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The First Tosca

Tosca is an opera of many victims, some fictional, some real – where an operatic ménage à trois is extrapolated into an orgy of bloodshed, torture and death. One of the most unusual tragedies associated with this opera came not from the pen of Victorien Sardou but, never the less, befell Tosca; not any Tosca but the first and without doubt the most famous – Sarah Bernhardt.

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!

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 […]

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 […]