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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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: 30/11/2017
    Venue: Ammanford Miners' Welfare Theatre
    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: 03/12/2017
    Venue: Presteigne Assembly Rooms, LB8 2AD
    Time: 19:00
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