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A message from Aidan Lang, WNO General Director

20 March 2020

Following the UK Government's advice regarding social gatherings, Welsh National Opera has been working with our partner venues, and can confirm that many performances during our Spring tour and other events during this period will be cancelled. Please click here for the latest information on events impacted. Venues will be contacting all affected ticket holders shortly.

As a Company we aim to open up the world of opera across all the regions we tour to, both through our performances and the activities we provide in schools and communities.  It’s therefore been difficult to make this decision to cancel performances and events but our utmost priority is to ensure the safety of our audience members as well as staff and guest artists during these difficult times.

This of course has a huge impact on our incredibly hardworking staff as well as the many talented artists who come from around the world to perform with us, but we’re determined to keep the music alive, and will be working hard behind the scenes to find ways of continuing to bring opera to as many as people as possible.

If you want to help and you love opera – then now is the time that we need your support.

Welsh National Opera is a registered charity. The funding of our artists fees relies heavily on the income from the tickets we sell and the donations we receive.

Every donation we receive at this time of crisis will go towards ensuring that fees for our artists, creative teams and incredible Chorus, Orchestra and staff will continue to be fulfilled for as long as we are able to. At this time, we are committed to honouring the contracts of our guest artists and freelance practitioners until the end of our Spring tour on 9 May. Your support will help to ensure the future survival of WNO.

Where performances are cancelled, you will be entitled to a refund, or in most cases there will be a chance to exchange your tickets for a performance in Autumn 2020 or Spring 2021. We are talking to venues individually to see if there can also be an option for you to donate the value of your ticket instead of an exchange or refund. Please do consider this option as it will benefit both the venue and WNO at this very challenging time.

Like never before in our 75 year history, we need each other. We are all facing some of the most challenging times in a generation. Music helps bring us together, provide comfort and a window on our souls, and we will all need the power of music, theatre and art to help us through these testing times that lay ahead.

Every gift, no matter the size, will make a real difference so please donate now.

For now, we would like to thank you for your understanding and patience, and to recognise the remarkable efforts and support of our audience members, staff, artists and venues. We look forward to performing for you again soon. 

Aidan Lang
General Director