Photo: Ben Jones

Join us online to discover more about the behind-the-scenes workings of an opera company. In this series of video conversations, industry professionals gather to share their insights and experiences in conversation with Welsh National Opera’s extended family in North Wales, the WNO Community Chorus North.

These conversations will dive into four elements of WNO’s artistic operations: opera Chorus, Orchestra players, the development of new opera and Welsh creative talent.

WNO Chorus in conversation with WNO Community Chorus

Saturday 19 September

United by their love of song, we bring together some of WNO’s North Wales-based community singers with the full-time powerhouse of WNO Chorus. On a break from populating WNO’s stages, both forces meet in this virtual space to exchange stories and share their passions for all things chorus.

From vision to the stage: developing Migrations

Sunday 20 September

How does a brand new opera make it through from the seed of an idea on a page of A4 to an opening night with hundreds of performers? WNO’s latest commissioned opera Migrations has met with a delay due to 2020’s lockdown but our team will share how the new opera has developed so far and what happens next.

Welsh and working in opera

Wednesday 23 September

An informal chat with Welsh artists and creators, comparing routes into opera and exploring the different influences that living in the ‘Land of Song’ can have on artists.

Orchestral insights & Rhythm workshop

Thursday 24 September

Find out more about life in WNO’s celebrated Orchestra, and participate in an experimental online rhythm workshop led by Patrick King, Section Principal Timpani at WNO.

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