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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 […]

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 […]