Welsh National Opera teaches Long-Covid lessons

Welsh National Opera teaches Long-Covid lessons


norman lebrecht

January 30, 2023

Press release:
Welsh National Opera has announced that its Long-COVID programme Wellness with WNO is expanding across Wales. Six health boards in Wales will now be able to offer the rehabilitation service to patients, through direct referral to NHS Long-COVID Services.

The programme, which shares techniques and strategies used by professional opera singers to support breath control, lung function, circulation and posture, has been shown to reduce the severity of Long-COVID symptoms.

Wellness with WNO also focusses on patients’ emotional wellbeing. These sessions introduce participants to the joy of singing, even if they have no musical background. They are also provided with a means of interacting with others who may be experiencing similar challenges with Long-COVID symptoms.

Health Minister Eluned Morgan comments: ‘We are continuing to learn more about the long-term effects of COVID and we believe our approach of treating, supporting and managing people through our unique service model is the most efficient and effective way of achieving the best outcomes for people experiencing Long-COVID. It has been heartening to see the success of the Wellness with WNO project and the significant benefits it has provided for people’s health and wellbeing. I am glad this programme will be expanded so even more people can take up the project to support their recovery and rehabilitation.’


  • William Evans says:

    ‘Sounds like an excellent collaborative programme! I hope it proves helpful to those experiencing long-term symptoms of the virus.

  • Diane Valerie says:

    Hamburg Staatsoper held a similar initiative earlier in the pandemic (2021).