Congress hosting award-winning opera double......

AWARD-WINNING opera comes to Eastbourne this autumn when Ellen Kent returns to the Congress Theatre with two spectacular interpretations of the world’s most popular opera’s, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly on September 30 and Verdi’s La Traviata on October 1 (both at 7.30pm).

Madama Butterfly is undoubtedly one of the world’s most popular opera’s, telling the heart-breaking story of a beautiful young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval lieutenant, with dramatic results.

Highlights that include the Humming Chorus, moving aria, One Fine Day and the unforgettable Love Duet, all performed on a set that reflects an exquisite, traditional Japanese garden.

Based on a true story, La Traviata is Verdi’s outstanding interpretation of one of the most popular love stories of the 19th century.

This tragic tale of searing passion and memorable music tells the story of the passionate Violetta and includes the best known drinking song in opera, Brindisi as well as Violetta’s haunting aria, Addio Del Passato.

There are many echoes of Verdi’s own life in La Traviata and he threw himself into the music, making this opera the perfect demonstration of Verdi’s love for his art.

Featuring the Ukranian National Opera of Kharkiv, handpicked soloists, full orchestra and Korean soprano Elena Dee, both of these productions promise exquisite sets, spectacular costumes and flawless performances.

Both productions will be sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Tickets cost from £20-£32, call 412000.