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.

Opera Met Opera Live:  Elektra (Strauss)

Saturday 30 April 5.55pm

MET Opera Live:    Strauss' opera Elektra

The genius director Patrice Chéreau (From the House of the Dead) didn’t live to see his great Elektra production, previously presented in Aix and Milan, make it to the stage of the Met.

But his overpowering vision lives on with soprano Nina Stemme—unmatched today in the heroic female roles of Strauss and Wagner—who portrays Elektra’s primal quest for vengeance for the murder of her father, Agamemnon. 

Legendary mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier is chilling as Elektra’s fearsome mother, Klytämnestra.  Soprano Adrianne Pieczonka and bass-baritone Eric Owens are Elektra’s troubled siblings. Chéreau’s musical collaborator Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Strauss’s mighty take on Greek myth.

2 hrs 10 with one interval
Sung in German with English surtitles                 £10 , £8 concessions/gostyngiadau, £3 children/plant 
Opera  Bangor University Opera
Dido and Aeneas

Monday 2 May7.30pm

 Bangor University Opera presents Purcell's one act opera


Ucheldre is delighted that Bangor University Opera, directed by Marian Bryfdir, will be performing Henry Purcell's delightful opera, Dido and Aeneas, in a semi-staged version. 

It will be conducted by Chris Collinswith, with soloists, Chamber Choir (Director Guto Pryderi Puw) and  the Early Music Ensemble from Bangor University.

An ideal opportunity to see a rarely performed opera in Ucheldre's intimate acoustic setting which is perfect for the period of the music and musical forces deployed.

The opera contains some beautiful music including the Dido's devine lament " When I am laid in earth".

A good opera for newcomers and experienced opera goers.


The Ucheldre Kitchen will be open for food and refreshments from 5.30pm onwards

1hr no interval
£8 , £7concessions/gostyngiadau, students/myfyrwyr, £3 children/plant

Swansea City Opera presents

La Bohéme

Saturday 14 May7.30pm

Swansea City Opera La Bohéme

Ucheldre has been pleased to stage Swansea City Opera (SCO) productions for the past decade or so, and we have never been disappointed with any of their operas.  As the hosts introducing the likes of ROH, The Met, and ENO live satellite broadcasts always stress, support your local opera company as one cannot beat a real live on stage opera production.  SCO’s fully cast and costumed productions with live band always sound fantastic in the superb, yet intimate acoustic of the Ucheldre.

SCO’s latest production is Puccini’s ever popular La Bohéme.  It’s Christmas Eve in Paris where a young poet, an artist, and a philosopher are celebrating in their flat.  Then comes a knock at the door, a lost key and an accidental touch of cold hands in the dark, and so begins one of the greatest romances of all opera. From the irrepressible joy of their burgeoning love affair through to the unbearable heartbreak at their separation by death, only the stoniest of hearts could fail to be moved by this timeless story – whether you’re watching for the first or the 31st time.

Sung in English, this production is set in war torn 1940’s Paris, just after the end of the war and the German occupation. With lovely vintage costumes designed by Gabriella Ingram it will be performed by some of the finest singers and orchestral players in the country.

5pm onwards     Ucheldre Kitchen open for pre-opera refreshments and meals.

6.30pm  A pre-performance talk about the opera and production, by the SCO’s Artistic Director, Brendan Wheatley

7.30pm La Bohéme

2 hrs 15 one interval

Ideal starter opera Sung in Opera

*£18, £16 concessions/gostyngiadau, £3 children/plant

Opera Glyndebourne Live:
Il barbiere di Siviglia  (Rossini)

Tuesday 21 June 6.30pm

Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)

Live from Glyndebourne’s 2016 Festival

Mischief and mayhem run riot in Rossini’s most popular comedy

Figaro, the renowned Barber of Seville, uses every trick he can muster to outwit Dr Bartolo and ensure his master wins his chosen bride. He meets his match in the would-be-bride Rosina who has schemes of her own.  Madcap disguises accompany twists and turns in a whirlwind plot, whilst Figaro’s cunning knows no bounds.

Directed by Annabel Arden with sparkling wit and playful energy springing directly from Rossini’s joyous music, and conducted by Enrique Mazzola, this new production heralds the welcome return of a masterpiece not seen at Glyndebourne for 34 years. International star and Glyndebourne favourite Danielle de Niese stars as Rosina.

With the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Glyndebourne Chorus. 

3 hrs 05 with interval
Sung in Italian with English surtitles                £10, £8 concessions/gostyngiadau,
£3 children/plant 
Opera Glyndebourne Live Encore:
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Sunday 17 July 3.30pm

Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

(The Mastersingers of Nuremberg)

Recorded live at Glyndebourne Festival 2011

Grippingly original, Wagner puts singing and song writing centre stage in Glyndebourne’s biggest production ever andvone of the most spectacular.  DieMeistersinger features an 80-strong orchestra, 80 chorus members, 36 actors, and enormous sets built on a huge scale. It is a cornerstone of the operatic repertoire, and one of Wagner’s greatest works.

Hans Sachs is the most celebrated of the Mastersingers, a group of poets and musicians who have created complex rules for composing and performing their songs.  Their world is turned upside down by free-thinking Walther who enters their singing competition to win his beloved Eva.  But can this inspired rule-breaker win the hand of the woman he loves?

With the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Glyndebourne Chorus.

A masterstroke’ - The Independent

‘Grippingly original’ - Opera

4 hrs 50 with intervals

Sung in German with English surtitles               

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

Opera Glyndebourne Live:
Béatrice et Bénédict

Tuesday 9 August 6.30pm

Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict (Beatrice and Benedict)

Live from Glyndebourne’s 2016 Festival

Love conquers all in Berlioz’s sparkling take on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing as part of the Shakespeare 400 celebrations.

This is the first ever fully staged version of the opera at Glyndebourne, as it has only previously been performed as a concert piece.

From Elizabeth and Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, to Hermione and Ron in the Harry Potter series, the age-old premise of verbal sparring to mask true feelings of love or passion is employed to magnificent effect in Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict.

Berlioz selected the sunniest and funniest elements of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and set them to ravishing music to create this witty love-hate duel.  The opera’s overture explodes with a buoyant sense of fun and elegant wit and there are several splendid numbers for the female characters, especially the sublime Act I duet-nocturne, described by one critic as a ‘marvel of indescribable lyrical beauty’.

Conducted by Robin Ticciati and seen through the unique vision of director Laurent Pelly, Berlioz’s comic gem makes its long-awaited Glyndebourne premiere in Festival 2016.

With the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Glyndebourne Chorus.

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