Welsh National Opera 2019/20 season announced1:50, 21st January 2019
Welsh National Opera (WNO) has announced its programme for 2019/20, with highlights including Bizet’s Carmen, Verdi’s Rigoletto and Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen.
Director Jo Davies takes Carmen to a Latin American setting in a new production that celebrates female strength in the face of oppression. WNO Music Director Tomáš Hanus conducts, Leslie Travers and Gabrielle Dalton will create the designs for set and costume respectively. Mezzo-soprano Virginie Verrez will take on the lead role of Carmen for the autumn season with Dimitri Pittas as Don Jose, Phillip Rhodes as Escamillo, Anita Watson as Micaela and WNO’s new associate artist Harriet Eyley in the role of Frasquita.
James McDonald’s 2010 production of Verdi’s Rigoletto will be revived, with Mark S Doss in the leading role. Internationally acclaimed sopranos Marina Monzó and Jessica Nuccio share the role of Gilda with young tenor David Junghoon Kim singing the role of The Duke.
The autumn of this year will also see a revival of David Pountney’s production of The Cunning Little Vixen, last performed in 2013, conducted by Tomáš Hanus. Aoife Miskelly returns to WNO as Vixen with Claudio Otelli (Forester), Wojtek Gierlach (Parson) and Lucia Cervoni (Fox) also making a return.
Opening the spring season in 2020 is a new production of Verdi’s Les vêpres siciliennes, the final instalment in WNO’s Verdi trilogy. The production will be directed by David Pountney.
Later on in 2020 Sir Bryn Terfel will return to WNO next summer for the lead role in Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle staged in a double bill with Stravinsky’s The Nightingale. Michelle DeYoung will sing Judit alongside Terfel’s Bluebeard.
WNO music director Tomáš Hanus said: ‘I am very excited that in autumn 2019 we will be presenting two operas which follow the fates of archetypal females. The personalities of Carmen and The Cunning Little Vixen, although seemingly unrelated are in fact both extraordinary and provocative.
‘Additionally, the music of these two operas showcases the great inspiration, integrity and skill of both Bizet and Janáček.’