Welsh National Opera - Cardiff
24 June 2018

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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
The Welsh National Opera’s production was a spectacle
9 Mar 18 / Redbrick
WNO's Wheel of Destiny rolls into Birmingham
9 Mar 18 / Opera Today
La fuerza de Preziosilla
22 Feb 18 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
David Pountney stages one of his finest ever productions for Welsh National Opera
14 Feb 18 / The Stage
In the orchestra pit, Carlo Rizzi drives Verdi’s music forward with lyrical eloquence
14 Feb 18 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
WNO's new production of Verdi's massive opera is a musical triumph
13 Feb 18 / What's on Stage
The lead trio is wonderfully cast
13 Feb 18 / Independent
Say your prayers
13 Feb 18 / The Critics' Circle
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
A jolly good stab at this unwieldy opera
5 Feb 18 / Telegraph
David Pountney turns this notoriously cumbersome opera into a taut thriller
5 Feb 18 / The Times
Sprawling saga brought into sharper focus
5 Feb 18 / The Guardian
Wheel of Fortune: Preziosilla spins Pountney's Force of Destiny
5 Feb 18 / Bachtrack
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
Conductor Carlo Rizzi knows exactly what Puccini needs and he draws wonderful colours from Welsh National Opera’s orchestra
13 Feb 18 / The Times
Puccini's popular shocker, well revived for Welsh National Opera's Spring tour
13 Feb 18 / What's on Stage
An uncomplicated, thrilling Tosca from WNO
13 Feb 18 / Bachtrack
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
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)
Hugely powerful and strangely life affirming
11 Oct 17 / Planet Hugill
Landmark staging demands to be heard
10 Oct 17 / The Guardian
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
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
Russian to destruction
27 Sep 17 / The Critics' Circle
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
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

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
Stunning one-woman show telling male genius where it gets off
17 Oct 17 / The Arts Desk
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
Lionel Friend conducts sympathetically
23 Jul 17 / Music OMH
Keith Warner’s production adds visual brilliance to Andrė Tchaikovsky’s gritty, hard-working music
22 Jul 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
Tchaikowsky employs a lyrical vocal idiom which often has much grace
22 Jul 17 / Opera Today
Incisively played
21 Jul 17 / The Stage
Strong performances and ample humour
21 Jul 17 / Evening Standard
Well-worth Shylock’s “pound of flesh” entrance fee
21 Jul 17 / Classical Source
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
Strauss's romantic masterpiece in a musically transcendent new production
6 Jun 17 / What's on Stage
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
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
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
Linda Richardson is a lovely Butterfly
29 Jun 17 / Classical Source
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
Magic Potion
28 Feb 17 / The Critics' Circle
Frank Martin was mad to write an opera based on Tristan – but the results are worthwhile
28 Feb 17 / The Spectator
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
Frank Martin’s setting of the Tristan legend is frugally staged but musically luminous
20 Feb 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
Welsh National Opera’s austere staging packs a vocal punch
20 Feb 17 / The Times
Swords and bows
20 Feb 17 / The Observer
With its austere, pared down textures, Martin’s score is a direct, syllabic setting of the words
18 Feb 17 / Classical Source
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.
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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