Wagner Dream | Summer 2013 | Welsh National Opera

Wagner Dream | Summer 2013

23 May - 15 June

No other composer changed music and theatre quite as profoundly as Richard Wagner. Few composers divide opinion quite as strongly as he does. Many people think they know Wagner but this summer we aim to open new perspectives on this iconic and controversial figure. Discover the music and the man with our Wagner Dream season marking the bicentenary of his birth.



New production

A champion comes to Elsa's rescue but she must not ask his name. When it looks as if Elsa may have found happiness, forces of darkness conspire against her.

This beguiling fairytale casts a spell on all those who experience it. WNO Music Director Lothar Koenigs, a celebrated interpreter of Wagner's operas, conducts. Antony McDonald's new production, set in the uncertain times in which Wagner lived, promises spectacle and gripping drama. Find out more.

Wagner Dream

Jonathan Harvey

Wagner is dying in Venice. He will leave behind some of Western art's greatest works. But he hasn't finished his life's work; he is tormented by his need to write a music drama about the Buddha.

The late Jonathan Harvey's fantasy based on Wagner's final days is an extraordinary modern British opera. It is also a life affirming statement of Harvey's faith. Wagner Dream's sublime sound world makes innovative use of music and drama to transcend the every day, transporting you to another realm. Wagner Dream is a 'total work of art' as Wagner himself might have described it. Find out more.

Dates and ticket prices

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Lohengrin 23 & 29 May, 1 & 8 June 5.30pm; 26 May 3pm

Wagner Dream 6 & 7 June 7.15pm

029 2063 6464 / wmc.org.uk

Ticket prices for Lohengrin
Stalls & Circle £54, £48, £40
Upper Circle £30*, £24, £15, £5

Ticket prices for Wagner Dream
Stalls & Circle £25
Upper Circle £15*, £5

* Please note that the handrail on the front of the Upper Circle may cause a restricted view for some audience members

Birmingham Hippodrome

Lohengrin 13 & 15 June 5.30pm

Wagner Dream 12 June 7.15pm

0844 338 5000 / birminghamhippodrome.com

Ticket prices for Lohengrin
Stalls £54, £46, £38, £30
Circle £54, £46, £38, £30, £19
Boxes £46, £38, £19 (per person)

Ticket prices for Wagner Dream
Stalls, Circle & Boxes £30, £20 , £10 (per person)