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Opera's greatest moments

Chorus! is a fully staged extravaganza of some of opera's greatest moments. The talents of soprano Lesley Garrett, centre stage with the stunning WNO Chorus, make this a uniquely entwined and magnificent spectacle.

Lesley's natural rapport with an audience reaches far beyond the opera house. Her superb voice, in union with the Chorus, brings every song to life in a delightful cocktail of music and performance.

Chorus! features over 20 works, including Il trovatore, Madam Butterfly, The Pirates of Penzance and Peter Grimes. With moments of wonder, humour and reflection seasoned operagoers will be reminded why they fell in love with it in the first place. Newcomers to the genre will be left wanting more.

War and Peace | Prokofiev | Epigraph
Peter Grimes | Britten | Who Holds Himself Apart
The Flying Dutchman | Wagner | Spinning Chorus
Macbeth | Verdi | Murderers' Chorus
Il trovatore | Verdi | Anvil Chorus
The Force of Destiny | Verdi | Rataplan
The Fairy Queen | Purcell | Hush No More
Madama Butterfly | Puccini | Humming Chorus
The Rake's Progress | Stravinsky | With Air Commanding
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny | Weill | Alabama Song
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk | Shostakovich | Police Scene
Carmen | Bizet | Cigarette Chorus
Pirates of Penzance | Sullivan | A Policeman's Lot
Tales of Hoffmann | Offenbach | Barcarolle
The Cunning Little Vixen | Janacek | Wedding Chorus


Carmen | Bizet | Les Voici
Pirates of Penzance | Sullivan | With Cat-Like Tread
Macbeth | Verdi | Witches Chorus
La Forze del Destino | Verdi | La Vergine Degli Angeli
Messiah | Handel | Hallelujah
Panis | Franck | Angelicus
Wailing Chorus | Khovanshchina
Nabucco | Verdi | Va Pensiero
Arr Paul Bateman | The Impossible Dream

  • Running time approximately two hours including one interval
  • Sung in various languages with surtitles in English and Welsh


Production note: Chorus! is a a fully staged, costumed spectacle evoking many different periods and locations.

Director David Pountney
Starring WNO Chorus and Lesley Garrett
Conductor Alexander Martin
Choreographer Denni Sayers

All performances start at 7.15pm

Running time approximately two hours including one interval of 25 minutes

Sung in various languages with surtitles in English (and Welsh in Cardiff and Llandudno)

Pre-performance talks are free and can be booked at the same time you book your opera tickets.

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
Saturday 7 & 14 February 6.15pm; Sunday 22 February 3pm

Birmingham Hippodrome
Wednesday 4 March 6.15pm

Venue Cymru, Llandudno
Wednesday 11 March 3pm & 5.45pm

Milton Keynes Theatre
Wednesday 18 March 5.45pm

Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
Wednesday 25 March 5.45pm

Bristol Hippodrome
Wednesday 8 April 5.45pm

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