The opera written in 1859 mixes comic elements in a tragic love story. Riccardo is a leader loved by his people but surrounded by conspirators. He also nurses a secret shame: he adores Amelia, the wife of his closest friend and loyal minister, Renato. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.Performers Gwyn Hughes Jones (Riccardo), Mary Elizabeth Williams (Amelia), Roland Wood (Renato), Phillip Rhodes (Renato - some dates), Julie Martin du Theil (Oscar - except Mar 6), Harriet Eyley (Oscar Mar 6), Sara Fulgoni (Ulrica), Jihoon Kim (Samuel), Tristan Hambleton (Tom), Jason Howard (Silvano), Andrew Irwin (Amelia's Servant).
Music Verdi (1859). Company Welsh National Opera. Conductor Carlo Rizzi (Cardiff/Birmingham). Conductor Gareth Jones (except Cardiff/Birmingham). Director David |Pountney. Design Raimund Bauer. Costume Marie-Jeanne Lecca. Lighting Fabrice Kebour. Choreographer Michael Spenceley. Director Robin Tebbutt (associate director).