Yes, summer is still in full swing and no, we don’t want it to end, but that doesn’t mean you can’t already look ahead to the rest of the year – especially when there are so many exciting operas and ballet shows coming up worth buying tickets for now. Between the beautiful music, the classical stories that are still relevant today, the sumptuous sets and costumes and the incredible voices – here are five exciting shows to look forward to this year…
1. Manon – Royal Opera House, London
This brilliant ballet is based on Abbé Prévost’s 1731 novel L’Histoire du Chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut. Kenneth MacMillan’s powerful retelling of Manon and Des Grieux’s tragic love is a masterpiece of modern ballet that you can’t miss this autumn.
2nd October – 6th November 2019
2. The Sleeping Beauty – Royal Opera House, London
The Royal Ballet will bring you to an enchanted world of princesses, fairy godmothers and magical spells this autumn. Are you ready to lean back and enjoy Tchaikovsky’s wonderful music?
7th November 2019 – 16th January 2020
3. Madama Butterfly – Opéra Bastille, Paris
Puccini’s famous opera Madama Butterfly dives into Japan in the early 20th century. Paris’ Opéra Bastille will offer several performances following the tragic love story of 5-year-old geisha Cio-Cio san (Madama Butterfly) and American soldier Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton.
14th September – 13th November 2019
This German opera, composed by none other than Mozart, is a fairy tale about love’s victory over any barriers. Tamino and Pamina’s love will bring you warmth and positive feelings in the heart of winter…
5th September 2019 – 6th July 2020
5. Turandot – The Metropolitan Opera, New YorkPhoto: Marty Sohl / Met Opera
Turandot is another epic opera by Puccini and widely known for the glorious ‘Nessun Dorma’ aria – but it is so much more than that. It takes place in a fictional version of ancient China, where a cold princess performs out her bloody reign over Beijing. Franco Zeffirelli’s dazzling production offers the strangest and greatest tale of ruthlessness and though love…
3rd October 2019 – 25th April 2020