Many thanks, this is all very helpfu. As it happens she asked to how to Opera. Not my cup of tea, but I want to do only what she requests. Like her so much I will agree to anything.
Tell you what, read these to her: Saves on the time / money of going to the Opera, and it means you can stay in your 5***** room and indulge in the full menu
Act I: Girl Meets Boy. Things are looking up for both.
Act II: Things go well for Girl and Boy; Then they start to go badly.
Act III: Things go badly for girl and boy; Loss, Heartache, Death and Destruction.
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Deformed since birth, a bitter man known only as the Phantom lives in the sewers underneath the Paris Opera House. He falls in love with the obscure chorus singer Christine, and privately tutors her while terrorizing the rest of the opera house and demanding Christine be given lead roles.
MADAME BUTTERFLY (also, pretty much the plot to Miss Saigon)
Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton on shore-leave in Japan. Pinkerton spies Cho-Cho San and immediately falls in lust. Friend counsels Pinkerton that he can 'marry' this beautiful Japanese girl, enjoy himself then sail back to America unshackled, since abandonment equates divorce in Japan. Friend assures Pinkerton that once abandoned, Cho-Cho will be free to marry whomever she chooses from amongst the Japanese people. Pinkerton's ship sails, Butterfly waits patiently for her husband to come home as she’s had his baby. Pinkerton does arrive in Japan, but with his American bride. Butterfly does/does not kill herself.
At one of her brilliant supper parties, the beautiful Violetta Valéry, meets the well-born Alfredo Germont, and for love of him abandons her feverish life of pleasure. Alfredo’s father intrudes, demands that Violetta renounce Alfredo. Violetta determines to make the sacrifice and departs, leaving only a note for Alfredo. She appears at a ball on the arm of an old admirer, Baron Douphol, to the fury of Alfredo. The two men play at cards; Alfredo wins consistently. Unable to persuade Violetta to go with him, Alfredo insults her and is challenged by the Baron. Violetta becomes ill, and all her friends desert her, leaving her virtually penniless. Alfredo at last returns. His father has told him of Violetta’s noble renunciation, and urged him to seek her forgiveness. Overjoyed at the sight of him, Violetta attempts to rise. But it is too late. As Germont and the doctor enter, Violetta dies in Alfredo’s arms.