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Meet ‘Tosca’s’ Tempestuous Trio

With our Spanish Hour now firmly on the road, we thought we’d take a minute to introduce the wonderful singers joining us for our Main Stage production of Puccini’s Tosca this Spring! There’s no denying we love Tosca, and so do our cast!

The clock’s ticking – join us for A Spanish Hour

Catherine Backhouse – Concepcion Tell us a bit about your character and about the show? I play Concepcion who is married to the local clockmaker, he’s much more interested in the clocks than in her, so when he goes out to wind up the local clocks she takes her opportunity! She’s a fun, sassy, clever […]

SmallStages 2019 – Live opera locally

First up we’re opening the tour on November 9th in Llanfyllin, Powys in partnership with our home venue, Hafren – in Theatr Llwyn which is part of the town’s high school. For a small market town in Montgomeryshire, Llanfyllin has strong musical connections and its own Music Festival – www.llanfyllinfestival.org.uk The Allegri Quartet, regular performers […]

Introducing the woman– and the men! Of the Hour!

It is almost the Spanish hour, the one hour of the week when Concepcion entertains her lovers….and with less than a month to go until MWO SmallStages hits the road again with Ravel’s exhilarating bedroom farce L’heure espagnole, it’s high time we introduced our cast and shared a bit of the story!

L’heure espagnole – some thoughts from MWO’s Music Director

As we prepare for Autumn’s SmallStages tour of A Spanish Hour, Ravel’s L’heure espagnole, we’ve asked MWO’s Music Director Jonathan Lyness to share some of his insights into the piece and its history. Each of our SmallStages productions uses a new arrangement by Jonathan with reduced orchestration, in this case for just four musicians, allowing […]

Ignite the Passion

As we sharpen our pencils and polish our shoes ready to get back to work for the Autumn term, MWO’s Executive Director Lydia Bassett is delighted to unveil our 2018/19 “Ignite the Passion” season – designed to build a passion for opera across Wales and the Borders. It feels like a long time since we […]

Celebrate Summer

Celebrate summer in song with Mid Wales Opera this July and August – with two spectacular evenings of musical entertainment in stunning settings at Gregynog Hall and in the gardens of Powis Castle. On Sunday July 22nd, join the Friends of Mid Wales Opera in the magnificent Music Room at Gregynog Hall near Newtown for […]

Here be Dragons…

More than 50 Montgomery junior school children were temporarily transformed into dragons, dwarves, unicorns and wizards this week as part of Mid Wales Opera’s residency in Montgomery Church in Wales School. The company’s Artistic Directors Richard Studer and Jonathan Lyness were joined by professional singer Maria Jagusz working with 57 children aged 7-11 to create […]

The Synopsis of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin

We’re loving our tour of Eugene Onegin, it’s an opera very dear to our Directors’ hearts and the reaction from audiences has been wonderful – but we know it’s not the most familiar opera so we wanted to share the story with you – and give you an insight into the characters behind the performance […]