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The Bard Of Britannia and Bard Of Germania stand above soldiers, who are crouching on the ground.

Our history

In 1943, Welsh National Opera was founded by a group of people from across south Wales including miners, teachers and doctors. They wanted to forge an opera company befitting Wales’ rich reputation as the ‘land of song’. The energy which drives the Company today is rooted in its formation in the 1940s.