Author: Shaun Tougher

Les vêpres siciliennes, Welsh National Opera

11th February 2020

The prospect of WNO staging Verdi’s Les vêpres siciliennes is an exciting one. The last time it was performed by WNO was in 1954. Further, this staging (a joint production with Theater Bonn) is of the French grand opéra version, the full five acts sung in French with the ballet section included, not the revised […]

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The Cunning Little Vixen , Welsh National Opera, WMC

27th October 2019

This revived production of Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen is another triumph for WNO. Born in Moravia in 1854 it was only in 1924 that Janáček first staged his opera. Inspired by the illustrated tales of ‘Vixen Sharp-Ears’ the opera tells the story of the life and death of the Vixen, captured by the Forester […]

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Rigoletto, Welsh National Opera, Wales Millennium Centre

1st October 2019

This production of Verdi’s Rigoletto is a winning return to form for WNO. The story of the jester Rigoletto’s attempted revenge on his master the Duke for the seduction of his daughter Gilda, the action is transposed to Washington DC in the sixties, evoked by the costumes and design, such as Gilda’s hairband and bobby […]

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Saturday Night Fever, Wales Millennium Centre

30th November 2018

I have to confess that I have never seen the 1977 film Saturday Night Fever (Star Wars was my passion that year). My knowledge of it was confined to the chart-topping songs of the Bee Gees and clips of John Travolta dancing in THAT suit. My desire to see this stage version (Wales Millennium Centre 27 […]

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NDCWales Spring 2018 summer bill

2nd August 2018

The Terra Firma triple bill does not disappoint with three very different dances including two that I have seen before and a new work. The programme started with Caroline Finn’s Folk, then the work that is new to me, Mario Bermundez-Gil’s Atalaÿ and concluded with Marcos Morau’s Tundra that I saw as part of the P.A.R.A.D.E event […]

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