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Performer: Welsh National Opera

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OxfordLa bohème

Puccini: La bohème
Pietro Rizzo; Annabel Arden; Welsh National Opera; Stephen Brimson-Lewis; Nina Dunn; Tim Mitchell; Orchestra of Welsh National Opera

OxfordThe Makropulos Affair (Věc Makropulos)New production

Janáček: The Makropulos Affair (Věc Makropulos)
Tomáš Hanus; Olivia Fuchs; Welsh National Opera; Nicola Turner; Orchestra of Welsh National Opera; Chorus of Welsh National Opera

CardiffBlaze of Glory!World premiere

Hackbridge Johnson: Blaze of Glory!
Stephen Higgins; Caroline Clegg; Welsh National Opera; Madeleine Boyd; Elanor Higgins; Orchestra of Welsh National Opera
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Beware of what you wish for: The Makropulos Affair at WNO

Olivia Fuchs gives a powerful staging of Janáček's morality tale of the perils of eternal youth, with an excellent cast, but there are reservations about the title role.
****1
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Welsh National Opera on tour: a musically powerful Madama Butterfly

Lindy Hume's new production works reasonably well in allowing the story to be told with sufficient emotional weight.
****1
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WNO’s belated 75th birthday party gets off to a triumphant start

WNO finally emerges from the pandemic with a performance of The Barber of Seville full of emotion and elation.
*****
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WNO’s Figaro revival crackles with humour and exudes joie de vivre

A solid Figaro in Cardiff, in which individual performances are a joy, and humour abounds. 
****1
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WNO tackles Vêpres but the vocal fireworks fail to ignite

David Pountney completes his “Verdi trilogy” for the company but although his staging has fluidity, it lacks an explosive ending... and the vocal performances disappoint. 
***11
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A White House Rigoletto with some impressive voices

Welsh National Opera brought a cast of strong voices to Birmingham for a production of Rigoletto intriguingly set in the White House of the 1960s. 
***11
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