Canolfan UCHELDRE Centre

Canolfan UCHELDRE Centre

Courtyard beside the Ucheldre Kitchen
Courtyard beside the Ucheldre Kitchen
Canolfan UCHELDRE Centre
Centre for the performing and visual arts in Anglesey, North Wales

Diary — Opera

The Ucheldre Centre is an ideal venue for small-scale touring opera, and has hosted several productions by Welsh National Opera and Swansea City Opera, as well as by touring groups of singers.


ENO Live: The Pirates of Penzance

Sunday 31 May5.30pm
Encore ENO  The Pirates of Penzance

English National Opera: The Pirates of Penzance (LIVE) by Gilbert & Sullivan directed by Mike Leigh.

Guaranteed to be a major event, Mike Leigh (Palme d’Or winner and five times Oscar nominee) directs his first ever opera for the stage.  Gilbert and Sullivan’s popular comic opera features much-loved favourites including A Policeman’s Lot is Not a Happy One and I am the Very Model of a Modern Major General


2 hr 15
£10, £8 concessions/gostyngiadau, £3 children/plant 
Broadcast ROH Live: La Bohéme (Puccini opera) Wednesday 10 June7.15pm

ROH Live: La Bohéme (Puccini opera)

The most popular opera of all returns in one of The Royal Opera’s best loved stagings, regularly revived since its opening night in 1974 – and now being seen for the very last time. John Copley’s keen stagecraft and loving attention to period and dramatic detail make his production a masterpiece of realism, while Julia Trevelyan Oman’s designs evoke the atmosphere of 19th-century Paris. Several of today’s greatest opera stars return to bid farewell to this sublime staging, notably Anna Netrebko as Mimì, and Joseph Calleja as her lover, Rodolfo. Israeli conductor Dan Ettinger conducts one of Puccini’s most emotional and melodious scores, in a revival that promises to go down in Royal Opera history. 

Cast to include: Mimì - Anna Netrebk, Rodolfo - Joseph Callej, Marcello - Lucas Meache, Musetta - Jennifer Rowley 

Royal Opera Chorus

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Conductor - Dan Ettinger

Director - John Copley

Designs - Julia Trevelyan Oman           

Lighting design - John Charlton

Sung in Italian

2 hrs 50 (inc 2 intervals)

2 hrs 50
£10, £8 concessions/gostyngiadau, £3 children/plant
Broadcast ENO Live: Carmen (Bizet)
Wednesday 1 July7.30pm
ENO Live: Carmen (Bizet)

Probably the most popular opera in the world.  Carmen scandalised its earliest audiences with its raw depiction of lust in 19th-century Seville.  In ENO’s popular production, the action is a full-on battle of the sexes, fought out in the arena of the Spanish bullring. 

2 hr 45
£10, £8 concessions/gostyngiadau, £3 children/plant
Broadcast ROH Live: William Tell (Rossini opera) Sunday 5 July2.45pm
ROH Live: William Tell (Rossini opera)

Opening with what is arguably the most exciting of all operatic overtures, Rossini’s final opera helped to lay the foundations of the genre of French grand opéra that dominated European stages throughout the mid-19th century.

The opera’s theme is liberty, as exemplified in the struggle against Austrian occupation led by the Swiss archer and patriot Guillaume Tell: in the opera’s most famous scene, Tell shoots an apple from his son’s head, a feat that inspires his countrymen to revolt. Rossini’s score is one of his most outstanding, and packed with glorious arias, choruses and ensembles, as those who have heard Antonio Pappano’s admired recording – which also features Gerald Finley (Tell), John Osborn (Arnold) and Malin Byström (Mathilde) – will know. The exciting young Italian director Damiano Michieletto makes his debut with what promises to be a spectacular and thought-provoking production. 

Cast to include: William Tell - Gerald Finley, Arnold Melchtal - John Osborn,

Mathilde - Malin Byström, Hedwige - Enkelejda Shkosa,  Jemmy - Sofia Fomina,

Gesler - Nicolas Courjal

Royal Opera Chorus

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Conductor - Antonio Pappano

Director - Damiano Michieletto

Sung in French

4 hrs (inc 2 intervals)

4 hrs
£10, £8 concessions/gostyngiadau, £3 children/plant

Concert hall
Outdoor sculpture