Seen by a total 1775 people
In 16 venues across Wales and the Borders
13% of our audience had never seen an opera before
33% had only seen an opera once or twice
And an incredible 40% of the audience travelled less than 5 miles to see the show
– that’s keeping opera live and local if ever there was!
We’re had four amazing Torquemadas – starting with the wonderful Peter Van Hulle who set the bar very high indeed for those who followed him, but was unfortunately unable to complete the tour because of a serious injury to his leg.
For those who saw us in Bishops’ Castle, Mold and Criccieth Joseph Doody sang the role from the side of the stage while our Artistic Director Richard Studer stepped up to perform. And for the final three shows we welcomed back William Wallace – last seen with MWO as Tamino in Mozart’s The Magic Flute.
This one’s for you dear @petervanhulle1 – we all miss your energy! Get better soon. Tois tonight to the brave @richard_studer & the fabulous @joseph_doody for stepping in last minute. Gonna be a fun one @Midwalesopera #TheSpanishHour @SpArCTheatre pic.twitter.com/MubpYZwWKk
— Anthony Flaum (@Anthony_Flaum) November 29, 2018
My final outing tonight as Torquemada for @Midwalesopera ‘L’heure Espagnole’ nobly sung by @joseph_doody from the wings while I tit about on stage (a technical term) we all miss you @petervanhulle1 and looking forward to next week’s adventures with @WWTenor pic.twitter.com/SbjYfbynxf
— Richard Studer (@richard_studer) December 1, 2018
We’ve explored Wales from Fishguard to Colwyn Bay and spent a gloriously weekend in the late Autumn sunshine in Barmouth and Aberdovey. Shows in Theatr Clwyd, Hay on Wye, Presteigne and Bishops Castle all sold out – and we made new friends in the lovely Theatr Gwaun in Fishguard as well as visiting Colwyn Bay for the first time on SmallStages and making a detour to Cardiff for a performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Thanks to everyone who came along to see the show, to our amazing cast and wonderful musicians for your magnificent performances and marvellous company, to everyone who hosted our performances and worked so hard to promote the show in advance and looked after us on tour.
We’ll be back to SmallStages touring next Autumn with our brand-new opera Mrs Peachum’s Guide to Love and Marriage – based on the relationship of Mrs Peachum and her daughter Polly from John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera and the terrible possibility that mother really doesn’t know best!
In the meantime we’re looking forward to returning to our mainstage venues with Puccini’s Tosca this Spring – opening Saturday February 23rd at Hafren Newtown.
See you all soon and have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!
16 L’heure Espagnole shows done and still smiling. Couldn’t have asked for a more lovely/hilarious team @NickMorts @Anthony_Flaum @MattBuswell @petervanhulle1 @elfair89 @WWTenor @JoeDoody @Midwalesopera @Jon_Lyness @richard_studer pic.twitter.com/NyXFERIewr
— Catherine Backhouse (@CathBackhouse) December 9, 2018