Welsh National Opera

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The Very Last Green Thing review – youth opera gives voice to environmental anxiety
Weston Studio, WMC, Cardiff
As the Welsh National Youth Opera’s 10 to 18-year-olds update Cary John Franklin’s opera it is clear its message remains all too necessary three decades on

Rian Evans

26, May, 2024 @12:51 PM

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Opioids the Opera: painkiller’s ‘lurid tale of greed’ inspires new production
An ex-ENO artistic head and the co-director who staged War Horse working on a contemporary opera about drug addiction crisis

Dalya Alberge

26, May, 2024 @8:00 AM

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The week in classical: Carmen; Celebrating 22 Years of Antonio Pappano – review
Glyndebourne hits 90 with Bizet’s sultry crowd-pleaser. Elsewhere, a starry farewell to a much loved maestro, and the fight to save Welsh National Opera

Fiona Maddocks

25, May, 2024 @12:00 PM

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The outlook is gloomy for opera in Wales | Letters
Letter: Clive Summers on the withdrawal of funding from Mid Wales Opera. Plus, Paul Collins on English National Opera’s forthcoming move from London

29, Mar, 2024 @5:16 PM

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The Guardian view on opera and circus: a populist pairing that scales the heights | Editorial
Editorial: Featuring awe-inspiring aerial antics, Welsh National Opera’s Death In Venice shows how innovative the art form can still be

Editorial

22, Mar, 2024 @6:25 PM

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The week in classical: Death in Venice; Giant; Angela Hewitt review – five-star Britten and more
Britten’s yearning swansong blazes and beguiles in Welsh National Opera’s new production. Elsewhere, the sad tale of ‘Irish Giant’ Charles Byrne, and an enterprising orchestra for all

Fiona Maddocks

16, Mar, 2024 @1:00 PM

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Death in Venice review – Britten’s final opera soars in WNO’s captivating staging
Olivia Fuchs’ new production casts aerialists as the Polish family to stunning effect. Mark Le Brocq is a sympathetic Aschenbach and Leo Hussain conducts with a sure hand

Rian Evans

08, Mar, 2024 @1:44 PM

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‘We’re all agog’: Behind the scenes at Welsh National Opera’s Death in Venice – in pictures
Britten’s atmospheric, strange and beautiful opera, the last he wrote, comes to life in this new production from Welsh National Opera in a collaboration with No Fit State Circus

Imogen Tilden; photographs by David Levene

07, Mar, 2024 @9:28 AM

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Così fan Tutte review – beautifully sung hard lessons in the cash-strapped school of love
Welsh National Opera’s production maxes out on farce in the bet on female infidelity, but the absurdly lovely music antidotes any excess wackiness

Rian Evans

25, Feb, 2024 @1:31 PM

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Puccini: Symphonic Suites album review – Carlo Rizzi celebrates an opera giant’s genius
The conductor’s orchestral suites explores the subtlety of Puccini’s scoring, and render Madama Butterfly and Tosca afresh

Andrew Clements

08, Feb, 2024 @4:53 PM

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The Guardian view on touring opera: thwarted in its mission to bring music to the people | Editorial
Editorial: It would be a tragedy if funding cuts reinforced the myth that a varied and vital art form is simply a pastime for the metropolitan elite

Editorial

10, Nov, 2023 @6:08 PM

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Ainadamar review – a defiant and impassioned defence of freedom
Welsh National Opera mount Osvaldo Golijov’s opera about the assassinated Spanish poet and playwright Federico García Lorca – a fiercely evocative piece with the feel of a passion play

Rian Evans

10, Sep, 2023 @3:43 PM

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