Les Vêpres Siciliennes,  Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Les Vêpres Siciliennes, Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Welsh National Opera’s new (to the UK – it first saw the light of day last spring in Bonn) show is a visual triumph. The costumes (Marie-Jeanne Lecca) and set (Raimund Bauer) are arresting. The latter is a series of frames, so the characters seem to be stepping in and...
Noye’s Fludde, ENO/Theatre Royal Stratford East

Noye’s Fludde, ENO/Theatre Royal Stratford East

All aboard Benjamin Britten’s 1958 account of the flood described in Genesis draws on the mediaeval mystery plays, in which obedience is a key theme. While other human beings are busy being wicked, Noah is obedient to God’s command and starts building the ship without...
THE CONSUL, MILLENNIUM CENTRE, CARDIFF

THE CONSUL, MILLENNIUM CENTRE, CARDIFF

No waiting Second up in WNO’s imaginative ‘Rhyddid/Freedom’ season is Gian Carlo Menotti’s political opera from 1949. Well known to American TV audiences as the composer of the children’s Christmas TV opera Amahl and the Night Visitors, Menotti is hardly a...