Last night was a Saturday night with a difference as I went to see the opening night of Welsh National Opera’s La Boheme at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff.
Although I enjoy an eclectic mix of music and theatre, I rarely go to see an opera. But as La Boheme is so loved across the world, I took the plunge and bought tickets.
And it was wonderful. The production transported us to Bohemian Paris and the lives of Mimi and Rodolfo, neighbours who fall in love after meeting one cold winter’s night.
The cast and chorus did a sterling job of bringing Puccini’s masterpiece to life. Littered with humour and heartbreak, the English and Welsh subtitles meant novices like me could follow the plot and dialogue, which was performed in Italian.
One of my highlights was the technology used to bring Bohemian Paris to life. Thin screens were layered to animate flurries of snow alongside the snowflakes falling on the stage. The changing seasons were shown by dancing snowflakes turning into the flowers of spring.
All in all, La Boheme was a gorgeous production. Beautifully sung and acted, it was an accessible way to try out an evening at the opera.