Warm thanks for win­ter per­for­mances

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - FEATURES -

SIR, – The dark Novem­ber even­ings are chilly and cold, but there was only warmth and charm in the two very dif­fer­ent mu­si­cal pro­duc­tions I at­tended re­cently at HM The­atre in Aberdeen.

In the Scot­tish Opera pro­duc­tion of Verdi’s La Travi­ata, pic­tured, which I think was one of their best, the part of Vi­o­letta was sym­pa­thetic and gor­geously sung by a Rus­sian/Dutch so­prano Gul­nara Shafigul­lina. The whole pro­duc­tion was a truly up­lift­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Sec­ondly, I booked with trep­i­da­tion won­der­ing what I was to hear in the lesser known of Andrew Lloyd Web­ber’s mu­si­cals, Sun­set Boule­vard which has no real well known sig­na­ture songs. I was, how­ever, not dis­ap­pointed. The sets were very clev­erly con­structed and the mu­si­cal flowed along smoothly. The main parts were played by Ria Jones and the much younger Danny Mac, fi­nal­ist in Strictly 2016. Not only is he a dancer but an ac­com­plished ac­tor and singer. Both leads did the pro­duc­tion proud. Once the fi­nal chord was played by the orches­tra they re­ceived a stand­ing ova­tion which was well de­served.

Both these per­for­mances were well at­tended and I thought how lucky we are in Aberdeen to have HM The­atre (al­beit the seats are a bit un­com­fort­able!).

Con­grat­u­la­tions to APA for bring­ing these two won­der­ful pro­duc­tions to Aberdeen.

Dorothy Gray, Glendee Ter­race, Cults, Aberdeen

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