Saturday 1st October 2016 and Sunday 2nd October 2016 another weekend at the Millenium Centre for WNO’s production of Kiss me Kate, the third instalment of this seasons operas. This is again a show that I have not seen before, so really looking forward to these two performances.
The main cast consists of Quirijin de Lang playing Fred Graham, Jeni Bern as Lilli Vanessi. Amelia Adams-Pearce playing Lois Lane and Alan Burkitt as Bill Calhoun. With music and lyrics written by Cole Porter this promises to be an epic show.
And may I say Wow, a brilliant show,great singing,as usual from all the cast, again I couldn’t fault any voice in the whole production, just so brilliant,and a credit to the lyrics of the great Cole Porter,with the cast of the WNO really adding it’s weight to the whole proceedings.
The dance sections were also fabulous,with a stand out tap routine in act two from the exceptional talent of Alan Burkitt, reminding me of his role as Jerry Travers in the uk tour of Top Hat,another one of my favourite musicals.(seeing it many times at the Centre).
The show also has some fabulous comic sidelines to many of the scenes. With the two mafia operatives taking centre stage throughout. With added bonuses from the rest of the cast. Making this a real extravaganza for the whole crowd to appreciate.
Kiss me Kate also has some great Shakespeare dialogue included, as the show is set,on the set of a stage production of ‘Taming of the Shrew’. Mixing Shakespeare and Cole Porter works so well with this timeless classic.
The Welsh National Opera Orchestra were again brilliant, playing this amazing score with ease. They never fail to produce the goods on every occasion I have seen them, and always impress with the quality of their playing capabilities. They have to be one of the best and most consistent orchestras in Britain today.
The WNO are on tour now,but some good news, is that Kiss me Kate will be back at the Centre in early December this year, for a week of shows. I definitely will be back to watch a few of these magnificent performances.