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's Swansong Project and WNO Bel Canto Syndicate.
"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
To book tickets for the complete Tudors Trilogy see here.
Free Pre-performance talks
Prior to every performance of The Tudors operas.
Fact and Fiction
Saturday 5 October | Thursday 14 November | Thursday 21 November
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 historian Anna Whitelock and historical novelist Suzannah Dunn. 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
Thursday 10 October
Explore The Tudor Merchant’s House in Tenby with figures 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
Thursday 24 October
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
Wednesday 4 September - Wednesday 13 November
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
Sunday 6 October - Friday 29 November
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
Thursday 5 September
David Pountney talks to members of The Tudors’ creative team about bringing this epic experience to the stage.
In order to prevent rumours and to protect her own reputation, Queen Elizabeth I has sent her lover, Roberto Devereux, on a military mission to Ireland. In his absence, his enemies at court plan to push through a charge of treason against him in Parliament.
Sarah, Duchess of Nottingham anxiously waits for news of Devereux, with whom she had a secret affair some years earlier. Queen Elizabeth has agreed to see Devereux now that he has returned from Ireland. Cecil announces that Parliament is waiting for an answer from the Queen regarding the charges against Devereux.
Devereux obtains an audience with the Queen and she expresses her love for him, overheard by Sarah. Elizabeth gives Devereux a ring, to be returned to her if he is ever in danger, and demands to know whether he loves another woman and, if so to name her.
The Duke of Nottingham, a supporter and ally of Devereux, talks to him about his situation and his concerns about his own wife’s fidelity. Nottingham leaves to attend a meeting at which he hopes to express his support for Devereux.
Sarah and Devereux admit their love for one another but acknowledge that it has no future. He gives her the Queen’s ring and she gives him an embroidered scarf.
Cecil informs the Queen of Parliament’s decision: Devereux is to be sentenced to death for treason. The Queen resists signing the death sentence until she learns that a scarf was found with Devereux when he was arrested. She is shown the scarf, on which she discovers an embroidered declaration of love. Nottingham also sees and recognises the scarf. Elizabeth signs the death warrant.
Sarah receives a letter from Devereux, asking her to take his ring to the Queen and beg for mercy on his behalf. The Duke of Nottingham prevents her from leaving.
Devereux regrets a life of lies and indecision. Cecil comes to take him to the place of execution.
The Queen grieves for Devereux’s impending death. Sarah manages to reach her and gives her the ring. Elizabeth realises that Sarah is her rival. She tries to stop the execution but it is too late. Holding the Duke of Nottingham and Sarah responsible for the death of Devereux, Elizabeth longs for her own death, announcing that James, son of Mary Queen of Scots, will be King after her.
Robert Devereux Leonardo Capalbo
Queen Elizabeth Alexandra Deshorties
Sarah the Duchess of Nottingham Leah-Marian Jones
Duke of Nottingham David Kempster
Walter Raleigh William Robert Allenby
Cecil Geraint Dodd
For more information about our cast, see our Cast & Creative page.
All performances start at 7.15pm (except 6 October at 4pm and 11 October at 7pm)
Running time approximately 2 hours 19 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.
We have negotiated a special rate for those seeing more than one of The Tudors operas.
Cardiff Marriott Hotel
10% off rooms
Please find link below to Marriott hotels website to book online; rates will be subject to availability and discounted will be off any rate booked. For further information and to book please go to marriott.co.uk/default.mi. Rates are all subject to availability. Theatre ticket must be produced on check-in to qualify the rate to be changed. Discount of 10% will only be valid between 7 September – 6 October 2013.
Swansea Marriott Hotel
10% off rooms
Please find link below to Marriott hotels website to book online; rates will be subject to availability and discounted will be off any rate booked. For further information and to book please go to marriott.co.uk/default.mi. Rates are all subject to availability. Theatre ticket must be produced on check-in to qualify the rate to be changed. Discount of 10% will only be valid between 8 October – 12 October 2013.
Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel
10% off rooms
Please find link below to Marriott hotels website to book online; rates will be subject to availability and discounted will be off any rate booked. For further information and to book please go to marriott.co.uk/default.mi
Rates are all subject to availability. Theatre ticket must be produced on check-in to qualify the rate to be changed. Discount of 10% will only be valid between 5 November – 9 November 2013.
Birmingham Marriott Hotel
£100 per night
You can now book online using the corporate code 7WO or they can contact Marriott reservations department on 0121 452 1144 and quote the reservation code WKAW to receive this deal. Book a room for just £100 per night based on double occupancy to include accommodation and breakfast. Valid for stays between 12 November - 16 November 2013 inclusive.
Meon Valley, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club
£99 per night
Valid for stays between 23 November - 1 December 2013 inclusive. Meon Valley, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club would like to offer guests of the Welsh National Opera preferential accommodation rates to stay at our 4* hotel. Located amid the Hampshire countryside and in close proximity to Southampton city the hotel has great leisure and golf facilities to offer you the ultimate in relaxation. Book a Standard Deluxe bedroom for just £99.00 per night based on single or double occupancy to include accommodation, full English breakfast, car parking use of the hotels leisure facilities and VAT. Please note this offer is subject to availability and is not to be used in conjunction with any other offers or promotions. To book telephone 01329 833455 quoting code PROM. For further information on the hotel take a look at our website at marriottmeonvalley.co.uk
Why not stay in England’s only Tudor Castle hotel?
Thornbury Castle is situated in Thornbury, North Bristol and has hosted regal visits from Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn and Mary I.
During the WNO Tudor Trilogy the hotel will be offering an exclusive package that includes:
1 x Night in a stunning bedchamber
Pre Theatre Starter and Main Course before departing for the performance
Taxi transportation to Bristol Hippodrome
2 Tickets for one of The Tudor Trilogy shows 6 - 8 November
Return transportation back to Thornbury Castle where your desserts and coffee will be served
Nightcaps can be taken in the lounge if you desire before you retire to your luxurious bedchamber
The following morning a freshly prepared Regal breakfast will be available for you before you depart at your leisure
Prices start from:
£360.00 based on 2 people sharing a classic bedchamber, price is per room per night and includes Car Parking, Wi-Fi and VAT
For any guests booking this package before the 5th October will receive a complimentary room upgrade worth £100.00
To book call 01454 281182 or visit www.thornburycastle.co.uk
Llandudno Opera Holidays
Barbara Sandbach has organised Opera Holiday breaks to Venue Cymru, Llandudno. These breaks include:
All packages include accomodation in the hotel of your choice, dinner, room and breakfast. For more information, please visit llandudnooperaholidays.co.uk or contact Barbara on 01492 879 526.
Bodysgallen Hall are offering a package which includes accommodation, cooked breakfast, two-course lunch (Value £25 per person), full use of the health and fitness spa (swimming pool, sauna, steam room, spa bath, relaxation area and Club Room) and VAT.