We are delighted to have four artists performnig in Welsh National Opera’s recently announced 2021/22 season.
Neil Balfour and Keel Watson make their company debuts in Lindy Hume’s new production of Madam Butterfly as Prince Yamadori and The Bonze. Inspired by Puccini’s fantasy landscape of exotic pleasures, this new production interprets Butterfly’s famous story through a dystopian prism. Keel will also perform Don Basilio in a revival of Giles Havergal’s classic prodution of The Barber of Seville.
Following acclaimed performances as Cio-cio san and Violetta, Linda Richardson returns to WNO as Donna Anna in a revival of John Caird’s classic production of Don Giovanni, last seen in the 2017/18 season.
Njabulo Madlala makes his WNO debut in summer 2022 in Will Todd’s much anticipated new commission – Migrations. This new community opera explores the highs and lows of migration: from the migration of birds to the sailing of The Mayflower 400 years ago; from the story of an Afro-Caribbean slave in Bristol to the experience of Indian doctors working in the NHS.
The production is directed by David Pountney and conducted by Matthew Kofi Waldren with an expanded WNO Orchestra joined by a cast of 100 performers, including a gospel choir, Bollywood dancers and a children’s chorus.