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Life in Opera
The Bear
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...
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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...
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We’re so excited that BBC Radio Wales’s Country Focus team, Pauline Smith and Rachael Garside joined us for the show in Ystradgynlais to talk to us about what goes into creating our SmallStages tour of The Bear. Grab a cup of tea and enjoy the full programme telling the story of how we make a...
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In the midst of our tour of William Walton’s classic comedy opera, The Bear – which is visiting 16 venues across Wales this month and leaping just over the border for a show in Ludlow – we caught up with our Executive Director Lydia Bassett, who has been with the company now for year and...
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Our Artistic Director Richard Studer and Music Director Jonathan Lyness have been working together for more than 20 years. But how did their partnership come about and how do they work together to bring an opera from scores and sketches to the stage? Clare Stevens interviewed Jon and Richard at the Presteigne Assembly Rooms on...
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Baritone Adam Green joins Mid Wales Opera this Autumn in the role of the rough-hewn debt collector Smirnov – The Bear in the title of Walton’s classic comedy on tour from November 2nd. Previous operatic roles include at English National Opera include Belcore (The Elixir of Love), Arbace (Idomeneo), Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas). Other roles...
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Our Artistic Director Richard Studer has just come back from a few days rummaging through the racks of the National Theatre’s costume store – where Popes rub shoulders with water voles and the suits of armour can bite back! The store is a real Who’s Who of British theatre – from Dame Judi Dench’s tiny...
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Mid Wales Opera’s creative team have been sent back to school this week – swapping their usual cast and orchestra for an entire junior school in Montgomery. Artistic Director Richard Studer, Music Director Jonathan Lyness and freelance singer/vocal coach Maria Jagusz have spent a week in Montgomery Church in Wales School – working with more...
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