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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 […]

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 […]