Thanks very much Dee for alerting us to this.
My wife and I have just returned from Pontio thoroughly inspired and invigorated by this excellent production.
It was a quite extraordinary evening. The audience was almost entirely Welsh speaking. The only English I heard spoken was by a couple who were entertaining a foreign guest.
It started with a tremendous rendering of the National Anthem, the line
Dros ryddid gollasant eu gwaed
For freedom they shed their blood
having particular significance in the context of an opera about remarkable personal courage and heroism in the face of tyranny and oppression.
The programme note expresses the hope that the audience will be reminded of the political and linguistic freedoms so important to us in Wales.
The singing is first class and the small chamber orchestra boxed well above their weight.
I am afraid that my Welsh is not good enough to follow Mererid Hopwood’s new translation, but nor is my German good enough to follow the original text. The story is easy to follow and the music (that caused Beethoven so much difficulty) is intensely powerful and extremely moving.
This is a performance that is not to be missed.
27 April Aberystwyth
30 April Blaenau Ffestiniog
2 May Abertawe
4 May Aberhonddu
7 May Caerfyrddin
9 May Rhosllanerchrugog
11 May Y Barri