OPERA North are back at the Lowry just a short ride up the M62 with a new season featuring three fresh productions.

All three operas are major collaborations: Manon Lescaut with San Francisco Opera; Cos fan tutte with Glimmerglass Opera and the New York City Opera and Orfeo ed Euridice with the Edinburgh International Festival and Emio Greco.

-MANON LESCAUT by Puccini, 19 and 21 October, 7.15pm (Sung in Italian with English titles)

In Opera North's first production of Puccini's Manon Lescaut for more than two decades, Russian born soprano Natalia Dercho and American tenor Hugh Smith make their company debuts. She takes the title role of the young girl forced to chose between the love of the student Chevalier des Grieux, sung by Hugh Smith, and the much older Geronte de Revoir, the elderly government official sung by bass Brian Bannatyne-Scott, who has wealth and power.

-COSI FAN TUTTE by Mozart, 20 and 22 October at 7.15pm (Sung in English)

The opera begins with a casual bet, as Don Alfonso decides to conduct a social experiment on the human emotions of two sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella. He wagers that friends, Ferrando and Guglielmo gamble their happiness by testing their lovers' fidelity. Don Alfonso is sung by baritone Peter Savidge and the Swedish soprano Malin Bystrm takes the role of Fiordiligi.

-ORFEO ED EURIDICE by Gluck, 23 October at 8pm (Sung in Italian with English titles)

The Edinburgh International Festival, Emio Greco and Opera North have joined forces for a new production of Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice which premiered at the Edinburgh Festival at the beginning of September. This rare collaboration between the major art forms of classical opera and contemporary dance, complement each other in the legend of Orpheus' journey to the underworld.

You can get tickets for these productions at The Lowry in Salford Quays from the Booking Office: 0870-787-5785