Heroes Don't Dance (Cambridge Corn Exchange, 01223 357851, Thurs-Sat). New community opera by Julian Grant, commissioned and performed under the auspices of the Royal Opera.
Madam Butterfly (Albert Hall, SW7, 0171 589 8212, Thurs to 1 Mar). An unlikely partnership between classic pops promoter Raymond Gubbay and radical chic director David Freeman. Sung in English.
Giulio Cesare (Shaftesbury Theatre, WC2, 0171 379 5399, Thurs to 28 Feb). Return bout for the Royal Opera's not-so-distinguished staging of a Handel masterpiece. Ivor Bolton conducts.