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Tuesday 31 March 2015 Download Calendar

The Lyric

This production makes use of surtitles. There are a number of seats from which the view to the surtitles is restricted or blocked entirely. These seats are available at a reduced rate via our Box Office and are not shown on the seating availability map. If you wish to book these seats or enquire further please call 01752 267222 and our Box Office team will be happy to advise.


Chorus! is a fully staged extravaganza of some of operaís greatest moments. The talents of soprano Lesley Garrett, centre stage with the stunning WNO Chorus, make this a uniquely entwined and magnificent spectacle.

Lesley’s natural rapport with an audience reaches far beyond the opera house. Her superb voice, in union with the Chorus, brings every song to life in a delightful cocktail of music and performance.

Chorus! features over 20 works, including Il trovatore, Madam Butterfly, The Pirates of Penzance and Peter Grimes. With moments of wonder, humour and reflection seasoned operagoers will be reminded why they fell in love with it in the first place. Newcomers to the genre will be left wanting more.

War and Peace | Prokofiev | Epigraph
Peter Grimes | Britten | Who Holds Himself Apart
The Flying Dutchman | Wagner | Spinning Chorus
Macbeth | Verdi | Murderers’ Chorus
Il trovatore | Verdi | Anvil Chorus
The Force of Destiny | Verdi | Rataplan
The Fairy Queen | Purcell | Hush No More
Madama Butterfly | Puccini | Humming Chorus
The Rake’s Progress | Stravinsky | With Air Commanding
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny | Weill | Alabama Song
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk | Shostakovich | Police Scene
Carmen | Bizet | Cigarette Chorus
Pirates of Penzance | Sullivan | A Policeman’s Lot
Tales of Hoffmann | Offenbach | Barcarolle
The Cunning Little Vixen | Janacek | Wedding Chorus


Carmen | Bizet | Les Voici
Pirates of Penzance | Sullivan | With Cat-Like Tread
Macbeth | Verdi | Witches Chorus
La Forze del Destino | Verdi | La Vergine Degli Angeli
Messiah | Handel | Hallelujah
Panis | Franck | Angelicus
Wailing Chorus | Khovanshchina
Nabucco | Verdi | Va Pensiero
Arr Paul Bateman | The Impossible Dream

Running Time: approximately 2 hours including one interval of 25 minutes
Sung in various languages with surtitles in English
Production contains strobe lighting

Director: David Pountney
Starring: WNO Chorus and Lesley Garrett
Conductor: Alexander Martin
Choreographer: Denni Sayers
Production note: Chorus! is a a fully staged, costumed spectacle evoking many different periods and locations

Free pre-performance talk

Tickets must be booked in advance.
Tuesday 31st March 6pm
Tickets to this talk can be booked through the Box Office on 01752 267222 at the same time as booking your opera tickets.

Pricing & Concessions

Full price:
£11.70 – £50.70

Please note: Prices include a 70p per ticket booking fee.

Under 16s, Student, Unwaged, Young Company, ANLO:
Half price tickets in A, B & C

Over 60s, Disabled:
£5 off A, B & C

Corporate Members:
£5 off A, B & C

£4 off A, B & C

People’s Company:
£3.50 off A, B & C

Groups of 10+:
£2.50 off each ticket A, B & C

Groups of 20+:
£3.50 off each ticket A, B & C

Groups of 40+:
£4.50 off each ticket A, B & C

School groups of 10+:
£10 tickets in A, B & C

Under 30s Special Offer:
£5.70 tickets in A, B & C (Limited availability – available through Box Office only)

WNO Youth and Community Groups:
£5.70 tickets in A, B & C (Limited availability – available through Box Office only)

Book two operas at the same time and receive 20% off each ticket. Must be purchased at same time and in same price band – A, B or C (Box Office bookings only).
Book three operas at the same time and receive 25% off each ticket. Must be purchased at same time and in same price band – A, B or C (Box Office bookings only).

Please note: Prices include a 70p per ticket booking fee. Concessions exclude price band E in The Lyric.


Don Pasquale

The elderly bachelor Don Pasquale, at his house in Rome, awaits his friend Dr Malatesta, who has arranged a marriage for him. The bride, Malatesta tells him, is beautiful and innocent, and happens to be Malatesta’s sister.

Don Pasquale reminds his nephew Ernesto that he has offered to wed him to a wealthy lady on pain of disinheritance if he refuses. Ernesto refuses again; he intends to marry the impoverished Norina.

At home, Norina scoffs at a romantic novel. Malatesta arrives and tells her of the scheme he has hatched to help her and Ernesto marry. Norina will be introduced to Pasquale as Malatesta’s sister Sofronia, fresh from the convent. After they are ‘married’ by a false notary, Pasquale will be at their mercy.


Disowned by Pasquale, Ernesto feels he cannot ask Norina to share his poverty.

Malatesta arrives at Pasquale’s house with ‘Sofronia’, apparently shy and afraid of men. Pasquale proposes and she accepts. Malatesta’s false notary draws up the contract, making Sofronia mistress of the house and owner of half of Pasquale’s goods. The ceremony done, Sofronia instantly transforms into a domineering, spendthrift shrew and appoints Ernesto her escort.


Don Pasquale, his home completely revamped by Norina/Sofronia, examines the bills with horror. Norina enters, dressed up to go to the theatre. Pasquale tries to stop her, but ‘Sofronia’ treats him harshly. As she leaves, she deliberately drops a piece of paper. Pasquale discovers that it is a note from Sofronia’s lover arranging a tryst in the garden that evening. Pasquale sends for Malatesta and shows him the note. They agree to confront the lovers in the garden that night.

Later, in the garden, Ernesto serenades Norina, and they sing of their love. Pasquale and Malatesta spy on them and then ambush them, but Ernesto escapes unrecognised. ‘Sofronia’ denies her guilt and refuses to leave, but Malatesta persuades her that she cannot stay, as Norina is to arrive tomorrow as Ernesto’s bride. Pasquale is thus forced to accept Ernesto’s chosen wife in order to get rid of his own. When the truth is finally revealed, Pasquale forgives the youngsters and all are reconciled.

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