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Venue: Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

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AddressBute Place, Cardiff
Cardiff
Wales
CF10 5AL
United Kingdom
Google maps51° 27' 53.892" N 3° 9' 53.113" W
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WNO’s Figaro revival crackles with humour and exudes joie de vivre

Soraya Mafi (Susanna) and Anita Watson (Countess) © Richard Hubert Smith
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

Marine Tournet (dancer) and Giorgio Caoduro (Montfort) © Johan Persson
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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Carmen in Cardiff: WNO's powerful new production is a triumph

Virginie Verrez (Carmen) and Dimitri Pittas (Don José) © Bill Cooper
Virginie Verrez acted not with fire and ice but with gallic insouciance.
****1
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Joyce El-Khoury shines as Donizetti's Tudor queen

Joyce El Khoury (Elisabetta) © Bill Cooper
It is a thing of wonder that Roberto Devereux is one of Donizetti’s lesser known works. Whether on account of its challenging soprano part, or its fussy Tudor setting, it is rarely performed, but contains some of the composer’s most beautiful – and indeed memorable – arias and duets.
****1
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Bowler hats and lobsters: WNO's surreal Magic Flute returns

Ben Johnson (Tamino) © Bill Cooper
Dominic Cooke’s Magritte-inspired production returns to Wales Millennium Centre to keep the audience giggling. 
***11
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Ballo II, the American cut: an indigestible staging at WNO

Gwyn Hughes Jones (Riccardo) and Mary Elizabeth Williams (Amelia) © Bill Cooper
Musically, WNO gets it right. Straightforward brilliance is the order of the day, and plenty of it.
***11
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“Once upon a time”: Rossini's Cinderella in Cardiff

Tara Erraught (Angelina) © Jane Hobson
Delights both sugary and strange in this revival of La Cenerentola by Welsh National Opera.
****1
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Ferocious intensity: Pountney's new War and Peace at WNO

Lauren Michelle (Natasha) and Jonathan McGovern (Prince Andrei) © Clive Barda
WNO make a compelling case for Prokofiev's gargantuan War and Peace.
*****
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