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Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Present Opera Double Bill     

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Present Opera Double Bill The students of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama return to Sherman this July with their annual opera – this year a contrasting double bill of a story of a woman’s nightmare after giving birth to an illegitimate child, and a zany comedy about a child’s bedroom coming to life.

Puccini’s Suor Angelica is a deeply moving tale of loss and repentance set in 17th Century Italy. Sung in Italian, it tells the story of Angelica, banished to a convent after bearing an illegitimate child. She learns years later that the child has died, takes poison and as she dies she prays for forgiveness. Will she be reunited with her child in heaven or will she have to bear the consequence of her sin of suicide for all eternity?

In total contrast, Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, sung in English, is a light-hearted, warm and zany comedy. A mischievous child, bored with his lessons, starts to misbehave, smashing tea-cups, tormenting pets and generally throwing tantrums. To his surprise and alarm, everything in his room comes to life to reprimand him and ensure that he learns a lesson he’ll never forget.

The double-bill is conducted by David Jones and directed by Stuart Barker, who relished the challenge of creating the two pieces. He comments:

‘Two of my favourite twentieth century operas; both with ravishing scores but two completely contrasting pieces. I don’t want to give anything away about the production, but suffice to say we have more than risen to the challenge of producing two such different operas on the one night!’

The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama opera is a final project for many of the company members before they graduate to go into the professional world of acting, music, set design and stage management.

Suor Angelica & L’Enfant et les Sortileges is on at Sherman on 1 – 4 July 7.30pm. Tickets are £12, Reductions £10 and can be booked at Sherman’s Box Office on 029 2064 6900 or online at
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