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Opera in Wales

Un ballo in maschera ∙ The Magic Flute
Roberto Devereux

Opera in Wales

We visit Llandudno for three operas at the Venue Cymru – a superb auditorium on the stunning coast of North Wales.
Welsh National Opera’s Spring Season includes a new production by David Pountney of Verdi’s opera based on the assassination of Gustav III of Sweden. Donizetti’s powerful story of the renunciation of love is filled with spine-tingling melodies in a dramatic staging based on designs by Vivienne Westwood. Mozart’s enigmatic, ever popular and irresistible Magic Flute completes the trio of operas.

We will stay at the magnificent St George’s Hotel on the promenade. This hotel was popular with Prime Ministers and set the standard for Wales in the Edwardian era. Today it has been beautifully refurbished and ranks as one of the finest hotels in Wales. It has an excellent restaurant with first class service. This opera break offers tranquillity in the beautiful landscape alongside evenings of memorable opera with WNO.

Itinerary


DAY 1

We meet at St George’s Hotel in the afternoon where there will be welcome drinks and an introduction to tonight’s opera. An early dinner in the hotel’s sea-view restaurant precedes tonight’s performance of Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera
Conductor Carlo Rizzi Director David Pountney
Riccardo Gwyn Hugh Jones, Amelia Mary Elizabeth Williams
Renato Roland Wood, Oscar Julie Martin du Theil, Ulrica Sarah Fulgoni.

DAY 2

After breakfast we visit Conwy Castle and the walled town which is hugely atmospheric. We move on to the gardens at Bodnant to see the flowering of spring in this idyllic valley. Later on we gather for an opera talk followed by an early dinner.
We walk along the promenade to the Venue Cymru for tonight’s performance of Roberto Devereux by Donizetti.
Conductor Carlo Rizzi Director Alessandro Talevi
Sara Justina Gringytė, Elizabetta Joyce El-Khoury, Lord Cecil Robyn Lyn Evans
Walter Raleigh Wyn Pencarreg, Roberto Devereux Barry Banks.

DAY 3

Today we are free for sightseeing and enjoyment. The tour manager is happy to organise an optional trip to the Ffestiniog Railway. There are also good walks to be had on the Great Orme and the coast. We meet again for dinner and a talk about tonight’s opera The Magic Flute.
Conductor Damion Iorio Director Dominic Cooke
Tamino Ben Johnson, Papageno Mark Stone, Pamina Anita Watson
Queen of the Night Samantha Hay Sarastro James Platt.

DAY 4

The tour ends after a leisurely full Welsh Breakfast served in the ballroom.

Llandudno is easily accessible by rail with direct trains from Manchester, Chester, London Euston and the Midlands.
Suites and penthouse rooms are available at the hotel.