The Merchant of Venice | Welsh National Opera

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - Thursday, July 20, 2017

'significant and deeply moving: a must see.' ★★★★★ The Independent 

UK première

Shylock is a proud and defiant man. But when he demands a severe debt to be repaid he becomes a victim of his own intransigence and most seriously, the prejudice of others.

André Tchaikowsky was best known as a concert pianist but being a composer meant more to him. The Merchant of Venice is a potent attack on prejudice and feels like a deeply personal response to his experiences as a child in the Warsaw Ghetto. It’s amazing that it has languished unperformed for over three decades. But finally, following the performances David Pountney commissioned at the Bregenz Festival in Austria, we get to see it in the UK. It goes without saying that this is a deeply serious opera but it is not without its moments of tender beauty. If you like opera to pack an emotional punch, we think this one’s for you.

  • Performances start at 7.30pm.
  • Running time approximately two hours 50 minutes including one interval
  • Sung in English with surtitles in English 


Co-production of the Bregenzer Festspiele, Austria, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of the Polska Music programme & Teatr Wielki, Warsaw

Performances at the Royal Opera House are supported by


Supported by The John S Cohen Foundation

Supported by the Getty Family as part of British Firsts



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Conductor Lionel Friend
Director Keith Warner
Designer Ashley Martin-Davis
Lighting Designer Davy Cunningham
Movement Director Michael Barry
Associate Director Amy Lane
Staff Director Jack Furness

Shylock Lester Lynch
Antonio Martin Wölfel
Lorenzo Bruce Sledge
The Duke of Venice Miklós Sebestyén
Bassanio Mark Le Brocq
Solanio Gary Griffiths
Salerio Simon Thorpe
Gratiano David Stout
Jessica Lauren Michelle
Portia Sarah Castle
Nerissa Verena Gunz
Prince of Aragon/Freud Juliusz Kubiak
Prince of Morocco Wade Lewin
A Boy Fiona Harrison-Wolfe
Woman one Amanda Baldwin
Woman two Helen Jarmany


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