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Tara Erraught (Angelina) © Jane Hobson
Cardiff

“Once upon a time”: Rossini's Cinderella in Cardiff

By , 05 October 2018
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Lauren Michelle (Natasha) and Jonathan McGovern (Prince Andrei) © Clive Barda
Cardiff

Ferocious intensity: David Pountney's new War and Peace at Welsh National Opera

By , 15 September 2018
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Jurgita Adamonytė (Mélisande) and Jacques Imbrailo (Pelléas) © Clive Barda
Hong Kong

Luminous performances lift heavy-metal staging of Pelléas et Mélisande

By , 15 March 2018
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Miklós Sebestyén (Commendatore) and Gavan Ring (Don Giovanni) © Richard Hubert Smith
Cardiff

A thrilling Don Giovanni at Welsh National Opera

By , 22 February 2018
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Claire Rutter (Tosca) and Mark S Doss (Scarpia) © Richard Hubert Smith
Cardiff

An uncomplicated, thrilling Tosca from WNO

By , 09 February 2018
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Justina Gringyte (Preziosilla) © Richard Hubert Smith
Cardiff

Wheel of Fortune: Preziosilla spins Pountney's Force of Destiny

By , 02 February 2018
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Natalya Romaniw (Tatyana) © Betina Skovbro
Southampton

Natalya Romaniw an imperious Tatyana as Tchaikovsky is unleashed from the Mayflower pit

By , 18 October 2017
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Alan Oke (Skuratov) © Clive Barda
Cardiff

An arresting From the House of the Dead at Welsh National Opera

By , 08 October 2017
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Robert Hayward (Khovansky) © Clive Barda
Cardiff

Stark and spellbinding: Mussorgsky's Khovanshchina leads WNO's Russian season

By , 23 September 2017
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Mary Elizabeth Williams (Rosalinde) and Mark Stone (Eisenstein) © Bill Cooper
Birmingham

Die Fledermaus: WNO's jolly good romp in Birmingham

By , 28 June 2017
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Louise Alder (Sophie Von Faninal) and Lucia Cervoni (Octavian) © Bill Cooper
Cardiff

Sumptuous performances from WNO in Der Rosenkavalier

By , 04 June 2017
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Karah Son (Cio-Cio San) and Jonathan Burton (Pinkerton) © Jeremy Abrahams
Milton Keynes

Nagasaki comes to Bedfordshire: WNO's Madama Butterfly in Milton Keynes

By , 24 March 2017
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Catherine Wyn-Rogers (La mère d'Iseut) © Robert Workman
Milton Keynes

Bitter wine: Frank Martin's Le Vin herbé an acquired taste

By , 21 March 2017
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Dominick Chenes (Rodolfo) and Marina Costa-Jackson (Mimì) © Robert Workman
Cardiff

A musically and visually opulent La bohème from Welsh National Opera

By , 28 January 2017
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Jeni Bern (Lilli Vanessi/ Katharine) and Quirijn de Lang (Fred Graham/ Petruchio) © Richard Hubert Smith
Cardiff

A wonderful show: Welsh National Opera's Kiss me, Kate

By , 29 September 2016
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Luis Cansino (Macbeth) © Richard Hubert Smith
Cardiff

Musically excellent but excessively brutal: Verdi's Macbeth at WNO

By , 17 September 2016
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Lester Lynch (Shylock) © Johan Persson
Cardiff

All that glitters: Tchaikowsky's The Merchant of Venice staged by Welsh National Opera

By , 16 September 2016
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David Kempster (Tonio) and Gwyn Hughes Jones (Canio) © Bill Cooper
Cardiff

Cav & Pag: a nostalgia trip for Welsh National Opera

By , 29 May 2016
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Andrew Bidlack (Private John Ball) and Marcus Farnsworth (Lieutenant Jenkins) © Bill Cooper
Cardiff

From the Somme's trenches: Iain Bell's In Parenthesis opens at Welsh National Opera

By , 13 May 2016
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Alan Oke (The Major) and Naomi O'Connell (Serafin) © Richard Hubert Smith
Bristol

WNO's Figaro Gets a Divorce: a memorable night in Bristol

By , 17 March 2016
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Nicholas Lester (Figaro) and Nico Darmanin (Almaviva) © Richard Hubert Smith
Bristol

Welsh National Opera's Barber of Seville underwhelms

By , 15 March 2016
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Anna Devin (Susanna) and David Stout (Figaro) © Richard Hubert Smith
Cardiff

Strong performances in WNO's Marriage of Figaro

By , 20 February 2016
***11
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David Arnsperger (Sweeney Todd) © Johan Persson
Cardiff

Razor sharp: a bloody Sweeney Todd at Welsh National Opera

By , 08 October 2015
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Lawrence Zazzo, Fflur Wyn, Monika Sawa, Helen Greenaway, Sarah Pope, Nicola Morgan, Daniel Grice © Bill Cooper
Cardiff

Handel's Orlando given a lively update

By , 07 October 2015
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Rosa Feola (Elvira) © Bill Cooper
Cardiff

Rosa Feola shines in Welsh National Opera's I puritani

By , 11 September 2015
***11
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Jurgita Adamonyte (Mélisande) and Christopher Purves (Golaud) © Clive Barda
Cardiff

Spiral staircase and paddling pool: Pelléas et Mélisande from Welsh National Opera

By , 29 May 2015
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Ashley Holland (Captain Hook) © Clive Barda
Cardiff

Leaving J.M.Barrie dangling: High-flying Peter Pan at Welsh National Opera

By , 16 May 2015
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© Robert Workman
Cardiff

An evening of starvation and gluttony with Welsh National Opera's Hansel and Gretel

By , 21 February 2015
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Allan Clayton (Tamino) © Robert Workman
Cardiff

Lobsters, bowler hats and The Financial Times: The Magic Flute given Magritte makeover by Welsh National Opera

By , 13 February 2015
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Peter Wedd (Don José) and Alessandra Volpe (Carmen) © Jeni Clegg
Bristol

WNO's Chorus leads Carmen at the Bristol Hippodrome

By , 12 November 2014
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Miklós Sebestyén (Mosè) © Richard Hubert Smith
Cardiff

Marc Chagall inspires a new production of Mosè in Egitto

By , 03 October 2014
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David Kempster (Tell) © Richard Hubert Smith
Cardiff

Rossini's William Tell in fifty shades of grey

By , 12 September 2014
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Robert Hayward (Roderick Usher) and Anna Gorbachyova (Madeline Usher) © Stephen Cummiskey
Cardiff

Usher House double bill fails to stand up

By , 13 June 2014
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Mary Elizabeth Williams (Abigaille) © Bill Cooper
Cardiff

Glitter and black ostrich feathers prevail in WNO's Nabucco

By , 31 May 2014
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John Tomlinson (Moses) © Bill Cooper
Cardiff

Scant Sodom, no Gomorrah, but a riveting Moses und Aron

By , 24 May 2014
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Chiara Taigi (Manon Lescaut) © Johan Persson
Southampton

Chic, bleak and provocative: WNO’s Manon Lescaut

By , 19 March 2014
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Sarah Tynan (Manon Lescaut) © Johan Persson
Cardiff

A Powerful Relic from Post-war Germany: Welsh National Opera's Boulevard Solitude

By , 26 February 2014
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WNO, Wagner Dream: Ananda (Robin Tritschler) and Claire Booth (Pakati)  ©  David Massey
Cardiff

A miraculous Wagner Dream from Welsh National Opera

By , 06 June 2013
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©  Bill Cooper
Cardiff

A new Lohengrin at Welsh National Opera

By , 26 May 2013
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WNO Madam Butterfly: Alan Opie (Sharpless) and Cheryl Barker (Madam Butterfly) © Jeni Clegg
Southampton

Welsh National Opera's Butterfly at the Mayflower, Southampton

By , 22 March 2013
***11
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WNO Lulu: Marie Arnet (Lulu)  ©  Clive Barda
Birmingham

David Pountney and Welsh National Opera's superb new Lulu in Birmingham

By , 05 March 2013
****1
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Fflur Wyn (Iphis) and WNO Chorus  ©  Bill Cooper
Oxford

Welsh National Opera at the New Theatre, Oxford: Handel's Jephtha

By , 23 October 2012
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Owen Webb (Harlequin) and Gillian Keith (Zerbinetta) - Credit Richard H Smith
Oxford

Welsh National Opera perform Ariadne auf Naxos

By , 30 November 2010
***11
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