Review: WNO - Chorus! @ WMC
With their win as Best Ensemble at the Wales Theatre Awards for Moses und Aron (which also won Best Production and Male Opera Performer - for John Tomlinson), this group of singers can do no wrong. Truly, they rival any chorus in England, the British Isles and beyond.
This, being the very last piece WNO did at the New Theatre before their venture over their new home of the WMC, is a great work to show off the skill and creative minds of their singers. It's an eclectic mix of music: Britten's Peter Grimes, Wagner's The Flying Dutchman, Bizet's Carmen, and much more. It was very spread out in its choices.
Weill's Alabama Song (Oh, show us the way to the next whiskey bar) and Shostakovich's rowdy Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk were delightful additions. A mighty chunk out of the Russian opera, Khovanschchina, by Mussorgsky felt bloated and unwanted towards the end. The beauty and stillness of Hush, no more from Purcell's The Fairy-Queen helped cleanse the pallet.
Opera star, Lesley Garret joined in with some arias, also. A great presence, her voice is not as pleasing as you would expect. At times not sounding good to the ear (especially in the Weill). Some Ramon nods to superheroes, celebrities and child-like humour have moments clamping on the show a real sense of cringe-worthy stupidity. Dancer, Chris Tudor added theatricality and humour to the show. A thin veil of a story was passed through him in each highlight in which he featured.
See this chorus sing the music they were born to sing.
Rating: 4 stars
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