MUSIC APPRECIATION: THE GOLDEN CENTURY OF ITALIAN OPERA

Rossini’s Barber of Seville makes a winning start, followed by the Bel Canto favourites, Bellini’s Norma and Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. Verdi’s A Masked Ball keeps things relatively light-hearted as does Puccini’s La Boheme, until the denouement. Ian France (www.highamhall.com/ian-france) Residential: £231 Non-residential: £164