ABP South Wales celebrate 29 year partnership with WNO

August 1, 2016

Left: Kommilitonen! being performed by the WNO Youth Opera at Barry Memo. Image Credit: Kirsten McTernan

ABP South Wales has celebrated 29-years of partnership with Welsh National Opera (WNO) by supporting their Youth Opera production of Kommilitonen!.

WNO Youth Opera provides high quality vocal training, performance opportunities and access to the Company as inspiration for young people with a passion for singing.

ABP South Wales Director, Matthew Kennerley, said: “WNO Youth Opera is an important initiative that gives young people the chance to develop their skills through professional training. The cast and crew have been working very hard to prepare for the performance of Kommilitonen! and it is a production to be proud of.”

“ABP is proud to have worked closely with WNO for the past 29 years and we look forward to celebrating 30 years of partnership in 2017.”

ABP South Wales have been supporting WNO since 1987 in order to support projects that deliver benefit to the local communities that surround their five ports. Their relationship also allows access for ABP staff to see the shows that ABP support and bring the ABP and WNO communities together.

WNO Youth Opera’s production of Kommilitonen! was performed at Barry Memo – a venue with strong links to ABP South Wales Port of Barry – between the 27th and 30th July. It intertwined three stories of student revolution in the 20th century – the Chinese Cultural Revolution; the Civil Rights Movement in the USA; and the White Rose movement in Germany during WWII and was extremely well received by audiences and critics.

Callum Couper, ABP Port Manager for Swansea, Port Talbot and Barry, who attended the Saturday performance with ABP guests said: “This powerful work was given tremendous energy and depth by WNO’s Youth Opera and it was fantastic to see it so well supported at such a great venue in Barry.”

To find out more about the work of WNO visit: www.wno.org.uk