7 Sep - 27 Nov
Elizabeth I may rule the world but she does not rule her own heart. When her favourite, Robert Devereux, the Earl of Essex is threatened with charges of treason she strives to save him. Should he ever be arrested he simply has to present her ring to ensure his freedom.
The public and the private clash with fatal consequences in the trilogy’s final instalment as Elizabeth’s grip on the throne begins to loosen. Roberto Devereux is an explosive operatic drama that enthrals throughout, culminating in a shattering finale.
Supported by a lead gift from the Peter Moores Foundation 'Swansong Project'.
"The process of setting up a production on stage, of transforming a space is like transforming a life. Will darkness enlighten us and reveal all?"
Jan Michaelis, Technical Director
Free Pre-performance talks
Prior to every performance of The Tudors operas.
Fact and Fiction
History has inspired great artists to create thrilling re-imaginings of historical events. Set in the splendour of some of the finest National Trust properties, Fact and Fiction combines costumed operatic performances in with the perspectives of historians and historical novelists. If you are making time to see all three operas, Fact and Fiction is the perfect way to spend the middle afternoon of a consecutive cycle. Tudor themed refreshments are available.
At home with The Tudors
Explore The Tudor Merchant’s House in Tenby with fi gures from the age of The Tudors. The House will be brought to life with the sounds of Donizetti’s operas during this hour long experience. A speaker will put Donizetti’s operas into historical context. This event in the picturesque seaside town of Tenby is the perfect excursion during the complete Tudors cycle in Swansea.
A Tudor Day Out
Visit two of the finest Tudor buildings on this special coach trip to Speke Hall and Little Moreton Hall. On your way to the properties our speaker will give a special talk putting the properties and The Tudors into context. Lunch will be served at Little Moreton Hall. Ticket includes talks, coach travel, entry to the properties and lunch.
The Whole Story
The perfect way to prepare for The Tudors. Two weeks before performances begin, our team of experts will guide you through the music, stories and background to each opera.
Bel Canto Masters: Donizetti
As we begin our journey through the classics of the bel canto repertoire, a specialist speaker will provide a guide to the life and work of Gaetano Donizetti.
David Pountney in Conversation
David Pountney talks to members of The Tudors’ creative team about bringing this epic experience to the stage.
Conductor Daniele Rustioni (until 8 Nov)
Christian Capocaccia (from 15 Nov)
Director Alessandro Talevi
Designer Madeleine Boyd
Lighting Designer Matthew Haskins
Roberto Devereux Leonardo Capalbo
Queen Elizabeth Alexandra Deshorties
Sara the Duchess of Nottingham Leah-Marian Jones
Duke of Nottingham David Kempster
Walter Raleigh William Robert Allenby
Cecil Geraint Dodd
All performances start at 7.15pm (except 6 October at 4pm and 11 October at 7pm)
Running time approximately 2 hours 45 minutes including one interval
Sung in Italian with surtitles in English (and Welsh in Cardiff, Swansea and Llandudno)
WNO and The National Trust are working together in partnership to support the performances with a rich programme of events at Trust properties including Tredegar House, Plas Newydd and The Tudor Merchant’s House, Tenby. Visit wno.org.uk/nt for details of the events. Trust members are entitled to priority booking for these events through the properties until 1 May.