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Friday, September 11, 2015 - Tuesday, November 17, 2015

New Production

Autumn 2015

★★★★★ WhatsOnStage

Lovers of great Italian opera will savour every breath-taking aria, poignant duet and impassioned chorus. You will be swept away by Bellini’s fast moving and highly emotional epic.

Our new production brings this universal story of love, derailed by a social divide, dynamically to life by setting it, initially, in Northern Ireland in the 1970s. Elvira’s madness immerses her in another time of civil unrest – the English Civil War, complete with period costumes. These contrasting styles highlight Elvira’s descent into insanity.

I puritani is the latest opera in our ‘bel canto’ (beautiful singing) repertoire. The acclaim for these unique performances is proof that you can’t afford to miss this rare opportunity to experience one of the masterpieces of Italian opera.

• Performances start at 7pm, except for Cardiff on Sunday 4 October at 4pm

• Running time approximately three hours including two intervals

• Sung in Italian with surtitles in English (and Welsh in Cardiff and Llandudno)

Co-production with Den Jyske Opera/Danish National Opera
Supported by John Ward, WNO Bel Canto Syndicate, Peter and Veronica Lofthouse and The Kobler Trust

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Conductor Carlo Rizzi
Director Annilese Miskimmon
Designer Leslie Travers
Lighting Designer Mark Jonathan

Elvira Rosa Feola (until 20 Oct), Linda Richardson (from 27 Oct)
Lord Arturo Talbo Barry Banks (Edmond Choo 20 Oct, Alessandro Luciano 27 Oct & 3, 17 Nov)
Sir Riccardo Forth David Kempster
Sir Giorgio Wojtek Gierlach
Lord Gualtiero Valton Aidan Smith

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The tide of Civil War is turning. Elvira, daughter of the Puritan leader Gualtiero Walton, loses her reason when she mistakenly believes her Catholic lover, Arturo, has abandoned her for another woman. When the lovers are finally reunited, Elvira’s mental state is still fragile, even as a Protestant victory is announced.