Il tabarro – Puccini

SmallStages Tour Autumn 2021

“Mid Wales Opera continues to do sterling work in creating nights at the opera both for those who love it but can’t get to it and those who can get to it and can’t get enough of it. A brand of high professionalism is not to be reduced. Jonathan Lyness’s reductions of operatic scores are miracles of jewelled compression”

Nigel Jarrett, Wales Arts Review
(Il tabarro was Wales Arts Review’s Best Classical Music production 2022)


These dates are all in the past.

Mid Wales Opera presents Puccini’s passionate late masterpiece Il tabarro, or ‘The Cloak’. Set on the banks of the Seine, this one act opera tells the short story of the barge owner Michele who suspects his young wife Giorgetta of being unfaithful. Packed with side plots and characters bringing to life the sights and sounds of 1900s Paris, the opera reaches its dramatic conclusion when Michele unexpectedly catches his wife’s lover at the strike of a match. With alluring melodies and a fast-moving pace, Il tabarro sees the great opera composer at the very height of his powers.

MWO’s new production features 6 singers and 4 players, with a new English translation by Richard Studer and a new chamber arrangement by Jonathan Lyness. The opera will be followed by a second half continuing the Parisian theme with a mix of entertaining musical items featuring all of our talented performers.

Music: Giacomo Puccini
Chamber Arrangement: Jonathan Lyness

Libretto: Giuseppe Adami
English Translation: Richard Studer

Il tabarro 55 mins
Parisian Concert 40 mins


Giorgetta: Elin Pritchard
Michele: Philip Smith
Luigi: Robyn Lyn Evans
La Frugola: Stephanie Windsor-Lewis
Tinca: Huw Ynyr
Talpa: Emyr Wyn Jones


Violin: Laurence Kempton
Bassoon: Alexandra Callanan
Harp: Elfair Grug
Piano: Jonathan Lyness

Director/Designer: Richard Studer
Music Director:
Jonathan Lyness

MWO’s 2021 Il tabarro tour is supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation and Ashley Family Foundation

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