Five of the best
1The Little Greats Opera North presents six one-act operas designed by Charles Edwards. He also directs the production of Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, which starts off in a double bill with Annabel Arden’s version of Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges (pictured).
The Grand Theatre & Opera House, Leeds, Sat to 21 Oct; touring to 18 Nov
2Nash Inventions New works by Alexander Goehr and John Casken are the novelties in the Nash Ensemble’s latest British showcase. Goehr’s The Waking marks the composer’s 85th birthday; Casken’s premiere is a more conventional scored quintet for clarinet and strings. Wigmore Hall, W1, Wed
3The Golden Dragon Music Theatre Wales introduced its production of Péter Eötvös’s slick tragicomedy at last year’s Buxton festival. Michael McCarthy’s production of this unsettling fable, based on the play of the same name by Roland Schimmelpfennig and set in a Thai-Chinese restaurant somewhere in Europe, is now revived for an autumn tour. Sherman Cymru, Cardiff, Fri; touring to 31 Oct
4The Damnation of Faust Having announced his arrival as the London Symphony Orchestra’s music director with a programme of contemporary British music, Simon Rattle turns his attention to the mainstream repertory, starting with Berlioz’s unique choral hybrid.
Barbican Hall, EC2, Sun & Tue
5Red Note Ensemble Two short concerts in the Lammermuir festival from Scotland’s leading newmusic group, both featuring performances of Thomas Butler’s new work Limnology. Tyninghame Village Hall, nr Dunbar; Eastfield Farm, Whittingehame, Fri