The Welsh National Opera return for a Spring season at The Bristol Hippodrome! (10 - 13 April 2019)

The Welsh National Opera return for a Spring season at The Bristol Hippodrome! (10 - 13 April 2019)

Posted on: 06 Feb 2019

The Welsh National Opera has just announced details of its Spring season in Bristol! Catch breath-taking performances between 10 - 13 April 2019 at the Bristol Hippodrome. Click the links below to get your ticket. 


The Welsh National Opera is preparing a fantastic operatic season of masks, monarchy and magic for its return to Bristol Hippodrome this Spring. The Opera’s Verdi trilogy continues with a new production of Un Ballo in Maschera, which will also see a revival of Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux.

WNO @ The Bristol Hippodrome 2019

Directed by David Pountney and conducted by Gareth Jones, Un Ballo in Maschera is an icon opera by the late composer Verdi; a tale which sees the collision of love, power and politics in a story of deception and revenge. The story unfolds around a tragic love triangle between Amelia, her husband Renato and her lover the King (Riccardo), Renato’s best friend.  The King is obsessed with theatre and disguise, and this builds climactically to a masked ball in a backdrop of the growing conspiracy against him from his political and personal enemies.  


With a stage-design prepped to reflect the deceit of characters, and the cast including highly regarded Welsh tenor Gwyn Hughes Jones who will sing Riccardo with Mary Elizabeth Williams as Amelia, this performance looks truly unmissable. See Un Ballo in Maschera at the Bristol Hippodrome Wednesday 10 April at 19:30.  


Alongside a performance of Un Ballo in Maschera, the season will also welcome an opera loosely based on the life of Robert Devereux, the Second Earl of Essex and his close relationship with Queen Elizabeth I. Sung in Italian; the story places temper and love life at its heart. See Roberto Devereux at the Bristol Hippodrome on Friday 12 April at 19:30.


Bringing another tale of royal adventure, the Welsh National Opera is also ready to deliver a performance of Mozart’s ever-popular The Magic Flute to the Bristol stage. This Magritte-inspired production places Prince Tamino's quest to rescue a princess and find true love into a surreal, dream-like world that features an angry lobster, a newspaper-reading lion and a fish transformed into a bicycle. A witty, colourful narrative, the performance welcomes back Samantha Hay as Queen of the Night alongside other acclaimed cast members. See The Magic Flute at The Bristol Hippodrome on Thursday 11 April at 19:15 and Saturday 13 April at 15:00. 

Get your tickets before they sell out. The Bristol Hippodrome is located: St Augustine's Parade, Bristol BS1 4UZ. 

Article by:

Kate Hutchison

Kate is a second-year Philosophy student at the University of Bristol. Alongside helping to run the online side of the university's independent student newspaper, Kate regularly contributes to music platforms in the city. You can follow Kate on Twitter at @katefhutchison