Saturday 24th September 2016 in Cardiff Bay,for my final viewing of the WNO production of Macbeth at the Wales Millenium Centre. An opera beautifully written by Verdi and performed to perfection by this magnificent company. In my opinion,this is worth watching as many times as possible, I enjoy it every time I see it, and shows just how good this opera company is, producing the goods every season.
Many people have asked me how I can keep watching ‘Shakespeare’, and I keep explaining that this opera is only based on the play, as its music is just brilliant and sung in Italian, which takes the emphasis off the play, giving the audience a new ‘angle’ in which to view the whole experience. With the WNO making their home at the centre, this also adds to the spectacle, with probably the best theatre in Britain at this moment. The acoustics in the main auditorium are second to none, and really aid the singers achieve amazing tones, as they sing their hearts out throughout. We also have a brilliant orchestra located in a huge pit area, purpose built for such occasions.
Having written about this opera twice already, I seemed to have mentioned Mary Elizabeth Williams quite a lot, with good reason. I know I keep going on about this, but when I hear a fabulous voice singing from that huge stage, I have to write about it. Listening to beautiful singing is one of the main reasons I watch shows over and over, it really brings the week to a fitting end, knowing that you can look forward to watching live entertainment so close to home, every weekend after a hard week at work.
On that note we move on to tonight’s performance. Very impressed again, musically so good,with the WNO orchestra again wonderful value for money, The chorus exquisite, as they always are, at every performance they do. And so onto the principals who again were outstanding. With special mention to Mary Elizabeth Williams and Luis Cansino for two absolutely brilliant performances tonight, with the biggest Cheer of the evening going to Mary, and as usual, totally deserved. An absolutely brilliant evenings viewing again. Looking forward to the next instalment.