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About us

We believe in the power of opera to transform lives.

Our mission is to bring the power, drama and raw emotion of opera to as wide an audience as possible in performances, marked by an uncompromising quest for artistic quality.

As a national company with international status, we sit at the heart of music-making in Wales and play a valuable role in the communities we serve in England. We work with our partners to discover and nurture young operatic talent, and provide the springboard for international careers. 

Touring is our lifeblood and we strive to present the highest quality work across our artistic programme, entertaining and inspiring audiences at our operas and concerts and providing transformative experiences through our youth and community work.

Building on our 70-year history and our roots in the communities of South Wales, we aim to demonstrate to future generations that opera is a rewarding, relevant and universal art form. 

More than any other company, WNO opens up the world of opera to everyone.

Our values are

Expert: our people have the talent, knowledge and skills to deliver at every level with the highest quality standards

Collaborative: our work is created by people coming together and working in partnership to successfully achieve common goals

Smart: we are agile and open-minded, identifying new opportunities and using our resources wisely to maximise our potential

Innovative: we are unafraid to challenge ourselves creatively and professionally and actively encourage new ideas

Inclusive: we embrace a diverse workplace culture where people are valued. We respect and recognise each other’s differences in an environment where all can thrive 

Patron His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales

Honorary President Mathew Prichard CBE, DL

Emeritus President Lord Davies of Llandinam