12 February 2018
On Friday 2 February we opened our Spring Season with Verdi’s La forza del destino, the first production of our new collaboration with Theater Bonn: the Verdi Trilogy. As a brand new production, with our own Artistic Director David Pountney at the helm, it has already had great reviews and promises to open your eyes to the twists of fate. With the Overture made popular by a certain advert, while the title may not be so well known, Verdi’s music will definitely be familiar.
Our next performance was the perennial favourite, Tosca, on Friday 9 February. The juggernaut that is WNO doesn’t stop, or even pause and the week between consisted of continued Orchestra rehearsals, full company rehearsals, smaller coaching sessions, wardrobe fittings. And outside the building, a variety of schools workshops around Cardiff and in Birmingham, as well as the first foray into schools with our virtual reality experience, Magic Butterfly. We were then delighted to welcome many of the school students to the Tosca Dress Rehearsal, a major event in its own right.
As we continue through the rest of our Cardiff residence with another opening night, for Don Giovanni, it is non-stop until Saturday 24 February when we then head out on tour until Saturday 21 April. Our last night will be at our North Wales home, Venue Cymru in Llandudno. In between we head to Birmingham, Southampton, Plymouth, Milton Keynes and Bristol. Oh, and with a little detour to Hong Kong in March, where we are performing our production of Pelléas et Mélisande at the Arts Festival for two performances, before continuing our UK Spring tour.
As those of you who are regular attenders will know, we offer free pre-performance talks to give you an insight into the background of the opera, explain the storylines and talk a bit about the production itself. Although free, these are ticketed events so please contact your venue’s box office if you are keen to attend.
If you are partially sighted but still love to attend live performances, don’t forget we offer an audio description performance at four of our venues. This Season you can take advantage of the live commentary at a performance of Tosca. Each performance is preceded by a Touch Tour to give you access to the set and some of the props and costumes. Click here for more information.
Mozart’s Don Giovanni makes up the final opera in our Spring 2018 Season and this tale of amoral behaviour and vengeance is proving a draw to you, our audience, and you can see it at every one of our venues. There is more information on each opera and where and when you can catch them here.