Welsh National Opera: The Merchant Of Venice at Royal Opera House


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Shylock is a proud and defiant man. But when he demands a severe debt to be repaid he becomes a victim of his own intransigence and most seriously, the prejudice of others.

Andre Tchaikowsky was best known as a concert pianist, but being a composer meant more to him. The Merchant of Venice is a potent attack on prejudice and feels like a deeply personal response to his experiences as a child in the Warsaw Ghetto. It's amazing that it has languished unperformed for over three decades. But finally, following the performances David Pountney commissioned at the Bregenz Festival in Austria, we get to see it in the UK. It goes without saying that this is a deeply serious opera but it is not without its moments of tender beauty. If you like opera to pack an emotional punch, we think this one's for you.

Conductor Lionel Friend

Director Keith Warner

Designer Ashley Martin-Davis

Lighting Designer Davy Cunningham

Movement Director Michael Barry

Associate Director Amy Lane

Shylock Lester Lynch / Quentin Hayes

Antonio Martin Wolfel

Lorenzo Bruce Sledge

The Duke of Venice Miklos Sebestyen

Bassanio Mark Le Brocq

Solanio Gary Griffiths

Salerio TBA

Gratiano David Stout

Jessica Lauren Michelle

Portia Sarah Castle

Nerissa Verena Gunz

Sung in English with surtitles in English and Welsh.

Supported by the Getty Family as part of British Firsts.

Co-production with the Bregenzer Festspiele, Austria, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of the Polska Music programme & Teatr Wielki, Warsaw

Venue Details & Map

Royal Opera House

Covent Garden
+44 (0)20 7240 1200
Public transport:
Tube: Covent Garden/Holborn

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