Ben Wooldridge (@benwooldridge) writes…
Welsh National Opera (WNO) is a staple part of Birmingham Hippodrome’s programming and the only venue outside of Cardiff to present the company’s full repertoire, making the theatre their English home.
It was therefore great news to us today when we heard that for the first time WNO will visit the Middle East and Scandinavia as part of its 2013/14 season. For the first time the Company will perform in Oman and Finland visiting the prestigious Royal Opera House Muscat in December 2013 and Savonlinna Opera Festival in July and August 2014.
WNO will present its forthcoming new production of Maria Stuarda at the Royal Opera House in Oman where the likes of Plácido Domingo, Andrea Bocelli, Renée Fleming, the Mariinsky Ballet and London Philharmonic Orchestra have also played.
The Company will then present its new productions of Nabucco and Manon Lescaut at Olavinlinna Castle in Finland. The prestigious Savonlinna festival has been held for more than 100 years and this is the first time that Puccini’s Manon Lescaut will have been performed at the castle.
Work is currently underway on the mammoth task of arranging to get the WNO Company out to Oman in December. Following the last performances of Roberto Devereux in Southampton on 29 November the scenery, props and costumes will be flown out to the Middle East. They will be joined by 145 members of the cast, crew and backstage staff who will run the two opera and one family concert performances.
For more information on WNO’s upcoming season click here.