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A Real-Life Opera Love Story for Valentine’s Day

In the story of Eugene Onegin, which we are taking on tour from the 24th February, the course of true love really does not run smooth! However, for Stephanie Windsor-Lewis, singing the role of Larina in our production, the opera has a very special romantic connection. Stephanie, who previously sang the role of Olga in […]

Eugene Onegin: Meet Filipyevna

For Maria Jagusz, playing the role of Tatyana’s nurse Filipyevna in our forthcoming production of Eugene Onegin, the opera’s Russian roots have a strong personal resonance. Maria has found inspiration for her portrayal of the devoted family servant in her own family photo album. She told us: “I found this photograph of my great grandparents […]

MWO’s Shortlisted for Wales Theatre Awards

We’re absolutely delighted to have been nominated for the Wales Theatre Awards in the Best Touring Production in English category for The Bear. The Bear was MWO’s first SmallStages show, and took touring opera to a whole new level for us with 16 shows in just over a month from churches to community halls across […]

The Director’s Chair: Richard Studer on Eugene Onegin (part 1)

As we move towards our opening night of our upcoming tour of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, we asked MWO’s creative director Richard Studer about his relationship with this extraordinary piece; often regarded as Tchaikovsky’s greatest opera, not only for the beguiling and hypnotic score but also for Tchaikovsky’s vivid, empathetic and ever-relevant dramatisation of Pushkin’s verse […]

Eugene Onegin: Meet Olga

Just as Tchaikovsky’s lyrical masterpiece Eugene Onegin (MWO tour opens in February 2018) contrasts the lives of two men – the arrogant aristocrat Onegin and the poet Lensky – so it also provides two sharply contrasting central female principals in the shape of sisters Tatyana and Olga. Find out more about our lead characters Onegin & […]

Eugene Onegin: Here Come The Boys

At the heart of Pushkin’s verse novel Eugene Onegin lies the relationship between two men – Eugene Onegin and his best friend, the poet Vladimir Lensky. When we first meet Eugene Onegin he is jaded by the life of a society gentleman and “emptiness possessed his soul”. At the news of his uncle’s coming death, […]

A look back at 2017

As we say farewell to 2017, we wanted to look back on some of the highlights of an astonishing year in Mid Wales Opera’s history. In the past 12 months, we have presented 29 shows reaching a combined audience of 3824. 2017 started with a glittering and glamourous production of Handel’s Semele  – contrasting the […]

The Bear

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 […]