Every time I try to turn this first impression into a paragraph, it starts turning into a full length post instead, and I don't want to write that just yet. Hence the enforced brevity of bullet points. More this weekend I hope.
- I don't think it's anywhere near as ugly as the reviews from Leeds and Melbourne (not to mention word of mouth) suggested. In fact at times it's really quite beautiful.
- Besides, bel canto is, let's face it, about the singing, and this Capuleti has some gorgeous singing. And gorgeous singing is always worth hearing.
- Can't quite make up my mind about Catherine Carby as Romeo but mostly I think she's pretty fantastic. She's stunning in the final scene.
- Very happy to see Stephen Bennett in the cast. One of those singers who always makes me happy.
- Emma! She's lovely. I would see it again just for her. There are other reasons for doing so but she would be enough. And you know this is not my typical reaction to Emma, but she was utterly delightful. I stamped my feet for her.
I just hope this doesn't turn out to be one of those shows whatever negative response there might be drowns out the positive and turns off potential ticket buyers who might actually have liked it. If anything about the music or the cast or the production interests you, don't be put off by anybody else's opinion: it's worth making your own mind up about this one.