WITH a large chorus and live orchestra, English Touring Opera presents a two-night season of kings and queens in the battle for love, loyalty and power at Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts, on Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1.

ETO’s new production of Verdi’s Macbeth is described as a blood-soaked epic as Macbeth realises the witches’ prophecy, but royalty comes at a price and the guilt-ridden Lady Macbeth descends into the depths of despair.

Mozart’s Idomeneo follows the eponymous king returning from the Trojan who promises the raging seas that he will sacrifice the first person he meets in return for safe passage home.

Cruelly, the first person he encounters is his only son Idamante. The rivalry between the princesses Ilia and Elettra for Idamante’s hand coupled with his father’s rash promise make for a rich emotional drama.