Welsh National Opera - Cardiff
18 August 2017

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The Merchant of Venice

Welsh National Opera


No. of reviews: 9

Excellent team work from the cast
30 Jul 17 / Express
Welsh National Opera fascinates with Tchaikowsky’s Merchant of Venice
24 Jul 17 / Seen and Heard
Neglected drama
24 Jul 17 / Planet Hugill
Lionel Friend conducts sympathetically
23 Jul 17 / Music OMH
Tchaikowsky employs a lyrical vocal idiom which often has much grace
22 Jul 17 / Opera Today
Keith Warner’s production adds visual brilliance to Andrė Tchaikovsky’s gritty, hard-working music
22 Jul 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
Strong performances and ample humour
21 Jul 17 / Evening Standard
Well-worth Shylock’s “pound of flesh” entrance fee
21 Jul 17 / Classical Source
Incisively played
21 Jul 17 / The Stage
Der Rosenkavalier

Welsh National Opera


No. of reviews: 11

The sands of time
3 Jul 17 / Opera Today
WNO’s ‘musically glorious’ Rosenkavalier shines in a perceptive and focused production
22 Jun 17 / Seen and Heard
Fine acting lifts WNO’s Der Rosenkavalier
12 Jun 17 / The Observer
Sumptuous performances from WNO in Der Rosenkavalier
8 Jun 17 / Bachtrack
Joyous and assertive conducting from Tomáš Hanus, the Company’s new music director
7 Jun 17 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
A stellar cast support Rebecca Evans’ triumphant debut as Strauss’ Marschallin
6 Jun 17 / The Stage
A notable achievement from the whole company
6 Jun 17 / Opera Today
Sands of time
6 Jun 17 / The Critics' Circle
Balances humour and emotion
6 Jun 17 / The Guardian
A likable and polished Rosenkavalier
6 Jun 17 / Telegraph
Strauss's romantic masterpiece in a musically transcendent new production
6 Jun 17 / What's on Stage
Madama Butterfly

Welsh National Opera


No. of reviews: 13

The performance was ‘saved’ by some sterling vocal commitment
3 Jul 17 / Opera Today
This production was almost as beautiful to watch as it was to listen to
2 Jul 17 / Redbrick
Linda Richardson is a lovely Butterfly
29 Jun 17 / Classical Source
WNO’s Madame Butterfly is a delicious interpretation of Puccini’s parable of vulnerability in timeless voice and verse
29 Jun 17 / The Reviews Hub
A classic, traditional staging and has lost little lustre
1 May 17 / Classical Source
Karah Son's performance is simply quite stunning throughout
29 Apr 17 / Southern Daily Echo
A traditional Butterfly from WNO satisfies all round
18 Apr 17 / Seen and Heard
A production that both musically and visually ravishes the senses
3 Apr 17 / The Reviews Hub
Nagasaki comes to Bedfordshire: WNO's Madama Butterfly in Milton Keynes
28 Mar 17 / Bachtrack
Moved, but not shattered
24 Feb 17 / The Spectator
Welsh National Opera revives Joachim Herz's ancient production for its spring tour
20 Feb 17 / What's on Stage
Wrenching emotional power
14 Feb 17 / The Stage
The three-decade-old production has lost none of its lustre
12 Feb 17 / The Reviews Hub
Die Fledermaus

Welsh National Opera


No. of reviews: 6

WNO's jolly good romp in Birmingham
1 Jul 17 / Bachtrack
Operetta as it should be – an evening of stylish yet shameless frivolity and fun!
29 Jun 17 / Classical Source
Fine frocks and farce in WNO’s entertaining and musically successful Fledermaus
10 Jun 17 / Seen and Heard
WNO flies high with batty comic opera
31 May 17 / Morning Star Online
Uproarious, vulgar aplomb
24 May 17 / The Stage
John Copley’s production keeps all the frills and frou-frou of the original
23 May 17 / The Reviews Hub
Le vin herbé

Welsh National Opera


No. of reviews: 16

L’opera in scena a Plymouth è congegnata dal Martin come una sorta di “oratorio mondano”
7 May 17 / OperaeOpera
WNO present an extremely esoteric work on their 2017 tour
15 Apr 17 / Seen and Heard
Martin’s take is filled with portent gloom from the off
30 Mar 17 / The Reviews Hub
Bitter wine: Frank Martin's Le Vin herbé an acquired taste
23 Mar 17 / Bachtrack
A very different ‘Tristan’ provides real, if Un-Wagnerian pleasures
3 Mar 17 / Seen and Heard
Frank Martin was mad to write an opera based on Tristan – but the results are worthwhile
28 Feb 17 / The Spectator
Magic Potion
28 Feb 17 / The Critics' Circle
Frank Martin was mad to write an opera based on Tristan – but the results are worthwhile
24 Feb 17 / The Spectator
This austere composition, more oratorio than opera, approaches the story from its Celtic roots
22 Feb 17 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Welsh National Opera’s austere staging packs a vocal punch
20 Feb 17 / The Times
Swords and bows
20 Feb 17 / The Observer
Frank Martin’s setting of the Tristan legend is frugally staged but musically luminous
20 Feb 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
With its austere, pared down textures, Martin’s score is a direct, syllabic setting of the words
18 Feb 17 / Classical Source
An intoxicating, though sombre, evening
18 Feb 17 / The Reviews Hub
A stark, brilliant new Tristan and Iseult staging
18 Feb 17 / The Guardian
Swiss composer Frank Martin's version of the Tristan legend is very different from Wagner's
18 Feb 17 / What's on Stage
Le Vin herbé: It's Tristan and Isolde, but not as you know it
Frank Martin’s chamber opera about the tragic lovers is the polar opposite of Wagner’s opulent extravaganza. The director of a new production explains how less is becoming more.
La bohème

Welsh National Opera


No. of reviews: 10

Convincing acting and singing overcomes an overloud orchestra in WNO’s La bohème
14 Apr 17 / Seen and Heard
A glowing Bohème
7 Apr 17 / The Spectator
Annabel Arden's production of Puccini's tragic masterpiece returns to WNO
17 Feb 17 / What's on Stage
WNO’s La bohème is all the more powerful for its traditional approach
10 Feb 17 / Seen and Heard
Rooftops of Paris
7 Feb 17 / The Critics' Circle
Marina Costa-Jackson proved a rich-voiced Mimì
4 Feb 17 / Independent
A musically and visually opulent La bohème from Welsh National Opera
1 Feb 17 / Bachtrack
For a touring production with limited scope for elaborate stage designs this is little short of miraculous
1 Feb 17 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Marina Costa-Jackson rises superbly to the challenge of the role of Mimi
30 Jan 17 / The Reviews Hub
A sensitive and, at times, bizarrely comic production performed with assurance
30 Jan 17 / Classical Source
Kiss me, Kate

Welsh National Opera


No. of reviews: 12

WNO’s Kiss Me, Kate receives an enthusiastic reception in North Wales
1 Dec 16 / Seen and Heard
Welsh National Opera’s production is infectious
15 Nov 16 / Opera Today
Welsh National Opera's production of Cole Porter's absolutely fabulous Kiss Me Kate, goes off like a rocket
12 Nov 16 / The Birmingham Post
Wunderbar
8 Nov 16 / The Critics' Circle
Kiss Me, Kate is seriously classy entertainment
15 Oct 16 / Bristol 24/7
Unmissable
5 Oct 16 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
WNO’s intoxicating Kiss Me, Kate has vivacious energy and effervescent intelligence
5 Oct 16 / Seen and Heard
Memorable Kiss from the Welsh National Opera
5 Oct 16 / Morning Star Online
A wonderful show
5 Oct 16 / Bachtrack
Welsh National Opera cranks up the feelgood factor
1 Oct 16 / The Guardian
WNO's Kiss Me Kate is a 'joy to behold
30 Sep 16 / Wales Online
An astonishingly entertaining production of a properly old-school musical
30 Sep 16 / The Reviews Hub
The Merchant of Venice

Welsh National Opera


No. of reviews: 13

Merchant of Venice is not easy on the ear but well staged and with a sterling cast
1 Dec 16 / Seen and Heard
WNO tours the 'other' Tchaikowsky's previously unseen Shakespeare opera
13 Oct 16 / What's on Stage
In the starkest terms, it hammers home the play’s continuing relevance
13 Oct 16 / The Reviews Hub
A brave, uncompromising start to WNO's autumn season
13 Oct 16 / Bristol 24/7
Overall the piece has much to justify revival
2 Oct 16 / Goucestershire Live
Welsh National Opera's The Merchant of Venice is powerful and tense but far too long
1 Oct 16 / Wales Online
Near-ideal première from our boldest opera company
22 Sep 16 / The Spectator
André Tchaikowsky makes an important contribution to Shakespearean opera with his Merchant of Venice
21 Sep 16 / Seen and Heard
Tchaikowsky's opera reminds us that prejudice is ever present
20 Sep 16 / The Guardian
Significant and deeply moving: a must see
20 Sep 16 / Independent
All that glitters: Tchaikowsky's The Merchant of Venice staged by Welsh National Opera
19 Sep 16 / Bachtrack
Tchaikowsky’s Merchant of Venice is much more than a relic or curiosity
18 Sep 16 / Telegraph
Tchaikovsky’s complex score, while laudable on its own, detracts rather than emboldens this deeply disturbing play
18 Sep 16 / The Reviews Hub
André Tchaikowsky: from Warsaw to Belmont via a wardrobe
The maverick Polish-Jewish composer’s life was as colourful as the Shakespeare stories that he adored. Ahead of his only opera’s UK premiere, David Pountney tells how Merchant of Venice finally made it to the s
Macbeth

Welsh National Opera


No. of reviews: 16

WNO’s current Macbeth compares poorly with other Verdi productions over past 50 years
1 Dec 16 / Seen and Heard
A masterful blend of high culture music and storytelling
14 Nov 16 / Redbrick
Conductor Andriy Yurkevych drew swirling, baleful sounds from the pit
11 Nov 16 / The Birmingham Post
Miriam Murphy’s Lady Macbeth stood out as the driving force behind the grisly machinations
28 Oct 16 / Classical Source
This Macbeth sometimes seems silly, but is never dull and frequently exhilarating
14 Oct 16 / Bristol 24/7
While the chorus and Lady Macbeth are on stage the evening soars
14 Oct 16 / The Reviews Hub
Let’s hope Oliver Mears’s new production is a lapse from an operatic risk-taker, not a portent of things to come at the ROH
29 Sep 16 / The Spectator
Mary Elizabeth Williams has a voice of such range and power to send a shiver through Scotland
26 Sep 16 / Goucestershire Live
Musically excellent but excessively brutal
21 Sep 16 / Bachtrack
Macbeth abre la nueva temporada de la Welsh National Opera
21 Sep 16 / Opera World (Spanish)
Darkness rising
20 Sep 16 / The Critics' Circle
Wonderfully vigorous but lacking psychopathic chemistry
17 Sep 16 / Independent
Oliver Mears’ poorly thought out Macbeth doesn’t inhibit some fine singing and playing
16 Sep 16 / Seen and Heard
Conducting by Andriy Yurkevych brought out the energy and rhythm of the music
14 Sep 16 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Welsh National Opera sing the Caledonian Troubles
12 Sep 16 / The Guardian
An uneasy, yet gritty experience
12 Sep 16 / The Reviews Hub
In Parenthesis

Welsh National Opera


No. of reviews: 15

David Jones' mystical vision of the First World War brought unevenly to life, with Iain Bell's richly atmospheric music
4 Jul 16 / Planet Hugill
Iain Bell’s new opera gives musical expression to David Jones’ epic World War I poem
2 Jul 16 / Seen and Heard
Bell’s opera is well-crafted, WNO’s performance well-drilled
2 Jul 16 / Opera Today
Technically exceptional
1 Jul 16 / The Stage
A fine cast featured signal contributions from Andrew Bidlack and Marcus Farnsworth
1 Jul 16 / Classical Source
Welsh National Opera perform a poignant tribute to the 100 year Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme
13 Jun 16 / Redbrick
In Parenthesis is a stirring opera and production
12 Jun 16 / Classical Source
A powerful act of remembrance
18 May 16 / Independent
While not perfect WNO realize Ian Bell’s highly ambitious In Parenthesis well
18 May 16 / Seen and Heard
A gripping and moving world premiere from Welsh National Opera
16 May 16 / Telegraph
Iain Bell’s In Parenthesis adaptation is an enthralling, psychologically intriguing, evocative work of music theatre
16 May 16 / Wales Online
A powerful act of remembrance
16 May 16 / Independent
From the Somme's trenches: Iain Bell's In Parenthesis opens at Welsh National Opera
16 May 16 / Bachtrack
New Somme opera turns intimate poem into wide-screen epic with mixed results
16 May 16 / The Arts Desk
Poetic tribute finds humanity in the trenches
16 May 16 / The Guardian
Pagliacci

Welsh National Opera


No. of reviews: 7

Carlo Rizzi and the WNO Orchestra were on expressive form
11 Jun 16 / Classical Source
Peter Auty gives an astounding, multi-layered performance as Cani
11 Jun 16 / Broadway World
An evening of taut, no-nonsense drama
9 Jun 16 / Independent
Ultra-traditional
2 Jun 16 / The Stage
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News & Articles

Le Vin herbé: It's Tristan and Isolde, but not as you know it
Frank Martin’s chamber opera about the tragic lovers is the polar opposite of Wagner’s opulent extravaganza. The director of a new production explains how less is becoming more.
17 Feb 2017 / The Guardian
Welsh National Opera announces 2017/18 season
Welsh National Opera’s 2017/18 season includes the launch of a three-year Verdi trilogy and the premiere of an all-female ‘cabaret opera’ based on the life of Welsh suffragette Margaret Haig Thomas.
11 Feb 2017 / Opera Now
Royal Welsh College and WNO launch dedicated opera school
The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama is to set up a dedicated opera school, in partnership with Welsh National Opera.
10 Feb 2017 / The Stage
Welsh National Opera to perform in Dubai
Welsh National Opera (WNO) will perform Madam Butterfly and La bohème as part of Dubai Opera’s inaugural season.
8 Nov 2016 / Opera Now
André Tchaikowsky: from Warsaw to Belmont via a wardrobe
The maverick Polish-Jewish composer’s life was as colourful as the Shakespeare stories that he adored. Ahead of his only opera’s UK premiere, David Pountney tells how Merchant of Venice finally made it to the s
16 Sep 2016 / The Guardian