Members of the audience at Welsh National Opera’s performance of Beatrice And Benedict at the Southampton Mayflower next week may find themselves feeling unusually hungry in the interval.
Deputy stage manager Katie Heath-Jones will be cooking a pasta meal for the chorus on a stove at the back of the stage, and the smell is likely to waft into the auditorium.
The opera by Berlioz, based on Shakespeare’s comedy Much Ado About Nothing, is one of three productions to be staged by WNO at the Mayflower focusing on affairs of the heart seen from a female perspective.
In the Berlioz, the sparring lovers will be sung by Sara Fulgoni and Robin Tritschler with Michael Hofstetter conducting.
In La Traviata, Canadian rising star Joyce El-Khoury makes her European debut as Violetta, with Paul Charles Clark as Alfredo Germont and conductor Julia Jones also making her WNO debut.
Camilla Roberts sings Countess Almaviva for the first time in Luis Pasqual’s production of The Marriage Of Figaro, set in the early 1930s, and the cast also features Elizabeth Watts as Susanna, David Soar as Figaro, Dario Solari as Almaviva and Patricia Orr as Cherubino. Anthony Negus conducts.
La Traviata performances on Tuesday and Friday (7.15pm), Beatrice And Benedict on Wednesday (7.15pm), and The Marriage Of Figaro on Thursday and Saturday (7pm) - all with English surtitles.
Tickets cost £7.50 to £39.50 from the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton on (023) 8071 1811 or go to mayflower.org.uk.