"A colossal subject, illuminated by two colossal works at the opposite ends of the operatic spectrum

Nabucco was one of Verdi’s earliest “hits”, and the world-wide recognition rate of the famous chorus 'Va, pensiero' would dwarf anything written by the Beatles! It is at the same time a drama of exile, of the power of God whose “moving finger” writes with such lethal authority, and a telling psychological study of a dysfunctional family in which, as so often in Verdi, a father/daughter relationship powers its central human conflict.

Moses und Aron stands as one of the mightiest musical statements of the 20th Century, Schoenberg wrestling with the existence of God, along with his own musical and religious identity."

David Pountney

Moses und Aron is supported by the Colwinston Charitable Trust and The John S Cohen Foundation.

Nabucco is supported by the Colwinston Charitable Trust, WNO Partnership and the Nabucco Circle. 

  • WNO Orchestra at St David's Hall


    25 April

    Two statements of faith by two deeply religious composers including perhaps the greatest symphony after Beethoven, Bruckner’s 8th Symphony.

    1 City

  • The Whole Story - Faith

    WNO Extra

    22 May - 3 June

    The perfect way to prepare for the Faith season. Our team of experts will expertly introduce you to the stories, music and background of each opera.

  • How do you communicate the divine?

    23 May

    On the eve of the opening night of Schoenberg’s masterpiece, Moses und Aron, WNO Artistic Director David Pountney leads a discussion of the opera’s central theme – the inadequacy of language when communicating the absolutely spiritual.

    1 City

  • Moses und Aron


    New Production

    24 May - 18 June

    It is impossible not to listen to Schoenberg’s ‘fragmentary masterpiece’ and not be stunned by his achievement. Moses und Aron reaches to the outer limits of what opera was capable of in the last century.

    2 Cities

  • Nabucco

    Giuseppe Verdi

    New Production

    31 May - 21 June

    Nabucco is the operatic equivalent of a 1950s biblical Hollywood epic with its rousing, soaring score. Nabucco will send you home humming the tunes and tapping your feet for days to come.

    2 Cities

  • Is there room in Britishness for cultural difference?

    2 June

    In this debate leading social commentators consider whether multiple cultures and religions can exist side by side in modern day Britain.

    1 City

  • I am me LIVE

    17 June

    British Asian rapper and TV personality Shizzio leads this mix of interactive debate and live music looks at the influences currently defining British youth.

    1 City

  • Why the world needs compassion now

    1 July

    Join UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova and Karen Armstrong FRSL, internationally renowned scholar on comparative religions, in conversation to discuss religion and conflict in the world today.

    1 City