Birthday treat for opera lovers

PUBLISHED: 14:09 15 March 2006 | UPDATED: 08:59 24 May 2010

A NATIONAL opera company will be celebrating its 60th birthday in style next week. The Welsh National Opera will visit The Bristol Hippodrome from March 22-25 and will bring with it three birthday treats. The Flying Dutchman is a new production telling th

A NATIONAL opera company will be celebrating its 60th birthday in style next week.The Welsh National Opera will visit The Bristol Hippodrome from March 22-25 and will bring with it three birthday treats.The Flying Dutchman is a new production telling the ghostly tale of a sailor condemned to travel the seas forever. His only chance of redemption is to find the love of a woman, but he can only go ashore every seven years.When he meets the daughter of a sea captain he tries to buy her attention but it remains to be seen if she can save him from purgatory.Robert Hayward will sing the Dutchman with the opera's music director Carlo Rizzi conducting.The company will also perform Jethra, a story about a man who pledges that if he wins the war in which he is fighting he will sacrifice the first living creature he sees. When he returns home victorious he is greeted by his only child, Iphis.The final treat the company has in store is The Marriage Of Figaro. The path to marriage rarely runs smoothly and that is certainly the case for Figaro and Susana. With a host of disguises, mistaken identities and secret liaisons, how will they ever get married?Tickets, priced £8-44.50, are available from the box office on 08706 07500 or via www.getlive.co.uk/bristol

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