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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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WNO Guide to Hansel & Gretel

This deliciously dark interpretation of the well-loved fairy tale will be devoured by anyone with a wicked sense of fun and fantasy. Richard Jones revels in the nightmarish aspects of the story. His classic production dwells on the themes of hunger, gluttony and cannibalism which lie beneath the story's surface. Deep in the depths of the forest Hansel and Gretel must use all their guile and trickery to avoid a horrific fate. Featuring a beautiful dream sequence involving a banquet served by a fish, this spellbinding production will intrigue those who wish to delve into the dark and comic side of opera. Running time approximately two hours and 10 minutes including one interval Sung in English with surtitles in English and Welsh Co-production with Lyric Opera, Chicago Suitable for ages 10 and over

WNO Guide to Chorus!

Opera's greatest moments Chorus! is a fully staged extravaganza of some of opera's greatest moments. The talents of soprano Lesley Garrett, centre stage with the stunning WNO Chorus, make this a uniquely entwined and magnificent spectacle. Lesley's natural rapport with an audience reaches far beyond the opera house. Her superb voice, in union with the Chorus, brings every song to life in a delightful cocktail of music and performance. Chorus! features over 20 works, including Il trovatore, Madam Butterfly, The Pirates of Penzance and Peter Grimes. With moments of wonder, humour and reflection seasoned operagoers will be reminded why they fell in love with it in the first place. Newcomers to the genre will be left wanting more. War and Peace | Prokofiev | Epigraph Peter Grimes | Britten | Who Holds Himself Apart The Flying Dutchman | Wagner | Spinning Chorus Macbeth | Verdi | Murderers' Chorus Il trovatore | Verdi | Anvil Chorus The Force of Destiny | Verdi | Rataplan The Fairy Queen | Purcell | Hush No More Madama Butterfly | Puccini | Humming Chorus The Rake's Progress | Stravinsky | With Air Commanding Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny | Weill | Alabama Song Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk | Shostakovich | Police Scene Carmen | Bizet | Cigarette Chorus Pirates of Penzance | Sullivan | A Policeman's Lot Tales of Hoffmann | Offenbach | Barcarolle The Cunning Little Vixen | Janacek | Wedding Chorus INTERVAL Carmen | Bizet | Les Voici Pirates of Penzance | Sullivan | With Cat-Like Tread Macbeth | Verdi | Witches Chorus La Forze del Destino | Verdi | La Vergine Degli Angeli Messiah | Handel | Hallelujah Panis | Franck | Angelicus Wailing Chorus | Khovanshchina Nabucco | Verdi | Va Pensiero Arr Paul Bateman | The Impossible Dream Running time approximately two hours including one interval Sung in various languages with surtitles in English and Welsh

WNO Guide to The Magic Flute

Every now and then we need a night at the theatre that just makes us smile. Warm, fun and witty, Mozart's The Magic Flute does just that. Director Dominic Cooke presents a bold production that combines Mozart's sublime music with surreal staging featuring an angry lobster, a newspaper reading lion and a fish doubling as a bicycle. A rich mix of comedy, pantomime, philosophy and religion, on a breathtaking Magritte-inspired set design, The Magic Flute is an irrepressibly entertaining evening. Mozart's most famous opera is a story of young people finding their place in the world, working out for themselves what is true and what is false, what is right and what is quite wrong. It's a journey through darkness into the light. Suitable for all the family, The Magic Flute is the perfect introduction to opera, with moments of total enchantment and music that will remain in the memory forever. Come and witness this unforgettable experience. Running time approximately two hours and 50 minutes including one interval Sung in English with surtitles in English and Welsh Suitable for ages 8 and over

Song Four - Black Christmas by High Contrast

Black Christmas Black Friday; Black Christmas; Black Jesus; Black Witness. Let us feast. Gorge ourselves. May we choke on it. Everybody consume and forget about those outside of your room. There will be no more white Christmases, long as they don't listen to eye witnesses. The nights will no longer be silent, while the days are still violent. As the world burns, the pig on the spit turns. Shop 'til you drop or get killed by a cop. Black Christmas. All is lost, all is blight. Black Christmas. All is lost, all is blight. Wall Street was a slave market before it was the stock market, Lehman Brothers, JP Morgan Chase, Brooks Brothers, Princeton, Lloyds of London, The Bank of England, The Church of England - all profited from the trade of African slaves. Think about the presents you buy and by whom they were made. The nativity scene in Bethlehem, today the site of dead Palestinians. Saying there's no room at the inn and closing borders is the same damn thing. Black Christmas. Terror on earth, good kill to all men. Black Christmas. Terror on earth, good kill to all men. Hugo Boss, Kodak, VW, IBM, Nestle, Siemens, Bayer, Standard Oil, Ford Motors, Chase Bank, Coca-Cola, all did business with Nazi Germany under Adolf Hitler. Merry Christmas.

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Song Three - I Can't Breathe by Cerys Matthews

DOWNLOAD THE SONG HERE: https://soundcloud.com/welshnationalopera/i-cant-breathe-by-cerys-matthews I Can't Breathe Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen Nobody knows the sorrow Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen No Glory hallelujah Sometimes up, sometimes down Oh, Lord Sometimes dragged down to the ground My sweet Lord Nobody knows the trouble I've seen Nobody knows the sorrow Nobody knows the trouble I've seen And the world turns round. Arranged & Produced by Cerys Matthews Engineered & Mixed by James Clarke Musicians Cerys Matthews & Mason Neely Recorded at Tŷ Cerdd Studios Directed by Cyrus Mirza'shafa Joins us on twitter - twitter.com/_fivesongs Amplify the protest - occupation.org.uk

Song Three - I Can't Breathe by Cerys Matthews (Audio Only)

WATCH THE VIDEO NOW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vgXn-kE9r4 DOWNLOAD THE SONG: https://soundcloud.com/welshnationalopera/i-cant-breathe-by-cerys-matthews I Can't Breathe Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen Nobody knows the sorrow Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen No Glory hallelujah Sometimes up, sometimes down Oh, Lord Sometimes dragged down to the ground My sweet Lord Nobody knows the trouble I've seen Nobody knows the sorrow Nobody knows the trouble I've seen And the world turns round. Arranged & Produced by Cerys Matthews Engineered & Mixed by James Clarke Musicians Cerys Matthews & Mason Neely Recorded at Tŷ Cerdd Studios Joins us on twitter - twitter.com/_fivesongs Amplify the protest - occupation.org.uk

Song Two - The Sleeping-Mat Ballad by Judith Weir

DOWNLOAD THE SONG: https://soundcloud.com/welshnationalopera/the-sleeping-mat-ballad-by-judith-weir The Sleeping-Mat Ballad I made a friend, he wove this mat this yellow mat I sleep on. I think he would give his life to shelter me, to protect me. His heart is strong, stronger than his head. We all lie down, a gentle breeze, a gentle breeze refreshes our breathing, a siren sound, our eyes lock, more troubling than before when we were many. ‘it's now or never to be heard.’ Now it’s daybreak, we never pass a peaceful night, I sometimes can't believe we've kept it going, I tell myself as I compose a post: ‘Day 51 and waiting for some answers.’ I hear an unfamiliar sound and stop: It's my friend running across the fast lane. ‘They ask why we're still here: now they will see, now they will see.’ Walking towards the flashing lights, he stops and turns and looks and smiles. Do you think; if we stay; we will win; don't pass by; we're still here; help us win; I am here; this is home; help has come; help has gone; people come; people go. Director: Margaret Constantas Composer: Judith Weir Singer: Rebecca Afonwy-Jones Pianist: Dan Perkin Words: Tim Hopkins Cinematography: Philip Cowan Camera Assistants: Josh Greenway and Jon Smallox Art Direction: Sarah Millward and Holly Woolveridge Recorded by James Clarke at Tŷ Cerdd Studios Joins us on twitter - twitter.com/_fivesongs Amplify the protest - occupation.org.uk

Song One - Grains of Dust by Carleen Anderson

DOWNLOAD THE SONG: https://soundcloud.com/welshnationalopera/song-1-grains-of-dust-by-carleen-anderson Song One - Grains of Dust by Carleen Anderson Verse 1 (You, me, are we All for one or fall) Far from any worries of Third World Problems (Far from Third World Problems) Entitled Paved Streets (Paved Opportunity) Curbsides bordering the lawns for the chance of (Golden Chances) Opportunity (Or just plain lucky) Chorus 1 Marching to the chorus singing Them or US Vocalising We Not Them are Worthy of Love Labelled as Superior or Less to the Gods Blinded by the Separations Between Grains of Dust Verse 2 (Fire) The fire blasting through the flesh of her loved one (His lifeless body falls) His lifeless body falls Face down pressed against the ground Cold, cruel payment Breath and blood – Last Sounds Chorus 2 Marching to the choir singing Them or Us (The build up from repression The ongoing oppression - Long standing debts) Vocalising We Not Them are Worthy of Love (The systematic weapons Repeating unlearned lessons – over again) Labeling Superior or Less to the Gods (The weary testifying The worn out justifying – all sides will lose) Blinded by the Separations (The cycle of violence Will only end when respect Is for everyone (Between Grains of Dust) Parted by the pull of Power and Glory Blinded by the Separations Between Grains of Dust Composed and performed by Carleen Anderson Percussion Crispin Robinson Music recorded and produced by Ty Cerdd studios. Film by Tim Hopkins Joins us on twitter - twitter.com/_fivesongs Amplify the protest - occupation.org.uk

Watch the Moses in Egypt trailer

Unchainable Don't miss a moment. Book now. | http://www.wno.org.uk/mosesinegypt

2015/2016 Season announcement: LIVE

WNO Chief Executive and Artistic Director David Pountney talks us through the full season repertoire for 2015/2016.

Watch the Carmen trailer

Don't miss a moment. Book now: http://www.wno.org.uk/carmen Until 27 Nov. See us in Cardiff, Swansea, Oxford, Llandudno, Liverpool, Bristol, Birmingham and Southampton.

WNO Chorus Ice Bucket Challenge

Our WNO Chorus accepted the ice bucket challenge for Macmillan and MND - we challenge Opera North, Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Scottish Opera and WNO Orchestra!! You have 48 hours!

A Guide to Carmen

Watch our guide to Carmen, one of the best loved of all operas. Contributors include WNO Nicholas John Dramaturg Sophie Rashbrook, Staff Director, Sarah Crisp and WNO Chief Executive & Artistic Director David Pountney. Don't miss a moment. Book now | http://www.wno.org.uk/carmen

Welsh National Opera Residency in Torbay

Orchestra Manager, Phil Boughton captures our residency in Torbay using a Go Pro camera. More info: http://www.wno.org.uk/whats-on

Why the world needs compassion now

Join UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova and Karen Armstrong FRSL, internationally renowned scholar on comparative religions, in conversation to discuss religion and conflict in the world today. In a year marking the centenary of the First World War, when arguably the world increasingly seems to resemble the world of 1914, how do we contend with a global environment that is increasingly multipolar, unpredictable and ravaged by conflicts driven by ethnic and religious divides? Karen Armstrong will provide an exposition on her call for compassion in an attempt to change the conflict paradigm, and bring compassion to the forefront of the world's attention. In partnership with the Maimonides Interfaith Foundation.

Is there room in Britishness for cultural difference?

Shortly after writing Moses und Aron, Schoenberg fled to the USA to escape the Nazi led persecution of European Jews. In this debate leading social commentators consider whether multiple cultures and religions can exist side by side in modern day Britain. The panel will tackle questions such as is multiculturalism really to blame for the erosion of community? Chair: Abdul Rehman Malik, Journalist and Programme Director of the Radical Middle Way Panel: Julie Siddiqi, from the Islamic Society of Britain Dave Rich, Deputy Director of Communications at the Community Security Trust Daniel Trilling, Editor of the New Humanist magazine Recorded at the Royal Opera House on Monday 2 June 2014

Watch how do you communicate the divine? LIVE

WNO Artistic Director David Pountney leads a discussion exploring Moses und Aron's central theme -- the inadequacy of language when communicating the absolutely spiritual. David is joined by academic and broadcaster Mona Siddiqui. This conversation was broadcast live on Friday 23 May. In partnership with the Maimonides Interfaith Foundation.

How do you communicate the divine? LIVE

On the eve of the opening night of Schoenberg's masterpiece, Moses und Aron, WNO Artistic Director David Pountney leads a discussion of the opera's central theme -- the inadequacy of language when communicating the absolutely spiritual. David is joined by academic and broadcaster Mona Siddiqui. In partnership with the Maimonides Interfaith Foundation.

Moses und Aron trailer

Imagine you've been told the most important thing man has ever been told. What you have been told will change the world and save mankind. You must now share what you have heard, you are God's spokesperson on earth. Imagine, however, that you are overcome with despair that you find yourself unable to find the right words to communicate God's will. This is Moses' tragedy in Moses und Aron. It is impossible to listen to Schoenberg's 'fragmentary masterpiece' and not be stunned by his achievement. Moses und Aron reaches to the outer limits of what opera was capable of in the last century. It's a sound so unique, so urgent that you might be forgiven for thinking that it has come down from heaven itself. Welsh National Opera is proud to stage this rarely performed opera in Sergio Morabito and Jossi Wieler's highly charged production. Moses und Aron is a huge undertaking for both performers and audiences but the rewards will be extraordinary. Supported by the Colwinston Charitable Trust and The John S Cohen Foundation.

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