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 ROH Opera Live:
Rigoletto (Verdi)
Tuesday 16 January7.15pm


The Royal Opera

Rigoletto

David McVicar’s acclaimed production of Verdi’s potent and tragic opera is conducted by Alexander Joel, with an excellent cast led by Dimitri Platanias as Rigoletto, Lucy Crowe as Gilda and Michael Fabiano as the Duke of Mantua.

The corruption of innocence is at the heart of this production for the Royal Opera. Musical highlights include the exuberant ‘La donna è mobile’, Gilda’s exquisite, plaintive duets with Rigoletto and the Duke, and the gorgeous Act III quartet weaving the voices together as the story quickens to its shattering conclusion.

Sung in Italian with English surtitles


2hrs 45 incl. interval
£10, £8 concessions/gostyngiadau, £3 children/plant
Broadcast Met Opera Encore:
Tosca (Puccini)
Sunday 28 January 5.55pm

Met Opera Encore: Tosca
Rivaling the splendor of Franco Zeffirelli’s Napoleonic-era sets and costumes, Sir David McVicar’s ravishing new production offers a splendid backdrop for extraordinary singing. Kristine Opolais stars as the title prima donna alongside Vittorio Grigolo and Željko Lučić. Conductor Emmanuel Villaume
3hrs incl. intervals
£10, £8 concessions/gostyngiadau, £3 children/plant
Sung in Italian with English surtitles
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Broadcast ROH Opera Live:
Tosca (Puccini)
Wednesday 7 February7.15pm

The Royal Opera

Tosca

Jonathan Kent’s production of Puccini's Tosca for The Royal Opera captures the dangerous political turbulence of Rome in 1800. Dan Ettinger conducts a star cast led by Adrianne Pieczonka as Floria Tosca, Joseph Calleja as Mario Cavaradossi and Gerald Finley as Baron Scarpia.  For opera aficionados the opportunity to enjoy the same opera by two such wonderful companies as the Met and the Royal Opera in such close succession is quite intriguing.

Sung in Italian with English surtitles


3hrs incl. intervals
£10, £8 concessions/gostyngiadau, £3 children/plant
Broadcast Met Opera Encore:
L'Elisir d'Amor (Donizetti)
Sunday 11 February5pm


Met Opera Encore:

L'Elisir d'Amor (Donizetti)

Pretty Yende debuts a new role at the Met as the feisty Adina, opposite Matthew Polenzani, who enthralled Met audiences as Nemorino in 2013 with his ravishing “Una furtiva lagrima.” Bartlett Sher’s production is charming, with deft comedic timing, but also emotionally revealing. Domingo Hindoyan conducts.
2hrs 39 incl. interval
£10, £8 concessions/gostyngiadau, £3 children/plant

Sung in Italian with English surtitles
Broadcast Met Opera Live:
La Bohéme
Saturday 24 February5.30pm


Met Opera Live:

La Bohéme (Puccini)


2hrs 55 incl. intervals
£10, £8 concessions/gostyngiadau, £3 children/plant
The world’s most popular opera returns in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production starring a cast of young stars, including Sonya Yoncheva as the fragile Mimì and Michael Fabiano as the poet Rodolfo. Marco Armiliato conducts.

Sung in Italian with English surtitles


Broadcast ROH Opera Live:
Carmen (Bizet)
Tuesday 6 March6.45pm


The Royal Opera

Carmen

This ever-popular opera is given a fresh point of view in Barrie Kosky’s highly physical production, originally created for Frankfurt Opera. The Australian director is one of the world’s most sought-after opera directors, whose Royal Opera debut with Shostakovich’s The Nose in 2016 was greeted with delight. For Carmen, sung by Anna Goryachova he has devised a far-from-traditional version, incorporating music written by Bizet for the score but not usually heard, and giving a new voice to the opera’s endlessly fascinating central character.  

Sung in French with English surtitles


3hrs 20 incl. interval
£10, £8 concessions/gostyngiadau, £3 children/plant
Broadcast Met Opera Live:
Semiramide (Rossini)
Saturday 10 March5.55pm

Met Opera Live:

Semiramide

This Rossini masterpiece of dazzling vocal fireworks makes a rare Met appearance—its first in nearly 25 years—with Maurizio Benini on the podium. The all-star bel canto cast features Angela Meade in the title role of the murderous Queen of Babylon, who squares off in breathtaking duets with Arsace, a trouser role sung by Elizabeth DeShong. Javier Camarena, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Ryan Speedo Green complete the stellar cast.  
3hrs 29 incl.
£10, £8 concessions/gostyngiadau, £3 children/plant



Sung in Italian with English surtitles
Broadcast Met Opera Live:
Cosi Fan Tutte (Mozart)
Saturday 31 March5.55pm

Cosi Fan Tutte

A winning cast comes together for Phelim McDermott’s clever vision of Mozart’s comedy about the sexes, set in a carnival-esque environment inspired by 1950s Coney Island. Manipulating the action are the Don Alfonso of Christopher Maltman and the Despina of Tony Award–winner Kelli O’Hara, with Amanda Majeski, Serena Malfi, Ben Bliss, and Adam Plachetka as the pairs of young lovers who test each other’s faithfulness. David Robertson conducts.

Sung in Italian with English surtitles


3hrs 31 incl. interval
£10, £8 concessions/gostyngiadau, £3 children/plant
Opera The Swansea City Opera
presents
The Barber of Seville
Saturday 21 April7.30pm

The Barber of Seville (Rossini)

Live on our stage Swansea City Opera present a revival of their hugely successful 2011 production of the Barber of Seville, Rossini’s  most famous opera - razor-sharp and full of twists and turns.

A young Spanish nobleman, Count Almaviva, is in love with the beautiful and rich Rosina, ward of the lecherous Doctor Bartolo, who plans his own marriage to her. Along comes the meddling Figaro, the town barber, and suddenly we have all the ingredients for confusion and mayhem.

From Figaro’s famous entrance aria ‘Largo al factotum’ to the frenzy of the Act I finale, The Barber of Seville makes for a rollicking evening’s entertainment, don’t miss this ultimate feel-good opera that is always cheerful and fun.

Designed by Gary McCann with costumes by Gabriella Ingram, directed by Brendan Wheatley and accompanied by the Swansea City Opera orchestra.

Swansea City opera is known across the UK for its high, quality and engaging performances of comic opera and this sparkling performance will be no exception. Sung in English the production is set in period Seville, with outrageous 18th century costumes that complement the fizz and flare of Rossini’s musical genius, it is perfect both for the established operagoer, and those seeking to engage with opera for the first time.

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





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

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