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Since the beginning of time nature has migrated effortlessly to brave the elements and improve on circumstance, but when it comes to the human race it always seems more complicated.

Through a series of six stories, by six writers from diverse backgrounds, Welsh National Opera’s new opera explores the highs and lows of migration: from the migration of birds to the sailing of The Mayflower 400 years ago; from the story of an Afro-Caribbean slave in Bristol to the experience of Indian doctors working in the NHS.

Migrations is a hugely ambitious collaborative new opera commissioned by WNO with music by Will Todd. An expanded WNO Orchestra is joined by a cast of 100 performers, including a gospel choir, Bollywood dancers and a children’s chorus. This is epic drama on a huge scale, and an unmissable live experience.

Mayflower
Written by Sir David Pountney
The story of the group of settlers who sailed to America on the Mayflower exactly 400 years ago, seeking freedom from religious persecution in Britain.

Treaty 6
Written by Sarah Woods
The ‘first nation’ Cree people’s reaction to the experience of inward migration, displacement and colonisation.

Flight, Death or Fog
Written by Edson Burton & Miles Chambers
The story of Pero, an Afro-Caribbean slave in the ownership of a wealthy merchant family in 18th Century Bristol.

Birds
Written by Eric Ngalle Charles
Migration as a natural phenomenon, a way of life.

The English Lesson
Written by Sarah Woods
Refugees and asylum seekers who experience migration as a process forced upon them by economic hardship, violence of intolerance.

This is the Life!
Witten by Shreya Sen-Handley
A humorous look at the experience of Indian doctors in the NHS.

Pre performance talk at 1:45

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