Oklahoma! Belinda Lang and Gary Wilmot star in a production of the famous Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, a much fêted stage show (1943) long before the celebrated film (1955). Lyceum Theatre, Wednesday (July 29) to Saturday, 7.45pm – Wednesday-Thursday, £24 –£32; Friday-Saturday, £26 –£34. Matinees: Thursday, 2pm: £19 –£27; Saturday, 3pm: £24 –£32.
The Mikado, the now-named National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company (‘national’ has been added), the professional body created by the once Buxton-resident Gilbert and Sullivan Festival, returns to its spiritual home having undergone umpteen personnel changes over the years with three productions, all seemingly overseen directorially by much-gifted Sheffield baritone John Savournin and conducted by the safe hands of David Steadman. All three are also been touted as starring Richard Gauntlett as the respective patter men with Bruce Graham (probably in all three), Oliver White and Sylvia Clarke among other familiar names working alongside “stars of tomorrow,” including Claire Lees, Amy J Payne, Elinor Moran, Robin Bailey and Kevin Greenlaw, all doubtless impeccably supported by the National Festival Orchestra at Buxton Opera House, Tuesday, 7.30pm – £18 –£34. 0845 12 72190. See A Letter and Duel – and G&S! under FEATURES
The Gondoliers, second G&S Opera Company staging (see above for further details) at Buxton Opera House, Wednesday, August 5th, 2.30pm and 7.30pm – £18 –£34.
HMS Pinafore, third G&S Opera Company offering (see above for further details) at Buxton Opera House, Thursday, August 6th, 7.30pm; Saturday, August 8th, 2.30pm and 7.30pm – £18 –£34.
The Mikado, this one from Cape Town G&S Society, a talented amateur group making its third visit to the Gilbert and Sullivan Festival, and performing the production as part of it in Harrogate two days later. Buxton Opera House, Friday, August 7th, 7.30pm – £12 –£22.
Eugene Onegin, Tchaikovsky’s best-known opera in an in-the-round production from Opera on Location, the title part being summed up rather neatly by Aidan Edwards who plays him: “Onegin is such an intriguing role because although he is the title character, he is by no means the hero. He is rude, pretentious and entitled (a minor nobleman) which makes him very unlikeable, but yet he is still such an interesting character to watch.” There is vocal strength among the other principals, too: Andrea Tweedale: Tatyana; Gareth Lloyd: Lensky; Chloe Saywell: Larina, Tayana’s mother; Rosie Middleton: Olga, Tatyana’s sister and Lensky’s fiancé; and recent RNCM graduate Tom Hopkinson: Prince Gremin. Ewan Gilford is the pianist and music director, Louise Pymer the stage director and it is sung in an English translation in the City Hall Ballroom, Wednesday to Saturday, August 19th to the 22nd, 7.30pm – £20, £18 concessions, available in advance from City Hall box office, 0114 2789 789; or 0114 2233 777. See A Letter and Duel – and G&S! under FEATURES
Lunchtime Singing, monthly, 45-minute workshops on the City Hall stage (though not always) led by Val Regan and Andrea Small, Thursday, September 3, 1pm – £6. Also, October 1; November 5; December 3.
Compose Yourself! weekly composition classes starting Thursday the 17th of September run by Sheffield composer Jenny Jackson aimed at musicians with an urge to compose but don't know where to start, or composers needing a new perspective and an opportunity to try new methods of working or scoring. If interested and would like to know more, follow the link to Jenny’s website: http://www.jennyjacksoncomposer.com/compose-yourself, or contact her to discuss any queries, or can't make Thursdays. Shirley House, adjacent St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, 1pm to 3pm – £15 per session. NB: Places need to be pre-booked in six-week blocks.
For details of Choral Evensong at Sheffield Cathedral and St John’s Church, Ranmoor, and music at daytime services, please see the respective websites of both in the ‘Who’s Doing It’ section of Classical Sheffield.