If the Spanish flavour of Carmen didn't tempt you to a night at the opera, perhaps its sister performance, the Italian melodrama Tosca by Puccini will do the trick. Set in Rome, this traditional production is a heady mixture of true love, torture and treachery, with two of the best roles for tenor and soprano, plus a truly blood curdling villain. Also an Ellen Kent production, for this one audiences will be treated to spectacular costumes, beautiful Roman-style scenery and Nabucco, the magnificent Golden Eagle.
Tosca the opera is based on a verbose French language play, La Tosca, which was written by Victorien Sardou in the late 1800s. Apparently Puccini saw the play when it toured Italy in 1889 and managed to buy the rights, but it took a further four years and many arguments before the French play became an Italian opera. The libretto was translated and written by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. The Eastbourne performance will be sung in Italian with English surtitles.
Congress Theatre, Fri 8th Feb, 19:30.
Tickets, various prices, available online, by calling 01323 412000, or in person at the Box Office and the Tourist Information Office.