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Surtitles are not visible from rows V-ZZ in the Stalls. Not suitable for younger children. Under 5's not admitted.

Running Times:
Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes, including two intervals. Times given are for guidance purposes only and can change.

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Welsh National Opera
The Sacrifice
James MacMillan

Wed 24 October 2007


The Sacrifice is a compelling and timeless story of a ruler's ultimate sacrifice to safeguard the future of his wartorn, faction-ridden country. Composed and conducted by one of the world's greatest living composers, James MacMillan, The Sacrifice is directed by Katie Mitchell, with a libretto by the award-winning poet Michael Symmons Roberts. This is a story of love, revenge and reconcilliation, inspired by the heightened mythical world of The Mabinogion: a collection of ancient Welsh folktales.

The powerful cast reunites a number of artists who have received great acclaim for their recent roles with WNO - and internationally: Christopher Purves (title role in Wozzeck and Sharpless in Madam Butterfly); Sarah Tynan (who created the role of Iphis in Jephtha and performed Melanto in Ulysses); Peter Hoare (Captain in Wozzeck and the Witch in Hansel and Gretel) as well as Lisa Milne and Leigh Melrose.

Sung in English with English surtitles

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