Welsh National Opera have just announced their Spring Season at the Magnificent Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff. Carlo Rizzi conducts Madama Butterfly, Tobias Ringborn conducts Don Giovanni and Czech born Music Director of the WNO Tomáš Hanus conducts Jenůfa.
We are happy to be returning to Cardiff for three performances at the Wales Millennium Centre and to be able to stay in the heart of the city at the hotel voted #1 in 2021. The Indigo Hotel, located in the Dominions Arcade in Queen Street is described by the Daily Telegraph thus "Welsh culture and quirky symbolism have been bottled up in each of the 122 rooms at Cardiff’s Hotel Indigo, giving the city an injection of modern accommodation with boutique leanings and a headline Marco Pierre White restaurant that has captured the attention of locals".
Our seats at the Millennium Centre are in the mid stalls rows J, K & L (see view in photo carousel) so perfectly placed for both view and sound balance. The new production of Madama Butterfly, while apparently lacking any trace of Japan, has no the less received 4* reviews from the Times, Telegraph and Guardian. The Times said of it a piercingly emotional modern-day interpretation. The last revivial of the John Caird's production of Don Giovanni was in 2018 and was described as thrilling by Bachtrack, with set and set during the Spanish Golden Age. For our final evening we are treated to Janacek's gripping and heart wrenching Jenůfa in a production first seen in 1998 when it was conducted by the late Sir Charles Mackerras. In 2021 it is conducted by the Czech born Music Director of the Welsh National Opera, Tomáš Hanus.
As well as a Welcome dinner on Wednesday evening, we have pre-performance meals included before each opera. As always, wine is included with all meals.
During our stay as well as a daytime visit to the Cardiff Bay waterfront, we will visit the ethnographic St Fagan's Museum. It consists of more than forty re-erected buildings from various locations in Wales, and is set in the grounds of St Fagans Castle, a Grade I listed Elizabethan manor house. Following a £30m revamp in 2018 it was voted Art Fund Museum of the Year 2019.
Transfers from our usual Northwest pick-up points are included and on our journey down to Cardiff we will make a stop to visit The Firs just outside Worcester, birthplace of Edward Elgar. On our return journey we will stop at the beautiful Arts & Crafts era Winterbourne House, at the University of Birmingham.
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