A Spanish Hour - L'heure espagnole Ravel

Mid Wales Opera’s SmallStages team returns this Autumn, bringing live opera to the heart of communities across Wales and the Borders with Ravel’s exhilarating one-act bedroom farce, A Spanish Hour  (L’heure espagnole). First performed in 1911 and set in a clock shop in central Spain, the opera follows the clockmaker’s young wife Concepción as, during the course of one hot afternoon, she negotiates her way through her collection of ridiculous lovers.

Ravel’s music is bursting with hummable tunes and buzzing habaneras. With a new English translation by Richard Studer, a cast of five outstanding young singers and four musicians performing Jonathan Lyness’ new arrangement of Ravel’s exotic score, join Concepción and her lovers as the temperatures rise…

9/11/18Theatr Llwyn, Llanfyllin (in partnership by Hafren, Newtown)
10/11/18The Borough, Abergavenny
11/11/18Presteigne Assembly Rooms
15/11/18Richard Burton Theatre, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff
16/11/18Dragon Theatre, Barmouth
17/11/18Neuadd Dyfi, Aberdovey
21/11/18Pontardawe Arts Centre
22/11/18St Mary's Church, Hay-on-Wye
23/11/18Theatr Gwaun, Fishguard
24/11/18Trefeglwys Memorial Hall (in partnership with Hafren, Newtown)
29/11/18SpArc, Bishop's Castle (Shropshire Music Trust)
30/11/18Emlyn Williams Theatre, Theatr Clwyd
1/12/18Criccieth Memorial Hall
5/12/18Theatr Colwyn. Colwyn Bay
6/12/18Abermule Community Centre (in partnership with Hafren)
7/12/18Ludlow Assembly Rooms


Torquemada: Peter Van Hulle
Concepción: Catherine Backhouse
Gonzalve: Anthony Flaum
Ramiro: Nicholas Morton
Don Inigo Gomez: Matthew Buswell

ViolinJudith Choi Castro
HarpElfair Grug Dyer
Bassoon – Alexandra Callanan
Piano – Jonathan Lyness

Duration: One and a half hours (includes one act opera, interval and concert)

Music Director: Jonathan Lyness
Director/Designer: Richard Studer