He WU soprano 1 c Penn KangSoprano He Wu sings Cio Cio San Madame Butterfly at Iford Opera on July 21, 24, 26, 28, 31 August 2 & 4. Thomas Blunt conducts Bruno Ravella’s production.

crystal-slipper-on-blue-pillow-260nw-48084961Mezzo Kate Howden sings the title role of Isouard Cendrillon alongside tenor Bradley Smith as The Prince and baritone Nicholas Merryweather as Alidor for Bampton Classical Opera. There are performances on July 20 & 21 – Bampton, Oxfordshire; August 27 – Westonbirt, Gloucestershire & September 18 – St John’s Smith Square, London with Harry Sever conducting Jeremy Gray’s production.

la-boheme posterDirector Harry Fehr stages La Bohème for Clonter Opera Theatre, Cheshire on July 20, 22(m), 24, 26 & 28 with a cast that includes Bechara Moufarrej singing Rodolfo and Alexey Gusev as Marcello. Clive Timms conducts.

LAURA ZIGMANTAITE pic croppedMezzo-soprano Laura Zigmantaitė returns to Opera Holland Park, London singing Dryad Ariadne auf Naxos on July 17, 19, 21, 25 & 27.  The co-production with Scottish Opera is directed and designed by Anthony McDonald and Brad Cohen conducts.

Polly Graham director c. Jorge LizaldePolly Graham directs Dido & Aeneas with Blackheath Halls Community Opera.  The performances are at The Albany, Deptford, London on July 16 at 7:30, 17  – 7:30, 18 –  6:30 & 8:30 and July 20 at 6:30 & 8:30. Lee Reynolds conducts, April Dalton provides set and costume designs and the cast includes Idunnu Münch, Marcus Farnsworth, William Towers and Alison Rose.