WNO Spring 2012 season features a host of Wagnerians - if no Wagner till Summer 2012

Written By The Wagnerian on Wednesday, 23 November 2011 | 10:34:00 am

WNO have announced their Spring 2012 season today - details below. Of especial interest are Beatrice and Benedict whose cast includes Sara Fulgoni as Beatrice. Sara of course, performed  Grange Parks fine, if idiosyncratic, Brangäne (as Isolde's PA) in their first Wagner production this year. We have been meaning to catch-up with her performances and this seems like a good occasion as any - and it is Berlioz after all.

Of equal interest to any Wagnerian will be the revival of Lluis Pasqual’s The Marriage of Figaro which next year will be conducted by Longborough Opera Festivals wagnerian conductor Anthony Negus - just before he gets ready for the premiere of LFO's Gotterdammerung in the summer. We are expecting a very interesting night in the theater. Full details of all productions below.

Welsh National Opera Spring 2012

Our new season focuses on matters of the heart, seen from a women’s perspective. Rebecca Evans, Sara Fulgoni and Joyce El-Khoury, a rising star from the New York Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artists Development Programme, take centre stage….

·         Elijah Moshinsky’s Beatrice and Benedict features Sara Fulgoni, Robin Tritschler, Anna Burford and Donald Maxwell and will be conducted by Michael Hofstetter.

·         David McVicar’s La traviata features Joyce El-Khoury, Jason Howard and Carlos Osuna and will be conducted by Julia Jones.

·         Lluis Pasqual’s The Marriage of Figaro features Rebecca Evans, Elizabeth Watts, David Soar and Dario Solari and will be conducted by Anthony Negus

·         Frederic Chaslin will also conduct WNO Orchestra in concert at St David’s Hall in Cardiff on 27th January 2012, featuring Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Adams, The Chairman Dances and Rachmaninov’s Symphony No 2.

WNO’s Spring Season 2012 can be seen in Cardiff, Birmingham, Llandudno, Milton Keynes, Southampton, Plymouth, Bristol and Swansea.

Welsh National Opera Spring 2012


CAST LISTS

Le Nozze di Figaro - Mozart


Revival

Sung in Italian

With English surtitles and Welsh surtitles at Wales Millennium Centre, Venue Cymru and Swansea Grand Theatre

First night 25 February

Figaro David Soar

Countess Almaviva Rebecca Evans (ex 22, 24, 29, 31 March & 3 April)

Camilla Roberts (22, 24, 29, 31 March & 3 April)

Count Almaviva Dario Solari

Susanna Elizabeth Watts

Cherubino Cora Burggraaf (until 17 March)

Patricia Orr (from 22 March)

Doctor Bartolo Henry Waddington

Marcellina Sarah Pring

Barbarina Joanne Boag

Don Basilio Timothy Robinson

Don Curzio Timothy Robinson

Antonio Julian Boyce

Conductor Anthony Negus

Director Lluis Pasqual

Revival Director Caroline Chaney

Designer Paco Azorín

Costume Designer Franca Squarciapino

Lighting Designer Albert Faura

Choreographer Montse Colome

Co-production with Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona

Supported by WNO Sponsors’ Group


La traviata - Verdi

Revival

Sung in Italian

With English surtitles and Welsh surtitles at Wales Millennium Centre, Venue Cymru and Swansea Grand Theatre

First night 11 February

Violetta Joyce El-Khoury

Alfredo Carlos Osuna

Giorgio Germont Jason Howard

Baron Douphol Eddie Wade

Doctor Grenvil Martin Lloyd

Annina Sian Meinir

Flora Amanda Baldwin

Marquis of Obigny Philip Lloyd Evans

Giuseppe Simon Buttle

Conductor Julia Jones (until 5 April)

Simon Phillippo (from 7 April)

Director David McVicar

Revival Director Marie Lambert

Designer Tanya McCallin

Lighting Designer Jennifer Tipton

Choreographer Andrew George

Co-production with Scottish Opera and Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona



Beatrice and Benedict - Berlioz
Revival

With English surtitles and Welsh surtitles at Wales Millennium Centre, Venue Cymru and Swansea Grand Theatre

First night 17 February.

Beatrice Sara Fulgoni

Benedict Robin Tritschler

Hero Laura Mitchell

Somarone Donald Maxwell (Ex 19 April)

William Robert Allenby (19 April)

Ursula Anna Burford

Claudio Gary Griffiths

Don Pedro Piotr Lempa

Leonato Michael Clifton-Thompson

Conductor Michael Hofstetter

Director Elijah Moshinsky

Revival Director Robin Tebbutt

Designer Michael Yeargan

Costume Designer Dona Granata

Lighting Designer Howard Harrison

Co-production with Opera Australia

Supported by WNO Idloes Owen Society.



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