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Before The Bear goes into hibernation…

Goodnight and Thank You from our tired but happy Bear Before The Bear finally goes into hibernation we wanted to say thank you to everyone who came along to our first ever SmallStages tour, and to all the venues who have looked after us so well along the road! Altogether 1199 people have seen the […]

Tchaikovsky’s “beguiling and hypnotic” Eugene Onegin

As we get ready for our Spring tour we asked our Music Director Jonathan Lyness to share his thoughts on Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin as a piece, and his experiences of the work as a conductor. Jon introduces Tchaikovsky’s “beguiling, sensuous, beautiful and hypnotic” opera in his own word below. “A quiet piece of beautifully executed […]

Mid Wales Opera on BBC Radio Wales

We’re so excited that BBC Radio Wales’s Country Focus team, Pauline Smith and Rachael Garside joined us for the show in Ystradgynlais to talk to us about what goes into creating our SmallStages tour of The Bear. Grab a cup of tea and enjoy the full programme telling the story of how we make a […]

Eugene Onegin: Meet Tatyana

We’re really excited to be putting in place the final elements of our Spring tour of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin – opening in Hafren, Newtown on February 24th 2018. See all dates for our tour of Eugene Onegin For those who don’t know the piece, we wanted to introduce you to one of the story’s central […]

Fantastic Live Opera Coming To South Wales

William Walton’s classic ‘comedy in one act’ The Bear is a brilliant introduction for audiences new to opera and a fabulous opportunity for all music lovers to hear Walton’s classic comedy in its fiftieth anniversary year, this SmallStages tour is designed to have the widest possible appeal and to fulfil MWO’s mission for keeping opera […]

My Life in Opera – Lydia Bassett, Executive Director MWO

In the midst of our tour of William Walton’s classic comedy opera, The Bear – which is visiting 16 venues across Wales this month and leaping just over the border for a show in Ludlow – we caught up with our Executive Director Lydia Bassett, who has been with the company now for year and […]

MID WALES OPERA’S WORLD PREMIERE – IN LLANDINAM TONIGHT

Mid Wales Opera’s much-anticipated tour of William Walton’s classic comedy The Bear opens tonight in Llandinam, Powys before hitting the road with 15 intimate performances from village halls to historic churches and small theatres across Wales and the Borders. Music Director Jonathan Lyness’ new arrangement of Walton’s one-act comic opera, featuring just five players and three superb […]

Meet The Directors

Our Artistic Director Richard Studer and Music Director Jonathan Lyness have been working together for more than 20 years. But how did their partnership come about and how do they work together to bring an opera from scores and sketches to the stage? Clare Stevens interviewed Jon and Richard at the Presteigne Assembly Rooms on […]

Arranging For The Smaller Stage

Traditionally, opera is one of the most spectacular of art forms – breathtaking in its scale and scope. That epic presentation has its place, but with our SmallStages tour we wanted to show a different side of opera, allowing audiences to get closer to our performers and see opera on a completely different, more intimate […]