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‘There’s no half-singing in the shower, you’re either a rock star or an opera diva’

Hello blog readers! I promised an extra blog this week, and here we are! This week saw me attend a dress rehearsal of the Welsh National Opera’s production of Moses und Aron  and I am still slaving away at revision!

So last week, I had my first exam on British Music in the Twentieth Century and I always think the first one is the most relieved you feel once it is over. After this exam I then had a little over two weeks before the exams really come in thick and fast so it was straight back in to revision mode. And here I am, over a week later and gearing up for the exams beginning next week.

As music students in Cardiff University, we are offered limited number of tickets for the dress rehearsals of  the Welsh National Opera productions and considering tickets can go up to £50+, it really is such a great deal to get these dress rehearsals, especially considering the world-class standard of these productions. Since being a music student in Cardiff University I have been lucky enough to see incredible performances such as Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen, Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux and Verdi’s La Traviata to name but a few. Before beginning my studies in Cardiff University I had never seen or experienced an opera so the Welsh National Opera, based in Cardiff, was a big factor which drew me to Cardiff. It really isn’t an exaggeration to say that WNO is a world-leading opera company, and to have this on our doorstep is such a treat.  As I said, I saw Moses und Aron yesterday down at the bay, which is a twentieth century piece by Schoenberg, a composer I hadn’t experienced in the opera house before. The opera tells the story of Moses’ calling from God and the troubles which surround this. It was a lovely surprise to discover opera royality Sir John Tomlinson was playing the role of Moses and he was incredible. The chorus of the WNO also held an important role throughout the work and were also amazing. I’m also going to see Verdi’s masterpiece Nabucco in a couple of weeks which I’m really looking forward to!

Anyway, I’m back off to do some more revision! Speak soon,

Jordan

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