Welsh National Opera Brings a Seasonal Operatic Treat to the Stage

28/11/2015

                 Welsh National Opera Brings a Seasonal Operatic Treat to the Stage

 

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Composer Iain Bell has turned Dickens’s much-loved story, A Christmas Carol, into a scintillating, one-man tour de force for tenor and chamber orchestra. This new WNO production featuring Mark Le Brocq with the WNO Chamber Orchestra has two performances on Friday December 18, 7.15pm and Sunday, December 20, 4pm and will be sung in English.

Tenor, Mark Le Brocq, returns to WNO following his performance as Smee in WNO’s production of Peter Pan this summer. In A Christmas Carol Mark takes the role of narrator, singing with dramatic effect to impersonate all the characters of this famous ghost story. The audience will experience the atmosphere of the performance in close quarters as designer Nate Gibson transforms Wales Millennium Centre’s Weston Studio into an intimate Victorian drawing room, incorporating the WNO Chamber Orchestra, conducted by James Southall, into the story telling.

Dickens’ public readings of this story were notoriously energetic and exciting and with Iain Bell’s atmospheric music and Mark Le Brocq’s command of the stage audiences will experience that same passion, emotion and energy from this production.

Composer Iain Bell explains, “This is a piece I am so excited to have had the chance to breathe life into. I relished the opportunity to set one of my most treasured stories to music. To be doing so in the one-man form as performed by Dickens himself was a thrilling voyage, it has enabled me to explore all the nuances of the tenor voice both in characterisation and mood-setting.”

A Christmas Carol sees a welcome return to WNO for director Polly Graham. The libretto for the Opera has been written by renowned film and stage actor, Simon Callow. Simon himself has successfully played Dickens on Broadway, in London’s West End, and in television’s Doctor Who.

A Christmas Carol gives audiences the opportunity to experience the incredible talents of Iain Bell and Mark Le Brocq before they return to Welsh National Opera in May with the world première of a major new opera, In Parenthesis. Iain has worked with librettists David Antrobus and Emma Jenkins on an adaptation of the epic war poem by Welsh poet, writer and artist David Jones. Based on Jones’s own experience as an infantryman, In Parenthesis follows Private John Ball and his comrades in the Royal Welch Fusiliers as they leave England to embark on the assault at Mametz Wood during the Battle of the Somme. In Parenthesis is commissioned by the Nicholas John Trust with 14-18 NOW, the UK cultural programme to commemorate World War I

For further information on WNO’s A Christmas Carol and In Parenthesis see www.wno.org.uk.

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