A regular fixture of Cambridge’s cultural calendar in May is the arrival of English Touring Opera, in all its drama and finery.
One of the leading touring opera companies in the UK, their lavish performances are always sublime experiences, and this year’s programme gets underway on 26 May with Donizetti’s The Siege of Calais. Set in the besieged city of Calais, this is a story of war, sacrifice and passion, complete with a thrilling score.
Next, on 27 May, be spirited away to a paradise island with The Wildman of the West Indies, Donizetti’s beautiful opera of love and adventure. It’s based on an episode from Don Quixote and has qualities that wouldn’t feel out of place in a Shakespeare play.
Or, experience the music and heartbreak of La Boheme, by Puccini on 28 to 30 May. All three will be sung in Italian with English surtitles.
Performance times are 7.30pm, with pre-show talks at 6.30pm each night; tickets from £20.
Watch the trailer for ETO’s La Boheme here: