In a journey brimming with joyful song, travel to a corner of Middle England and meet an ensemble cast of gentlemen, rogues and lovers. Vaughan-Williams’s folksong-infused version of Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor is sometimes overlooked, but perfectly shows off both his subtlety and flair for the dramatic.

British Youth Opera is a training programme for young professionals. All participants onstage and behind the scenes, from singers to stage management, are at the beginning of their careers in opera.