Welsh National Opera Announces Freedom Season Featuring Jake Heggie & Menotti

By Francisco Salazar

The Welsh National Opera has announced “Freedom,” a season of operatic works with complementary panel discussions, talks, community engagement and an exhibition of immersive reality artwork exploring the themes of human rights, justice, and political imprisonment.

Curated by Artistic Director David Pountney, the season is set to present every element of the performing company from the WNO Chorus and Orchestra through the WNO Community Chorus and WNO’s award-winning Youth Opera.

The season will also showcase young singers, including the Youth Opera alumni and students at the David Seligman Opera School at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) in roles for several of the productions.

The Freedom season will showcase five operas with four semi-staged and one fully staged production. The semi-staged productions will 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.

The season will also include talks and debates sponsored by Amnesty International UK, the Welsh Refugee Council and the National Assembly for Wales among others.