An opera season of human rights

An opera season of human rights


norman lebrecht

November 05, 2018

David Pountney is nailing his colours to the mast at Welsh National Opera.

From the press release:

At the heart of Freedom are five operas, four semi-staged and one fully staged production. Semi-staged productions include The Consul by Gian Carlo Menotti, Dead Man Walking by Jake Heggie, The Prisoner by Luigi Dallapiccola and the second act of Beethoven’s Fidelio with a fully staged production of Brundibár by Jewish Czech  composer  Hans Krása. All operas will be performed at Cardiff’s Wales Millennium Centre.

‘This Freedom season brings together a group of works all of which touch on this intensely political subject, but as works of art, not political manifestos. It establishes that an art form often wrongly thought of as an establishment playground nonetheless has a lot to say about political and social suffering,’ says David Pountney, WNO Artistic Director.




  • Pedro says:

    The second act of Fidelio only? Shame!

  • dorset richard says:

    when is this taking place

  • Una says:

    Just shows you they have no real money so they can’t stage them all as they should be.

  • Another Hasbeen says:

    The semi-staged operas appear to have one performance each. Quite a spindly mast on which to nail colours…

  • Jonathan Grieves-Smith says:


  • Zelda Macnamara says:

    Very laudable, but only in Cardiff. They’re leaving out their somewhat larger hinterland.