Tales of love, life and song

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MADAMA Butterfly, Puccini’s popular tale, was used as the basis for the West End musical Miss Saigon.

Based on a real-life incident, this heart-breaking story tells of a beautiful Japanese girl, who falls in love with an American naval lieutenant, resulting in heart-wrenching drama.

La Traviata – the operatic version of La Dame aux Camelias, is the romantic true story about the love and life of the passionate courtesan Violetta and includes highlights such as the Brindisi, the best-known drinking song in opera, the duet Un Di Felice and the haunting aria Addio Del Passato.

The shows star International Sopranos Rosa Lee Thomas and Elena Dee.

l La Traviata is at the Sunderland Empire on Friday, March 2, and Madama Butterfly on Saturday, March 3.

For tickets, priced £14.50-£34, call 0844 871 3022 or book online at www.ATGtickets.com/Sunderland