Welsh National Opera 2013/14 Season

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Welsh National Opera http://imageshack.com/a/img534/3302/sw5p.pngcontinues its exploration of opera with themed seasons in 2013/14, turning the spotlight on to an infamous royal dynasty, women behaving badly and religion. Eight new productions including a World premiere and a British premiere will be performed as well as a special Welsh National Youth Opera celebration of Benjamin Britten’s centenary year.  The Orchestra of WNO will also perform in the International Concert Series at St David’s Hall in Cardiff and at residencies at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Highlights include:

  • The Tudors - a trilogy of Donizetti works based on the lives of Anne Boleyn, Mary Stuart and Queen Elizabeth I.  New productions of Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda and Roberto Devereux will be realised by young directors Alessandro Talevi and Rudolf Frey.
  • Fallen Women - this theme focuses on the intense struggle and subsequent downfall of women who dared seek the least vestige of independence.  Both new productions of Manon Lescaut and Henze’s Boulevard Solitude are by the acclaimed Polish film, theatre and opera director Mariusz Trelinski.
  • Faith - the power, the meaning and the consequence of religious belief will be explored in a new production of Nabucco directed by Rudolf Frey. The UK premiere of Stuttgart Opera’s production of Moses und Aron will be performed in Cardiff, Birmingham and at the Royal Opera House in London.
  • British Firsts – WNO’s series of contemporary new opera will continue with the British Premiere of Usher House, Gordon Getty’s interpretation of Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher.  This will be performed together with Debussy’s La Chute de la Maison Usher.  Both productions will be directed by David Pountney.
  • Benjamin Britten’s centenary year will be marked with a new production of Paul Bunyan by Welsh National Youth Opera featuring Only Boys Aloud.
  • WNO’s Music Director Lothar Koenigs will conduct the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera in three concerts at St David’s Hall in Cardiff.  The concerts will feature music inspired by this season’s themes including works by Vaughan Williams, Britten, Berg, Wagner, Bruckner and Messiaen.  The orchestra will be joined by mezzo soprano Sarah Connolly for the concert on Friday 17 January.
  • Singers in the 13/14 season include Katharine Goeldner, Judith Howarth, Bruce Sledge, Christine Rice, Gary Griffiths, Alexandra Deshorties, David Kempster, Chiara Taigi, Rainer Trost and Mary Elizabeth Williams.


Donizetti: Anna Bolenahttp://img835.imageshack.us/img835/2235/farnocchia1031.jpg

  • Anne Boleyn            Serena Farnocchia / Linda Richardson
  • Lord Percy                Robert McPherson
  • Jane Seymour          Katharine Goeldner
  • Henry VIII                   Alastair Miles
  • Conductor                 Daniele Rustioni /Andrew Greenwood
  • Director                     Alessandro Talevi


Donizetti: Maria Stuarda

  • Mary Stuart                    Christine Rice
  • Queen Elizabeth            Judith Howarth
  • Leicester Bruce Sledge
  • Talbot                              Alastair Miles
  • Conductor                       Graeme Jenkins/Robin Newton
  • Director                           Rudolf Frey


Donizetti: Roberto Devereux

  • Roberto Devereux                         Leonardo Capalbo
  • Queen Elizabeth                             Alexandra Deshorties
  • Sara, Duchess of Nottingham Leah-Marian Jones
  • Duke of Nottingham David Kempster
  • Conductor                                       Daniele Rustioni /Christian Capocaccia
  • Director                                           Alessandro Talevi


Puccini: Tosca

  • Floria Tosca                             Mary Elizabeth Williams
  • Mario Cavaradossi                 Gwyn Hughes Jones
  • Scarpia                                     Claudio Otelli
  • Conductor                                 Lothar Koenigs /Simon Phillippo
  • Director                                     Michael Blakemore


Puccini: Manon Lescauthttp://img9.imageshack.us/img9/773/chiarataigib.jpg

  • Manon Lescaut                         Chiara Taigi
  • Chevalier des Grieux               Gwyn Hughes Jones
  • Lescaut                                      David Kempster
  • Conductor                                  Lothar Koenigs
  • Director                                      Mariusz Trelinski


Henze: Boulevard Solitude

  • Manon Lescaut                          Sarah Tynan
  • Armand des Grieux                   Peter Wedd
  • Lescaut                                       Benjamin Bevan
  • Conductor                                   Lothar Koenigs
  • Director                                       Mariusz Trelinski


Verdi: La traviata

  • Violetta Valery                        Georgia Jarman
  • Alfredo Germont                     Peter Sonn /Leonardo Capalbo
  • Giorgio Germont                    Alan Opie
  • Conductor                               Simon Phillippo
  • Director                                   David McVicar


Schoenberg: Moses und Aron

  • Aron                                          Rainer Trost
  • Moses                                       Richard Angas
  • Conductor                                 Lothar Koenigs
  • Directors                                   Jossi Wieler & Sergio Morabito


Verdi: Nabucco

  • Nabucco                          David Kempster
  • Abigaille                          Mary Elizabeth Williams
  • Zaccaria                          Kevin Short
  • Fenena                            Justina Gringyte
  • Ismaele                            Wynne Evans
  • Conductor                        Xian Zhang
  • Director                            Rudolf Frey


The Fall of the House of Usher – Double bill:

Getty: Usher House

  • Edgar Allan Poe                      Jason Bridges
  • Roderick Usher                        Benjamin Bevan
  • Doctor Primus                          Kevin Short
  • Madeline Usher                        Anna Gorbachyova

Debussy: La Chute de la Maison Usher (British Première of new version completed by Robert Orledge)

  • Roderick Usher                              Robert Hayward
  • Lady Madeline                                Anna Gorbachyova
  • Conductor                                        Lawrence Foster
  • Director                                            David Pountney


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28 January 2014 18:16 )  

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