Welsh opera

Welsh Opera | The Best of 2018

This year has shown that opera in Wales is as innovative and exuberant as ever, and the Wales Arts Review favourites list contains an eclectic bunch of productions. Here are the best of Welsh opera productions in 2018. 

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WNO’s War and Peace

War and Peace (Welsh National Opera)

David Pountney of the Welsh National Opera hosts a new production of Prokofiev‘s War and Peace, a socio-historical milieu narrative.

La forza del destino (Welsh National Opera)

The Barber of Seville (Swansea City Opera)

Cath Barton attends a production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville by Swansea City Opera directed by Brendan Wheatley, a version of the classic with nods to pantomime.

Passion (National Dance Company Wales & Music Theatre Wales)

David Truslove reviews the Passion UK premiere at The Anvil, Basingstoke, Co-production from Music Theatre Wales & National Dance Company Wales with London Sinfonietta & EXAUDI

La Cenerentola (Welsh National Opera)

Cath Barton reviews the WNO production of La Cenerentola by Charles Perrault, a variation on the classic Cinderella fairy tale.

A Spanish Hour (Mid Wales Opera)

David Truslove attends Theatr Llwyn in Llanfyllin to experience and reviews the Mid Wales Opera’s Ravel’s L’heure Espagnole (A Spanish Hour).

Join us on December 21st for the announcement of our No.1 Welsh opera of 2018 from this list of 6.


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