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Welsh National Opera is joining 100 opera houses in the UK and across the world to present a weekend of activities to celebrate European Opera Days in May.
On Saturday 8 May, Classic FM’s partner Welsh National Opera will be entertaining visitors at Wales Millennium Centre with foyer performances from its Singing Club, as well as ‘guerrilla opera’ - undercover members of WNO Chorus singing impromptu scenes from Carmen around the building.
Visitors will also be able to view some of the props and set models from productions and learn more about life behind the scenes through podcasts and short films.
Now in its fourth year, European Opera Days sees opera companies unite through a weekend of events designed to make opera accessible to all and build new audiences for opera. It is coordinated by Opera Europa, the European organisation for professional opera companies and festivals, and RESEO, the European Network for Opera and Dance Education.
Other UK opera houses from Inverness to Aldeburgh will be buzzing with activities across the weekend to showcase their work, including creative workshops, open rehearsals, guided tours of theatres and meetings with artists.
This year, activities will focus on the theme of ‘crossing bridges’; between opera companies and their neighbourhoods, between opera and other creative artforms and between cultures, showing how opera is inspired and influenced by the world around us.