Fallen Women

"The obsession of 19th century music, literature and the visual arts with she who has strayed from the path – (the literal translation of La traviata) – may have embodied a degree of hypocrisy, but it also inspired some of the most heartfelt musical expression of human sympathy. The hypocrisy lies in permitting the audience the titillation of watching a woman behaving badly for three acts on the condition that she points up the moral by dying miserably in the fourth. The males in the audience in 19th century Paris were not above visiting such women themselves, but they still demanded that their wives and daughters were presented with an elevating moral lesson."

David Pountney

Read Germaine Greer's article on our Fallen Women season

  • Post-show cast talkbacks

    WNO Extra

    15 March - 5 April

    Find out more about the performance you have just seen from the people who made it happen. Members of the cast and creative team will talk about the production and answer your questions. Simply turn up after the performance.

  • Post-show discussions

    WNO Extra

    30 May - 20 June

    There are some operatic experiences you just need to talk about. This short discussion will give you the opportunity to share your thoughts on the production just after the curtain has fallen. Simply turn up after the performance.

  • WNO Orchestra at St David's Hall

    Concert

    17 January

    An evening of potent and opulent music paying tribute to great artistic muses who inspired great composers.

    Cardiff
    1 City

  • David Pountney in conversation - Fallen Women

    WNO Extra

    7 February

    Author and playwright Bonnie Greer will be joining David Pountney in conversation at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff this Spring.

    Cardiff
    1 City

  • Literary Inspirations

    WNO Extra

    28 February

    A special hour long talk looking at how the season’s operas draw on classics by Dumas and Prévost.

    Cardiff
    1 City

  • The Whole Story - Fallen Women

    WNO Extra

    12 March - 19 March

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

    Nationwide
    7 Cities

  • Boulevard Solitude

    Hans Werner Henze

    New Production

    20 March - 3 April

    Fallen Women
    Henze’s potent 1950s updating of the Manon story is a heady musical cocktail of jazz, 19th century opera and 20th century styles.

    Nationwide
    6 Cities

  • Anon

    Errollyn Wallen

    25 March - 26 March

    The songs of silent women.

    Anon is the secret journey of millions of women, a journey continuing every day, in the shadows. You will be immersed in this new opera as you travel through hidden worlds and find yourself at the centre of heartbreaking stories.

    Nationwide
    2 Cities

  • La traviata

    Giuseppe Verdi

    12 April

    Fallen Women
    La traviata is a supreme tear-jerker. David McVicar’s masterful production makes sure that few leave the theatre with dry eyes.

    Nationwide
    7 Cities

  • Free Pre-Performance Talks

    WNO Extra

    25 April - 20 June

    These 30-minute talks give you an expert introduction to each opera. You'll be provided with everything you need to enjoy your evening. 

    Nationwide
    7 Cities

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