Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

Aida (Opera)

A tragic tale of forbidden love, Aida follows the struggle of the Ethiopian princess, Aida, and the young Egyptian warrior, Radamès, to decide between love or loyalty to their countries. Aida has been captured by the Egyptians, who do not know her true identity, and is being held as a slave. She... read more

Albert Herring

In the small town of Loxford in East Sussex, the old-fashioned autocrat Lady Billows is in a tizzy. She has assembled a committee of the most important people in town to try to find a suitable Queen for their annual May Day Feast, but none of the young women in town are of suitable moral charact... read more

La Bohème

A group of friends are living a bohemian life in Paris and trying to make their livings creating art. Rodolfo, the writer, falls in love with the seamstress, Mimi, while Marcello, the painter, and Musetta, the singer, are the on-and-off-again couple by their sides. When the four are happy, they... read more

Carmen

The Spanish gypsy Carmen lives only for sensuality and manages to seduce the naïve sergeant Don José with her wiles. His love for Carmen leads him to attack his superior officer, desert his military duties and abandon his childhood sweetheart. He then joins Carmen and her band of smugglers. Unf... read more

Cavalleria Rusticana

A story deeply rooted in love, betrayal, and a couple love triangles, _Cavalleria Rusticana_ follows Turiddu and his discarded lover, Santuzza. Turiddu had returned home from military service to find that his fiancée, Lola, had married another man. In his revenge, he seduced Santuzza to make Lola... read more

Così fan tutte

A hilarious farce, _Così fan tutte_ revolved around a bet made among three men; Don Alfonso, the older and more cynical of the bunch, bets Ferrando and Guglielmo that he can prove that their girlfriends, Fiordiligi and Dorabella, are unfaithful like all women. Don Alfonso, with the help of Despin... read more

Die Zauberflöte

The young prince Tamino, being pursued by a horrible snake, finds himself in the lands of the Queen of the Night. After the Queen's Ladies help kill the snake, Tamino meets Papageno, the Queen's bird catcher. Soon, it is revealed to Tamino, that a distant king, Sarastro, has abducted the Queen's... read more

Don Giovanni

The famous tale of Don Giovanni centers around the womanizing libertine and his conquests. Don Giovanni sneaks into Il Commendatore’s house, with his side kick, Leporello, standing guard and attempts to rape or seduce his daughter, Donna Anna. Upon fleeing, after Donna Anna screams, Don Giovanni... read more

Falstaff

The fat, old knight, Falstaff, seeks to seduce two married women in order to steal some money, and have a little fun. Alice and Meg receive the letters of invitation, shocked that the fat, old man would expect them to swoon, and amused because they have both received the exact same letter. Seeki... read more

Il barbiere di Siviglia

Count Almaviva is in love with a young woman named Rosina, so he disguises himself as a poor student so that she may fall in love for him, not his wealth.  Rosina is barely allowed out of the house because her guardian, Bartolo, an old grumpy man, wants to marry her for her large dowry, once she... read more