was rediscovered in the 20th century. The poetic libretto and rich score charts the relationships between gods, men and women.
Based on a medieval farce of mistaken identity, Mozart’s comic opera is a tale of love, deception and forgiveness.
The poetic libretto and Purcell’s rich score relate subtly and metaphorically to William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Written as a masque or semi-opera, this restoration spectacular is reshaped by director Elsie Edgerton-Till.
Through its sharp wit, English Eccentrics takes a sideways look at a collection of quirky characters from English society.
We celebrated the Con's 100th Birthday with an epic performance of MASS by Leonard Bernstein. Over 400 students, staff and alumni performed at the Opera House under the baton of Maestro Eduardo Diazmuñoz.