Masterpieces from top touring company

L'ELISIR D'AMORE,GLYNDEBOURNE;Adina; DANIELLE DE NIESE,Nemorino; STEPHEN COSTELLO,Sergeant Belcore; RODION POGOSSOV,Dr Dulcamara; PAOLO GAVANELLI,Giannetta; MANUELA BISCEGLIE,Dr Dulcamara's assistant; JAMES BELLORINI,

L'ELISIR D'AMORE,GLYNDEBOURNE;Adina; DANIELLE DE NIESE,Nemorino; STEPHEN COSTELLO,Sergeant Belcore; RODION POGOSSOV,Dr Dulcamara; PAOLO GAVANELLI,Giannetta; MANUELA BISCEGLIE,Dr Dulcamara's assistant; JAMES BELLORINI,

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The Glyndebourne company is performing at Milton Keynes Theatre this week as part of its 45th annual tour.

The tour consists of three operas, staged with 23 soloists, 37 choristers, 119 musicians and 20 children.

One for all the family, the operas include fairy tale Hansel und Gretel, set in the contemporary world of a sugar-saturated supermarket.

Also appearing on tour is a production of Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, directed by Fiona Shaw.

This will be the company’s first production of Britten’s masterpiece since its world premiere at Glyndebourne in 1946.

Annabel Arden’s romantic 2007 production of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore will also take to the road. Audiences can enjoy a free pre-performance talk exploring the themes of the opera on the first night of each production.

Conducting Hansel und Gretel will be 20-year-old Venezuelan Illyrich Rivas, who made his tour and Glyndebourne debut in 2012, leading a number of performances of Mozart’s beloved company, Le Nozze di Figaro.

The Rape of Lucretia features Nicholas Collon, one of Britain’s most exciting young conductors, and L’elisir d’amore features rising American tenor, Christopher Tiesi, who makes his UK and Glyndebourne debut as Nemorino.

Hansel und Gretel will have its second performance today at 2pm, while L’elisir d’amore will be performed, for the second time, on Saturday at 7.15pm and The Rape of Lucretia will be on stage tomorrow at 7.15pm.

Tickets cost £25–£60.

To book,contact the box office on 0844 8717652.