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Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £6,011,414
  • 2013-2014: £6,149,676
  • 2014-2015: £6,315,102

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Silent State trailer

Music has been banned in the town of Wrexham and silence ensues. The town is now a very different place, regimented and controlled, whilst the black market thrives with secret traders dealing in bootleg musical experiences. Anyone seen cavorting, making melodic merry, or moving rhythmically are immediately detained. Being caught in possession of musical artefacts of any kind comes with a very high price. But there is hope....rumours are spreading behind closed doors of a resistance. A resistance against the silence. The time has come to make a stand. Are you ready? Silent State is a roaming theatre game and is a mixture of puzzles, music, intrigue and theatrical happenings. The event plays out on the streets of Wrexham town centre and requires participants to move between several locations on foot. Participants will be placed in groups of six - you can come as a ready-made group or we can match you up with other players. Advanced booking is essential and tickets are available from silentstate.eventbrite.co.uk: http://silentstate.eventbrite.co.uk/

La traviata stage time-lapse

A timelapse film of the La traviata get-in taken during WNO's visit to Theatre Royal Plymouth. Photography by TMAX Productions.

The Fall of the House of Usher | Welsh National Opera

Usher House Gordon Getty World première La Chute de la Maison Usher Debussy Completion by Robert Orledge British première of new version Dare you enter the House of Usher? It's a dark, mysterious place, seemingly with a mind of its own. In their one act operas Claude Debussy and Gordon Getty bring Edgar Allan Poe's macabre tale to the operatic stage. Both operas cast a magnificently oppressive spell of menace and unease. Opera is rarely associated with the chills of the horror genre but this double bill achieves the nerve shredding effect of the best horror films. Step inside the House of Usher but look out behind you. Book now | http://www.wno.org.uk/usher

Anon | Welsh National Opera

Anon Errollyn Wallen The songs of silent women. Anon is the secret journey of millions of women, a journey continuing every day, in the shadows. You will be immersed in this new opera as you travel through hidden worlds and find yourself at the centre of heartbreaking stories. Welsh National Opera mix voices, live soundscapes and contemporary theatre in a groundbreaking new opera. Written by Paralympic Games opening ceremony composer Errollyn Wallen and directed by Wils Wilson, (The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart and Praxis Males Perfect). In partnership with Sampad. Supported by PRS for Music Foundation and WNO Partners. Tuesday 18 March 7pm Gloucester Guildhall Booking 029 2030 4400 | chapter.org Tickets £5 Tuesday 25 March 4pm & 7pm Newhampton Arts Centre Booking 01902 572090 | newhamptonarts.co.uk Tickets £5 plus 10% (online) or £1 (credit/ debit card) transaction fee* *excludes cash or cheque payments Wednesday 26 March 4pm & 7pm mac birmingham Booking 0121 446 3232 | macarts.co.uk Tickets £5

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The Fall of the House of Usher | Welsh National Opera

Usher House Gordon Getty World première La Chute de la Maison Usher Debussy Completion by Robert Orledge British première of new version Dare you enter the House of Usher? It's a dark, mysterious place, seemingly with a mind of its own. In their one act operas Claude Debussy and Gordon Getty bring Edgar Allan Poe's macabre tale to the operatic stage. Both operas cast a magnificently oppressive spell of menace and unease. Opera is rarely associated with the chills of the horror genre but this double bill achieves the nerve shredding effect of the best horror films. Step inside the House of Usher but look out behind you. Book now | http://www.wno.org.uk/usher

Audience Reactions to Boulevard Solitude | Welsh National Opera

'Boulevard Solitude is better than perfect' - ***** The Times 'A deserved triumph for WNO' - ***** The Financial Times Manon and Armand are in love. But can their love survive when a world of sex, drugs and crime intrudes on their happiness? Henze's powerful, intoxicating opera is a compelling vision of post-war Europe. Combining jazz, 19th century opera and 20th century styles - this is opera but not as you know it. Award winning Theatre, Opera and Film Director Mariusz Trelinski sets his production against a gritty, cinematic backdrop of an underground station where temptation and lust lurk around every corner. Boulevard Solitude is performed by a world-class cast alongside the WNO Chorus and Orchestra. Join us for an evening at the theatre which promises to overwhelm the senses. Book tickets | More info: http://www.wno.org.uk/boulevard

Boulevard Solitude | Welsh National Opera

Sex, Drugs and Opera 'Boulevard Solitude is better than perfect' - ***** The Times 'A deserved triumph for WNO' - ***** The Financial Times Manon and Armand are in love. But can their love survive when a world of sex, drugs and crime intrudes on their happiness? Henze's powerful, intoxicating opera is a compelling vision of post-war Europe. Combining jazz, 19th century opera and 20th century styles - this is opera but not as you know it. Award winning Theatre, Opera and Film Director Mariusz Trelinski sets his production against a gritty, cinematic backdrop of an underground station where temptation and lust lurk around every corner. Boulevard Solitude is performed by a world-class cast alongside the WNO Chorus and Orchestra. Join us for an evening at the theatre which promises to overwhelm the senses. Book tickets | More info: http://www.wno.org.uk/boulevard

La traviata - audience reactions | Welsh National Opera

Giorgio Germont has made a terrible mistake. Germont has realised that Violetta, the fallen woman he drove away from his son, Alfredo, was the best thing that will ever happen to his inexperienced boy. His realisation comes late in the day as Violetta's health is getting worse. Can Germont repair the damage before it's too late? La traviata is an attack on hypocrisy. It is also a life-affirming celebration of the fact that essential human qualities like compassion, love and self-sacrifice do exist. Most of all, La traviata is a supreme tear-jerker. David McVicar's masterful production makes sure that few leave the theatre with dry eyes. Book tickets | More information: http://www.wno.org.uk/traviata

La traviata | Welsh National Opera

Giorgio Germont has made a terrible mistake. Germont has realised that Violetta, the fallen woman he drove away from his son, Alfredo, was the best thing that will ever happen to his inexperienced boy. His realisation comes late in the day as Violetta's health is getting worse. Can Germont repair the damage before it's too late? La traviata is an attack on hypocrisy. It is also a life-affirming celebration of the fact that essential human qualities like compassion, love and self-sacrifice do exist. Most of all, La traviata is a supreme tear-jerker. David McVicar's masterful production makes sure that few leave the theatre with dry eyes. Book tickets | More information: http://www.wno.org.uk/traviata

Nabucco Trailer | Welsh National Opera

Filmed by Thiemo Hehl. Book Tickets: http://www.wno.org.uk/nabucco When Nabucco is struck by lightning he proclaims himself to be a god. Others think he is a mad man, a tyrant, yesterday's news, a father and possibly even a liberator. In the final reckoning how will Nabucco be judged? Best known for 'Va, pensiero -- The Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves', Nabucco is a rich treasure by the young Verdi that all fans of his work will want to discover. Nabucco is the operatic equivalent of a 1950s biblical Hollywood epic with its rousing, soaring score. We are delighted to present Nabucco once again as the company who re-introduced it to British audiences a century after it was last performed on these shores. Nabucco will send you home humming the tunes and tapping your feet for days to come. Supported by the Colwinston Charitable Trust, WNO Partnership and the Nabucco Circle.

Boulevard Solitude opening titles | Welsh National Opera

Sex, Drugs and Opera Manon and Armand are in love. But can their love survive when a world of sex, drugs and crime intrudes on their happiness? Henze's powerful, intoxicating opera is a compelling vision of post-war Europe. Combining jazz, 19th century opera and 20th century styles - this is opera but not as you know it. Award winning Theatre, Opera and Film Director Mariusz Trelinski sets his production against a gritty, cinematic backdrop of an underground station where temptation and lust lurk around every corner. Boulevard Solitude is performed by a world-class cast alongside the WNO Chorus and Orchestra. Join us for an evening at the theatre which promises to overwhelm the senses. Book Tickets | http://www.wno.org.uk/boulevard

WNO Music Director Lothar Koenigs talks about St David's Hall concert

Music Director Lothar Koenigs and the WNO Orchestra want to share some extraordinary music with you. This music may be less familiar than the popular classics. However, through their conviction and passion, the orchestra prove that it is no less moving or exhilarating. Lothar and the orchestra believe deeply in this music. By spending a couple of hours with them at St David's Hall, you will too. Our concert this January reflects on the composer in love. Passionate and evoking, a few tales are told through the music about these great composers which will stir the heart. An evening of potent and opulent music paying tribute to great artistic muses who inspired great composers. Book Tickets | http://www.wno.org.uk/fallenwomenconcert Music appears courtesy of Naxos Rights US Inc.

Benjamin Britten: A New Year Carol | WNO Côr Caia Choir

WNO Côr Caia Choir perform Benjamin Britten's 'A New Year Carol', as part of the Friday Afternoons Project, to celebrate Britten's Centenary celebrations. Musical Director: Jenny Pearson Accompanist: Annette Bryn Parri http://www.wno.org.uk/wrexham-street-songs http://www.fridayafternoonsmusic.co.uk/ http://www.fridayafternoonsmusic.co.uk/event/wno-c%C3%B4r-caia-choir

Anna Bolena Trailer | Welsh National Opera

Anne is the original Boleyn girl. Few figures in British history have dominated the imaginations of writers, painters and film directors quite like her. Donizetti's re-imagining of Anne's final days in the scheming court of Henry VIII is a touching one. It is a portrait of an innocent stranded in a nest of vipers. You will find it hard not to care deeply for her. Book Tickets: http://www.wno.org.uk/tudors

Manon Lescaut | Welsh National Opera

Manon has been seduced. As an impressionable young woman she wanted it all. She wanted to taste the tempting fruit of adult life. Now just months later she has discovered that the fruit is rotten at the core. Does Manon have any chance of salvation? Book Tickets | http://www.wno.org.uk/manon

The Tudors | Welsh National Opera

The Tudors are coming back to rule Britain once again. This autumn, Henry VIII, Jane Seymour, Anne Boleyn, Mary Stuart, Elizabeth I and the Earl of Essex will grace the stages of theatres across Wales and England. Book Tickets: http://www.wno.org.uk/tudors

Roberto Devereux Audience Reactions | Welsh National Opera

Audience members share their thoughts on our new production of Roberto Devereux.

Roberto Devereux | Welsh National Opera

Elizabeth I may rule the world but she does not rule her own heart. When her favourite, Robert Devereux, the Earl of Essex is threatened with charges of treason she strives to save him. Should he ever be arrested he simply has to present her ring to ensure his freedom. Music licensed courtesy of Naxos Rights US Inc: http://www.naxos.com/

Tosca Audience Reactions | Welsh National Opera

Audience members share their thoughts on our classic production, Tosca.

Tosca Trailer | Welsh National Opera

Floria Tosca stands in shock, clutching a dagger in her bloodstained hands. An hour before she was singing hymns in church. How did she come to this? Tosca is a fast-paced operatic thriller. From the first shattering bars Puccini's mastery puts you on the edge of your seat and keeps you there. Michael Blakemore's classic period production returns with American soprano Mary Elizabeth Williams and Austrian baritone Claudio Otelli making their WNO debuts. Book Tickets | http://www.wno.org.uk/tosca Sound Recording by James Clarke and Jim Unwin from Tŷ Cerdd Studios

The Tudors Audience Reaction | Welsh National Opera

Audience members share their thoughts on Welsh National Opera's Anna Bolena and Maria Stuarda.

Rehearsal Week 7 | The Tudor Mini Series

"Fantastic, riveting piece of theatre with lush music", Leonardo Capalbo talks about Roberto Devereux. Book Tickets: http://www.wno.org.uk/tudors

The Tudors Mini Series | Rehearsal Week 6

As week six comes to an end, we move backstage and talk to Stage Manager Julia Carson Sims and Deputy Stage Manger Julian Johnson.

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