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Preview: Welsh National Opera, Senedd, Cardiff Bay

Welsh National Opera’s chorus will be marking European Opera  Days with a free performance on the steps of the Senedd.

The 39-strong group of singers will sing the rousing bridal march from Wagner’s opera  Lohengrin on Saturday.

European Opera Days is a  festival held over a weekend every May by opera companies from around the world to show that opera is not an elitist activity and is something that can be enjoyed by everyone.

More than 100 opera  companies in 24 countries will  also be taking part in events over the weekend.

WNO’s chief executive and  artistic director David Pountney  said: “The cultural community  predates the political community by a couple of centuries at least.  Italian music travelled to the  court of Henry VIII and the 17th century English lutenist  John Dowland was a European star three centuries before Madonna.

“Opera is one of the peaks of  European cultural achievement  – a synthesis of extraordinarily  sophisticated ingredients that  nonetheless gel to create an art form with huge popular appeal.

“WNO is proud to celebrate its  link to this vast creative  resource, both in its intimate communal work in the North Wales town of Wrexham and by making a potent display of choral power outside our very own parliament. Opera belongs to the community, but is never parochial. Opera is an expression  of national identity, but reaches across all nations.”

The performance comes just weeks before WNO launches its  latest season which will celebrate the music of Wagner.


The free performance by  WNO Chorus takes place at the  Senedd, Cardiff Bay, on  Saturday at 10am. For details of  the new season, call 029 2063  6464 or visit www.wno.org.uk

 

 

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