The Tudors are coming back to rule Britain once again. This autumn, Henry VIII, Jane Seymour, Anne Boleyn, Mary Stuart, Elizabeth I and the Earl of Essex will grace the stages of theatres across Wales and England.
The Tudors is a landmark event. It is the first time Donizetti’s ‘Three Queens’ operas will have been performed together in Britain. The Tudors combines all of the drama and intrigue of the best historical novels with some of the most sublime music in opera. Prepare for an audience with royalty you will never forget.
Plotting courtiers with hidden agendas. Future queens waiting in the wings. Kings for whom no is not an answer. Love shattered by the onwards march of history. It’s hard to imagine a better subject for the drama and spectacle of opera than The Tudors.
In these three operas, Donizetti re-tells some of the most thrilling episodes in British history through glorious music, with a surprise twists along the way. You will find yourself gripped by the predicaments and intrigues of the Tudor court. You will also find yourself captivated as you hear some of the most scintillating and breathtaking music ever to be written for the voice. These operas are every bit as beautiful and moving as the popular hits of Puccini and Verdi.
Each opera is a complete experience and can be enjoyed on its own. By experiencing all three on consecutive evenings you have an opportunity to lose yourself in potent drama and beautiful music. The Tudors will be performed by our world-class Chorus and Orchestra joined by an exceptional cast on a single epic set in costumes which evoke the period with a modern twist. A programme of events complements the evening performances to complete this operatic adventure. Book for more than one opera and you can make great savings. Please note that bookings of two operas or more cannot be booked online. Call your local venue or book by post or in person.
Let Welsh National Opera and The Tudors invigorate your senses this autumn.
This autumn we will be touring to the following venues:
The Bristol Hippodrome 5 November | 9 November
Birmingham Hippodrome 12 November | 16 November
Venue Cymru, Llandudno 19 November | 23 November
The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton 26 November | 30 November
NPG 668 | Anne Boleyn | by Unknown artist | oil on panel, late 16th century (circa 1533-1536) | Credit line copyright National Portrait Gallery, London
Explore The Tudor Merchant’s House in Tenby with figures from the age of The Tudors.
Visit two of the finest Tudor buildings on this special coach excursion to Speke Hall and Little Moreton Hall.
13 November - 29 November
The Tudors is a landmark event. It is the first time Donizetti’s ‘Three Queens’ operas will have been performed together in Britain. Each opera is a complete experience and can be enjoyed on its own.
This autumn we are uncovering the Fact and Fiction behind the Tudor phenomenon. In partnership with the National Trust, our Fact and Fiction events offer insight into Donizetti’s operatic imagining into what happened in the Tudor Court, and unpick the fact amongst the fiction.
Fact and Fiction combines costumed operatic performances with the perspectives of historians and historical novelists.
Donizetti’s re-imagining of Anne’s final days in the scheming court of Henry VIII is a touching one. It is a portrait of an innocent stranded in a nest of vipers.
Roberto Devereux is an explosive operatic drama that enthrals throughout, culminating in a shattering finale.
A specialist speaker will provide a guide to the life and work of Gaetano Donizetti.
"The Tudors will not only delight lovers of the singer's art, it will also reawaken our understanding of the dramatic power of these essential operas" David Pountney