Bellini, I Puritani, WNO, 2015 (detail) View full image

Carlo Rizzi brings the Puritans to Cardiff and beyond

On 11 September Carlo Rizzi conducts a new production by Annilese Miskimmon of Bellini's bel canto masterpiece, I puritani.

The production opens in Cardiff then tours to Southampton, Bristol, Llandudno, Oxford and Birmingham. You can find further details of dates and times, here
Lovers of great Italian opera will savour every breath-taking aria, poignant duet and impassioned chorus. You will be swept away by Bellini's fast moving and highly emotional epic.

Our new production brings this universal story of love, derailed by a social divide, dynamically to life by setting it, initially, in Northern Ireland in the 1970s. Elvira's madness immerses her in another time of civil unrest - the English Civil War, complete with period costumes. These contrasting styles highlight Elvira's descent into insanity.