Welsh opera comes to Milton Keynes

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Music-lovers still have a chance to witness a performance by the Welsh National Opera as it continues its run at Milton Keynes Theatre this week.

The company is currently touring with its first themed season of operas, given the overall title Free Spirits.

So far this week, they have been performing Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen and Berg’s opera Lulu, which describes the rise and fall of a female star.

Although these shows are now ended at Milton Keynes, the company will complete its trio of operas tonight and on Saturday, at 7.15pm, with performances of Madam Butterfly.

The tragedy of Madam Butterfly, which will be sung in Italian - with surtitles in English - contains a string of much-loved melodies, including One Fine Day. In this song, Giacomo Puccini employs every note to immerse his audience in Cio-Cio-San’s woeful tale.

The original version of Madam Butterfly had its premiere in 1904 at La Scala in Milan, but was poorly received. Puccini revised it and it has gone on to become one of the world’s best loved operas.

Tickets cost £18-£50. Call the box office on 08448717652 or log on to www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes.