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.

Broadcast Met Opera Live: Idomeneo
Satruday 25 March5.55pm

Idomeneo (Mozart)

Mozart’s first operatic masterpiece returns to the Met in the classic Jean-Pierre Ponnelle production, conducted by James Levine. The superb ensemble includes Matthew Polenzani as the king torn by a rash vow; mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in the trouser role of his noble son Idamante; soprano Nadine Sierra as Ilia; and soprano Elza van den Heever as the volatile Elettra, who loves Idamante to the bounds of madness.

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

3hrs 58 with intervals
£10, £8 concessions/gostyngiadau, £3 children/plant
Broadcast ROH Opera Live:
Madama Butterfly
Thursday 30 March7.15pm

Madama Butterfly (Puccini)

Antonio Pappano conducts Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s stunningly beautiful production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. One of the most popular of all operas, with ravishing music and a heartbreaking story of a loving geisha deserted by a callous American husband.  Much loved soprano Ermonela Jaho sings the title role, with naval officer B.F. Pinkerton sung by exciting young tenor Marcelo Puente.

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

2hrs 45 with interval
£10, £8 concessions/gostyngiadau, £3 children/plant
Broadcast Met Opera Live: Eugene Onegin
Saturday 22 April5.55pm

Met Opera Live: Eugene Onegin

Tchaikovsky’s setting of Pushkin’s timeless verse novel is presented on the Met stage in Deborah Warner’s moving production, starring Anna Netrebko and Peter Mattei as the lovestruck Tatiana and the aristocratic Onegin. Alexey Dolgov sings the role of Onegin’s friend turned rival Lenski, and Robin Ticciati conducts.

Sung in Russian with English surtitles

3hrs 38 with intervals
£10, £8 concessions/gostyngiadau, £3 children/plant
Music A History of Opera
Wednesday 26 April3pm

The History of Opera


Brendan Wheatley and Bridgett Gill

A light hearted and informative afternoon combined with wonderful singing accompanied by piano and guest soprano. The afternoon is interspersed with interesting facts and anecdotes to demonstrate the ever changing styles in the wonderful art form of opera: including arias and duets by Handel, Mozart, Puccini, Verdi, Mussorgsky and many many more.


Brendan and Bridgett have devoted a lifetime to opera, as singers, directors and in running their own successful touring companies, Opera Box and Swansea City Opera. Often tongue in cheek, they look forward to sharing their love of opera with you!

£10, £8 concessions/gostyngiadau, £3 children/plant
Opera Lakmé (Dlibes)Saturday 13 May    7.30pm

Swansea City Opera presents

This production of Lakmé, directed by Brendan Wheatley and musical direction John Beswick, is set in India during the 1880’s. Though famous for the ‘Flower Duet’, which has become so familiar, Lakmé contains many other hidden musical gems including the stratospheric and challenging ‘Bell Song’. 

Like other French operas of the period, it captures the ambience of the Orient seen through Western eyes and, topically for today, tells of religious tensions and conflict leading to personal sacrifice, heartbreak and death.

Sung in English

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

Running time to be confirmed
*18, £16 concessions/ gostyngiadau, £3 children/plant

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