Welsh National Opera - Cardiff
25 March 2019

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Roberto Devereux

Welsh National Opera


No. of reviews: 5

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: 4

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: 12

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
War and Peace

Welsh National Opera


No. of reviews: 15

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
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
Conductor Carlo Rizzi brings about glorious musicianship
6 Feb 18 / South Wales Argus
David Pountney turns this notoriously cumbersome opera into a taut thriller
5 Feb 18 / The Times
Wheel of Fortune: Preziosilla spins Pountney's Force of Destiny
5 Feb 18 / Bachtrack
A jolly good stab at this unwieldy opera
5 Feb 18 / Telegraph
Sprawling saga brought into sharper focus
5 Feb 18 / The Guardian
Tosca

Welsh National Opera


No. of reviews: 8

Claire Rutter is a suitably fiery Tosca
31 Mar 18 / The Reviews Hub
A striking new staging by David Pountney
8 Mar 18 / Classical Source
Outstanding rendition of Tosca from Welsh National Opera
4 Mar 18 / Morning Star Online
After 25 years, Blakemore’s WNO Tosca continues to serve the opera well
14 Feb 18 / Seen and Heard
An uncomplicated, thrilling Tosca from WNO
13 Feb 18 / Bachtrack
Puccini's popular shocker, well revived for Welsh National Opera's Spring tour
13 Feb 18 / What's on Stage
Conductor Carlo Rizzi knows exactly what Puccini needs and he draws wonderful colours from Welsh National Opera’s orchestra
13 Feb 18 / The Times
WNO’s Tosca has enough heart, guts and drama to enthral all tastes
12 Feb 18 / The Reviews Hub
Die Fledermaus

Welsh National Opera


No. of reviews: 6

In general the production is enjoyable enough, but echt- Viennese it is not
5 Dec 17 / Classical Source
Musically, Die Fledermaus is thoroughly high-spirited
19 Nov 17 / Bristol 24/7
It takes a long time for this show to truly seem like it’s getting anywhere
14 Nov 17 / The Reviews Hub
Sadness and loss, love and laughter
11 Nov 17 / Wirral Globe
Music and singing ensures this WNO Fledermaus staging deserves Llongevity
3 Nov 17 / Seen and Heard
John Copley’s production of Die Fledermaus retains its champagne sparkle
17 Oct 17 / Seen and Heard
From the House of the Dead

Welsh National Opera


No. of reviews: 13

WNO’s blazing Janáček and Tchaikovsky with quite a lot taken out
4 Dec 17 / The Observer
A choreographic tour de force
1 Dec 17 / Classical Source
Janáček’s score is played with aplomb by Welsh National Opera’s accomplished orchestra
19 Nov 17 / The Reviews Hub
Dazzling darkness
9 Nov 17 / The Critics' Circle
Rather a divided audience response for WNO’s from the House of the Dead
6 Nov 17 / Seen and Heard
The WNO Orchestra performed wonders under Tomáš Hanus
4 Nov 17 / Classical Source
An arresting From the House of the Dead at Welsh National Opera
12 Oct 17 / Bachtrack
Hugely powerful and strangely life affirming
11 Oct 17 / Planet Hugill
Janáček's dark and devastating opera brilliantly revived by WNO
11 Oct 17 / What's on Stage
Welsh National Opera performs From the House of the Dead with unstinting commitment
11 Oct 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
Jolly? No. Unmissable? Yes
10 Oct 17 / Telegraph
Imperfect, oddly shaped and rough round the edges, Janácek’s final opera is also raw and remarkable
10 Oct 17 / The Times
Landmark staging demands to be heard
10 Oct 17 / The Guardian
Eugene Onegin

Welsh National Opera


No. of reviews: 10

WNO’s blazing Janáček and Tchaikovsky with quite a lot taken out
4 Dec 17 / Seen and Heard
A convincing and satisfying reading of this popular opera
30 Nov 17 / Classical Source
Natalya Romaniw and Nicholas Lester are both outstanding
17 Nov 17 / Bristol 24/7
As musically adept as one would expect from WNO
17 Nov 17 / The Reviews Hub
Sadness and loss, love and laughter
11 Nov 17 / Wirral Globe
A very distinguished performance
5 Nov 17 / Classical Source
Some good singing and acting rescues WNO’s Eugene Onegin from mediocrity
2 Nov 17 / Seen and Heard
Though there is some fine singing, WNO’s Eugene Onegin doesn’t grip emotionally
4 Oct 17 / Seen and Heard
A magnificent Tatyana brings subtle anguish to Tchaikovsky’s romantic tragedy
3 Oct 17 / The Stage
WNO's 2004 production of Tchaikovsky's romantic opera, still powerfully affecting
1 Oct 17 / What's on Stage
Khovanshchina

Welsh National Opera


No. of reviews: 9

This Khovanshchina shows Welsh National Opera at its absolute best
2 Nov 17 / Classical Source
Mussorgsky's great historical opera in an ambitious revival by WNO
4 Oct 17 / What's on Stage
Chilling, magnificent and unmissable
3 Oct 17 / iNews
Powerful and thought-provoking Khovanschina from Welsh National Opera
28 Sep 17 / Seen and Heard
The half-minute silence in the darkness of the theatre after the final bars of music says it all. Magnificent
27 Sep 17 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Russian to destruction
27 Sep 17 / The Critics' Circle
Despite there being no Russians in the cast, the whole show is sung in Russian, and the difference to the vocal sound is incredible
26 Sep 17 / The Times
WNO's Khovanshchina is a thrilling portrait of terror and brutality
25 Sep 17 / Telegraph
Russia's tragedy becomes the world's in compelling revival
25 Sep 17 / The Guardian
The World's Wife

Welsh National Opera


No. of reviews: 2

Stunning one-woman show telling male genius where it gets off
17 Oct 17 / The Arts Desk
Carol Ann Duffy’s poetry anthology has been turned into a digital chamber opera — and the result is very effective
17 Oct 17 / The Times
The Merchant of Venice

Welsh National Opera


No. of reviews: 9

Excellent team work from the cast
30 Jul 17 / Express
Neglected drama
24 Jul 17 / Planet Hugill
Welsh National Opera fascinates with Tchaikowsky’s Merchant of Venice
24 Jul 17 / Seen and Heard
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9 Feb to 24 Apr 2019
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15 Feb to 11 May 2019
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28 Feb to 10 May 2019
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21 Sep 2019 to 7 May 2020
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27 Sep to 30 Nov 2019
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5 Oct to 28 Nov 2019
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8 Feb to 9 May 2020
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16 Feb to 8 May 2020

News & Articles

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
Welsh National Opera (WNO) has appointed Aidan Lang as new general director.
7 Sep 2018 / Opera News
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