Jack to make Welsh National Opera Debut in 2019 'Freedom' Season
This summer, Jack will be making his Welsh National Opera main stage Debut as ‘Second Prison Guard’ in Dead Man Walking, the first opera by Jake Heggie with a libretto by Terrance McNally.
This semi-staged opera features WNO Youth Opera and Alumni, WNO Chorus and guest artists and will feature as part of WNO’s 2019 Freedom Season.
Welsh National Opera addresses the issues of justice, freedom and human rights through a season of operas, talks, debates, discussions, exhibitions and digital projects.
In this era of globalisation when so many face repression and trauma by warfare and every alternative is blindingly visible, countless people are inspired to risk their lives striving to migrate towards the light of better prospects, to fulfil their dreams and to protect their families. And who can blame them?
Prisoners, and those, typically mothers, lovers, individuals and organisations who care for and fight for them, are ever present in this short season too, and serve to remind us that one of opera’s most important roles is as the expression of a national conscience on stage. From the moment when the political prisoner Florestan, in Beethoven’s opera Fidelio, cries out from his lonely cell: ’Gott, welch Dunkel hier’, opera has given powerful musical expression to the oppressed.
Are we a truly humane society, and are we doing all we can to demonstrate our universal compassion? This is an emotional question which music poses, and demands an answer. With this season, we explore the many faces of amnesty and why we should evoke change.