The Ukrainian National Opera will be touring in the UK for the first time ever, with performances in St Albans and Stevenage. 

From Thursday, February 9 to Wednesday, April 5, the opera will be performing at various venues across the country.  

In St Albans, they will be holding a show at 7.30pm on Tuesday, March 7 at the Alban Arena, and in Stevenage, the performance will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday, March 8, at the Gordon Craig Theatre.

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Coming all the way from Dnipro, Ukraine, this opera company, featuring a spectacular cast and accompanied by a large live orchestra comprising over 30 musicians, will première the timeless Madama Butterfly opera this season. 

Puccini's Madama Butterfly is a story set in Japan at the turn of the last century, where the doomed love affair between an American naval officer and his young Japanese bride, and her self-sacrifice and defiance of her family, leads to tragedy. The Comet: Madama Butterfly opera show performers in action.Madama Butterfly opera show performers in action. (Image: Amande Concerts Ltd)

The Ukrainian Opera from Dnipro's creative development has moved forward in recent years, mastering and popularising the world's classical music heritage and turning to the works of modern composers, music of the 20th century, and in particular the Ukrainian classics. 

Producer Alexej Ignatow of Amande Concerts Ltd. said: "We are really excited to be presenting this opera company to UK audiences in these difficult times.

"The journey has been extremely challenging, but I am glad we have overcome the many extraordinary obstacles and have now received all the necessary visas and clearances for the Ukrainian artists."The Comet: Performers from the Ukrainian National Opera.Performers from the Ukrainian National Opera. (Image: Amande Concerts Ltd)

Amande Concerts Ltd, is a UK established production company dedicated to delivering highest quality classical art to British theatres.

The Ukrainian National Opera, is a registered brand name of Amande Concerts Ltd. 

Over the last 16 years they have put on performences from the ballets Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and Romeo & Juliet, as well as operas such as Carmen, La Traviata, Madama Butterfly, La Boheme, Rigoletto and many more.

To purchase a ticket to the St Albans show, go to: https://alban-arena.co.uk/events/madama-butterfly/

To purchase a ticket to the Stevenage show, go to: https://www.gordon-craig.co.uk/ukranian-national-opera-madama-butterfly-i3220