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Welsh National Opera – Mozart’s Così fan tutte – with Sophie Bevan, Kayleigh Decker, Egor Zhuravskii & James Atkinson; directed by Max Hoehn; conducted by Frederick Brown

Many remember the name, in English, of Mozart and Da Ponte’s third operatic collaboration as ‘Women are like that’, with more than a whiff of apparent misogyny in it (the ending of the Italian tutte definitely denotes that the subjects of the title are female). But few remember its subtitle, la scuola degli amanti – ‘the school for lovers’ – […]

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WNO Death in Venice Mark le Brocq Gustav von Aschenbach and the cast of Death in Venice photo credit Johan Persson

Welsh National Opera – Britten’s Death in Venice – with Mark Le Brocq, Roderick Williams & Timothy Morgan; directed by Olivia Fuchs; conducted by Leo Hussain

Thomas Mann’s literary art is noted for the various potent dichotomies which it frequently poses for consideration – between youth and maturity, growth and decay, thought and action, form and idea; and most importantly, subsuming all of those, the notion he took from Nietzsche – the dialectic between the Apollonian and Dionysian approaches to life.

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Photo: Richard Hubert Smith

Welsh National Opera – Janáček’s The Makropulos Affair – Ángeles Blancas Gulin, Nicky Spence, David Stout; directed by Olivia Fuchs; conducted by Tomáš Hanus

Welsh National Opera was instrumental in bringing The Makropulos Affair (completed 1925, premiered the following year) to attention in the UK when they gave one of its first outings here in 1978 and, happily, the company does more than justice to this thought-provoking opera again now in Olivia Fuchs’s new production. It sets each Act in more

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Photo: Richard Hubert Smith

Welsh National Opera – Annabel Arden’s production of Puccini’s La bohème – Jung Soo Yun, Elin Pritchard, Germán Enrique Alcántara; conducted by Pietro Rizzo

The revival of Annabel Arden’s production of La bohème for Welsh National Opera this autumn season neatly coincides with Floris Visser’s new production for Glyndebourne this summer and also on tour in recent months. Where the latter provides a deliberately haunting and effective monochrome austerity within the same set throughout, Arden’s staging offers striking contrasts, both as

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