Welsh National Opera

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The week in classical: Migrations; Aldeburgh festival; Royal Academy of Music SO/Bychkov
WNO’s multi-stranded exploration of human migration is a joy; Aldeburgh honours Oliver Knussen in style; and the RAM’s future stars are bold as brass

Fiona Maddocks

02, Jul, 2022 @11:30 AM

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Welsh National opera Migrations review – ambitious and timely new opera examines freedom
Welsh National Opera’s staging of six stories of migration is a brave and far-reaching exercise in collaboration and diversity, with a heroic effort from composer Will Todd

Rian Evans

30, Jun, 2022 @11:54 AM

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Anne Howells obituary
Opera singer with a remarkable theatrical presence once described as ‘the Cleopatra of the lyric stage’

Barry Millington

05, Jun, 2022 @3:52 PM

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Edmund Reid obituary
Other lives: Violinist who played for the London Symphony and Royal Philharmonic orchestras and was co-leader at the English National Opera

Bernadette Grimmett

17, Mar, 2022 @2:44 PM

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Jenůfa review – an achingly sad and powerful tale of infanticide
The WNO revival of their 1998 production beautifully teases out the essential humanity in Janáček’s opera

Rian Evans

06, Mar, 2022 @3:55 PM

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Don Giovanni review – strong cast ensure WNO’s revival stands the test of time
Andrei Kymach as the dashing don leads an impressive cast in Welsh National Opera’s atmospheric but uneven revival of John Caird’s production

Rian Evans

21, Feb, 2022 @10:32 AM

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John Mitchinson obituary
Tenor who sang Wagner’s Tristan under Reginald Goodall, Beethoven and Mahler at the Proms, and many rarer works

Barry Millington

23, Jan, 2022 @4:39 PM

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Pamela Helen Stephen obituary
Mezzo-soprano who brought great dramatic insight to bear in operatic roles by composers ranging from Monteverdi to Britten

Barry Millington

19, Dec, 2021 @3:24 PM

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Madam Butterfly review – brutal realities edge out the romance in stark new WNO staging
Director Lindy Hume brings into sharp focus the more disturbing aspects of Puccini’s opera – with the WNO orchestra under Carlo Rizzi bringing the emotion

Rian Evans

27, Sep, 2021 @10:58 AM

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The Barber of Seville review – creaky WNO production heralds welcome return
The 35-year-old production has lost much of its stylish Italianate precision but Heather Lowe’s Rosina impressed, and other soloists kept the comedy lively

Rian Evans

10, Sep, 2021 @3:45 PM

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland review – Welsh National Opera return with slick and zany family show
Will Todd’s Lewis Carroll-based opera sees WNO return to live performances with Fflur Wyn’s Alice the out-and-out star

Rian Evans

29, Jun, 2021 @8:51 AM

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Pauline Tinsley obituary
Soprano whose commanding presence in Wagner, Verdi and Strauss was better appreciated internationally than in Britain

Barry Millington

14, May, 2021 @7:41 PM

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