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Masks, Monarchy and Magic: Welsh National Opera announces full details of spring season     

Masks, Monarchy and Magic: Welsh National Opera announces full details of spring season • WNO’s Verdi trilogy continues with new production of Un ballo in maschera
• Joyce El-Khoury and Barry Banks return to WNO for role debuts in Roberto Devereux as Elisabetta and the title role
• Magritte-inspired The Magic Flute returns
• A new interpretation of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale to tour to smaller stages across the country

Murder on the dancefloor: Un ballo in maschera
Opening the spring season is a new production of Un ballo in maschera, where love, power and politics collide to create a tale of deception, intrigue and revenge. The second instalment in WNO’s Verdi trilogy, the production is directed by David Pountney, conducted by WNO Conductor Laureate Carlo Rizzi and is a co-production with Oper der Stadt Bonn.

Un ballo in maschera is a study in Kingship, and the heady relationship between personal and public affairs. The story reveals the tragic love triangle between Amelia, her husband Renato and her lover the King (Riccardo), Renato’s best friend. The King is obsessed with theatre and disguise, and this builds climactically to a masked ball in a backdrop of the growing conspiracy against him from his political and personal enemies. Despite Riccardo ultimately renouncing his love for Amelia, the culmination of the piece sees Renato discovering the affair and taking matters into his own hands with devastating consequences. The cast will include highly regarded Welsh tenor Gwyn Hughes-Jones who will sing Riccardo with Mary Elizabeth Williams as Amelia and Roland Wood as Renato.
Raimund Bauer’s ‘Verdi Machine’ set design of three interlocking frames will again feature in this production, but will look distinctly different from the set of La forza del destino, designed to reflect the way the King constantly plays with truth and disguise, and loses his sense of reality in his fascination with theatre. Costumes are designed by Marie-Jeanne Lecca who has most recently collaborated with WNO on the highly acclaimed production of War and Peace.

WNO’s Artistic Director David Pountney says “All three of our operas in this season touch on the issue of kingship. The Magic Flute involves the training of an ideal, enlightened ruler and hopefully suggests that the future will be ruled by an equally matched male and female pair. Roberto Devereux celebrates the power and charisma of one of Britain’s greatest monarchs, and Un ballo in maschera shows what happens when the kingdom becomes the playground for the monarch’s theatrical and amorous fantasies. All three pieces capture the thrilling dichotomy between public power and private passion at which opera excels.”

Heartbreak and High Treason: Roberto Devereux
Also in the spring is a revival of Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux originally directed by Alessandro Talevi. First performed in 2013 as part of WNO’s Tudor season to critical acclaim, it features Madeleine Boyd’s striking designs. Carlo Rizzi will conduct in Cardiff and Birmingham, with James Southall taking the baton for the later dates of the tour. Sung in Italian, the opera is loosely based on the life of Robert Devereux, the Second Earl of Essex and his close relationship with Queen Elizabeth I. Fascinated by Elizabethan history, Donizetti in fact wrote three operas heavily featuring ‘the Virgin Queen’ and in all three the rumours of a fiery temper and love life are placed at the heart of the story. In Roberto Devereux the Queen is romantically linked with the eponymous Earl of Essex as he is tried for treason. Bel canto virtuoso Barry Banks returns to WNO as the titular Devereux, alongside soprano Joyce El-Khoury as Elisabetta, both making role debuts. Also joining the cast are Justina Gringyté as Sara and Gary Griffiths as Nottingham.

Magritte-inspired Marvels: The Magic Flute
Completing the spring season is a revival of Mozart’s ever-popular The Magic Flute with a production originally directed by Dominic Cooke, sung in English and conducted by Damian Iorio, making his debut with WNO. Another tale of royal adventure, this Magritte-inspired production places Prince Tamino's quest to rescue a princess and find true love into a surreal, dream-like world that features an angry lobster, a newspaper-reading lion and a fish transformed into a bicycle. The witty story of enchantment and colourful characters alongside Mozart’s music results in a unique piece of opera, particularly well known for its soaring arias sung by The Queen of The Night. The cast includes Mark Stone as Papageno, Ben Johnson as Tamino, and Anita Watson as Pamina. Making her debut with WNO, soprano Jennifer Davis also appears as First Lady, fresh from her acclaimed engagement as Elsa in Lohengrin at the Royal Opera House.

Doner Kebab flavour to production of Don Pasquale
Opening in May, WNO will take a riotous new version of comic opera Don Pasquale on the road to mid-scale venues across England and Wales. An eclectic ensemble of seven players, including accordion and saxophone, will feature in the action onstage and will be led by musical director Stephen Higgins. A new translation by Daisy Evans, who also directs, teases out the comedic narrative in a twenty-first century South Wales setting and will give audiences a new perspective on this Donizetti classic.
Andrew Shore plays the established bachelor Pasquale who, in this production, has his successful kebab business empire hijacked by the wily young lovers Norina and Ernesto, aided by local schemer Malatesta. Returning to WNO after his leading performance in 2016’s Kiss Me, Kate!, Quirijn de Lang will sing Malatesta and is joined by Nico Darmanin as Ernesto and WNO’s new Associate Artist soprano Harriet Eyley in the role of Norina. Eyley joins WNO for 18 months, and will also sing and cover roles in the 2019-20 annual season as well as taking part in the Company’s engagement work.

Don Pasquale will visit smaller stages across Wales and England following the successful recent tour of Rhondda Rips It Up! as part of WNO’s ongoing commitment to reach a wide range of audiences with a varied operatic repertoire, in partnership with some of the country’s best regional theatres.

Director and librettist Daisy Evans says “This Don Pasquale is fresh, contemporary and unique. It has been reimagined for a modern audience, and sees current issues driving this classic comedy. Pasquale is proud of his kebab van and the years of service he has provided to late night revellers in Cardiff, but he's grown mean-minded and scared of modernisation. His nephew Ernesto and his girlfriend Norina stand for the future - calling for less plastic use, eco-conscious dining and stripped back design. The two sides are pitted against each other in a comedy that is bound to have you laughing as well as thinking”

WNO Orchestra
WNO welcomes 2019 with a popular New Year concert series that will see WNO Orchestra performing waltzes, polkas and songs capturing the spirit of the Viennese concert hall. 'A Night in Vienna' is directed by WNO Orchestra Leader and Concertmaster David Adams with WNO Associate Artist Harriet Eyley as soloist, and will travel to six venues around Wales.
As part of the St David’s Hall International Concert Series, WNO will perform two orchestral concerts this Spring.
WNO’s Conductor Laureate, Carlo Rizzi, marks his return to the ICS for the first time since 2008, with a programme of late-Romantic masterpieces at the end of January. Violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky joins the Orchestra for Bruch's Scottish Fantasy, a four-movement fantasy based on Scottish folk-melodies, now amongst the composer’s most performed works. The concert will also include performance of Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture and Rachmaninov's ever-popular Symphony No 2.
In March, WNO Music Director Tomáš Hanus will conduct the Orchestra in a programme that includes Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, and Brahms’ Symphony No 3 and they will be joined by pianist Paul Lewis for a performance of Mozart’s Piano concerto No 27, the composer’s final sublime and unique contribution to the form.

New Production
Un ballo in maschera – Verdi

First Night: Saturday 9 February 2019 at 7.30pm at Wales Millennium Centre

Sung in Italian with surtitles in English (and Welsh in Cardiff and Llandudno)

Cast Includes:

Riccardo Gwyn Hughes Jones
Amelia Mary Elizabeth Williams
Renato Roland Wood
Ulrica Sara Fulgoni
Oscar Julie Martin du Theil (ex 6 March)
Harriet Eyley (6 March)
Samuel Jihoon Kim
Tom Tristan Hambleton
Silvano Jason Howard
Amelia’s Servant Andrew Irwin

Conductor Carlo Rizzi (until 6 March)
Gareth Jones (from 27 March)

Director David Pountney
Designer Raimund Bauer
Costume Designer Marie-Jeanne Lecca
Lighting Designer Fabrice Kebour


Co-production with Oper der Stadt Bonn
Supported by the WNO Verdi Syndicate
Patron of the Verdi Trilogy: His Excellency The Italian Ambassador

Revival
The Magic Flute – Mozart

First Night: Friday 15 February 2019 at 7.15 pm at Wales Millennium Centre

Sung in English with surtitles in English (and Welsh in Cardiff and Llandudno)

Cast Includes:

Tamino Ben Johnson
Pamina Anita Watson
Papageno Mark Stone (ex 17 February & 6 April
Gareth Brynmor John (17 February & 6 April)
Sarastro James Platt (ex 7 & 9 March)
Jihoon Kim (7 & 9 March)
Queen of the Night Caroline Wettergreen (until 9 March)
Samantha Hay (from 28 March)
First Lady Jennifer Davis
Second Lady Kezia Bienek
Third Lady Emma Carrington
Speaker Phillip Rhodes
Papagena Claire Hampton
Monostatos Howard Kirk

Conductor Damian Iorio (ex 7 & 9 March)
Thomas Blunt (7 & 9 March)

Director Dominic Cooke
Set Designer Julian Crouch
Costume Designer Kevin Pollard
Original Lighting Designer Chris Davey


Revival
Roberto Devereux – Donizetti

First Night: Thursday 28 February 2019 at 7.30 pm at Wales Millennium Centre

Sung in Italian with surtitles in English (and Welsh in Cardiff and Llandudno)

Cast Includes:

Roberto Devereux, Earl of Essex Barry Banks
Queen Elizabeth Joyce El-Khoury
Sara, Duchess of Nottingham Justina Gringyté
Duke of Nottingham Gary Griffiths
Walter Raleigh Wyn Pencarreg
Lord Cecil Robyn Lyn Evans
Nottingham’s Confidant Phillip Smith

Conductor Carlo Rizzi (until 8 March)
James Southall (from 29 March)

Director Alessandro Talevi
Designer Madeleine Boyd
Original Lighting Designer Matthew Haskins

New Production
Un ballo in maschera – Verdi


First Night: Saturday 9 February 2019 at 7.30pm at Wales Millennium Centre

Sung in Italian with surtitles in English (and Welsh in Cardiff and Llandudno)

Cast Includes:

Riccardo Gwyn Hughes Jones
Amelia Mary Elizabeth Williams
Renato Roland Wood
Ulrica Sara Fulgoni
Oscar Julie Martin du Theil (ex 6 March)
Harriet Eyley (6 March)
Samuel Jihoon Kim
Tom Tristan Hambleton
Silvano Jason Howard
Amelia’s Servant Andrew Irwin


Conductor Carlo Rizzi (until 6 March)
Gareth Jones (from 27 March)

Director David Pountney
Designer Raimund Bauer
Costume Designer Marie-Jeanne Lecca
Lighting Designer Fabrice Kebour



Co-production with Oper der Stadt Bonn
Supported by the WNO Verdi Syndicate
Patron of the Verdi Trilogy: His Excellency The Italian Ambassador

Revival
The Magic Flute – Mozart

First Night: Friday 15 February 2019 at 7.15 pm at Wales Millennium Centre

Sung in English with surtitles in English (and Welsh in Cardiff and Llandudno)

Cast Includes:

Tamino Ben Johnson
Pamina Anita Watson
Papageno Mark Stone (ex 17 February & 6 April
Gareth Brynmor John (17 February & 6 April)
Sarastro James Platt (ex 7 & 9 March)
Jihoon Kim (7 & 9 March)
Queen of the Night Caroline Wettergreen (until 9 March)
Samantha Hay (from 28 March)
First Lady Jennifer Davis
Second Lady Kezia Bienek
Third Lady Emma Carrington
Speaker Phillip Rhodes
Papagena Claire Hampton
Monostatos Howard Kirk


Conductor Damian Iorio (ex 7 & 9 March)
Thomas Blunt (7 & 9 March)


Director Dominic Cooke
Set Designer Julian Crouch
Costume Designer Kevin Pollard
Original Lighting Designer Chris Davey

Revival
Roberto Devereux – Donizetti

First Night: Thursday 28 February 2019 at 7.30 pm at Wales Millennium Centre

Sung in Italian with surtitles in English (and Welsh in Cardiff and Llandudno)

Cast Includes:

Roberto Devereux, Earl of Essex Barry Banks
Queen Elizabeth Joyce El-Khoury
Sara, Duchess of Nottingham Justina Gringyté
Duke of Nottingham Gary Griffiths
Walter Raleigh Wyn Pencarreg
Lord Cecil Robyn Lyn Evans
Nottingham’s Confidant Phillip Smith


Conductor Carlo Rizzi (until 8 March)
James Southall (from 29 March)

Director Alessandro Talevi
Designer Madeleine Boyd
Original Lighting Designer Matthew Haskins

New Production
Un ballo in maschera – Verdi


First Night: Saturday 9 February 2019 at 7.30pm at Wales Millennium Centre

Sung in Italian with surtitles in English (and Welsh in Cardiff and Llandudno)

Cast Includes:

Riccardo Gwyn Hughes Jones
Amelia Mary Elizabeth Williams
Renato Roland Wood
Ulrica Sara Fulgoni
Oscar Julie Martin du Theil (ex 6 March)
Harriet Eyley (6 March)
Samuel Jihoon Kim
Tom Tristan Hambleton
Silvano Jason Howard
Amelia’s Servant Andrew Irwin


Conductor Carlo Rizzi (until 6 March)
Gareth Jones (from 27 March)

Director David Pountney
Designer Raimund Bauer
Costume Designer Marie-Jeanne Lecca
Lighting Designer Fabrice Kebour



Co-production with Oper der Stadt Bonn
Supported by the WNO Verdi Syndicate
Patron of the Verdi Trilogy: His Excellency The Italian Ambassador

Revival
The Magic Flute – Mozart

First Night: Friday 15 February 2019 at 7.15 pm at Wales Millennium Centre

Sung in English with surtitles in English (and Welsh in Cardiff and Llandudno)

Cast Includes:

Tamino Ben Johnson
Pamina Anita Watson
Papageno Mark Stone (ex 17 February & 6 April
Gareth Brynmor John (17 February & 6 April)
Sarastro James Platt (ex 7 & 9 March)
Jihoon Kim (7 & 9 March)
Queen of the Night Caroline Wettergreen (until 9 March)
Samantha Hay (from 28 March)
First Lady Jennifer Davis
Second Lady Kezia Bienek
Third Lady Emma Carrington
Speaker Phillip Rhodes
Papagena Claire Hampton
Monostatos Howard Kirk


Conductor Damian Iorio (ex 7 & 9 March)
Thomas Blunt (7 & 9 March)


Director Dominic Cooke
Set Designer Julian Crouch
Costume Designer Kevin Pollard
Original Lighting Designer Chris Davey

Revival
Roberto Devereux – Donizetti

First Night: Thursday 28 February 2019 at 7.30 pm at Wales Millennium Centre

Sung in Italian with surtitles in English (and Welsh in Cardiff and Llandudno)

Cast Includes:

Roberto Devereux, Earl of Essex Barry Banks
Queen Elizabeth Joyce El-Khoury
Sara, Duchess of Nottingham Justina Gringyté
Duke of Nottingham Gary Griffiths
Walter Raleigh Wyn Pencarreg
Lord Cecil Robyn Lyn Evans
Nottingham’s Confidant Phillip Smith


Conductor Carlo Rizzi (until 8 March)
James Southall (from 29 March)

Director Alessandro Talevi
Designer Madeleine Boyd
Original Lighting Designer Matthew Haskins

Performance Schedule:

SWANSEA Fri 4 Jan A Night in Vienna 7.30pm
THE GREAT HALL Viennese Concert Tour
SWANSEA UNIVERSITY
Box Office (01792) 604900**

NEWTOWN Sun 6 Jan A Night in Vienna 4.00pm
THE HAFREN Viennese Concert Tour
Box Office (01686) 614555**
BANGOR Fri 11 Jan A Night in Vienna 7.30pm
PONTIO Viennese Concert Tour
Box Office (01248) 382828**
CARDIFF Tue 15 Jan A Night in Vienna 7.30pm
ROYAL WELSH COLLEGE Viennese Concert Tour
OF MUSIC AND DRAMA
Box Office (029) 2039 1391**
ST DAVIDS Wed 18 Jan A Night in Vienna 7.30pm
ST DAVIDS CATHEDRAL* Viennese Concert Tour
Box Office (0333) 666 3366**
NEWPORT Fri 20 Jan A Night in Vienna 4.00pm
THE RIVERFRONT Viennese Concert Tour
Box Office (01633) 656679**
CARDIFF Sun 27 Jan International Concert Series 3.00pm
ST DAVID’S HALL
Box Office (029) 2087 8444**
CARDIFF Sat 9 Feb Un ballo in maschera* 7.30 pm
WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE Fri 15 Feb The Magic Flute* 7.15 pm
Box Office (02920) 636464** Sat 16 Feb Un ballo in maschera 3.00 pm Sun 17 Feb The Magic Flute 4.00 pm
Sat 23 Feb Un ballo in maschera 7.30 pm
Sun 24 Feb The Magic Flute 4.00 pm
Wed 27 Feb The Magic Flute 7.15 pm
Thu 28 Feb Roberto Devereux* 7.30 pm
Fri 1 Mar The Magic Flute 7.15 pm
Sat 2 Mar Roberto Devereux 7.30 pm

BIRMINGHAM Wed 6 Mar Un ballo in maschera* 7.30 pm
HIPPODROME Thu 7 Mar The Magic Flute* 7.15 pm
Box Office (0844) 338 5000** Fri 8 Mar Roberto Devereux* 7.30 pm Sat 9 Mar The Magic Flute 3.00 pm

CARDIFF Wed 20 Mar International Concert Series 7.30pm
ST DAVID’S HALL
Box Office (029) 2087 8444**
MILTON KEYNES Wed 27 Mar Un ballo in maschera* 7.30 pm
MILTON KEYNES THEATRE Thu 28 Mar The Magic Flute* 7.15 pm
Box Office (0844) 8717652** Fri 29 Mar Roberto Devereux* 7.30 pm
Sat 30 Mar The Magic Flute 3.00 pm

PLYMOUTH Wed 3 Apr Un ballo in maschera* 7.30 pm
THEATRE ROYAL Thu 4 Apr The Magic Flute* 7.15 pm
Box Office (01752) 267222** Fri 5 Apr Roberto Devereux* 7.30 pm
Sat 6 Apr The Magic Flute 3.00 pm

BRISTOL Wed 10 Apr Un ballo in maschera* 7.30 pm
HIPPODROME THEATRE Thu 11 Apr The Magic Flute* 7.15 pm
Box Office (0844) 8713012** Fri 12 Apr Roberto Devereux* 7.30 pm
Sat 13 Apr The Magic Flute 3.00 pm
LLANDUDNO Wed 24 Apr Un ballo in maschera* 7.30 pm
VENUE CYMRU Thu 25 Apr The Magic Flute* 7.15 pm
Box Office (01492) 872000** Fri 26 Apr Roberto Devereux* 7.30 pm Sat 27 Apr The Magic Flute 3.00 pm
SOUTHAMPTON Thu 9 May The Magic Flute* 7.15 pm
THE MAYFLOWER Fri 10 May Roberto Devereux* 7.30 pm
Box Office (02380) 711811** Sat 11 May The Magic Flute 3.00 pm


Mygydau, Brenhiniaeth a Hud: Opera Cenedlaethol Cymru yn cyhoeddi manylion llawn tymor y Gwanwyn
• Trioleg Verdi WNO yn parhau gyda chynhyrchiad newydd o Un ballo in maschera
• Joyce El-Khoury a Barry Banks yn dychwelyd i WNO ar gyfer y cynhyrchiad o Roberto Devereux, bydd Joyce yn chwarae Elisabetta a Barry yn chwarae’r rôl deitl
• The Magic Flute wedi’i hysbrydoli gan Magritte yn dychwelyd
• Dehongliad newydd o Don Pasquale gan Donizetti i deithio i lwyfannau llai ar draws y wlad

Cariad, grym, gwleidyddiaeth a llofruddiaeth: Un ballo in maschera
Yn agor tymor y gwanwyn mae cynhyrchiad newydd o Un ballo in maschera, lle mae cariad, grym a gwleidyddiaeth yn gwrthdaro i greu stori am dwyll, cynllwynio a dial.

Yr ail gynhyrchiad yn nhrioleg Verdi WNO, bydd y cynhyrchiad yn cael ei gyfarwyddo gan David Pountney, a’i arwain gan Arweinydd Llawryfol WNO Carlo Rizzi ac mae'n gyd-gynhyrchiad gydag Oper dêr Stadt Bonn.

Mae un ballo in maschera yn astudiaeth o frenhiniaeth, a'r berthynas rhwng materion personol a materion cyhoeddus. Datgela’r stori driongl serch trasig rhwng Amelia, ei gŵr Renato a'i chariad y Brenin (Riccardo), ffrind gorau Renato. Mae gan y Brenin obsesiwn gyda theatr a chuddwisgo, ac mae hyn yn adeiladu'n anterthol i ddawns fygydau yn erbyn cefnlen o gynllwynio cynyddol yn ei erbyn gan ei elynion gwleidyddol a phersonol. Er bod Riccardo yn troi ei gefn ar Amelia, mae diweddglo’r darn yn gweld Renato yn dod i wybod am y berthynas ac yn cymryd y mater i’w ddwylo ei hun gyda chanlyniadau difrifol. Bydd y cast yn cynnwys y tenor Cymreig uchel ei barch Gwyn Hughes-Jones a fydd yn canu rhan Riccardo gyda Mary Elizabeth Williams fel Amelia a Roland Wood fel Renato. Bydd dyluniad set ‘Peiriant Verdi’ Rawund Baue o dair ffrâm sy’n cyd-gloi yn ymddangos eto yn y cynhyrchiad hwn, ond bydd yn edrych yn dra gwahanol i set La forza del destino, fe’i dyluniwyd i adlewyrchu'r ffordd y mae'r Brenin yn chwarae'n gyson â gwirionedd a chuddio, ac yn colli ei synnwyr o realiti o ganlyniad i’w obsesiwn gyda'r theatr. Dylunydd y gwisgoedd yw Marie-Jeanne Lecca sydd wedi cydweithio'n ddiweddar â WNO ar y cynhyrchiad rhyfeddol o War and Peace.

Dywedodd David Pountney, Cyfarwyddwr Artistig WNO, “Mae’r tymor cyfan o operâu yn ymwneud â’r mater o frenhiniaeth. Mae hanes The Magic Flute yn cynnwys hyfforddiant rheolwr delfrydol, gwybodus ac yn awgrymu yn obeithiol y bydd cydraddoldeb rhwng dyn a dynes i reoli’n gyfartal yn y dyfodol. Yn Roberto Devereux, cawn ddathliad o bŵer a chyfaredd un o arweinwyr mwyaf clodfawr Prydain erioed, ac mae Un ballo in maschera yn dangos yr hyn sy'n digwydd pan fydd y deyrnas yn dod yn faes chwarae ar gyfer rhithdybiau theatrig a cariadus y brenin. Mae'r tri darn yn dal y gwrthgyferbyniad rhyfeddol rhwng pŵer cyhoeddus ac angerdd preifat lle mae opera yn rhagori."

Torcalon a Theyrnfradwriaeth: Roberto Devereux
Yn y gwanwyn hefyd bydd yna adfywiad o Roberto Devereux gan Donizetti, a gyfarwyddwyd yn wreiddiol gan Alessandro Talevi. Perfformiwyd yr opera hon gyntaf yn 2013 fel rhan o dymor y Tuduriaid WNO a gafodd ganmoliaeth fawr. Mae'r cynhyrchiad newydd hwn yn cynnwys dyluniadau trawiadol Madeleine Boyd. Bydd Carlo Rizzi yn arwain yng Nghaerdydd a Birmingham, gyda James Southall yn cymryd y baton ar ddyddiadau diweddarach y daith. Cenir yr opera yn yr Eidaleg, ac mae wedi'i seilio'n fras ar fywyd Robert Devereux, Ail Iarll Essex a'i berthynas agos gyda'r Frenhines Elisabeth I. Roedd gan Donizetti ddiddordeb mawr yn Hanes Oes Elisabeth, ysgrifennodd dair opera yn drwm dan ddylanwad “y Forwyn Frenhines”, ac yn y tair opera mae’r sibrydion am ei thymer a’i bywyd carwriaethol tanbaid yn cael eu gosod wrth wraidd y stori. Yn Roberto Devereux, mae'r Frenhines yn cael ei chysylltu'n rhamantus ag Iarll Essex wrth iddo ef gael ei roi ar brawf am deyrnfradwriaeth. Bydd y Bel canto virtuoso Barry Banks yn dychwelyd i WNO i chwarae Devereux, ochr yn ochr â'r soprano Joyce El-Khoury fel Elisabetta, y ddau ohonynt yn chwarae eu rhan am y tro cyntaf. Yn ymuno â'r cast hefyd bydd Justina Gringyté fel Sara a Gary Griffiths fel Nottingham.

Rhyfeddodau wedi’u hysbrydoli gan Magritte: The Magic Flute
Yn cwblhau tymor y gwanwyn bydd adfywiad o The Magic Flute opera bythol-boblogaidd Mozart gyda chynhyrchiad a gyfarwyddwyd yn wreiddiol gan Dominic Cooke, wedi'i ganu yn Saesneg a’i arwain gan Damian Iorio, sy’n gweithio gyda WNO am y tro cyntaf. Stori arall o antur frenhinol, mae'r cynhyrchiad hwn a ysbrydolwyd gan Magritte yn gosod ymgais y Tywysog Tamino i achub tywysoges a dod o hyd i wir gariad mewn byd breuddwydiol, swreal sy'n cynnwys cimwch dig, llew sy’n hoff o ddarllen papurau newydd a physgodyn sydd wedi'i drawsnewid yn feic. Mae'r stori ddoniol hon am swyn a chymeriadau lliwgar ochr yn ochr â cherddoriaeth Mozart yn creu darn unigryw o opera, sy’n adnabyddus am ei hariâu esgynnol sy’n cael eu canu gan Frenhines y Nos. Mae'r cast yn cynnwys Mark Stone fel Papageno, Ben Johnson fel Tamino, ac Anita Watson fel Pamina. Yn ymddangos am y tro cyntaf gyda WNO, bydd y soprano Jennifer Davis yn chwarae rhan y Foneddiges Gyntaf, yn syth o'i pherfformiad fel Elsa yn Lohengrin yn y Tŷ Opera Brenhinol a gafodd llawer o ganmoliaeth.

Blas Cebab Doner i gynhyrchiad o Don Pasquale
Yn agor ym mis Mai, bydd WNO yn mynd â fersiwn newydd o’r opera gomig Don Pasquale ar daith i leoliadau graddfa-ganolig ar draws Cymru a Lloegr. Bydd ensemble eclectig o saith offerynnwr, gan gynnwys acordion a sacsoffon, yn ymddangos ar y llwyfan o dan arweiniad y cyfarwyddwr cerdd Stephen Higgins. Mae’r cyfieithiad newydd gan Daisy Evans, sydd hefyd yn cyfarwyddo’r cynhyrchiad, yn tynnu ar y naratif comedïaidd mewn lleoliad yn Ne Cymru yn yr unfed ganrif ar hugain a bydd yn rhoi persbectif newydd i gynulleidfaoedd ar y clasur hwn gan Donizetti.

Mae Andrew Shore sy’n chwarae'r hen lanc, Pasquale, yn y cynhyrchiad hwn, yn gweld ei fusnes Cebab llwyddiannus yn cael ei gipio gan y cariadon ifanc cyfrwys Norina ac Ernesto, gyda chymorth y cynllwyniwr lleol Malatesta. Yn dychwelyd i WNO ar ôl ei berfformiad blaenllaw yn Kiss Me, Kate!, bydd Quirijn de Lang yn canu rhan Malatesta ac yn ymuno ag ef bydd Nico Darmanin fel Ernesto a’r soprano Harriet Eyley, Artist Cysylltiol newydd WNO, yn chwarae rhan Norina. Bydd Eyley yn ymuno â WNO am 18 mis, a bydd hefyd yn canu ac yn dirprwyo dros gantorion yn nhymor blynyddol 2019-20 yn ogystal â chymryd rhan yng ngwaith ymgysylltu’r Cwmni.

Bydd Don Pasquale yn ymweld â llwyfannau llai ar draws Cymru a Lloegr yn dilyn taith lwyddiannus ddiweddar y cynhyrchiad Rhondda Rips It Up! fel rhan o ymrwymiad parhaus WNO i gyrraedd ystod eang o gynulleidfaoedd gyda repertoire operatig amrywiol, mewn partneriaeth â rhai o theatrau rhanbarthol gorau'r wlad.

Dywedodd y Cyfarwyddwr a'r libretydd Daisy Evans: "Mae'r cynhyrchiad hwn o Don Pasquale yn ffres, yn gyfoes ac yn unigryw. Mae wedi cael ei ail-ddychmygu ar gyfer cynulleidfa fodern, a materion cyfredol sy’n gyrru'r comedi clasurol hwn. Mae Pasquale yn ymfalchïo yn ei fan cebab a'r blynyddoedd o wasanaeth y mae wedi ei ddarparu i bartiwyr hwyr yng Nghaerdydd, ond mae wedi mynd yn grintachlyd ac yn ofn moderneiddio. Mae ei nai, Ernesto a'i gariad Norina yn cynrychioli’r dyfodol - yn galw am ddefnyddio llai o blastig, bwyta eco-ymwybodol a dylunio mwy syml. Mae'r ddwy ochr yn cystadlu yn erbyn ei gilydd mewn comedi a fydd yn gwneud i chi chwerthin yn ogystal â meddwl "

Cerddorfa WNO
Bydd WNO yn croesawu 2019 gyda chyfres o gyngherddau i ddathlu’r Flwyddyn Newydd a fydd yn gweld Cerddorfa WNO yn perfformio waltzes, polkas a chaneuon sydd yn ddod ag ysbryd Fienna a'i neuaddau cyngerdd yn fyw. Cyfarwyddwyd ‘Noson yn Fienna’ gan Arweinydd Cerddorfa WNO David Adams gydag Artist Cyswllt WNO Harriet Eyley fel unawdydd, a bydd yn teithio i chwe theatr ledled Cymru.
Fel rhan o Gyfres o Gyngherddau Rhyngwladol Neuadd Dewi Sant bydd, Cerddorfa WNO yn perfformio dau gyngerdd y Gwanwyn hwn. At ddiwedd mis Ionawr bydd Carlo Rizzi, Arweinydd Llawrydd WNO yn dychwelyd i’r CGR am y tro cyntaf ers 2008, gyda rhaglen o gampweithiau o ddiwedd y cyfnod Rhamantaidd. Alexander Sitkovetsky, y ffidilydd o fri, fydd yn ymuno â'r Gerddorfa ar gyfer Scottish Fantasy gan Bruch, darn â pedwar symudiad yn seiliedig ar alawon gwerin yr Alban, sydd bellach ymysg gweithiau mwyaf poblogaidd y cyfansoddwr. Yn cwblhau’r rhaglen, perfformir Hebrides Overture gan Mendelssohn a Symffoni Rhif 2 hynod boblogaidd Rachmaninov.
Ym mis Mawrth, bydd Cyfarwyddwr Cerdd WNO Tomáš Hanus yn arwain y Gerddorfa mewn rhaglen sy'n cynnwys Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche gan Strauss, a Symffoni Rhif 3 Brahms a bydd y pianydd Paul Lewis yn ymuno â’r gerddorfa i berfformio Concerto Piano Rhif 27 Mozart, cyfraniad unigryw ac olaf y cyfansoddwr at y ffurf.

Gwanwyn 2019

Cynhyrchiad Newydd
Un ballo in maschera – Verdi

Noson Gyntaf: Dydd Sadwrn 9 Chwefror 2019 am 7.30yh yng Nghanolfan Mileniwm Cymru

Cenir mewn Eidaleg gydag uwchdeitlau mewn Saesneg (a Chymraeg yng Nghaerdydd a Llandudno)

Mae’r cast yn cynnwys:

Riccardo Gwyn Hughes Jones
Amelia Mary Elizabeth Williams
Renato Roland Wood
Ulrica Sara Fulgoni
Oscar Julie Martin du Theil (dim 6 Mawrth)
Harriet Eyley (6 Mawrth)
Samuel Jihoon Kim
Tom Tristan Hambleton


Arweinydd Carlo Rizzi (tan 6 Mawrth)
Gareth Jones (o 27 Mawrth)

Cyfarwyddwr David Pountney
Dylunydd Raimund Bauer
Dylunydd Gwisgoedd Marie-Jeanne Lecca
Dylunydd Goleuo Fabrice Kebour


Cyd-gynhyrchiad gyda Oper der Stadt Bonn

Cefnogir gan Syndicâd Verdi WNO

Noddwr y Drioleg Verdi: Ei Ardderchowgrwydd Y Llysgennad Eidaleg


Adfywiad
The Magic Flute - Mozart

Noson Gyntaf: Dydd Gwener 15 Chwefror 2018 am 7.15yh yng Nghanolfan Mileniwm Cymru

Cenir mewn Eidaleg gydag uwchdeitlau yn Saesneg (a Chymraeg yng Nghaerdydd a Llandudno)

Mae’r cast yn cynnwys:

Tamino Ben Johnson
Pamina Anita Watson
Papageno Mark Stone (dim 17 Chwefror & 6 Ebrill)
Gareth Brynmor John (17 February & 6 April)
Sarastro James Platt (dim 7 & 9 Mawrth)
Jihoon Kim (7 & 9 Mawrth)
Brenhines y Nos Caroline Wettergreen (tan 9 Mawrth)
Samantha Hay (o 28 Mawrth)
Y Foneddiges Cyntaf Jennifer Davis
Yr Ail Foneddiges Kezia Bienek
Y Drydedd Foneddiges Emma Carrington
Llefarydd Phillip Rhodes
Papagena Claire Hampton
Monostatos Howard Kirk


Arweinydd Damian Iorio (dim 7 & 9 Mawrth)
Thomas Blunt (7 & 9 Mawrth)


Cyfarwyddwr Dominic Cooke
Dylunydd Set Julian Crouch
Dylunydd Gwisgoedd Kevin Pollard
Dylunydd Goleuo Gwreiddiol Chris Davey

Adfywiad
Roberto Devereux – Donizetti

Noson Gyntaf: Dydd Iau 28 Chwefror 2019 am 7.30yh yng Nghanolfan Mileniwm Cymru

Cenir mewn Eidaleg gydag uwchdeitlau yn Saesneg (a Chymraeg yng Nghaerdydd a Llandudno)

Mae’r cast yn cynnwys:

Roberto Devereux, Iarll Essex Barry Banks
Brenhines Elizabeth Joyce El-Khoury
Sara, Duges Nottingham Justina Gringyté
Dug Nottingham Gary Griffiths
Walter Raleigh Wyn Pencarreg
Arglwydd Cecil Robyn Lyn Evans


Arweinydd Carlo Rizzi (tan 8 Mawrth)
James Southall (o 29 Mawrth)

Cyfarwyddwr Alessandro Talevi
Dylunydd Madeleine Boyd
Dylunydd Goleuo Gwreiddiol Matthew Haskins


ABERTAWE Gwe 4 Ion Noson yn Fienna 7.30yh
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PRIFYSGOL ABERTAWE
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Y DRENEWYDD Sul 6 Ion Noson yn Fienna 4.00yp
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CAERDYDD Maw 15 Ion Noson yn Fienna 7.30yh
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TYDDEWI Maw 18 Ion Noson yn Fienna 7.30yh
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CASNEWYDD Gwe 20 Ion Noson yn Fienna 4.00yp
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CAERDYDD Sul 27 Ion Cyngerdd Rhwngwladol 3.00
NEUADD DEWI SANT
Swyddfa Docynnau (029) 2087 8444**
CAERDYDD Sad 9 Chwe Un ballo in maschera* 7.30 yh
CANOLFAN MILENIWM CYMRU Gwe 15 Chwe The Magic Flute* 7.15 yh
Swyddfa Docynnau (02920) 636464** Sad 16 Chwe Un ballo in maschera 3.00 yp Sul 17 Chwe The Magic Flute 4.00 yp
Sad 23 Chwe Un ballo in maschera 7.30 yh
Sul 24 Chwe The Magic Flute 4.00 yp
Mer 27 Chwe The Magic Flute 7.15 yh
Iau 28 Chwe Roberto Devereux* 7.30 yh
Gwe 1 Maw The Magic Flute 7.15 yh
Sad 2 Maw Roberto Devereux 7.30 yh

BIRMINGHAM Mer 6 Maw Un ballo in maschera* 7.30 yh
HIPPODROME Iau 7 Maw The Magic Flute* 7.15 yh
Swyddfa Docynnau (0844) 338 5000** Gwe 8 Maw Roberto Devereux* 7.30 yh Sad 9 Maw The Magic Flute 3.00 yp

CAERDYDD Maw 20 Maw Cyngerdd Rhwngwladol 7.30yh
NEUADD DEWI SANT
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MILTON KEYNES THEATRE Iau 28 Maw The Magic Flute* 7.15 yh
Swyddfa Docynnau (0844) 8717652** Gwe 29 Maw Roberto Devereux* 7.30 yh
Sad 30 Maw The Magic Flute 3.00 yp

PLYMOUTH Mer 3 Ebr Un ballo in maschera* 7.30 yh
THEATRE ROYAL Iau 4 Ebr The Magic Flute* 7.15 yh
Swyddfa Docynnau (01752) 267222** Gwe 5 Ebr Roberto Devereux* 7.30 yh
Sad 6 Ebr The Magic Flute 3.00 yp

BRYSTE Mer 10 Ebr Un ballo in maschera* 7.30 yh
HIPPODROME THEATRE Iau 11 Ebr The Magic Flute* 7.15 yh
Swyddfa Docynnau (0844) 8713012** Gwe 12 Ebr Roberto Devereux* 7.30 yh
Sad 13 Ebr The Magic Flute 3.00 yp
LLANDUDNO Mer 24 Ebr Un ballo in maschera* 7.30 yh
VENUE CYMRU Iau 25 Ebr The Magic Flute* 7.15 yh
Swyddfa Docynnau (01492) 872000** Gwe 26 Ebr Roberto Devereux* 7.30 yh Sad 27 Ebr The Magic Flute 3.00 yp
SOUTHAMPTON Iau 9 Mai The Magic Flute* 7.15 yh
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Swyddfa Docynnau (02380) 711811** Sad 11 Mai The Magic Flute 3.00 yp








Welsh National Opera  
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Christina Blakeman
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