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.

Music Voice Workshop with
Marian Bryfdir and Kiefer Jones

Saturday 4 June 10am - 4pm

Introductory Voice Workshop with
Marian Bryfdir and Kiefer Jones

Marian Bryfdir is back full of energy, and raring to help you with your singing voice           
whether your interest lies in jazz, folk, opera or choral come along and try it.

She will be joined by the singer and choir master Kiefer Jones.

All ages and levels of experience and interest are welcome at this introductory workshop day aimed at developing your voice.  Depending upon the response and what people want to do, a series of workshops could  be launched.

6 hrs  with lunch interval
£12, £6 gostyngiadau a myfyrwyr/concessions & students
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 Royal Opera House Live:
Werther (Massenat)

Monday 27 June 7pm

ROH Live: Werther by Massenet

Conducted by Antonio Pappano, Massenet’s tragedy is full of suppressed desire and family duty. 

The tormented poet Werther (Vittorio Grigolo) is in love with the married Charlotte (Joyce DiDonato).  Unable to forget his love, Werther travels the world, but their romance continues through a series of passionate letters.  On his unexpected return Charlotte once again rejects Werther and he shootshimself, dying in her arms. 

Known for his illustrious career in French cinema, Benoit Jacquot’s production is sumptuously staged in the 18th Century.  Lavish costumes and grand houses by set designer Charles Edwards represent the stifling society the couple live within whilst passion rages beneath.

“The most amazing feeling I’ve had in opera”   Vittorio Grigolo on singing Werther.

3 hrs incl 2 intervals
Sung in French with English surtitles                                                                                      
£10, £8 concessions/gostyngiadau, £3 children/plant 
Opera An Evening of Opera
Saturday 9 July7.30p
An Evening of Opera

Join us for an evening of operatic selections from your favourite operas including The Magic Flute, Carmen, Cosi Fan Tutte, Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro and more.

Karen Davies (Soprano), April Grime (Soprano) and Kiefer Jones (Baritone) are all previous students of Marian Bryfdir who is Director of Opera at Bangor University and now they will come together to present operatic arias, duets and trios with Marian Bryfdir accompanying.

£6, £5 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 The Garden Consort:
The Pleasure of Your Company
Friday 29 July7.30pm
The Pleasure of Your Company

The Garden Consort, four singers and a pianist from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, request the Pleasure of Your Company for a scintillating selection of vocal gems from across the musical spectrum from Grand Opera to the West End and Broadway including Verdi, Puccini, Mozart, Strauss, Hammerstein, Sullivan and Romberg.

Opera Glyndebourne Live:
Béatrice et Bénédict
Tuesday 9 August6.30pm

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

£10, £8 concessions/gostyngiadau, £3 children/plant
Opera ROH Live: Norma
Monday 26 September7.15pm
Norma (Bellini)

This new production of Norma for The Royal Opera is distinguished by a superlative cast of internationally renowned singers. Bellini’s classic bel canto opera is full of wonderful melodies and opportunities for star singing.  But it is especially known for Norma’s stunning showpiece area, ‘Casta diva’

Alex Ollé of innovative Catalan theatre group La Fura dels Baus directs, bringing a modern edge to this timeless tale of love, rivalry and betrayal, set against a backdrop of war driven by the extremes of a fanatically religious society.

Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts this stunning cast, including Joseph Calleja as Norma’s secret lover, Pollione and Sonia Ganassi as the priestess Adalgisa, in a striking new production, which opens in the 2016/17 Season.

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

3hrs 25 incl interval
£10, £8 concessions/gostyngiadau, £3 children/plant
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