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The Welsh National Opera returns to Bristol's Hippodrome for a trio of enthralling production

Get stuck into a series of visual, aural and emotional masterpieces this month — the Welsh National Opera is coming back with an antidote to November’s chilly days and chillier nights! The prestigious company returns to the city for three stunning productions this month, with Eugene Onegin, From The House Of The Dead, and Die Fledermaus all being performed across four nights at the historic venue.

Eugene Onegin, one of Tchaikovsky’s best-loved works, will be showing on 15 November. Based on Alexander Pushkin’s book of the same name, the opera is a dramatic tragedy all about unrequited love and high society that will hit hard and deep. Expect beautiful sets and costumes, as well as a moving score full of emotional sounds! It’s sung in Russian, with English and Welsh surtitles.

On 16 November the WNO will be performing From The House Of The Dead. David Pountney’s production of Janáček’s fantastic opera is based on the semi-autobiographical accounts of writer Dostoyevsky’s time in prison. The production, which follows a motley crew of inmates in a Siberian jail, is a particularly impressive opera with an even more impressive score from the WNO Orchestra (which is conducted by new musical director Tomáš Hanus). 

The production is in English with English and Welsh surtitles.

Johan Strauss II’s enchanting Die Fledermaus is the final work in this November trilogy. Led by Judith Howarth and Paul Charles Clarke — who both enjoyed leading roles in Madam Butterfly over the summer — the classic show is rich with comedy and romance, and is sure to warm your heart as winter approaches. Be prepared for some seriously impressive visuals (the story focuses on an elegant, opulent ball) and addictive melodies. 

Die Fledermaus is sung in English with English and Welsh surtitles, and takes place on 17 and 18 November.

Tickets for each show are sold separately, and are all available from just £14.90.

When: 15–18 November

Where: Bristol Hippodrome 

Website: www.atgtickets.com 

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