Wednesday 10th October 2018, a rare midweek day off so, as usual I’m down at Cardiff Bay on a really hot autumn day. Today I’m at the Millennium Centre to meet the new members of the development team for a chance to air a few ideas etc, then I have an opportunity to watch Rob Brydon with his ‘I am Standing Up’ tour. Really good day so far, one of my best midweek days for a long while. I rarely get to watch comedy, so it’s nice to be able to broaden my theatrical horizons, with the hope of the watching different forms of entertainment on the big stage.
After the events of the day I realise just how much this theatre means to me and how it has totally changed me whole way of life. Watching all these wonderful shows, in these magnificent surroundings, with so many people I can call my friends, has been a revelation.
Time to talk about tonight’s show, first off was Andrew Bird with a 20 minute slot, very funny and no obscene language, which is nice to see, for a change. A nice warm up for the main event.
Rob Brydon was absolutely brilliant, laughed all night, great jokes along with his impressions especially Ken Bruce, classic. Really good singing voice, well he is Welsh, wouldn’t expect anything else. Fabulous night entertainment, with both artists never going down the smutty line of comedy, for a change. Feel the need to watch more comedy shows after tonight.
Amazing day today, really glad I took the day off.
Sunday 7th October 2018, the final Opera of this season takes place today with a rendition of Rossini’s ‘La Cenerentola’ at the Millenium Centre in Cardiff Bay. With the Cardiff half marathon on today as well, got here early enough to watch some of the runners go through before a quick walk around the Bay on a glorious day in the Welsh Capital.Another Opera that is totally new to me, although I have to say I loved it, the complex singing combined with amazing togetherness of the principle cast members, all working so well, the speed and accuracy of the singing was so impressive with fabulous voices from all the cast and the Chorus, just phenomenal to listen to.
The Music surprised me as I did not think I would enjoy it, but as usual I was totally wrong, I loved that as well, fabulous music beautifully written and played to perfection yet again by the brilliant Welsh National Opera Orchestra under the Baton of Tomas Hanus.
The set and lighting were excellent with plenty of colour from the stage and cast throughout, really brightening up the experience of watching this amazing Opera. Also the six dancers who played the Mice on stage were just phenomenal, really added to the event as a whole. So enjoyed this show, I would love to have seen it more but alas only two were done here at the centre.
Summing up I have to say this was probably one of the best I’ve seen from the WNO, even though I’ve also loved everything I’ve seen from this incredible company.
Saturday 6th October 2018, the weekend is upon us yet again, so I’m back in Cardiff Bay at the Millennium Centre for another performance of Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’. Another chance to this superb Opera so close to home, brought to us by the wonderful Welsh National Opera company.This weeks cast has Anush Hovhannisyan as Violetta, Alfredo is played by Kang Wang alongside Roland Wood as his father Giorgio Germont. This trio were superb in my last showing of this Opera (last week), their voices are just phenomenal, and I must say just as good tonight.
Talking of voices I have to mention the WNO Chorus who, as usual, were exceptional, they always produce the goods when required and have become an integral part of any Opera from this incredible company.
If the singing was excellent, then the musical accompaniment was of impressive quality, as Usual the Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera, under the baton of James Southall,were on fire tonight, giving the audience a superb display of musical prowess.
Today has been another superb day for me, a long walk around the Bay, taking in the sights, followed by an amazing Opera at the magnificent Millennium Centre. What more could anyone want from a weekend trip to the theatre.