Welsh National Opera
Mozart – The Magic Flute and Verdi – Un Ballo in Maschera
Architectural Tour of the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
Highlights tour of National Museum of Wales
Staying at the Holland House Hotel Cardiff
15 – 17 February 2019 (2 nights)
Welsh National Opera, a world class opera company is recognised both in this country and internationally for its artistic excellence. The company seem to rise to even greater heights when performing in their home city of Cardiff in the iconic Wales Millennium Centre. Top price raised stall seats to attend the production of two great operas and stay for two nights at the four star Holland House Hotel in the centre of Cardiff.
The Magic Flute Welsh National Opera’s irresistible production transports you to a dream world where you’ll meet colourful characters, moments of enchantment and Mozart’s sublime music, including the magnificent Queen of the Night aria, it adds up to an unforgettable opera experience.
Un ballo in maschera The score is one of Verdi’s most intense, providing the musical passion that drives this thrilling new production. Love, power and politics collide in Un ballo in maschera – based on the real life assassination of King Gustav III of Sweden who was shot at a masked ball in 1792. Riccardo (Gustav) adores Amelia, but when her husband discovers their love affair, he plots against the king, leading to murder on the dance floor. Gwyn Hughes Jones leads the cast as Riccardo in this tale of deception, intrigue, love and revenge.
Saturday opera is in the late afternoon so we have arranged a fantastic opportunity to have a tour of the Wales Millennium Centre led by the lead architect, Jonathan Adams. Jonathan will explain how his vision was constructed, the problems they had to overcome and how it feels to have created one of the world’s most recognisable buildings. The morning will be spent visiting the National Museum for Wales – which has the superb Davies Sister’s impressionist collection but (still be finally confirmed) a special temporary exhibition of twelve Leonardo Da Vinci drawings on display from the Royal Collection. There will be a tour of the museum highlights.
Pre- opera dining will be in the ffresh restaurant at the Wales Millennium Centre on Friday evening and on Saturday after the opera in the Holland House Hotel. . Taxis/coach will transfer you to and from the venue before and after the operas.
Friday 15 February: Check into the hotel from 2.30– meet at 4.30 in reception to transfer to the WMC - three course dinner before the evening performance of Magic Flute
Saturday 16 February: Morning visit to National Museum of Wales, taxi transfer to the WMC for the architectural tour at mid-day – time to find lunch in and around the venue before taking your seats for the afternoon performance Un ballo in maschera – transfers back to the hotel after the opera and evening dinner in the hotel.
Sunday 17 February: Check out of the hotel after a leisurely breakfast before departing for home.
- Top price stall seats for both operas
- Two nights’ accommodation and breakfast, one dinner in the hotel and one in WMC
- Entries, special tours, coaching, transfers to operas. Heritage Touring representative
Price per person: £466
Single supplement: £53 per night (£106)
Non-refundable deposit: £150 pp
Each tour, unless stated otherwise in the tour details, includes welcome reception, hotel accommodation, dinner and breakfast, entry fees, guided tours and tickets where appropriate, lunches and refreshments where stated, professional guide and executive coaching.
You are asked to make your own travel arrangements to join each break at the hotel listed. We are happy to give advice and where possible organise shared taxis from a rail station to the hotel and where appropriate the coach will finish a tour at the station. However we cannot take responsibility for individual travel bookings.
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