The Welsh National Opera presents three thrilling productions at the Bristol Hippodrome this spring
Spring has at last sprung and this blossoming new season welcomes the Welsh National Opera to Bristol’s Hippodrome for three vastly different (but still exceptional) productions: La Vin Herbé, La Bohème and Madam Butterfly. The trilogy won’t be lingering long, so make sure you catch them while they’re in town!
La Vin Herbé is in fact playing for just one night only. This Polly Graham-directed production, described by the WNO as “something off the beaten track”, offers a refreshingly new take on Wagner’s iconic Tristan und Isolde, with Frank King’s “intimate” update providing a drastic twist. It’s a rare staging of the tragic show and simply cannot be missed! The show lasts one hour and 50 minutes with no interval and takes place on 28 March. Tickets from £12.90.
Director Annabel Arden’s “sensitive and insightful” production of La Bohème is a dazzling look into the life of Parisian Bohemians full of visceral visuals and stunning projects that enhance the sheer spectacle of what’s on offer.
This is a romantic classic that’s rooted deep in the hearts of many, but Arden’s take offers a spellbinding look that will enchant even the hardest cynic.
The show runs for two hours and 10 minutes with one interval and takes place on 29 and 30 March. Tickets from £12.90.
Finally, Madam Butterfly takes centre stage, finishing the trilogy in resolute style. Joachim Herz’s beloved WNO staple is a faithful adaptation that honours the composer’s intent and provides an incisive critique of imperialism. This is a beautiful show with some truly special scenes — there’s a reason why it’s a firm favourite for many! There is one interval during the two hour and 45 minute performances which take place on 31 March and 1 April. Tickets from £12.90.
If you want to catch just one performance or see everything the WNO has to offer, there’s no better way than here in Bristol!
When: 21—25 March
Where: Bristol Hippodrome