Staatsoper Berlin: Il Trovatore

In 15th century Spain, a conflict has broken out over succession to the throne between Ferdinand, the designated successor, and the Duke of Urgel. Count Luna favors Ferdinand, while Manrico supports the troops of the rebellious Urgel. Both love Leonora, a lady of the court. What the two enemies cannot know is that they are both brothers, because Manrico was stolen by a gypsy woman 15 years ago and raised as her own child.

 

Salzburg Festival: Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci

As comparably short operas Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci are often billed together, but seldom is the lead tenor making his double role debut as Turiddu and Canio on the same evening.

At the 2015 Salzburg Easter Festival, Jonas Kaufmann did just that – to rapturous praise.

 

Vienna State Opera House: Don Quixote

Experience the story of a world-famous ballet-classic played by the Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera – conducted by Kevin Rhodes – and marvellous dancers.

Don Quixote was originally created by master choreographer Marius Petipa, together with the Austrian composer Ludwig Minkus, for the Imperial Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow in 1869.

 

Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella

Matthew Bourne’s interpretation of the classic fairy tale is a thrilling and evocative love story which has, at its heart, a true war-time romance.

A chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot, together just long enough to fall in love before being parted by the horrors of the Blitz.

English National Ballet: Giselle

Giselle is one of a community of migrant workers cast out of their jobs in a condemned garment factory

One of the greatest romantic ballets of all time, the first full length ballet choreographed by Akram Khan, the classic story of love, betrayal and redemption has been reimagined in this stunning new version, with sets and costumes by Academy Award-winning designer Tim Yip.

Matthew Bourne’s The Car Man

Loosely based on Bizet’s popular opera, Carmen, with one of the most thrilling and instantly recognisable scores in classical music, the familiar 19th Century Spanish cigarette factory becomes a greasy garage-diner in 1960’s America, where the dreams and passions of a small-town are shattered by the arrival of a handsome stranger.

Fuelled by heat and desire, the inhabitants are driven into an unstoppable spiral of greed, lust, betrayal and revenge.

The Winter’s Tale

In a fit of groundless jealousy, Leontes wrecks his marriage, defies the gods, destroys his family and ruins himself. As the years roll by, a new generation flee their own country and take refuge in Sicilia. Unknowingly they bring with them the key to the past, present and future…

Shakespeare’s great play of the irrational and inexplicable, illustrating how uncontrollable emotions can range across gender, class, age.

Maxine Peake’s Hamlet

Shakespeare’s most iconic work explodes with big ideas and is the ultimate story of loyalty, love, betrayal, murder and madness.

From its sell-out run at Manchester’s Royal Exchange comes this unique and critically acclaimed production, with BAFTA-nominee Maxine Peake in the title role, made ever more prominent as the first female Hamlet on a major stage since Frances de la Tour 35 years ago.

The Railway Children

Roberta, Phyllis and Peter, three sheltered siblings, suffer a huge upheaval when their father, who works for the Foreign Office, is falsely imprisoned. The children and their mother, now penniless, are forced to move from London to rural Yorkshire, into a cottage near a railway line, where they befriend the railway porter, Perks.

Filmed at the National Railway Museum in York, featuring the original locomotive from the much-loved 1970 film.

Billy Elliot The Musical Live

Set in a northern mining town against the background of the 1980s miners’ strike, Billy’s journey takes him from the boxing ring and into a ballet class, inspiring his family and whole community.

Making the transition from screen to stage in 2005, this production opened to critical and popular acclaim and international success. Filmed in September 2014, it has now been seen by over 10 million people and has won more than 80 theatre awards worldwide.