War and Peace | Welsh National Opera

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Saturday, September 15, 2018 - Saturday, November 24, 2018

New Production

Based on Leo Tolstoy’s novel, the narrative of War and Peace follows the tribulations of Russian society as Napoleon edges closer to the country’s borders. The spirited Natasha and her betrothed Andrei find their young love is challenged by temptation, while Pierre, an idealistic nobleman, wants to change Russian life for the better. As their fates intertwine during the 1812 invasion they find their stories unfold during a time when Russian lives would change forever.

David Pountney’s new production will be as ambitious and epic in scale as the novel itself. The huge set, video projections and stunning costumes by Marie-Jeanne Lecca portray the grandeur of Russian society in the 1800s. WNO Music Director Tomáš Hanus will conduct a unique performing version of the score, based on Katya Ermolaeva and Rita McAllister’s new critical edition of Prokofiev’s original, complete with opulent dances and arias, and stirring melodies.

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

Co-production with Theater Magdeburg

Supported by WNO Partners



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Director David Pountney
Staff Director Christopher Moon-Little
Conductor Tomáš Hanus
Set Designer Robert Innes Hopkins
Costume Designer
Marie-Jeanne Lecca
Video Projection Designer
 David Haneke 
Lighting Designer Malcolm Rippeth 
Assistant Director/Choreographer Denni Sayers

Natasha Lauren Michelle
Andrei Jonathan McGovern
Pierre Mark Le Brocq
Marie Leah-Marian Jones
Helene Jurgita Adamonyte
Anatole Adrian Dwyer
Kutuzov Simon Bailey
Dolokhov David Stout
Old Prince Bolkonsky Clive Bayley
Count Rostov James Platt