WNO launch season

WNO’s spring tour will take The Magic Flute, Hansel & Gretel and a new production Chorus! to Southampton (March 25-28).

Spokeswoman Branwen Jones said: “The theme for our spring 2015 season is Spellbound, highlighting the natural affinity between music and magic.“

“Opening WNO’s spring 2015 season is a new production of Chorus!. The original concept was conceived by WNO and directed by David Pountney in 2004. This new version, also under the creative vision and direction of David Pountney, celebrates one of WNO’s greatest assets, the chorus. Chorus! will feature soprano Lesley Garrett performing alongside the WNO chorus and will be an enchanting, witty and spectacular journey through the rich repertoire of choral music and a chance to experience some of opera’s best-loved moments.

“Chorus! will include opera classics such as the Humming Chorus from Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Va Pensiero from Verdi’s Nabucco alongside the Epigraph from Prokofiev’s War and Peace.”