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.

Community Opera Workshop with Marian Bryfdir
Saturday 13 December10am
Gweithdy Lleisiol • Vocal Workshop
gan/with Marian Bryfdir
A workshop aimed at developing and improving, but above all enjoying, your voice whether it be in folk or classical style! Vocal techniques, and exercises in the morning session will be followed in the afternoon with an opportunity to develop solo work with Marian Bryfdir. 

Cyfres newydd o weithdai ar gyfer datblygu a gwella, ond yn fwy na dim, mwynhau eich llais, boed hynnymewn arddull gwerin neu glasurol! Bydd technegau lleisiol ac ymarferion yn y bore’n cael eu dilyn gangyfle yn y prynhawn i ddatblygu gwaith unawd gyda Marian Bryfdir.

10 am/ym - 4 pm/yh
£10, £5 concessions/gostyngiadau & students
Broadcast MET Live: Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg Saturday 13 December5pm

MET Live: Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg

James Levine returns to one of his signature Wagner works conducting this epic comedy—back at the Met for the first time in eight years—about a group of Renaissance “master singers” whose song contest unites a city. Johan Reuter, Johan Botha, and Annette Dasch lead the superb international cast in this charming and magisterial celebration of the power of music and art .

6 hrs
£10, £8 concessions, £3 children
Broadcast MET Live: The Merry Widow (Lehår) Saturday 17 January5.55pm

MET Live: The Merry Widow (Lehår)

The great Renée Fleming stars as the beguiling femme fatale who captivates all Paris in Lehár’s enchanting operetta, seen in a new staging by Broadway virtuoso director and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, Oklahoma!, Contact). Stroman and her design team of Julian Crouch (Satyagraha, The Enchanted Island) and costume designer William Ivey Long (Cinderella, Grey Gardens, Hairspray) have created an art-nouveau setting that climaxes with singing and dancing grisettes at the legendary Maxim’s. Nathan Gunn co-stars as Danilo and Kelli O’Hara is Valencienne. Andrew Davis conducts.

2 hr 57
£10, £8 concessions, £3 children

Andrea Chénier (Giordano opera)

Thursday 29 January7.15pm
ROH Live: Andrea Chénier (Giordano opera)

Umberto Giordano’s Andrea Chénier (1896) presents a fictionalized account of the last years of the French poet André Chénier, guillotined during the Reign of Terror in 1794. It is the greatest of Giordano’s operas, and shows why Puccini sometimes feared Giordano as a rival. Taking the starring role of Chénier, with its three marvellous arias, is Jonas Kaufmann, Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek sings the role of Chénier’s beloved Maddalena (which includes the great aria ‘La mamma morta’, a favourite with Maria Callas) and Serbian baritone Željko Lučić stars as Carlo Gérard – the servant-turned-revolutionary who is Chénier’s rival for the love of Maddalena. With a string of successful productions for The Royal Opera to his name, including Rigoletto and Les Troyens, director David McVicar brings Giordano’s thrilling historical drama back to the Royal Opera House for the first time since 1985 in a stunning new production.

Cast to include:

Andrea Chénier, Jonas Kaufmann, Maddalena de Coigny, Eva-Maria Westbroe, Carlo Gérard,                     Željko Lučić                                                                          

Royal Opera Chorus

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Conductor - Antonio Pappano

Director - David McVicar

Set design - Robert Jones                         

Costume designs - Jenny Tiramani


Sung in Italian

2 hrs 30 (inc 1 interval)

2 hr 30
£10, £8 concessions/gostyngiadau, £3 children/plant  

MET Live: Les Contes D’Hoffmann (Offenbach)

Saturday 31 January5.55pm
MET Live: Les Contes D’Hoffmann (Offenbach)

(The Tales of Hoffmann)

The magnetic tenor Vittorio Grigolo takes on the tortured poet and unwitting adventurer of the title of Offenbach’s operatic masterpiece, in the Met’s wild, kaleidoscopic production. Soprano Hibla Gerzmava faces the operatic hurdle of singing all three heroines—each an idealized embodiment of some aspect of Hoffmann’s desire. Thomas Hampson portrays the shadowy Four Villains, and Yves Abel conducts the sparkling score.

3 hr 46
£10, £8 concessions/gostyngiadau, £3 children/plant
Broadcast MET Live: Iolanta (Tchaikovsky) / Duke Bluebeard's Castle (Bartók)
Saturday 14 February5.30pm

MET Live: Iolanta (Tchaikovsky) / Duke Bluebeard's Castle (Bartók)

On the heels of her triumphant Met performances in Eugene Onegin, soprano Anna Netrebko takes on another Tchaikovsky heroine in the first opera of this intriguing double bill, consisting of an enchanting fairy tale (Iolanta) followed by an erotic psychological thriller (Duke Bluebeard’s Castle).

Netrebko stars as the beautiful blind girl who experiences love for the first time in Iolanta, while Nadja Michael is the unwitting victim of the diabolical Bluebeard, played by Mikhail Petrenko.

Both operas are directed by Mariusz Trelinski, who was inspired by classic noir films of the 1940s. Iolanta also stars Piotr Beczala, and Valery Gergiev conducts both operas.

£10, £8 concessions, £3 children
Broadcast Der Fliegende Hollander (Wagner opera)

Tuesday 24 February7.15pm
ROH Live: Der Fliegende Hollander (Wagner opera)

Wagner’s first masterpiece explores the themes of damnation and redemption that would fascinate the composer throughout his career. In this tale of a captain forced to sail the seas for eternity unless released by the faithful love of a good woman, and the lonely girl who longs to save him, Wagner created two unforgettable characters operating near the limits of human emotion. Tim Albery’s atmospheric 2009 modern-dress staging provides an ideal platform on which Bryn Terfel’s turbulent Dutchman and Adrianne Pieczonka’s visionary Senta will explore their passions and struggle to find salvation in a hostile world.  Admired for his Wagner interpretations with the CBSO and at Bayreuth, Andris Nelsons returns to steer the orchestra through Wagner’s stormy score.

Cast to include:

The Dutchman - Bryn Terfel

Daland - Peter Rose

Senta - Adrianne Pieczonka 

Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Conductor - Andris Nelsons

Director - Tim Albery

Set designs - Michael Levine

Lighting design - David Finn

Costume designs - Constance Hoffman

Choreography - Philippe Giraudeau


Sung in German

2 hrs 20

2 hr 20
£10, £8 concessions/gostyngiadau, £3 children/plant  

ENO Live: La Traviata (Verdi)

Wednesday 11 March7.30pm

ENO Live: La Traviata (Verdi)

A stunning production of Verdi’s masterpiece which reaches to the heart of the opera’s themes of passionate love and tragic death.  The production is ideal for newcomers to opera with its contemporary staging, and a running time of less than two hours. 


1 hr 50
£10, £8 concessions/gostyngiadau, £3 children/plant 
Broadcast MET Live: La Donna Del Lago (Rossini)
Saturday 14 March4.55pm

MET Live: La Donna Del Lago (Rossini)
Bel canto superstars Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez join forces for this Rossini showcase of vocal virtuosity, set in the medieval Scottish highlands and based on a beloved novel by Sir Walter Scott. DiDonato is the “lady of the lake” of the title, and Flórez is the king who relentlessly pursues her, their vocal fireworks embellishing the romantic plot in this Met premiere production conducted by Michele Mariotti.

£10, £8 concessions, £3 children

Rise and Fall, City of Mahogany (Weill opera)

Wednesday 1 April7.15pm

ROH Live: Rise and Fall, City of Mahogany (Weill opera)

Kurt Weill, Mahagonny was first performed in Leipzig in 1930. Its first ever Royal Opera staging, by Associate Director of Opera John Fulljames, is sung in English, and conducted by Mark Wigglesworth – recently announced as the successor to Edward Gardner as Music Director of English National Opera. Mahagonny is a satire on money, morality and pleasure-seeking among the dubious citizens of a fictional city. The richly varied, jazz-infused score, influenced by ragtime music, includes such irresistible melodies as the ‘Alabama Song’ and many dramatic ensembles. The superb cast includes Kurt Streit as the wild lumberjack Jimmy, Christine Rice as his sweetheart Jenny, Anne Sofie von Otter in a welcome return to The Royal Opera as the cunning Leokadja Begbick, and Peter Hoare and Willard W. White as her helpers and fellow-fugitives Fatty and Moses.

Jenny Smith  - Christine Rice

Trinity Moses - Willard W. White

Leocadja Begbick - Anne Sofie von Otter  

Jimmy MacIntyre - Kurt Streit

Fatty - Peter Hoare

Bank Account Billy - Darren Jeffery    

Royal Opera Chorus

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Conductor - Mark Wigglesworth

Director - John Fulljames

Set designs - Es Devlin

Lighting design - Bruno Poet

Movement - Arthur Pita

3 hrs (inc 2 intervals)

3 hrs

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

Broadcast MET Live: Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni) / Pagliacci (Leoncavallo)
Saturday 25 April5.30pm

MET Live: Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni) / Pagliacci (Leoncavallo)

Opera’s most enduring tragic double bill returns in an evocative new production from Sir David McVicar, who sets the action across two time periods but in the same Sicilian village.

Marcelo Álvarez rises to the challenge of playing the dual tenor roles of Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana and Canio in Pagliacci. Rae Smith (War Horse) has designed the moodily atmospheric 1900 village square setting of Cavalleria, which transforms to a 1948 truck stop for the doomed vaudeville troupe of Pagliacci. Eva-Maria Westbroek (Cav) and Patricia Racette (Pag) sing the unlucky heroines, and Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.

3 hr 30
£10, £8 concessions, £3 children
Opera FAUST by Gounod Saturday 16 May7.30pm

Swansea City Opera: 10th Anniversary Tour

We are delighted to welcome back the critically acclaimed Swansea City Opera, with their 10th Anniversary Tour of Faust by Gounod. 

Sung in English, this dark Gothic tale follows the fortunes of Faust, who weary of life, is contemplating suicide when he encounters Méphistophélès (the Devil).  Faust agrees to exchange his soul for eternal youth and the fulfillment of his hedonistic wishes. The resulting journey balances romance and temptation; and is widely regarded as a magical and tuneful masterpiece, based on Goethe’s dramatic poem Faust, one of the great works of European Literature. 

This production is set in the Victorian Gothic era and accompanied by chamber orchestra. Faust contains many well-known musical highlights including The Jewel Song and the Soldiers Chorus which will be performed by some of the finest singers and orchestral players in the country. 

This is rare opportunity to see Gounod’s finest work, regarded by many as a master class in operatic dramatic structure. Historically Faust was one of the most famous and performed of all operas, including being chosen to be the first opera to be performed at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. 

There will be a pre-performance talk about the opera and production at 6.15pm, given by the Artistic Director of Swansea City Opera, Brendan Wheatley 

What the papers said about our last tour .... 

“All credit to Swansea City Opera for producing a touring version of Figaro that is pure pleasure, a delight from start to finish. “ Manchester Theatre Reviews 

“There was an energy and commitment that compelled attention from first to last and the performance received warm and justified acclaim” In Suffolk Arts & Events 

“We knew what we were in for, right from the very first scampering notes of that famous overture –……… what a pleasure to meet Figaro again in all his vitality, played with such verve! Our thanks go to Swansea City Opera for a lovely evening”  North Devon Journal

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

ENO Live: The Pirates of Penzance

Tuesday 19 May7.30pm

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
Community ENO Live: Carment (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: Guilaume Tell (Rossini opera) Sunday 5 July2.45pm
ROH Live: Guilaume 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: Guillaume 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