The current bonanza for opera-lovers in our region shows little sign of abating, with Welsh National Opera continuing its week-long residency at Birmingham Hippodrome.
Tonight brings Tosca , tomorrow Don Giovanni (both at 7.15pm), while Saturday brings the Birmingham premiere of a Tchaikovsky rarity.
Mazepa, based, like the ever-popular Eugene Onegin, on an epic poem by Pushkin, tells of lurid politicking and intimate love-relationships, and offers its composer an almost Verdian template.
My invaluable Viking Opera Guide speaks of "some of the darkest music Tchaikovsky ever wrote", but also of some "remarkably beautiful, tender music". Part of the series of Russian operas planned by ex-WNO music director Tugan Sokhiev, Mazepa begins at 6.30pm (all Hippodrome details on 0870 730 1234).
Saturday evening also sees the opening night of this year's operatic production in Birmingham University's student-led Summer Festival of Music, founded in 1988 and with a proud history of innovative stagings.
Celebrating the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth, this year's offering is The Magic Flute. We are told the setting has been updated to turn-of-the-20th-century bohemian Paris, complete with opium den, brothels and courtesans (7pm Saturday and Monday; 2.30pm Sunday). Details of all Summer Festival events are available on 0121 414 7333.
An attractive season of Glyndebourne-style opera in the Cotswolds begins at Longborough (near Moreton-in-Marsh) tomorrow with another great Mozart opera, Don Giovanni. Curtain-up in Long-borough's delightful little theatre is at 6.30pm, with an extended supper-interval.
Meals in the restaurant can be booked (but hurry, as spaces are already running out), as can picnics, or you can bring your own and trust to the weather. I can promise you a genuinely life-enhancing experience.
The season will also take in new productions of Rigoletto, Carmen and Britten's The Little Sweep, and runs until July 15. All Longborough Festival Opera details on 01451 830292.
This weekend also brings an enticing Mozart and Schubert celebration at the Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington, each of the five concerts pairing masterpieces by these two great Viennese composers. Performers include Ensemble 360, pianist Martin Roscoe and the Brodsky Quartet, with all details on 01926 776438.
Back in Birmingham, Symphony Hall is the venue tonight for a mouthwatering programme of music from Bohemia, when Manfred Honeck conducts the CBSO in Dvorak's delicious Eighth Symphony and songs from Mahler's evocative Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Matthias Goerne the baritone soloist (7.30pm, repeated Saturday 7pm; details on 0121 780 3333).
And Wednesday sees the beginning of this year's contribution from the CBSO to Birmingham's ongoing exploration of the complete works of Igor Stravinsky. Sakari Oramo conducts the orchestra and the doughty CBSO Chorus in a programme which includes the Four Etudes, the Violin Concerto (Daniel Hope the soloist) and the Hans Christian Andersen-derived opera The Nightingale, with Anu Komsi singing the poignant role of the nightingale itself (7.30pm, details as above).
Wednesday also brings the latest in Ex Cathedra's wonderfully atmospheric midsummer series of Vespers by Candlelight at Birmingham's sumptuously Italianate Oratory on the Hagley Road. The music this year comes from Venice, and pre-concert suppers are available before the concert itself starts at 9pm (details on 0121 303 2323).