Peter Grimes

Benjamin Britten

Peter Grimes
Benjamin Britten
Date: 30 May - 21 June

One of Britten's most accessible masterpieces. An apprentice has already died on his watch, so when Peter Grimes the fisherman, loses another one, all hell breaks loose in his gossipy Suffolk village.

La Traviata

Giuseppe Verdi

La Traviata
Giuseppe Verdi
Date: 31 May - 5 July

How can one go through life and not see La Traviata? Verdi's opera is not just a three-handkerchief weepie - you need a whole box of tissues.

Queen of Spades

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Queen of Spades
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Date: 6 July - 12 July

One of the all-time favourites - and perfect for those nervous about opera. A sensational score, beautiful (and expensive) costumes, dramatic love scenes - and Prince Yeletsky's love song which you will sing in the car all the way home.

Don Quichotte

Jules Massenet

Don Quichotte
Jules Massenet
Date: 14 June - 9 July

For his last opera, Massenet was clearly dwelling on the big themes in life: love, death, and how to turn someone down nicely.