Back to back performances of operas fill the bill at the Grand Theatre this week.
Following on from the current visit by the National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company, staging HMS Pinafore tonight and The Mikado tomorrow and Saturday, Ellen Kent Productions return to the resort on Tuesday and Wednesday, presenting Die Fledermaus and Carmen.
The National G&S Opera Company was established in 1994, as a link between the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival, in Harrogate, and former members of the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, but never set out to tour the country until a short pilot was done last year.
Company chairman and founder Ian Smith said: “We do nothing but G&S and it is a tribute to the evergreen popularity of the shows, that theatres around the country see and value the prospect of a week’s visit to their theatre.
“Who would have thought 140 years ago that these operas would remain as popular around the world in 2015 as ever.”
And for the more classical productions next week, there’s a special deal to encourage new audiences.
Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus is set in late 19th-century Vienna and features colourful characters, in a light-hearted opera of love, laughter and sweet revenge - all sung in English with English surtitles. Bizet’s Carmen will be sung in French with English subtitles, to tell the seductive and beguiling story – including the celebrated baritone’s aria The Toreador’s Song.
The two works are regarded as favourites among opera fans, but also considered as perfect introductions to anyone new to the genre, with the Grand aiming to encourage the latter in an £8 on-the-day ticket, as well as 50 tickets at £12.50 for under 26s.
Marketing manager Andrew Howard said: “We think opera and theatre is for everyone, and that’s why we’re offering great price tickets for students and under 26s.
“Seeing the magic of an Ellen Kent opera on stage is an unmissable experience, so this is a great opportunity for students studying theatre, music or drama to see these productions first-hand.”
* Call (01253) 290190 to book for all productions.