MORE THAN JUST OPERA: WNO EXTRA

Written By The Wagnerian on Friday, 12 August 2011 | 5:29:00 pm

Press release:

Welsh National Opera is offering more this autumn with its WNO Extra* series.

Members of the public will have the chance to meet the cast, singers, hear about the stories behind the music, take part in workshops and learn more about our work from industry experts.


The Whole Story – Join Dewi Savage, singers Gail Pearson and Dyfed-Wyn Evans, and pianist David Seaman for a two-hour exploration of Don Giovanni, The Barber of Seville andKatya Kabanova. This ticketed event is a chance to learn more about the background of the operas, the music and libretto before seeing the productions. Tickets are £8.


Post-Show Discussion – this is a chance to share feelings and thoughts about our performances of Katya Kabanova. This free event will be hosted by a Company member of WNO.


In Depth - The exploration continues at Wales Millennium Centre with Doctor Francesco Izzo from Southampton University who will be giving an insight into The Barber of Seville. Dr Izzo will be giving a detailed insight into Rossini’s comic opera on Saturday 1st October. Tickets for this event are £5.


Family Workshop – this is a chance to see singers, their costumes and props up close with a fun exploration of the story and music of The Barber of Seville. Suitable for all ages, tickets for this one and a half hour session are £3 for Adults and £2 for children.


Come & Sing – does exactly what it says on the tin. Anyone with a passion for music, whatever their ability, can come along and learn how to sing opera. Join WNO’s Chorus Master Stephen Harris in a two hour singing workshop at Wales Millennium Centre and learn choral extracts. This session start at 7pm on Tuesday 27 September. Tickets cost £3.


Audio Described Performances – Expert audio describers will be commentating on some performances of Don Giovanni using infra-red headsets during the show for blind and partially sighted patrons. Those taking part will also be able to attend a pre-performance touch tour on the set where they will be able to get close to some of the props and costumes.


*Not all events are available at all venues