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Opera Explained
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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At the heart of Pushkin’s verse novel Eugene Onegin lies the relationship between two men – Eugene Onegin and his best friend, the poet Vladimir Lensky. When we first meet Eugene Onegin he is jaded by the life of a society gentleman and “emptiness possessed his soul”. At the news of his uncle’s coming death,...
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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 really excited to be putting in place the final elements of our Spring tour of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin – opening in Hafren, Newtown on February 24th 2018. See all dates for our tour of Eugene Onegin For those who don’t know the piece, we wanted to introduce you to one of the story’s central...
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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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Traditionally, opera is one of the most spectacular of art forms – breathtaking in its scale and scope. That epic presentation has its place, but with our SmallStages tour we wanted to show a different side of opera, allowing audiences to get closer to our performers and see opera on a completely different, more intimate...
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Discover Opera:  The Bear to launch MWO’s SmallStages This Autumn Discover live opera locally as Mid Wales Opera bring William Walton’s comic classic The Bear to an eclectic mix of stunning venues right across Wales during their SmallStages tour. About SmallStages As a company, Mid Wales Opera has always been dedicated to bringing quality opera...
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If you’ve never seen an opera – but fancy giving it a go – then The Magic Flute is a brilliant place to start! We’re touring The Magic Flute over Wales this spring and you can catch the show in Hafren, Newtown on February 17th, Aberystwyth Arts Centre on March 7th, Pontardawe Arts Centre on...
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