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National Tour 2015


The Barber of Seville

Tour dates to be announced

Mid Wales Opera - The Barber of Seville
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Mid Wales Opera are pleased to announce that its nationwide touring production for autumn 2015 will be Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. Sung in an English translation the company will open its annual tour at Hafren, Newtown on 10 & 12 September followed by performances throughout Wales and England with the English premiere at Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield on 16 September 2015.

MWO are pleased to have secured the creative talents of director Edward Dick, whose directing career began with international theatre company Cheek by Jowl and has since moved on to opera including the UK premiere of Maometto Secondo at Garsington Opera and the world premiere of Tarik O’Regan’s Heart of Darkness at the Royal Opera House.  Designing The Barber of Seville costumes and set is Oliver Townsend.  A graduate of Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Oliver has previously worked with English Touring Opera, at the Edinburgh Festival and with Blackheath Halls Opera.  Joining them will be Declan Randall whose sensitive lighting has enhanced MWO’s recent shows including Acis & Galatea and Carmen.  To complete this dynamic team MWO’s Artistic Director Nicholas Cleobury will conduct the Mid Wales Opera Chamber Orchestra, in this exciting new production of an ever popular comedy classic.

The full company will be announced in the coming weeks along with further tour and venue details

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The Barber of Seville Company Announcement

Mid Wales Opera is pleased to announce its company for a new touring production of The Barber of Seville directed by Edward Dick, with the Mid Wales Opera Chamber Orchestra under the baton of MWO Artistic Director Nicholas Cleobury.

Audiences will see a host of talent take to the stage in this 20 date tour throughout autumn 2015. Those familiar with MWO’s work will recognise the comic talent of Wyn Pencarreg and Simon Wilding, whose numerous comic characters and outrageous facial hair in the Marriage of Figaro and The Bartered Bride entertained audiences across the UK. New singers joining the fold include Welsh soprano Rebecca Afonwy-Jones taking to the MWO stage...

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