Past Events

  • The Mavron Quartet perform:

    Haydn String Quartet Op. 76 No. 2 ‘The Fifths’

    Shostakovich String Quartet No. 8

    Borodin String Quartet No.2

    One of a series of concerts by the Mavron Quartet celebrating Russian music.

    Date: 27/01/2017
    Venue: Art shop and Gallery, Abergavenny
    Time: 19:30
  • Moiri Buffini’s fast, funny but faithful adaptation of Russian classic, The Suicide, throws a careless match into a box of fireworks.

    Date: 07/02/2017 to 14/02/2017
    Venue: Theatr Bute Theatre, Coleg Brenhinol Cerdd a Drama Cymru / Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
    Time: 14:30 & 19:30
  • Emeritus Professor of Russian History Geoffrey Hosking gives the public lecture The triumph of distrust: the 1917 revolutions and Soviet society in February.  

    Date: 13/02/2017
    Venue: Prifysgol Caerdydd / Cardiff University
    Time: 18:30
  • A series of miniature gems, Tchaikovsky's The Seasons was composed in 1875-6, each piece named after a month of the year and each appearing in its respective monthly issue of a St Petersburg music magazine. This delightful set for piano reveals Tchaikovsky's supreme gift for melody, and individual excerpts are often heard as recital encores or in arrangements for other instruments. Today, a whole year floats by as twelve Royal Welsh College pianists play Tchaikovsky's evocative and charming masterpiece.

    Date: 15/02/2017
    Venue: Neuadd Dora Stoutzker Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama / Coleg Brenhinol Canolfan Cerdd a Drama Cymru
    Time: 13:15
  • As the sun set on the Romanov dynasty and a 300-year old empire hurtled towards war and revolution, Russian music caught fire. A century after that world ended forever, Royal Welsh College artists in residence The Gould Piano Trio are joined by the Endellion Quartet to explore the extraordinary musical flowering of pre-revolutionary Russia. There will be chamber music by Borodin, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov, bejewelled rarities by Arensky, Glinka and Glazunov, and some magical rediscoveries. This is the music of St Petersburg drawing rooms and long summers on country estates; of folk songs, fairy tales and glittering Imperial splendour. 

    Date: 16/02/2017 to 19/02/2017
    Venue: Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama / Coleg Cerdd a Drama Brenhinol Cymru
  • The Mavron Quartet perform:

    Gliere String Quartet No. 1

    Haydn String Quartet Op. 76 No. 2 ‘The Fifths’

    Borodin String Quartet No.2

    One of a series of concerts by the Mavron Quartet celebrating Russian music.

    Date: 19/02/2017
    Venue: Trinity St David, Llanbed / Lampeter
    Time: 14:30
  • This hugely entertaining collection of classic one-act farces by Anton Chekhov, includes The Evils of Tobacco, The Dimwit, The Bear, Swan Song and The Proposal. This is Chekhov as you’ve never seen him before – funny! Originally performed in Russian vaudeville theatres, these bittersweet plays are Chekhov at his comic best - before The Seagull got stuffed, Uncle Vanya fired blanks, The Three Sisters started moaning and The Cherry Orchard was ‘car-parked’. Presented by European Arts Company.

    Date: 02/03/2017
    Venue: Richard Burton Company, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama / Coleg Brenhinol Canolfan Cerdd a Drama Cymru
    Time: 19:30
  • An avant-garde catwalk show, a stunning costume performance with dance, light and sound.

    Date: 02/03/2017
    Venue: Bute Theatre, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama / Theatr Bute, Coleg Brenhinol Canolfan Cerdd a Drama Cymru
    Time: 16:00 & 19:45
  • An avant-garde catwalk show, a stunning costume performance with dance, light and sound.

    Date: 03/03/2017
    Venue: Bute Theatre, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama / Theatr Bute, Coleg Brenhinol Canolfan Cerdd a Drama Cymru
    Time: 13:00, 16:00, 19:45
  • Yugoslav-born pianist Tamara Stefanovich, dubbed the “dexterous wizard” of the keyboard.

    Date: 05/03/2017
    Venue: Neuadd Dora Stoutzker Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama / Coleg Brenhinol Canolfan Cerdd a Drama Cymru
    Time: 14:00
  • Royal Welsh College Chamber Orchestra: Classical Revolution

    Symphony No.94 in G major Surprise

    WA Mozart Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra, K191

    Stravinsky Pulcinella Suite 

    Shostakovich Chamber Symphony in D major, Op 83a

    David Jones conductor

    Stanley Kaye-Smith bassoon

    Date: 09/03/2017
    Venue: Neuadd Dora Stoutzker Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama / Coleg Brenhinol Canolfan Cerdd a Drama Cymru
    Time: 19:30
  • Joined by celebrated conductor Gábor Takács-Nagy and captivating young soloist Jess Gillam, leading chamber orchestra Sinfonia Cymru presents music by Mozart, Prokofiev and Nyman.

    Date: 16/03/2017
    Venue: Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama / Coleg Cerdd a Drama Brenhinol Cymru
    Time: 19:30
  • Royal Welsh Chamber Choir

    Date: 16/03/2017
    Venue: Cadeirlan Llandaff Cathedral
    Time: 19:30
  • An opera written in Italy by an English composer to a Russian text doesn't sound like a recipe for success, but fifty years on William Walton's The Bear remains an entertaining and popular reminder of the composer's skill and appeal.

    Date: 29/03/2017
    Venue: Neuadd Dora Stoutzker Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama / Coleg Brenhinol Canolfan Cerdd a Drama Cymru
    Time: 13:15
  • The Mavron Quartet perform:

    Borodin String Quartet No.2

    Shostakovich String Quartet No. 8

    One of a series of concerts by the Mavron Quartet celebrating Russian music.

    Date: 25/04/2017
    Venue: Neuadd Dewi Sant / St David's Hall
    Time: 13:00
  • Taking place 1 – 31 May 2017, Diffusion: Cardiff International Festival of Photography is a city-wide celebration of photography and contemporary art through a month-long programme of exhibitions, and events. Diffusion 2017 examines ‘revolution’ in its widest sense, investigating social change, freedom of expression, utopianism and respect for human rights.

    Date: 01/05/2017 to 31/05/2017
  • Exhibition: Giant ‘Fabergé’ Egg 

    This giant Fabergé’ egg is inspired by one of Carl Fabergé's eggs, specifically the Catherine the Great Egg and the 100 year centenary of the 1917 Russian Revolution. 

    It took 22 students from the design for performance course at the Royal Welsh College over 13 days to make it as part of their introduction to prop making.  

    Pop in to the College’s Linbury Gallery this May to take a closer look at the egg.

    Linbury Gallery, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

    Date: 02/05/2017 to 26/05/2017
    Venue: Oriel Linbury, Coleg Brenhinol Cerdd a Drama Cymru / Linbury Gallery, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
  • Playing Scarlatti sonatas is an integral part of a Russian pianist’s training and Yevgeny Sudbin’s latest CD has garnered rave reviews for its intense mixture of purity and colour. Hailed in the Daily Telegraph as “potentially one of the greatest pianists of the 21st century”, Sudbin’s recital also includes the passion of Medtner’s Sonata Tragica and three quintessentially Russian works by Tchaikovsky.

    Date: 07/05/2017
    Venue: Neuadd Dora Stoutzker Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama / Coleg Brenhinol Canolfan Cerdd a Drama Cymru
    Time: 14:00
  • Conductor Yuri Simonov           

    Soloist Natalia Lomeiko, Violin  

    Rimsky-Korsakov Sadko 11' 

    Shostakovich Violin Concerto No 1 35' 

    Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet (excerpts) 40' 

    Date: 14/05/2017
    Venue: Neuadd Dewi Sant / St David's Hall
    Time: 15:30
  • The Mavron Quartet perform:

    Gliere String Quartet No. 1

    Borodin String Quartet No.2

    One of a series of concerts by the Mavron Quartet celebrating Russian music.

    Date: 19/05/2017
    Venue: Eglwys St John, Caerdydd / St John's Church, Cardiff
    Time: 19:30
  • Russia. A beautiful country estate in the middle of nowhere. Nothing ever happens. But then, the arrival of a new tutor sets hearts aflutter, and over three days the household is turned upside down as young and old learn lessons in love. A passionate and moving comedy about romantic obsession, Patrick Marber's electric retelling of Turgenev's classic A Month in the Country premiered at the National Theatre, London, in 2015. 

    Date: 26/05/2017 to 02/06/2017
    Venue: Chapter Arts Centre / Canolfan Gelfyddydau Chapter
    Time: 19:30 (+1 Matinee)
  • MWO ‘Small-Stages’ delivers a whole new concept in opera, presenting its first ever micro-chamber performances with a brand new version of this twentieth century one-act comedy classic. 

    Composed in 1967 and based on Anton Chekhov’s play of the same name, The Bear tells the tale of the widow, Mme Popova, unendingly mourning the death of her husband until the arrival of the rough-hewn yet charismatic land agent, Smirnov (the “bear” of the title) demanding payment of debts. Passions run high and their sparring culminates in a duel during which the two appear to have fallen unexpectedly in love.

    Date: 01/06/2017
    Venue: Congress Theatre, Cwmbran
    Time: 19:30
  • Rite of Spring - BBC National Orchestra of Wales 

    Sergei Prokofiev  Scythian Suite

    Maurice Ravel   Piano Concerto in G major

    Igor Stravinsky  The Rite of Spring

    Conductor  Thomas Søndergård

    Piano   Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

    Stravinsky takes musical conventions of the time and turns them on their head in this musical depiction of a controversial Pagan ritual: Set in prehistoric Russia the elders force a sacrificial virgin to dance herself to death. Causing riots and walk-outs at its premiere in Paris the Rite of Spring is an exciting, revolutionary and unsettling work that shows Stravinsky’s rebellious nature to its fullest.

    Date: 08/06/2017
    Venue: Neuadd Dewi Sant / St David's Hall, Caerdydd / Cardiff
    Time: 19:30
  • Rite of Spring - BBC National Orchestra of Wales

    Sergei Prokofiev  Scythian Suite

    Maurice Ravel   Piano Concerto in G major

    Igor Stravinsky  The Rite of Spring

    Conductor  Thomas Søndergård

    Piano   Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

    Stravinsky takes musical conventions of the time and turns them on their head in this musical depiction of a controversial Pagan ritual: Set in prehistoric Russia the elders force a sacrificial virgin to dance herself to death. Causing riots and walk-outs at its premiere in Paris the Rite of Spring is an exciting, revolutionary and unsettling work that shows Stravinsky’s rebellious nature to its fullest.

    Date: 09/06/2017
    Venue: Neuadd Brangwyn, Abertawe / Brangwyn Hall, Swansea
    Time: 19:30
  • Enthusiasm is a migration story spanning Merthyr Tydfil and Ukraine; the 1860s to the present day. This innovative, interdisciplinary one-day arts event brings together musicians, members of the community, archivists and historians to take a radical look at a little-known historical episode that links Merthyr and the South Wales Valleys to the Donbas in Ukraine and asks how the legacy of this past continues to resonate in our social, cultural and political landscape today.  

    Date: 01/07/2017
    Venue: Redhouse, Old Town Hall, High Street, Merthyr, CF47 8AE
    Time: 12:00
  • When the Mayor of a small Russian town hears that an undercover Government Inspector has arrived, a state of emergency is declared. Officials frantically attempt to conceal their trail of greed, bribery and corruption. In the midst of the chaos a simple case of mistaken identity threatens to expose the true nature of these crooked provincial leaders and bring the town crashing to its knees. Performed by Sherman Players, our drama group for ages 18+, this fast-paced, riotous comedy remains as relevant today as it would have been in Gogol’s 1835.

    Date: 13/07/2017 to 15/07/2017
    Venue: Theatr y Sherman / Sherman Theatre
    Time: 19:30
  • Be the first in line for our exclusive premiere performance of Tundra followed by a Q&A with Marcos Morau and National Dance Company of Wales. Ticket includes wine tasting experience.

    Date: 04/08/2017
    Venue: Dance House, Wales Millennium Centre
    Time: 19:00
  • Do you want to see what really happens when the opera comes to town? To find out what happens behind the scenes at Welsh National Opera come along to National Museum of Wales, Cardiff and take part in a musical day with a difference, suitable for the whole family.

    Date: 16/09/2017
    Venue: Amgueddfa Genedlaethol Caerdydd / National Museum Cardiff, Caerdydd / Cardiff
    Time: 14:00
  • Welsh National Opera present

    Khovanshchina

    Musorgsky

    Based on true events, Khovanshchina takes us back to 17th century Russia where the country is in turmoil. The noble Khovansky, joins forces with the Old Believers, as they rebel against modern reform being imposed by the Tsar. As personal and political ambitions combine and clash with both constitutional and religious forces, the struggle for power will result in grave consequences. 

    WNO’s Artistic Director David Pountney and new Music Director Tomáš Hanus join forces for this revival of Musorgsky’s epic opera, addressing themes of politics, madness and death as relevant today as back in history. Combined with striking staging and powerful, unforgettable choral music, it promises to be an unmissable event in our Autumn Season.

    Sung in Russian, with English and Welsh surtitles.

    Date: 23/09/2017
    Venue: Canolfan y Mileniwm / Wales Millennium Centre
    Time: 19:00
  • The Mavron Quartet perform:

    Shostakovich String Quartet No. 8

    Stravinsky Three Pieces for String Quartet

    Tchaikovsky String Quartet No.1

    One of a series of concerts by the Mavron Quartet celebrating Russian music.

    Date: 29/09/2017
    Venue: Eglwys St John, Canton, Caerdydd / St John's Church, Canton, Cardiff
    Time: 19:30
  • Welsh National Opera present

    Eugene Onegin

    Tchaikovsky

    Tatyana is a young country girl convinced that the dashing Onegin is the man of her dreams. When she declares her devotion to him via a love letter, he rejects and humiliates her. Onegin then flirts with Tatyana’s older, engaged sister setting off a tragic chain of events – a tale of how unrequited love and the ways of high society can catastrophically collide.

    Tchaikovsky’s best loved opera, is based on the Alexander Pushkin’s novel by the same name. Simple and classic countryside settings are contrasted with beautiful ballroom scenes and rich costumes reflecting high society at the time. This poignant story showcases the battle between the yearnings of the heart and social convention, all through a score of wonderfully romantic choruses and evocative arias. 

    Sung in Russian, with English and Welsh surtitles.

    Date: 29/09/2017
    Venue: Canolfan y Mileniwm / Wales Millennium Centre
    Time: 19:00
  • Welsh National Opera present

    Khovanshchina

    Musorgsky

    Based on true events, Khovanshchina takes us back to 17th century Russia where the country is in turmoil. The noble Khovansky, joins forces with the Old Believers, as they rebel against modern reform being imposed by the Tsar. As personal and political ambitions combine and clash with both constitutional and religious forces, the struggle for power will result in grave consequences. 

    WNO’s Artistic Director David Pountney and new Music Director Tomáš Hanus join forces for this revival of Musorgsky’s epic opera, addressing themes of politics, madness and death as relevant today as back in history. Combined with striking staging and powerful, unforgettable choral music, it promises to be an unmissable event in our Autumn Season.

    Sung in Russian, with English and Welsh surtitles.

    Date: 30/09/2017
    Venue: Canolfan y Mileniwm / Wales Millennium Centre
    Time: 19:00
  • Welsh National Opera present

    Eugene Onegin

    Tchaikovsky

    Tatyana is a young country girl convinced that the dashing Onegin is the man of her dreams. When she declares her devotion to him via a love letter, he rejects and humiliates her. Onegin then flirts with Tatyana’s older, engaged sister setting off a tragic chain of events – a tale of how unrequited love and the ways of high society can catastrophically collide.

    Tchaikovsky’s best loved opera, is based on the Alexander Pushkin’s novel by the same name. Simple and classic countryside settings are contrasted with beautiful ballroom scenes and rich costumes reflecting high society at the time. This poignant story showcases the battle between the yearnings of the heart and social convention, all through a score of wonderfully romantic choruses and evocative arias. 

    Sung in Russian, with English and Welsh surtitles.

    Date: 06/10/2017
    Venue: Canolfan y Mileniwm / Wales Millennium Centre
    Time: 19:00
  • Welsh National Opera present

    Khovanshchina

    Musorgsky

    Based on true events, Khovanshchina takes us back to 17th century Russia where the country is in turmoil. The noble Khovansky, joins forces with the Old Believers, as they rebel against modern reform being imposed by the Tsar. As personal and political ambitions combine and clash with both constitutional and religious forces, the struggle for power will result in grave consequences. 

    WNO’s Artistic Director David Pountney and new Music Director Tomáš Hanus join forces for this revival of Musorgsky’s epic opera, addressing themes of politics, madness and death as relevant today as back in history. Combined with striking staging and powerful, unforgettable choral music, it promises to be an unmissable event in our Autumn Season.

    Sung in Russian, with English and Welsh surtitles.

    Date: 07/10/2017
    Venue: Canolfan y Mileniwm / Wales Millennium Centre
    Time: 19:00
  • Welsh National Opera present

    From the House of the Dead

    Janáček

    Set in a claustrophobic Siberian prison, David Pountney’s production of From the House of the Dead is a compelling collage of the in-mates’ stories as they recount why they ended up in jail. During a time of political oppression, each individual tale explores the extremes a person will go to, to right a wrong. A glimmer of hope takes the form of a great eagle that the prisoners painstakingly nurse back to health, a symbol of Russia but also of freedom itself. 

    Janáček based both the music and the libretto on the semi-autobiographical recollections of Russian writer Dostoyevsky, who himself only survived the firing squad as a result of a last minute reprieve from the Tsar. On stage we’re following the story of a number of characters through an ensemble cast and chorus, but the true protagonist is the WNO Orchestra, conducted by WNO’s new Music Director Tomáš Hanus. 

    Performed in the new critical edition by John Tyrrell with performance suggestions by Charles Mackerras

    Sung in English, with English and Welsh surtitles.

    Date: 08/10/2017
    Venue: Canolfan y Mileniwm / Wales Millennium Centre
    Time: 16:00
  • The Mariinsky Stradivarius Ensemble really is what it says on the tin – the very finest string players from St Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre, performing on a magnificent collection of historic instruments. With their music director and R17 patron Valery Gergiev conducting an all-Russian programme, it’s genuinely no exaggeration to say that this will be something quite unique: a once-in-a-lifetime evening of string playing without compare.

    Date: 10/10/2017
    Venue: Neuadd Dora Stoutzker Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama / Coleg Brenhinol Canolfan Cerdd a Drama Cymru
    Time: 19:30
  • Shostakovich 12   BBC National Orchestra of Wales

    Mosolov    Iron Foundry

    Beethoven       Piano Concerto No. 5 (Emperor)

    Shostakovich      Symphony No. 12 (The Year 1917)

    Conductor      Thomas Søndergård

    Piano      Igor Levit

    Shostakovich’s 12th ‘The Year of 1917’, premiered in 1961, was commissioned for the 22nd Communist Party Congress as a commemoration of Lenin and the 1917 revolution; in contrast Soviet composer Alexander Mosolov’s Iron Foundry transforms the orchestra into an avant-garde industrial machine.

    Date: 12/10/2017
    Venue: Neuadd Dewi Sant / St David's Hall
    Time: 19:30
  • Welsh National Opera present

    From the House of the Dead

    Janáček

    Set in a claustrophobic Siberian prison, David Pountney’s production of From the House of the Dead is a compelling collage of the in-mates’ stories as they recount why they ended up in jail. During a time of political oppression, each individual tale explores the extremes a person will go to, to right a wrong. A glimmer of hope takes the form of a great eagle that the prisoners painstakingly nurse back to health, a symbol of Russia but also of freedom itself. 

    Janáček based both the music and the libretto on the semi-autobiographical recollections of Russian writer Dostoyevsky, who himself only survived the firing squad as a result of a last minute reprieve from the Tsar. On stage we’re following the story of a number of characters through an ensemble cast and chorus, but the true protagonist is the WNO Orchestra, conducted by WNO’s new Music Director Tomáš Hanus. 

    Performed in the new critical edition by John Tyrrell with performance suggestions by Charles Mackerras

    Sung in English, with English and Welsh surtitles.

    Date: 12/10/2017
    Venue: Canolfan y Mileniwm / Wales Millennium Centre
    Time: 19:30
  • Welsh National Opera present

    Eugene Onegin

    Tchaikovsky

    Tatyana is a young country girl convinced that the dashing Onegin is the man of her dreams. When she declares her devotion to him via a love letter, he rejects and humiliates her. Onegin then flirts with Tatyana’s older, engaged sister setting off a tragic chain of events – a tale of how unrequited love and the ways of high society can catastrophically collide. 

    Tchaikovsky’s best loved opera, is based on the Alexander Pushkin’s novel by the same name. Simple and classic countryside settings are contrasted with beautiful ballroom scenes and rich costumes reflecting high society at the time. This poignant story showcases the battle between the yearnings of the heart and social convention, all through a score of wonderfully romantic choruses and evocative arias. 

    Sung in Russian, with English and Welsh surtitles.

    Date: 13/10/2017
    Venue: Canolfan y Mileniwm / Wales Millennium Centre
    Time: 19:00
  • One of the greatest of all plays and written shortly before the Russian Revolution, Chekhov’s comedy captures a world on the brink of social upheaval. It is a witty, compassionate study of humanity’s flaws, foibles and our refusal to face what is right in front of us. This radical reworking from writer Gary Owen and director Rachel O’Riordan places the action in early 80s Britain, at the dawn of another revolution – the Thatcher regime, which swept away the post-war consensus and created the country we live in today.

    Date: 13/10/2017 to 28/10/2017
    Venue: Theatr y Sherman / Sherman Theatre; Caerdydd / Cardiff
    Time: 14:00; 19:30
  • St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra - International Concert Series 2017/18 with conductor Alexander Dmitriev and soloist John Lill on piano.

    Date: 17/10/2017
    Venue: Neuadd Dewi Sant / St David's Hall, Caerdydd / Cardiff
    Time: 19:30
  • 1917: as Russia plunged into Revolution and crowds filled the streets, the young Sergei Prokofiev sat down and wrote a symphony like Haydn and Mozart would have written! 100 years on, the Classical Symphony still fizzes with wit, energy and mischief – a delightful finish for this all-Russian lunchtime concert, and the perfect match for Dumbarton Oaks, Stravinsky’s deliciously deadpan take on Bach. 

    Date: 18/10/2017
    Venue: Neuadd Dora Stoutzker Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama / Coleg Brenhinol Canolfan Cerdd a Drama Cymru
    Time: 13:15
  • Shostakovich’s symphonic poem October was commissioned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the revolution, is at once both patriotic and subversive. By quoting material from works composed whilst condemned by the party, Shostakovich displays both his mastery as a composer and his complicated relationship with the communist party.

    Date: 20/10/2017
    Venue: BBC Hoddinott Hall
    Time: 14:00
  • CARDIFF PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA’S 2017/18 season starts in style with the fiery passion of From Russia…With Love on Friday 20 October.

    Date: 20/10/2017
    Venue: Neuadd Dewi Sant / St David’s Hall, Caerdydd / Cardiff
    Time: 19:30
  • It’s 1980, and as the eye of the international community turns to the Moscow Olympics, the city sweeps its streets of society’s undesirables. Banished to the outskirts, in a derelict hostel, a group of working girls discover cruelty, romance and their dreams.

    Date: 20/10/2017 to 28/10/2017
    Venue: Theatr Bute / Bute Theatre; Coleg Brenhinol Cerdd & Drama / Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
    Time: 2.30; 19:30
  • Welsh National Opera present

    Khovanshchina

    Musorgsky

    Based on true events, Khovanshchina takes us back to 17th century Russia where the country is in turmoil. The noble Khovansky, joins forces with the Old Believers, as they rebel against modern reform being imposed by the Tsar. As personal and political ambitions combine and clash with both constitutional and religious forces, the struggle for power will result in grave consequences. 

    WNO’s Artistic Director David Pountney and new Music Director Tomáš Hanus join forces for this revival of Musorgsky’s epic opera, addressing themes of politics, madness and death as relevant today as back in history. Combined with striking staging and powerful, unforgettable choral music, it promises to be an unmissable event in our Autumn Season.

    Sung in Russian, with English and Welsh surtitles.

    Date: 24/10/2017
    Venue: Venue Cymru, Llandudno
    Time: 19:00
  • Revolution is in the air — join the P.A.R.A.D.E 

    Featuring dance, music and a renegade aerial robot, P.A.R.A.D.E is an epic spectacle created by National Dance Company Wales and the artist Marc Rees.

    Join us outside as protests build, the processions arrive and speakers take to the stand - but is everything as it seems? 

    Date: 24/10/2017 to 25/10/2017
    Venue: Canolfan y Mileniwm / Wales Millennium Centre
    Time: 13:00; 19:00
  • Welsh National Opera present

    Eugene Onegin

    Tchaikovsky

    Tatyana is a young country girl convinced that the dashing Onegin is the man of her dreams. When she declares her devotion to him via a love letter, he rejects and humiliates her. Onegin then flirts with Tatyana’s older, engaged sister setting off a tragic chain of events – a tale of how unrequited love and the ways of high society can catastrophically collide.

    Tchaikovsky’s best loved opera, is based on the Alexander Pushkin’s novel by the same name. Simple and classic countryside settings are contrasted with beautiful ballroom scenes and rich costumes reflecting high society at the time. This poignant story showcases the battle between the yearnings of the heart and social convention, all through a score of wonderfully romantic choruses and evocative arias. 

    Sung in Russian, with English and Welsh surtitles.

    Date: 25/10/2017
    Venue: Venue Cymru, Llandudno
    Time: 19:00
  • Welsh National Opera present

    From the House of the Dead

    Janáček

    Set in a claustrophobic Siberian prison, David Pountney’s production of From the House of the Dead is a compelling collage of the in-mates’ stories as they recount why they ended up in jail. During a time of political oppression, each individual tale explores the extremes a person will go to, to right a wrong. A glimmer of hope takes the form of a great eagle that the prisoners painstakingly nurse back to health, a symbol of Russia but also of freedom itself. 

    Janáček based both the music and the libretto on the semi-autobiographical recollections of Russian writer Dostoyevsky, who himself only survived the firing squad as a result of a last minute reprieve from the Tsar. On stage we’re following the story of a number of characters through an ensemble cast and chorus, but the true protagonist is the WNO Orchestra, conducted by WNO’s new Music Director Tomáš Hanus. 

    Performed in the new critical edition by John Tyrrell with performance suggestions by Charles Mackerras

    Sung in English, with English and Welsh surtitles.

    Date: 26/10/2017
    Venue: Venue Cymru, Llandudno
    Time: 19:30
  • Film: A bitingly funny retelling of the chaos after the Soviet dictator’s death from the creator of The Thick of It.

    Date: 27/10/2017 to 09/11/2017
    Venue: Chapter Arts Centre / Canolfan Gelfyddydau Chapter
  • Revolution is in the air — join the P.A.R.A.D.E 

    Featuring dance, music and a renegade aerial robot, P.A.R.A.D.E is an epic spectacle created by National Dance Company Wales and the artist Marc Rees.

    Join us outside as protests build, the processions arrive and speakers take to the stand - but is everything as it seems?

    Date: 28/10/2017 to 29/10/2017
    Venue: Pontio, Bangor
    Time: 19:30, 15:00
  • The Hallé - International Concert Series 2017-18 at St David's Hall Cardiff  with conductor Sir Mark Elder and soloist Sergio Castello-Lopez on clarinet.

    Date: 01/11/2017
    Venue: Neuadd Dewi Sant / St David's Hall, Caerdydd / Cardiff
    Time: 19:30
  • A lively lunchtime concert commencing with music written by Prokofiev in support of the Russian war effort and ending in Rome’s spectacular Colosseum face to face with Jan Van der Roost’s Spartacus, the most revered of all Roman slaves. Midway between Russia and Rome the concert will visit New York with Phillip Sparke and 17th Century England with Kenneth Hesketh.    

    Date: 01/11/2017
    Venue: Neuadd Dora Stoutzker Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama / Coleg Brenhinol Canolfan Cerdd a Drama Cymru
    Time: 13:15
  • Gogol’s classic dark comedy performed by award-winning actor Robert Bowman

    “… Bowman perfectly encapsulates the madness as we watch him unravel before our eyes and head deeper into a fantasy world” - Western Mail

    Date: 02/11/2017 to 04/11/2017
    Venue: Chapter Arts Centre / Canolfan Gelfyddydau Chapter
    Time: 20:00
  • In partnership with The Hafren in Newtown, MWO ‘Small-Stages’ delivers a whole new concept in opera, presenting its first ever micro-chamber performances with a brand new version of this twentieth century one-act comedy classic. 

    Nov 2 – Llandinam Village Hall, Llandinam, Powys 

    Nov 3 – Llanfair Caereinion Institute  

    Nov 4 – Abermule Village Hall 

    Date: 02/11/2017 to 04/11/2017
    Time: 19:30
  • Mid Wales Opera's ‘Small-Stages’ delivers a whole new concept in opera, presenting its first ever micro-chamber performances with a brand new version of this twentieth century one-act comedy classic. 

    Composed in 1967 and based on Anton Chekhov’s play of the same name, The Bear tells the tale of the widow, Mme Popova, unendingly mourning the death of her husband until the arrival of the rough-hewn yet charismatic land agent, Smirnov (the “bear” of the title) demanding payment of debts. Passions run high and their sparring culminates in a duel during which the two appear to have fallen unexpectedly in love.

    Date: 06/11/2017
    Venue: St Hywyn's Church, Aberdaron, Gwynedd
    Time: 19:30
  • Lauded for his "restless, inquiring mind" (International Piano) pianist Ivan Ilić earned degrees in mathematics and music at UC Berkeley before taking a Premier Prix at the Paris Conservatory. His latest CD was described as “spellbinding” by BBC Music Magazine and garnered positive reviews from Fono Forum, The Independent, Diapason, The Sunday Times, La Tribune de Genève, The Washington Post, Classica, and Piano News.

    Date: 07/11/2017
    Venue: Neuadd Dewi Sant / St David's Hall, Caerdydd / Cardiff
    Time: 13:00
  • MWO ‘Small-Stages’ delivers a whole new concept in opera, presenting its first ever micro-chamber performances with a brand new version of this twentieth century one-act comedy classic. 

    Composed in 1967 and based on Anton Chekhov’s play of the same name, The Bear tells the tale of the widow, Mme Popova, unendingly mourning the death of her husband until the arrival of the rough-hewn yet charismatic land agent, Smirnov (the “bear” of the title) demanding payment of debts. Passions run high and their sparring culminates in a duel during which the two appear to have fallen unexpectedly in love.

    Date: 07/11/2017
    Venue: Criccieth Memorial Hall, Criccieth, Gwynedd, LL52 0HD
    Time: 19:30
  • A virtuoso brass ensemble that uses 19th century instruments to get as close as possible to the sounds of another era? That’s the Prince Regent’s Band – and today, as Wales commemorates the centenary of the Russian Revolution this extraordinary period-instrument group explores the brass music of Imperial Russia: a lost world of romance, melancholy, and glittering splendour.

    Date: 07/11/2017
    Venue: Neuadd Dora Stoutzker Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama / Coleg Brenhinol Canolfan Cerdd a Drama Cymru
    Time: 13:15
  • MWO ‘Small-Stages’ delivers a whole new concept in opera, presenting its first ever micro-chamber performances with a brand new version of this twentieth century one-act comedy classic. 

    Composed in 1967 and based on Anton Chekhov’s play of the same name, The Bear tells the tale of the widow, Mme Popova, unendingly mourning the death of her husband until the arrival of the rough-hewn yet charismatic land agent, Smirnov (the “bear” of the title) demanding payment of debts. Passions run high and their sparring culminates in a duel during which the two appear to have fallen unexpectedly in love.

    Date: 08/11/2017
    Venue: Theatr Twm o Nant, Denbigh
    Time: 19:30
  • MWO ‘Small-Stages’ delivers a whole new concept in opera, presenting its first ever micro-chamber performances with a brand new version of this twentieth century one-act comedy classic. 

    Composed in 1967 and based on Anton Chekhov’s play of the same name, The Bear tells the tale of the widow, Mme Popova, unendingly mourning the death of her husband until the arrival of the rough-hewn yet charismatic land agent, Smirnov (the “bear” of the title) demanding payment of debts. Passions run high and their sparring culminates in a duel during which the two appear to have fallen unexpectedly in love.

    Date: 10/11/2017
    Venue: Neuaddydderwen, Rhosygilwen, SA43 2TW
    Time: 19:30
  • MWO ‘Small-Stages’ delivers a whole new concept in opera, presenting its first ever micro-chamber performances with a brand new version of this twentieth century one-act comedy classic. 

    Composed in 1967 and based on Anton Chekhov’s play of the same name, The Bear tells the tale of the widow, Mme Popova, unendingly mourning the death of her husband until the arrival of the rough-hewn yet charismatic land agent, Smirnov (the “bear” of the title) demanding payment of debts. Passions run high and their sparring culminates in a duel during which the two appear to have fallen unexpectedly in love.

    Date: 11/11/2017
    Venue: Ceredigion museum, Aberystwyth, SY23 2AQ
    Time: 19:30
  • MWO ‘Small-Stages’ delivers a whole new concept in opera, presenting its first ever micro-chamber performances with a brand new version of this twentieth century one-act comedy classic. 

    Composed in 1967 and based on Anton Chekhov’s play of the same name, The Bear tells the tale of the widow, Mme Popova, unendingly mourning the death of her husband until the arrival of the rough-hewn yet charismatic land agent, Smirnov (the “bear” of the title) demanding payment of debts. Passions run high and their sparring culminates in a duel during which the two appear to have fallen unexpectedly in love.

    Date: 16/11/2017
    Venue: Y Neuadd Les / The Welfare, Ystradgynlais
    Time: 19:30
  • Mid Wales Opera's ‘Small-Stages’ delivers a whole new concept in opera, presenting its first ever micro-chamber performances with a brand new version of this twentieth century one-act comedy classic. 

    Composed in 1967 and based on Anton Chekhov’s play of the same name, The Bear tells the tale of the widow, Mme Popova, unendingly mourning the death of her husband until the arrival of the rough-hewn yet charismatic land agent, Smirnov (the “bear” of the title) demanding payment of debts. Passions run high and their sparring culminates in a duel during which the two appear to have fallen unexpectedly in love.

    Date: 17/11/2017
    Venue: Dragon Theatre, Barmouth
    Time: 19:30
  • MWO ‘Small-Stages’ delivers a whole new concept in opera, presenting its first ever micro-chamber performances with a brand new version of this twentieth century one-act comedy classic. 

    Composed in 1967 and based on Anton Chekhov’s play of the same name, The Bear tells the tale of the widow, Mme Popova, unendingly mourning the death of her husband until the arrival of the rough-hewn yet charismatic land agent, Smirnov (the “bear” of the title) demanding payment of debts. Passions run high and their sparring culminates in a duel during which the two appear to have fallen unexpectedly in love.

    Date: 18/11/2017
    Venue: Neuadd Dyfi, Aberdyfi / Aberdovey
    Time: 19:30
  • Prokofiev dubbed his drastic rewrite of the burnt Piano Concerto No. 2, 'No. 4', and it is one of the most formidable and demanding in the entire piano concerto repertoire. Russians celebrate their new Tsar amid a torrent of ecstatic bell-ringing in Mussorgsky's epic Boris Godunov and today’s concert culminates in Stravinsky’s hypnotically beautiful setting of Psalm 150, Symphony of Psalms.

    Date: 19/11/2017
    Venue: Neuadd Dewi Sant / St David's Hall, Caerdydd / Cardiff
    Time: 15:00
  • MWO ‘Small-Stages’ delivers a whole new concept in opera, presenting its first ever micro-chamber performances with a brand new version of this twentieth century one-act comedy classic. 

    Composed in 1967 and based on Anton Chekhov’s play of the same name, The Bear tells the tale of the widow, Mme Popova, unendingly mourning the death of her husband until the arrival of the rough-hewn yet charismatic land agent, Smirnov (the “bear” of the title) demanding payment of debts. Passions run high and their sparring culminates in a duel during which the two appear to have fallen unexpectedly in love.

    Date: 23/11/2017
    Venue: St Mary's Church, Hay on Wye, HR3 5EB
    Time: 19:30
  • Welsh National Opera Orchestra - International Concert Series 2017-18 at St David's Hall, Cardiff with conductor Tomáš Hanus and Mezzo-Soprano Tara Erraught. 

    Date: 23/11/2017
    Venue: Neuadd Dewi Sant / St David's Hall, Caerdydd / Cardiff
    Time: 19:30