On Wednesday 7th February year 9 and the Performing Arts department, GCSE and A Level music pupils visited the Millennium Centre, Cardiff to watch Welsh National Opera’s dress-run of Puccini’s “Tosca”. Pupils were treated to an afternoon of first class performances from Helen Rutter (Tosca), Hector Sandoval (Cavaradossi) and Mark S. Doss (Scarpia). The orchestra performed with passion as it evoked the mood and plot that was being revealed on stage. With incredible set design and exquisite costumes there was much to engage the audience of school pupils from across South Wales.

For many pupils this was their first experience of live theatre and the dramatic tale of love, jealousy and revenge had our pupils captivated throughout. Tosca’s conductor Carlo Rizzi ended the matinee dress-run with an inspiring address to the pupils encouraging them to think big and to chase after their hopes and dreams.

Here are some of the pupils reactions after viewing the performance:

“I thought that “Tosca” was amazing. The ending was so powerful with emotion; I even shed a tear” – Morgan Grant 9T

“The experience was very emotional. I’d recommend people to go and see it” – Chloe Dowlman 9G

“I really enjoyed the part where Tosca and Cavardossi were re-united in Act 3” – Holly Davies 10N

Georgia Coombs, Charles Maclean and James Tiernan of year 13 were interviewed by WNO at the end of the dress-run regarding their thoughts of the production.

The interview is now available to watch on You Tube. Well done!