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Life in Opera
Here’s to all the brilliant, bright and beautiful women in opera, both on and off the stage – and in the arts in Wales and beyond. Happy International Women’s Day everyone! We’re very proud to be performing in Pontio in Bangor – managed by the remarkable Elen Ap Robert – on International Women’s Day! And...
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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...
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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...
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In the second part of our discussion with MWO creative Director Richard Studer he outlines his take on the character of Onegin and how he is approaching this MWO production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, which is on tour from February 2018.  If you missed it, you can find Part 1 here. One of the key...
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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...
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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 &...
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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...
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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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