Wednesday, 22 February 2012

WNO Spring Birmingham

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 at the Birmingham Hippodrome from 6-10th March 2012.

· Elijah Moshinsky’s Beatrice and Benedict features Sara Fulgoni, Robin Tritschler, Anna Burford 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 Simon Phillippo

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

Please note Leonardo Capalbo will now sing the role of Alfredo Germont in La traviata in Birmingham.

Women in Love:

Welsh National Opera’s 2012 spring 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.

See WNO at Birmingham Hippodrome from Tuesday 6th to Saturday 10th March 2012.

Love hurts: David McVicar’s highly acclaimed production of Verdi’s La traviata, set in 19th century Paris, returns to open the new season at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, on Saturday 11 February. Canadian soprano Joyce El-Khoury makes her European debut in the role of Violetta; Italian-American tenor Leonardo Capalbo sings the role of Alfredo Germont in his debut for the company. Conductor Julia Jones is also making her WNO debut. McVicar’s detailed production evokes a world where the aspirations of a young courtesan Violetta Val√®ry are cruelly defeated by social convention, leaving her to make the ultimate sacrifice for love.

In the mood for love?: Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing is the inspiration for Berlioz’s opera, here transformed to a Mediterranean setting rich in colour and atmosphere. Beatrice and Benedict are possibly the most famous quarrelsome couples in Western art. Will they make it to the altar on time, or will their feuding repartee destroy their tempestuous love affair? Elijah Moshinsky’s production is performed for the first time in a decade with Sara Fulgoni returning to sing the role of Beatrice, with Robin Tritschler as her sparring partner Benedict.

Donald Maxwell also returns in the role of Somarone and Laura Mitchell takes on the role of Hero. The conductor is Michael Hofstetter.

I’m getting married in the morning: Rebecca Evans sang the role of Countess Almaviva for the first time in 2009 in Luis Pasqual’s stylish production of The Marriage of Figaro for WNO, set in the early 1930s. She makes a welcome return to the role in this revival, bringing poignancy and insight to the plight of the Countess who is slighted by her husband’s attempts to seduce the household maid Susanna, Elizabeth Watts on her wedding day. The cast also includes David Soar as Figaro, Dario Solari as Count Almaviva and Jurgita Adamonyt√© as Cherubino. The conductor is Anthony Negus.

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