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Il barbiere di Siviglia. A young English aristocrat arrives in Seville to woo the lovely Rosina. However, she is being pursued by an unscrupulous older man, Bartolo and it is only with the ingenious help of the quick thinking barber, Figaro, that the situation is rescued.
New Production. Sung in English with Welsh and English.
Donald Gordon Theatre
Cavalleria rusticana is the bitter tale of the rivalry between two women for the love of one man. Pagliacci’s story-within-a-story makes for an intense theatrical experience and boasts one of the great tenor roles in Italian opera in the vengeful husband Canio.
Sung in Italian with surtitles in English (and Welsh in Cardiff)
The Almaviva household is fleeing the chaos of the Revolution, pursued by the evil Major who is plotting to kill them all. Susanna's frustration with her increasingly cynical husband, Figaro, propels her towards a one-night stand with Cherubino, now a rather sleazy nightclub owner who calls himself The Cherub. Meanwhile, the Count and Countess are scandalised by the revelation of each others' infidelities. They finally return to what remains of the Almaviva residence, and the Count and Countess are reconciled with one another, and with their fate, as revolutionary troops advance.
Sung in English.
3 MARCH - 3 MARCH
BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME, BIRMINGHAM
7 APRIL - 7 APRIL
THEATRE ROYAL, PLYMOUTH
24 MARCH - 24 MARCH
MAYFLOWER THEATRE, SOUTHAMPTON
21 FEBRUARY - 27 FEBRUARY
WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE, CARDIFF
10 MARCH - 10 MARCH
VENUE CYMRU (FORMALLY - NORTH WALES THEATRE), LLANDUDNO
17 MARCH - 17 MARCH
31 MARCH - 31 MARCH
MILTON KEYNES THEATRE, MILTON KEYNES
HMS Pinafore premiered in 1878 at the Opera Comique in London, and became Gilbert and Sullivan's first smash hit, enjoying a successful run of 571 performances. Satirising the snobbery and hypocrisy of the English social system of its day. HMS Pinafore is a comic tale of love, class pretensions and mistaken identities. Questioning the integrity of the ruling elite and exposing the duplicitous motives of leaders of power, this comedy still has remarkable resonance today.
Private John Ball and his comrades in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers are posted to the Somme. In Mametz Wood they enter a strange realm - outside of time, dream-like but deadly. Rather than simply reporting the horrors of the Somme, In Parenthesis dares to offer hope. Even here amongst the destruction, a fragile flowering of regeneration and re-birth can be found. Bell's beautiful score combines traditional Welsh song with moments of otherworldliness, terror, humour and transcendence. David Pountney's period production is both an evocation and a commemoration of the events of the Somme.
In Parenthesis is young British composer Iain Bell's adaptation of the epic poem by Welsh poet, writer and artist David Jones. In Parenthesis is commissioned by the Nicholas John Trust with 14-18 NOW, the UK cultural programme to commemorate World War I. Sung in English with surtitles in Welsh and English
Donald Gordon Theatre
Count Almaviva lusts after the delicious Susanna, Figaro's bride to be. The neglected Countess pines for her husband's attentions and, as she tries to make him jealous, love and suspicion abound. Figaro must unravel the threads before he and Susanna can tie the knot. Also performed as Figaro's Wedding and Figaro!. First performed at the Burgtheater in Vienna on 1 May 1786
Sung in English with surtitles in Welsh and English
A comic operetta with a Japanese theme. Songs such as 'Three Little Maids from School', 'A Wandering Minstrel', 'A Most Humane Mikado' etc. One of Gilbert and Sullivan's most popular works. In the town of Titipu, local government has fallen into the hands of two dubious characters: Ko-Ko, in charge of public executions; and Pooh-Bah, who has a finger in every pie. A young man arrives who, unknown to most, is Nanki-Poo, son of the Mikado. Fleeing an arranged marriage to the elderly Katisha, he falls for the beautiful Yum-Yum, Ko-Ko's fiancée. When the Mikado arrives, thirsty for executions, Ko-Ko thinks he has the perfect plan...until Katisha turns up, bent on revenge.
It is the eve of the Battle of Marengo. Napoleon's army has caused chaos and disarray throughout all Italy. Against this background of political turmoil stands Floria Tosca, Rome's famous and most beautiful opera singer. To save her lover, Cavaradossi, she must sacrifice her virtue to the evil Baron Scarpia. Can the power of love and honour ever prevail against the forces of corruption and betrayal? Tosca is a moving and passionate exploration of personal freedom, the cost of ideals and the choices forced on us by love.
Donald Gordon Theatre
In the build up to Iain Bell's In Parenthesis, Welsh National Opera present his adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Bell has turned Dickens's much-loved story into a scintillating, one-man tour de force for tenor and chamber orchestra. Get to know Bell's sound world and give yourself a seasonal operatic treat. Sung in English.