Here’s your chance to watch opera for free

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MUSIC lovers have the chance to see three world-class opera performances for free.

The concerts will be shown on the Big Screen in Portsmouth’s Guildhall Square, live from the Royal Opera House in London.

The first show will be La Traviata on Tuesday at 7pm, followed by La Bohème on July 15 and Rigoletto on 17 September 17, both starting at 7.30pm.

The screenings have been organised by Portsmouth City Council and the Royal Opera House.

Seating will be provided on a first-come-first-served basis, or people can bring their own chairs.

A free programme will be available to everyone who attends.

The council’s seafront and events manager David Evans said: ‘If you’ve never seen an opera before, this is a great chance to experience a major performance for free.

‘If you’re an opera fan already, then what could be better?

‘These shows have a great informal, festival atmosphere, with people bringing picnics along and getting into the spirit.’

La Traviata is a passionate and moving opera following the story of Violetta, who gives up a glamorous lifestyle when she finds true love with Alfredo.

However, Alfredo’s father begs her to renounce his son, the only man who’s ever truly cared for her.

The shows are part of the BP Big Screens 2014 programme.