Welsh National Opera in North Wales
- No fly
- Half board
Hear Welsh National Opera perform two exciting operas at Venue Cymru in Llandudno
During this special music holiday, enjoy two exciting operas performed by the world-class Welsh National Opera, an award-winning touring company formed in the 1940s. Today their rich and varied performances under the current artistic directorship of David Pountney, continue to thrill audiences across England and Wales. To enhance your visits, there will be two pre-concert talks and an illustrated opera music session from your opera host. You can also look forward to an included visit to the Great Orme Tramway, plus some free time in charming Llandudno to relax or explore some of the attractions on offer. Look forward to taking your seat at the Venue Cymru on Llandudno promenade to hear the following:
The Marriage of Figaro – In Mozart's sublime, humorous opera Count Almaviva has amorous designs on Figaro's bride-to-be, but all is satisfactorily resolved. (Sung in Italian with English surtitles).
Les Vepres Siciliennes – Inspired by true events in 13th-century Sicily, Duchess Elena longs to revenge her brother’s death, but darker events follow in this Verdi opera. (Sung in French with English surtitles).
- Expert Host
- Saga Host
- Included themed activities
- Hosted welcome drinks reception
- Meet and greet with expert host
- Free hotel Wi-Fi
- Hotel porterage
- Cancellation rights
Plus, this hotel features:
- All breakfasts and dinners
- Two operas at Venue Cymru, Llandudno
- An included visit to the Great Orme Tramway
The Dunoon Hotel, Gloddaeth Street, Llandudno, LL30 2DW
The Dunoon Hotel (3Q) is a handsome building offering a traditional welcome in the Victorian resort of Llandudno – perfect for exploring the stunning scenery and attractions of North Wales.
The hotel has 48 traditionally-furnished bedrooms. Most are on landings with a lift but some only accessible by stairs. Superior rooms are available for a supplement – please call for details.
Tea coffee making facilities
Food and Drink
Look forward to dining in the hotel's oak panelled dining room. The restaurant serves locally sourced food wherever possible, including fresh fish from Llandudno, cheeses from Blas Ar Fwyd and meat from the Conwy Valley. You can also relax with a drink in the Welsh Dresser Bar.
The seaside town of Llandudno lies on the Creuddyn Peninsula and was dubbed the ‘Queen of Resorts’ in 1864. Its tradition and heritage are preserved and here you’ll still find a pier, Punch and Judy shows and, in season, donkey rides. It’s a haven for wildlife and the limestone cliffs are home to an enormous number of nesting seabirds, including cormorants, guillemots, shags and puffins. There are plenty of boat trips which, weather permitting, will allow you to get a closer view. You can also ride the longest passenger cable car system in the UK, which runs form Happy Valley to the summit of Great Orme, for panoramic views of the town and coastline.
Out and about
Llandudno is not far from Betws-y-Coed, the gateway to Snowdonia, the coastal village of Rhos-on-Sea, the historic town of Llanrwst, Towyn and Deganwy. In this area you’lll find a wealth of historic churches and castles, where you can learn about historic struggle between the Welsh princes and the Kings of England, travel on steam train lines, and explore nature reserves where the landscape and its endemic plants and wildlife are preserved.
Carol Anne Wells
Carol Anne studied at the Royal College of Music and specialises in both classical and light music. She has given recitals at the South Bank, Wigmore, Barbican and Royal Albert Halls, and broadcast on radio and television. Carol Anne has worked with numerous artists including the renowned counter-tenor James Bowman and soprano Marilyn Hill Smith, and appeared in Royal Gala concerts at the Albert Hall. In addition to being an exponent of the music of the French composer Cecile Chaminade, Carol Anne has made various recordings and arrangements, particularly of film music, and is passionate about the power of music to cross generations and cultures.
Day 1 Welcome
After time to settle into your hotel and acquaint yourself with your surroundings, look forward to meeting your fellow guests over a welcome drink before dinner. D
Day 2 Welsh National Opera
Enjoy the morning at leisure to explore the local area. The hotel lies close to Llandudno's famous promenade with all the resort's main attractions within easy reach.
This afternoon look forward to your first pre-performance talk from your host, then, after an early dinner, depart for your first performance. Take your seats at the Venue Cymru, situated just around the corner from your hotel, for a performance by the Welsh National Opera of The Marriage of Figaro. B, D
Day 3 Opera performance
Spend this morning at leisure. Take it easy at your hotel or perhaps do some independent exploring. Later this afternoon, look forward to the second of your pre-performance talks from your host, before departing after an early dinner for another performance – this time of Verdi’s Les Vepres Siciliennes. B, D
Day 4 Great Orme Tramway
This morning you can look forward to an included excursion to the Great Orme Traway. There is no transportation provided for this excursion so you will need to be able to walk to the Tramway, a distance of about 400 metres. This afternoon enjoy an illustrated music session in the company of your host. The rest of the evening is free for you to do as you please B, D
Day 5 Farewell
After breakfast, it's time to bid farewell to your fellow guests and host and head for home. B