Three opportunities to fall in love with opera
Welsh National Opera (WNO) is putting on three productions at the Milton Keynes Theatre in April, delivering what you’d expect from a trio of operas; revenge, temptation and suspense.
Stop anyone in the street and ask them to name one opera and, odds are, they’ll say Carmen.
Carmen has just got everything you want from an opera; passion; drama; the hottest of seductresses and it’s full of hummable tunes including the famous Toreador Song and Carmen’s provocative Habanera.
Award-winning director Jo Davies provides a refreshing perspective on this well-known opera, setting it in Central America in the 1970s, while remaining true to the traditional story in every sense.
Director David Pountney and the creative team behind La forza del destino and Un ballo in maschera (which WNO performed at Milton Keynes last March) reunite to complete the company’s Verdi Trilogy with a striking new production of Les vêpres siciliennes.
Based around true events in Sicily in 1282, Verdi’s grand opera features wonderful choruses and breath-taking arias but beware the sound of wedding bells; they signal the start of a terrible tragedy…
WNO completes their visit to MKT with The Marriage of Figaro. This period-set production has all the ingredients of a classic opera plus a series of crazy twists and turns. And as Mozart’s sublime score bringing the action to life, it will keep you guessing (and humming along) until the final scene!
Performances: Wed 1 – Sat 4 Apr
Carmen: Wed & Fri; 7.15pm
The Marriage of Figaro: Thu; 7pm
Les vêpres siciliennes: Sat; 6.30pm
Tickets: From £13
Visit www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes for more information.