7 May 2013
In celebration of European Opera Day, our Chorus will give a free performance on Saturday 11 May, 10am on the steps of the Senedd in Cardiff Bay. They will perform the Bridal Chorus from our upcoming production, Lohengrin.
We will also host a Grand Opera Tour of Europe... in Wrexham. With music and narration, props and costume the afternoon will include operas from across Europe, and performances from Soprano Ros Evans and Baritone Jonathan Ainscough. The event will take place at Odeon, Wrexham on Saturday 11 May at 2.30pm – 5pm, with free percussion workshops at Queen's Square between 10am - 12pm. Call 029 2063 5061 to book tickets for £5.
David Pountney says of European Opera Day: “Opera is one of the peaks of European cultural achievement – a synthesis of extraordinarily sophisticated ingredients that nonetheless gel to create an art form with huge popular appeal.
“WNO is proud to celebrate its link to this vast creative resource, both in its intimate communal work in the North Wales town of Wrexham and by making a potent display of choral power outside our very own parliament. Opera belongs to the community, but is never parochial. Opera is an expression of national identity, but reaches across all nations.”
Whether you can make it to our special performances or not, let us know what you’re up to for European Opera Day. Will you be dressing up as a favourite opera character? Or relaxing with an opera broadcast on the radio? Let us know by tweeting @WNOtweet using the hashtag #europeanoperaday.