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Rigoletto – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Opera: Giuseppe Verdi Libretto: Francesco Maria Piave Director: James Macdonald Revival director: Caroline Chaney Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Set in the White House during the Kennedy era, James Macdonald’s revival of Verdi’s Rigoletto was first staged by Welsh National Opera seventeen years ago.  There have been a few adjustments since, and, given our present political state, the production keeps pace with ...

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The Consul – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Writer, music & lyrics: Gian Carlo Menotti Director: Max Hoehn Reviewer: Beth Steer Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Consul, a tale of hopelessness, bureaucracy, and frustration, originally produced in 1950, is restaged by the Welsh National Opera in this recent performance at the Wales Millennium Centre. Running for one night only – and in one single act – as part of ...

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat – WMC, Cardiff

Music:  Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: Tim Rice Director: Bill Kenwright Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat the musical returns to the stage con brio, with a plethora of well-known musical numbers, refreshed and rejuvenated with all its original pizzazz still in place.  The Biblical story of Joseph, betrayed by his jealous brothers and sold into slavery in ...

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The Last Five Years – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Writer & Composer: Jason Robert Brown Director: Angharad Lee Reviewer: Beth Steer In the latest in a series of ‘Performances for the Curious’ from the Wales Millennium Centre, Leeway Productions puts on a version of Jason Robert Brown’s musical, The Last Five Years – with a spin. Following 20-something New Yorkers Jamie (Michael Hamway), an aspiring author, and Cathy (Lauren Hood), a ...

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Tosca – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Director: Michael Blakemore Revival Director: Benjamin Davis Conductor: Carlo Rizzi Reviewer: Emily Pearce As one of the genre’s most empathetic composers, Puccini’s Tosca has everything one might want and from high opera and melodrama. An opera about an opera singer trying to defend her politically doomed lover as the state rebels; Tosca is a story steeped in betrayal, murder and ...

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Miss Saigon – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Book & lyrics: Alain Boublil Music: Claude-Michel Schonberg Additional Lyrics: Richard Maltby Jnr. & Michael Mahler Director: Laurence Connor Reviewer: Beth Steer Pitted as the ‘epic love story of our time’, Miss Saigon is an absolute smash hit. In Cameron Mackintosh’s new version of the Schonberg and Boublil classic, the dark history of America’s involvement in the Vietnam war is ...

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Tiger Bay The Musical – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music by: Daf James Book and lyrics: Michael Williams Director: Melly Still Reviewer: Beth Steer Set in Cardiff’s Tiger Bay in the early 1900s, Tiger Bay The Musical is perhaps the most significant production by Wales Millennium Centre to date. Produced in association with Cape Town Opera, this raucous, roaring musical is one of revolution, conflict, and courage, at a time of the city’s deepest unrest. ...

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Die Fledermaus – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

A Male and Female in Masquerade costumes laughing

Music: Johann Straus II Libretto: Carl Haffner & Richard Genée Director: John Copley Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Fun and frolics in Die Fledermaus, one of the greatest of Viennese operettas. Last staged by Welsh National Opera six years ago, John Copley’s production keeps all the frills and frou-frou of the original first performed in Vienna in 1874. The plot, convoluted as ...

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