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Friday, February 2, 2018 - Saturday, April 21, 2018

★★★★ “a bold, convincing piece of theatre… with stunning orchestral playing.” The Times
★★★★★ The Independent 
★★★★ The Guardian
★★★★ The Telegraph
★★★★ Western Mail

New production

Don Alvaro and the beautiful Leonora plan to elope, but when her father is killed by a stray bullet from Alvaro’s gun, it triggers an inescapable chain of events. Forced to flee as they are pursued by her brother, who has sworn vengeance, the characters are thrown together and torn apart in a series of coincidental meetings. The other-worldly presence throughout, of the carefree Preziosilla, provides a constant reminder that the force of destiny really is unstoppable.

Verdi’s epic opera is told through a rousing score that includes the instantly-familiar Overture popularised through its use in classic film scores and advertisements. This new production – directed by WNO Artistic Director, David Pountney, and conducted by WNO Conductor Laureate Carlo Rizzi – marks the beginning of a three year partnership with Theater Bonn to bring new productions of some of Verdi’s greatest operas to the stage.

  • Performances start at 6.30pm
  • Running time approximately three hours including one interval
  • Sung in Italian with surtitles in English (and Welsh in Cardiff and Llandudno)



Supported by WNO Verdi Syndicate

Supported by the Kobler Trust


We are delighted that His Excellency Pasquael Terracciano the Italian Ambassador is Patron of the Verdi Trilogy  

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Leonora Mary Elizabeth Williams (ex. 21 April) Claire Rutter (21 April)
Don Alvaro Gwyn Hughes Jones
Preziosilla/Curra Justina Gringyte
Don Carlo Di Vargas Luis Cansino
Il Marchese di Calatrava / Padre Guardiano Miklós Sebestyén
Fra Melitone Donald Maxwell
Mastro Trabuco Alun Rhys-Jenkins 
Alcade Wyn Pencarreg

Conductor Carlo Rizzi (ex. Plymouth 27 March)
Assistant Conductor Kerem Hasan (Plymouth 27 March )

Director David Pountney
Set Designer Raimund Bauer
Costume Designer Marie-Jeanne Lecca
Lighting Designer Fabrice Kebour
Choreographer Michael Spenceley 

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