Don’t miss the chance to see these three incredible operas from Ellen Kent in Manchester

The award-winning producer Ellen Kent returns in Spring 2022 with the International Opera Festival tour, with Tosca, Carmen and Madama Butterfly.

Senbla, by arrangement with Opera International, proudly presents these three Ellen Kent productions with international soloists, highly-praised chorus and full orchestras.

As with any of Ellen Kent’s shows, all of the soloists have been hand-picked and directed by Ellen to create visually beautiful and moving productions.

Ellen said: “My operas have to be emotional and beautiful.”

Here’s more about each opera, take your pick!

Tosca – Opera House Manchester – April 7, 2022

Tosca has stood the test of time and is one of the undisputed classics of the opera repertoire. A tragic story of betrayal and lust, love and lies, Puccini’s Tosca is a masterpiece. The show features a wonderful children’s choir as well as one child alone.

Tosca is one the most popular operas, with its tender and moving arias Recondita Armonia, Vissi d’Arte and E Lucevan le Stelle, is a heady mixture of true love, torture and treachery, with two of the best roles for tenor and soprano, plus a pure evil villain as the baritone.

The sets for Tosca are rich, grand and lavish with beautiful period Italian tapestries, chandeliers and costumes replicating Rome in the early nineteenth century. The magnificent set was built by Set Up Scenery who also builds sets for the Royal Opera Covent Garden.

Welcoming back the celebrated Moldovan baritone Vladimir Dragos who will sing Scarpia, and the international stars, Elena Dee and Alyona Kistenyova with Petru Racovita, the International Moldovian baritone, sharing the role of Scarpia.

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Two royal greyhounds from the West Yorkshire Greyhound Trust will appear in Act 1 with Scarpia’s entrance.

This production will be sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Tosca is headed to Manchester Opera House

Carmen – Opera House Manchester – April 8, 2022

Bizet’s masterpiece, Carmen, is an evening of passion, sexual jealousy, death and unforgettable arias. Carmen is the story of the bewitching gypsy girl whose tantalizing beauty lures a soldier to desertion and leads to her own murder of her. The opera includes some of the most evocative and best-loved melodies in opera –The Habanera, The Seguidilla, The Flower Song, The Chanson Bohème and perhaps the best-known baritone aria of all The Toreador’s Song.

The stunning new set reflects the magnificent architecture of Seville with its Roman and Moorish influences, which includes the main square, the bull ring and the famous tobacco factory. The set was built for Ellen Kent in England by Setup Scenery, who also built sets for the Royal Opera Covent Garden.

Vasyl Vasylenko, artistic director and conductor for the National Municipal Opera and Ballet Theatre, Kiev, returns. Also returning is the guest conductor and artistic director of the National Opera of Moldova, Nicolae Dohotaru with 30 members of the National Ukrainian Orchestra, Kiev.

This production will be sung in French with English surtitles.

Madama Butterfly – Opera House Manchester – April 9, 2022

Madama Butterfly is Puccini’s popular tale which the hit West End musical Miss Saigon is based on. One of the world’s most popular operas, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly tells the heart-breaking story of the beautiful young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval lieutenant – with dramatic results. Highlights include the melodic Humming Chorus, the moving aria One Fine Day and the unforgettable Love Duet.

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With exquisite sets, including a spectacular Japanese garden and fabulous costumes including antique wedding kimonos from Japan, designed by the renowned Russian designer Felix Bessonov, from St Petersburg.

The fabulous International Korean Soprano Elena Dee returns to sing her critically-acclaimed role as Cio Cio San, together with the international soprano Alyona Kistenyova.

This production will be sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Tickets start at just £13. For more information on each show and to book yours, head to

Please note, some seats may have a restricted view of the surtitles and casts are subject to change.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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