Autumn opera unleashed

Autumn opera unleashed

There's a storm brewing...

Batten down the hatches!

As autumn begins to take hold and the weather turns, an operatic storm is brewing inside the Centre.

The WNO's epic autumn opera season is about to be unleashed.

This September the Donald Gordon Theatre is set to rage, as Tolstoy's epic, War and Peace takes to the stage, complete with opulent dances and stirring melodies. 

War and Peace

15 September – 24 November

David Poutney's new production promises to be as ambitious and epic as the novel; with a huge cast, mind-blowing set, stunning video projections and breathtaking costumes by Marie-Jeanne Lecca that reflect the grandeur of Russian society in the 1800s.

Language: sung in English, with surtitles in English and Welsh.

But that's not all...

La Cenerentola

5 October – 22 November

The season also sees the revival of La traviata and La Cenerentola, Rossini’s retelling of Charles Perrault’s Cinderella which promises to 'transport you to a candy-coloured world of fairy tale' complete with outrageous wigs (courtesy of the ugly sisters) and a sparkling musical score by Tomáš Hanus.

Will Angelina (Cinderella) go to the ball? Book now to find out.

Language: sung in Italian with surtitles in English and Welsh.

La traviata

21 September – 23 November

2012 WNO production La traviata. Photo by Roger Donovan.
2012 WNO production La traviata. Photo by Roger Donovan.

La traviata tops the charts as the most loved and performed opera in the world - a classic tale of thwarted love and duty with sumptuous costumes and an evocative musical score, including the Brindisi (the drinking song).

Fans of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World may recognise some of the cast too as Anush Hovhannisyan and Kang Wang both competed in the 2017 competition.

 Armenian soprano, Anush Hovhannisyan plays Violetta
Armenian soprano, Anush Hovhannisyan plays Violetta
Australian Kang Wang who plays Alfredo reached the Main Prize Final in Cardiff Singer of the World 2017.
Australian Kang Wang who plays Alfredo reached the Main Prize Final in Cardiff Singer of the World 2017.

Language: Italian with surtitles in English and Welsh.