Famous melodies in opera offerings at Royal & Derngate

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Love, passion, deceit and murder will be played out on the Royal & Derngate stage during the coming week with the arrival of Ellen Kent’s productions of Bizet’s Carmen and Puccini’s Tosca.

Both productions feature international soloists with the full Moldovan National Opera and the Moldovan National Philharmonic Orchestra.

The opera Carmen is set to star mezzo soprano Nadia Stoianova in a dazzling new production set in Seville, with fountains, flowers and orange trees in a set inspired by the paintings of Goya... and featuring a real rescue donkey.

The story of a bewitching gypsy girl, whose tantalising beauty lures a soldier to desertion and brings about her own undoing, it features some of the most popular melodies in opera, including the well known baritone aria The Toreador’s Song. Carmen will be sung in French with English surtitles.

Soprano Elena Dee is set to take on the tragic title role in Tosca, Puccini’s heady telling of doomed love between the heroine and the artist, Mario Cavaradossi. Tosca will be sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Carmen will be performed on Sunday at 7.30pm and Tosca will be staged on Monday at 7.30pm. Tickets cost from £19 to £35.

For booking information, ring 01604 624811 or log on to www.royalandderngate.co.uk