Pass the sledgehammer, I'm going in...
There's not much going on operawise in the flesh in Cardiff in April, but there are plenty of bits and bobs to distract you from your Easter eggs, and your subsequent mission to get fit (for the second time this year).
The first port of call is St David's Hall, which welcomes a variety of orchestras from less slightly afar to even less-less slightly afar. The LSO rumble into town on Friday with Julia "Smokin' Fiddle" Fischer riding shotgun*. A week later and the BBC NOW conjure up some Berlioz magic with Romeo and Juliet with the aid of Susan Bickley and Jonathan Lemalu. In a lunchtime concert Peter Jablonski travels from Haydn to Copland / Bernstein. And closing out their very enjoyable three date gig at the hall the Orchestra of WNO play some Wagner and Bruckner.
Hoddinott Hall welcomes its resident orchestra, the BBC NOW, in addition to the likes of BBC New Generation Artist Francesco Piemontesi, flautist Emmanuel Pahud, cellist Alban Gerhardt and the National Youth Wind Orchestra Of Wales.
The Met Live in HD broadcasts continue at Cineworld Cardiff with Le Comte Ory (Joyce DiDonato, Diana Damrau, Juan Diego Florez), Capriccio (Renée Fleming and Sarah Connolly) and Il Trovatore (Marcelo Alvarez, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Sondra Radvonosky).
And although it isn't in Cardiff, despite its name, Showcase Cinema Cardiff will be showing Cavalliere rusticana / Pagliacci from Barcelona's Liceu (Ildiko Komlosi, Ángeles Blancas, Marcello Giordani, Marco di Felice, Luciana D’Intino, Inva Mula, José Cura and Andrzej Dobber).
*Unfortunately Julia Fischer has had to withdraw due to injury, but LSO concert master, Roman Simovic, has come to the rescue and will be performing the Sibelius.