Welsh National Opera Spring 2020
Hélène seeks justice for her murdered brother, as revenge and revolution set the scene for Les vêpres siciliennes. As Hélène’s sweetheart Henri, together with fellow rebel Procida, prepare to destroy his killer Montfort, a dark secret is revealed. Among the confusion and betrayal, the sound of wedding bells ring out, signalling the massacre that will destroy them all.
Based around true events which occurred in Sicily in 1282, Verdi’s grand opera features wonderful choruses and breath-taking arias, including the Bolero. In this striking new production, Director David Pountney and the creative team behind La forza del destino and Un ballo in maschera reunite to complete WNO’s Verdi Trilogy.
Co-production with Theater Bonn.
Running time: TBC
Age guidance: 8+
Sung in French, with English surtitles.
Hélène is the story’s one star and Anush Hovhannisyan seizes the opportunities Verdi gives her with both hands. The audience loved her.
The part of Henri, illegitimate son of the tyrannical Guy de Montfort, could have been written for tenor Jung Soo Yun. Yun is blessed with a broad lower register, a sweetness at the top and a dramatic sound to stir those Sicilian rebels.
British Theatre Guide