Welsh National Opera - Cardiff
19 September 2020

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Les vêpres siciliennes

Welsh National Opera


No. of reviews: 14

Carlo Rizzi’s conducting and WNO’s chorus make Les vêpres siciliennes a worthwhile experience
13 Mar 20 / Seen and Heard
A passion for patriarchy
16 Feb 20 / The Observer
Director David Poultney, never afraid to take risks, pulls out all the stops this time
16 Feb 20 / The Reviews Hub
An uneven production that ranges from dreary to inspired
14 Feb 20 / South Wales Argus
Episode II des Vêpres siciliennes de Verdi (en français) : Cardiff!
14 Feb 20 / Opera Online
Valiant attempt but WNO’s new Les vȇpres siciliennes can’t quite persuade one of its merits
13 Feb 20 / Seen and Heard
David Pountney offers adventurous staging of laborious Verdi grand opera
12 Feb 20 / OperaWire
Verdi takes on the French at Cardiff
11 Feb 20 / The Article
Theatricality and spectacle in Verdi's grand opera
11 Feb 20 / The Guardian
Disappointing final instalment of David Pountney’s Verdi trilogy
11 Feb 20 / The Stage
Welsh National Opera tackles Les Vêpres siciliennes but the vocal fireworks fail to ignite
11 Feb 20 / Bachtrack
A visual triumph
11 Feb 20 / The Critics' Circle
Spectacle and a lusty chorus fail to salvage this Verdi dud
10 Feb 20 / Telegraph
Welsh National Opera tackles Les Vêpres siciliennes but the vocal fireworks fail to ignite
10 Feb 20 / Bachtrack
Verdi opera: Conductor stops performance over 'phone miscreants'
A conductor has twice stopped an opera in Cardiff after mobile phones rang in the audience.
Carmen

Welsh National Opera


No. of reviews: 11

WNO revival of Carmen in Cardiff
4 Mar 20 / Opera Today
Audiences will be divided on this modern day treatment
27 Nov 19 / Southern Daily Echo
Carmen is a thrilling watch for an opera first-timer as much as it is for a connoisseur
24 Nov 19 / Oxford Mail
Virginie Verrez captivates in WNO's Carmen at the Birmingham Hippodrome
9 Nov 19 / Opera Today
Tomáš Hanus’s conducting is a highlight of WNO’s new Carmen in Llandudno
5 Nov 19 / Seen and Heard
A new production of Bizet’s iconic operatic sizzler Carmen rightly arouses much interest
13 Oct 19 / The Reviews Hub
Welsh National Opera's powerful new production is a triumph
1 Oct 19 / Bachtrack
Carmen becomes a gun-toting revolutionary gun runner
30 Sep 19 / South Wales Argus
Welsh National Opera delivers a Carmen for our times — riveting and emotional
25 Sep 19 / The Article
Can't tie me down
24 Sep 19 / The Critics' Circle
WNO unleashes free spirit on Brazil's favelas
23 Sep 19 / The Guardian
Le nozze di Figaro

Welsh National Opera


No. of reviews: 1

WNO’s Figaro revival crackles with humour and exudes joie de vivre
20 Feb 20 / Bachtrack
The Cunning Little Vixen

Welsh National Opera


No. of reviews: 5

David Pountney's nearly 40-year=old production polishes up magnificently
3 Dec 19 / Oxford Mail
In the pit, Tomas Hanus shows flair and mastery in Janáček’s distinctive idiom
10 Nov 19 / The Reviews Hub
Sizeable Llandudno audience rewarded with memorable performance of WNO’s Cunning Little Vixen
6 Nov 19 / Seen and Heard
Welsh National Opera revive glorious Cunning Little Vixen
11 Oct 19 / Opera Today
Everything falls into place in WNO’s superb revival of The Cunning Little Vixen
9 Oct 19 / Seen and Heard
Rigoletto

Welsh National Opera


No. of reviews: 7

Welsh National Opera's stunning modern take on Rigoletto
29 Nov 19 / Oxford Mail
Predatory power and privilege in WNO's Rigoletto
11 Nov 19 / Opera Today
A White House Rigoletto with some impressive voices at Welsh National Opera
9 Nov 19 / Bachtrack
Verdi meets #MeToo in steamy story of sex, love and revenge
7 Nov 19 / Morning Star Online
Fine singing but Verdi’s seminal musical masterpiece deserves better than this WNO Rigoletto
5 Nov 19 / Seen and Heard
Wonderfully sung and politically astute
10 Oct 19 / The Stage
WNO’s Rigoletto production now feels pointless and distracting, but is saved by its musical virtues
2 Oct 19 / Seen and Heard
War and Peace

Welsh National Opera


No. of reviews: 23

A work ranging from the intensity of personal emotion to the grit of national determination
5 Aug 19 / Planet Hugill
The cast are in beautiful sound and the set is dynamic enough to hold attention
2 Aug 19 / A Younger Theatre
David Pountney’s farewell flourish, War and Peace, held up well in its transfer to Covent Garden
1 Aug 19 / The Spectator
For all the faults of Prokofiev's huge opera, this performance was a superb company achievement
29 Jul 19 / Planet Hugill
Pountney feeds musical and visual values into the staging very successfully
25 Jul 19 / Classical Source
Welsh National Opera’s spectacularly successful War and Peace comes to Covent Garden
25 Jul 19 / Seen and Heard
A stirring War and Peace by WNO at Covent Garden
25 Jul 19 / Opera Today
Welsh National Opera comes to London to parade its wares
25 Jul 19 / Bachtrack
Fundamentally, though all was not perfect and one or two choices were puzzling, the WNO showed it can be done
23 Nov 18 / We left at the interval...
A masterpiece gets a rare and vibrant showcase in the West
26 Oct 18 / OperaWire
A bold season opener
12 Oct 18 / ConcertoNet (English)
The orchestra under Tomáš Hanus is a wonder
2 Oct 18 / The Critics' Circle
A glorious vehicle for the Welsh National Opera Chorus
26 Sep 18 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
WNO’s stirring production of Prokofiev’s unwieldy theatrical epic rewards ambition
20 Sep 18 / Seen and Heard
Ferocious intensity: David Pountney's new War and Peace at Welsh National Opera
18 Sep 18 / Bachtrack
Rendered with timely brilliance
18 Sep 18 / The Stage
Not quite a masterpiece but a great aural and visual spectacle
18 Sep 18 / The Arts Desk
An epic evening of music theatre
18 Sep 18 / South Wales Argus
A rare glimpse of Prokofiev's epic opera in a mammoth new production by WNO
18 Sep 18 / What's on Stage
This faithful staging of Prokofiev’s propaganda epic is as awe-inspiring as the spire of Salisbury Cathedral
17 Sep 18 / The Times
Whatever the constraints, Pountney and his team give us a grand four-hour show sung in English
17 Sep 18 / Classical Source
A magnificent production of Prokofiev's flawed opera
17 Sep 18 / Telegraph
Ferocity and passion in Prokofiev's rare opera
17 Sep 18 / The Guardian
Roberto Devereux

Welsh National Opera


No. of reviews: 9

Roberto Devereux en tournée au Royaume​
17 May 19 / Olyrix
Some outstanding singing gives pleasure in WNO’s spidery Roberto Devereux
1 May 19 / Seen and Heard
Steam-punk & virtuosity
1 Apr 19 / Planet Hugill
A powerful and emotion-filled show
31 Mar 19 / About Milton Keynes
Killer queen
10 Mar 19 / The Critics' Circle
Joyce El-Khoury shines as Donizetti's Tudor queen in Welsh National Opera's Roberto Devereux
5 Mar 19 / Bachtrack
Though not for arachnophobes, WNO’s Roberto Devereux is graced by some top-class singing
5 Mar 19 / Seen and Heard
A stunning revival for Welsh National Opera’s take on Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux
3 Mar 19 / The Reviews Hub
A hideous staging, but my, what singing
2 Mar 19 / Telegraph
Die Zauberflöte

Welsh National Opera


No. of reviews: 8

Une Magic Flute très britannique
15 May 19 / Olyrix
A refreshing and fun presentation for the whole family
8 May 19 / OperaWire
WNO’s scintillatingly sung and played The Magic Flute deserved a new staging
29 Apr 19 / Seen and Heard
The cast really do it justice
30 Mar 19 / Citiblog
It’s hard to imagine a more ideal Pamina than Anita Watson
9 Mar 19 / Opera Today
A most enjoyable performance of this well-known and popular opera
3 Mar 19 / The Reviews Hub
WNO’s limited The Magic Flute production gets redeemed by some excellent singing
21 Feb 19 / Seen and Heard
Bowler hats and lobsters: WNO's surreal Magic Flute returns
20 Feb 19 / Bachtrack
Un Ballo in Maschera

Welsh National Opera


No. of reviews: 14

WNO’s very well sung Un ballo in maschera in Llandudno
29 Apr 19 / Seen and Heard
This production was full of energy and originality
12 Apr 19 / Chew Valley Gazette
In essence, lots of lovely music to enjoy, but rather too much in the way of distracting detail on stage
8 Mar 19 / Express & Star
Clever stuff, and often intriguing, but occasionally baffling
8 Mar 19 / Opera Today
Spectacular, ghoulish flair
19 Feb 19 / The Stage
Dancing with Mr D
19 Feb 19 / The Critics' Circle
Make no bones about it: WNO’s forces are the best Verdians this side of the Alps
17 Feb 19 / The Sunday Times
Much to admire, musically and visually, in David Pountney’s WNO Un ballo in maschera premiere
14 Feb 19 / Seen and Heard
A tongue-in-cheek staging to be sure, but none the worse for that
13 Feb 19 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Ballo II, the American cut: an indigestible staging by David Pountney for WNO
12 Feb 19 / Bachtrack
Mary Elizabeth Williams, as Amelia, gives a finely nuanced and musically exquisite performance
11 Feb 19 / The Reviews Hub
Terrific gory fun with pirates, witchcraft and murder
11 Feb 19 / The Guardian
A lively spectacle filled with punch and energy
11 Feb 19 / Telegraph
A jolly good show
11 Feb 19 / Planet Hugill
La Cenerentola

Welsh National Opera


No. of reviews: 7

Cinderella goes to the panto
26 Nov 18 / Opera Today
WNO’s enjoyable Cenerentola has a rare operatic happy ending
24 Oct 18 / Seen and Heard
WNO’s La Cenerentola is frothy and delightful, with some superb singing
14 Oct 18 / The Reviews Hub
WNO’s La Cenerentola makes us laugh, think and feel
12 Oct 18 / Seen and Heard
Wit, warmth and vocal agility
10 Oct 18 / The Stage
“Once upon a time”
9 Oct 18 / Bachtrack
Welsh National Opera’s Rossini staging needs help but fine singing saves the day
8 Oct 18 / The Times
La Traviata

Welsh National Opera


No. of reviews: 6

McVicar's Traviata is still darkly impressive
26 Nov 18 / Bachtrack
In her beginning is her end: Welsh National Opera's La traviata in Southampton
23 Nov 18 / Opera Today
No gimmicks just sheer professionalism from McVicar’s Traviata
25 Oct 18 / Seen and Heard
A fine return of a favourite work
16 Oct 18 / ConcertoNet (English)
This production from the WNO was incredibly well done
2 Oct 18 / South Wales Argus
McVicar’s Traviata for WNO tells the story well and moves an audience as it should
26 Sep 18 / Seen and Heard
Don Giovanni

Welsh National Opera


No. of reviews: 9

A fast-moving WNO Don Giovanni keep singers and audience on their toes
25 Apr 18 / Seen and Heard
An intelligently directed production
15 Apr 18 / The Reviews Hub
This is a Don Giovanni as Mozart and Da Ponte intended, and would recognise and enjoy
11 Mar 18 / Classical Source
A memorable production
9 Mar 18 / Redbrick
WNO’s urgent and thought-provoking Don Giovanni
28 Feb 18 / Seen and Heard
The singers live and breathe the melodramatic spirit of John Caird’s very dark production
27 Feb 18 / The Times
Gavan Ring's Don Giovanni shows much promise
26 Feb 18 / Classical Source
A thrilling Don Giovanni at Welsh National Opera
24 Feb 18 / Bachtrack
Has John Caird’s 2011 production improved with this revival?
24 Feb 18 / The Reviews Hub
La Forza del Destino

Welsh National Opera


No. of reviews: 16

Despite the production’s limitations and gimmicks, musically La forza was memorable
25 Apr 18 / Seen and Heard
In the end, it’s best to just feel the force of the sublime music and song
16 Apr 18 / The Reviews Hub
WNO's Wheel of Destiny rolls into Birmingham
9 Mar 18 / Opera Today
The Welsh National Opera’s production was a spectacle
9 Mar 18 / Redbrick
La fuerza de Preziosilla
22 Feb 18 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
In the orchestra pit, Carlo Rizzi drives Verdi’s music forward with lyrical eloquence
14 Feb 18 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
David Pountney stages one of his finest ever productions for Welsh National Opera
14 Feb 18 / The Stage
Say your prayers
13 Feb 18 / The Critics' Circle
The lead trio is wonderfully cast
13 Feb 18 / Independent
WNO's new production of Verdi's massive opera is a musical triumph
13 Feb 18 / What's on Stage
WNO’s new La forza del destino packs a considerable punch
8 Feb 18 / Seen and Heard
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Welsh National Opera 2019/20 season announced
Welsh National Opera has announced its programme for 2019/20, with highlights including Bizet’s Carmen, Verdi’s Rigoletto and Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen.
22 Jan 2019 / Opera News
Welsh National Opera announces new general director
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Welsh National Opera announces 2017/18 season
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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