Welsh National Opera addresses the issues of justice, freedom and human rights through a season of operas, talks, debates, discussions, exhibitions and digital projects.
A warm welcome to our ambitious and wide-ranging FREEDOM Season.
Some of you may find this a troublingly political theme, preferring to think of art, and perhaps especially music, as being something refreshingly free of politics. But that would be to ignore the fact that music and theatre have frequently turned towards the subjects of justice and injustice, and some of the most powerful emotional outbursts in opera come from the mouths of the oppressed, whether it be the Jewish exiles in Nabucco, or the homeless refugees in Martinu’s Greek Passion. Mentioning these two pieces which we are not presenting in this Season reveals that there are indeed many more examples for which we simply could not find space.
The broader point is revealed in the contextual events with which we surround this FREEDOM Season - a series of talks and discussions in which I hope you will feel inspired to participate. Music and theatre may sometimes be arenas for escape from a troubled world. But they are also at the same time places where our human sensibilities and emotions are awakened and nurtured, and the feelings of compassion and empathy, stirred and refreshed by the inspiration of art, are indeed the very bedrock of our political intelligence - a commodity we seem to need now more than ever.
WNO Artistic Director
Talks, discussions and debates
Exhibitions and Screenings
Explore our specially curated immersive exhibition featuring international work from a wide range of acclaimed artists and filmmakers who are inspired and influenced by stories of resilience, identity, hope, liberation and displacement.
WNO FREEDOM Season is proudly sponsored by Associated British Ports (South Wales) – 32 years of supporting WNO and our shared communities.