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PUBLISHED: 12:39 23 March 2011

Il Trovatore

Il Trovatore


WELSH National Opera will return to The Bristol Hippodrome next week with two famous productions.

Renowned opera director John Copley presents a stylish new production of Strauss’ Die Fledermaus and the group will also stage Verdi’s brooding tale of vengeance Il trovatore.

Copley has previously worked at the Royal Opera House, English National Opera and the Metropolitan Opera in New York and last worked at WNO on the 1980 production of Tosca, which successfully ran in the company’s repertoire until the early 1990s.

The cast of this new production, designed by Tim Reed, includes Nuccia Focile as Rosalinde, and Paul Charles Clark as Alfred.

Mark Stone is Eisenstein, David Stout is Dr Falke and former WNO Associate Artist Joanne Boag is Adele.

Making her WNO debut this season will be Helen Lepalaan as Orlofsky. Cornish baritone Alan Opie returns to the Company as Frank.

Olivier award-winning actor Desmond Barrit will also be making his WNO debut this season, performing the non-singing role of Frosch.

The costumes for Die Fledermaus are designed by award-winning Deirdre Clancy, who won a BAFTA for her designs for the BBC film Mrs Brown starring Judi Dench and Billy Connolly and three Olivier awards for her work on All’s Well That Ends Well and Love’s Labour’s Lost for the Royal Shakespeare Company and A Month in the Country with Helen Mirren and John Hurt.

Peter Watson’s dramatic production of Il trovatore returns with David Kempster as Count di Luna.

Gwyn Hughes Jones makes his role debut as Manrico. Returning after her role as the Third Lady in The Magic Flute Joanne, Thomas performs the role of Azucena.

Katia Pellegrino is Leonora and David Soar is Ferrando.

Die Fledermaus will be staged on March 30 and April 1 and Il trovatore on March 31 and April 2. Tickets, priced £7.50-39.50, are available via www.wno.org.uk

We have teamed up with The Bristol Hippodrome to offer three lucky readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to see Die Fledermaus at 7.15pm on March 30.

To enter the competition, simply answer the following question: Which two operas will be staged at The Bristol Hippodrome from March 30 to April 2?

Send your answer on a postcard, along with your name, address and telephone number, to: Bristol Hippodrome competition, North Somerset Times, 32 Waterloo Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1LW, by 12noon on March 27.

Alternatively, click on the link at the top of the page to enter. Usual Archant rules apply and the editor’s decision is final.

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