The Most Romantic Stories Ever Told
1. Romeo and Juliet
The most enduring love story ever told. William Shakespeare's tragedy about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths unite their feuding families, has been transformed into both an opéra by French composer Charles Gounod and a ballet by Prokofiev.
2. Swan Lake
The greatest romantic ballet of all, Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake is filled with emotion and beauty with one of the most magical scores in the classical ballet repertoire. With a dramatic story line and spectacular sets and costumes, this immortal love story entertains and captivates.
3. Madama Butterfly
Puccini's tear-jerker set in the orient about a teenage Geisha girl who marries a US naval officer only to be dumped by him.
4. Sleeping Beauty
The classic fairytale of love and innocence, mystery and magic is set to a sublime score by Tchaikovsky. Stunning choreography, sumptuous costumes and wonderful sets form the fantasy world in which the Lilac Fairy struggles against the evil Carabosse.
5. La Bohème
Young bohemians in wintry Paris struggle with love, poverty and consumption in Giacomo Puccini's evergreen masterpiece. Keep a box of tissues close to hand.
The most popular, most performed and most filmed opera ever. Bizet's score contains some of opera’s most passionate arias including the rousing Song of the Toreador, the beguiling Seguidilla and the enchanting Flower Song - perfectly capturing the sensual love story between fiery Carmen and her hapless soldier.