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Welsh National Opera: The Nightingale

Donald Gordon Theatre

14 June 2020 - CANCELLED

Welsh National Opera: The Nightingale

14 June 2020 - CANCELLED

Donald Gordon Theatre

Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus pandemic Welsh National Opera’s summer season at the Centre will no longer take place.

We will be contacting ticket bookers from Monday 20 April with details of the options available to them.

Please bear with us and rest assured that we will be in touch with all ticket bookers in due course – you don’t need to do anything. We ask for your patience as we work through a very large number of ticket orders and emails at this time.


The Emperor of China is enchanted by the song of The Nightingale, but the introduction of a mechanical version is no substitute and the Emperor becomes ill. Only when the real Nightingale returns does he realise that the true emotion of music cannot be imitated and he is restored to health.

Hans Christian Andersen’s tale is believed to have been inspired by the author’s unrequited love for soprano, Jenny Lind who was known as ‘Sweden’s Nightingale’. In collaboration with Blind Summit, the internationally renowned puppet-based theatre company, this charming fairy-tale opera will be brought to life by eight singers, 11 puppeteers and a cast of fabulous life-sized puppets. Stravinsky’s sweeping score will be conducted by WNO Music Director, Tomáš Hanus.

Sung in Russian, with English and Welsh surtitles

Running time: approximately 50 minutes 


£10 tickets — Applies to selected seats


£5 tickets — One ticket per full paying adult.

All offers subject to allocations and availability.

The Donald Gordon Theatre during a Patti Smith concert

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Donald Gordon Theatre