Dash of culture to Bristol Hippodrome as opera comes to town

PUBLISHED: 19:00 25 October 2018

Welsh National Opera's La Cenerentola. Picture: Bill Cooper

Welsh National Opera's La Cenerentola. Picture: Bill Cooper

Bill Cooper

A duo of magnificent operatic shows will grace the Bristol Hippodrome stage this week.

Welsh National Opera's La Traviata. Picture: Roger DonovanWelsh National Opera's La Traviata. Picture: Roger Donovan

This autumn the Welsh National Opera (WNO) returns to the theatre with La Traviata and La Cenerentola, conducted by music director Tomáš Hanus.

Verdi’s La Traviata is the most performed opera in the world.

It follows the tragic love story of Parisian courtesan Violetta and her affair with Alfredo.

The twisted tale brings the couple true love before they are separated by society, disease and destiny.

Welsh National Opera's La Traviata. Picture: Roger DonovanWelsh National Opera's La Traviata. Picture: Roger Donovan

The audience will be taken to 19th century France with a talented cast of opera singers, including sopranos Linda Richardson and Anush Hovhannisyan.

The second story, La Cenerentola, is Rossini’s colourful opera which debuted in Rome in 1817.

It is based on the classic story of Cinderella but with an operatic twist.

The comical show will have members of the audience reaching for their tissues to wipe away the tears of laughter.

The traditional rags to riches is the perfect introduction to the world of opera with such a popular story, it will be easy to follow and a joy to watch.

Hanus said: “I am delighted we can present our audience with the jewels of Italian repertoire, Rossini’s La Cenerentola and Verdi’s La Traviata.

“These two will be a celebration of Italian opera which will delight and move our audience to laughter and tears in turn.

“The artistic potential of WNO is so great I feel it is vital to develop its international reputation.

“In today’s world, it is not only possible, but necessary to attract international attention to what we do, which is important not only for WNO itself, but also for Cardiff and for Wales.”

This is the second time the WNO has ventured to Bristol this year after performing Verdi’s La Forza Del Destino alongside revivals of Puccini’s Tosca and Mozart’s Don Giovanni in April.

La Traviata will be at the Hippodrome, in St Augustines Parade, at 7.15pm today (Thursday) and an audio described performance on Saturday. La Cenerentola will be at 7.15pm tomorrow (Friday).

Tickets, priced £15-52.50, are available at www.atgtickets.com/bristol

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