Mid Wales Opera’s OpenStages is an opportunity for singers and musicians of all ages and abilities to come together to form a community of like-minded individuals to create and inspire each other through music making.
In our inaugural year we will be staging a production of Purcell’s sublime opera ‘Dido and Aeneas’ in the beautiful and intimate church of St Andrews, Presteigne. We aim to create the best possible staging and musical experience, conveying the depth and beauty of Purcell’s music through our shared commitment and enthusiasm for live music making.
Rehearsals will take place each day in the church and its associated church hall. They will be led by MWO’s Artistic Directors Jonathan Lyness and Richard Studer with support from our technical, costume and production teams. Between rehearsals there will be ample opportunity to explore the beautiful surrounds of this historic market town and the Radnorshire Hills, and each day we will come together to share a communal meal created and prepared by our catering team from the finest of local ingredients.
This project is open to all, with amateur, student and professional musicians rehearsing alongside each other over six days. The opera will be presented fully staged in two performances in the afternoon and evening of the final day. Tickets for the performances will be available locally and on-line so your family and friends will be able to see the results of all your efforts!
In addition, time will be set aside during the week for individuals and smaller groups to prepare for an informal evening of wine and music hosted by Presteigne’s famous and historic Judge’s Lodging.
Applicants are invited for chorus, principals and string orchestra positions as well as technical and assistant roles.
There is a Participant Fee of £75 (student concession £25). This includes all music and production rehearsals as well as our daily communal meal and refreshments. Music will be supplied free of charge in advance to all participants. The Participant Fee does not include accommodation; Presteigne is well served with accommodation ranging from local hotels to holiday cottages, B&Bs and campsites.
Participant numbers are limited. MWO hopes to be able to offer places to everyone who applies but may have to limit numbers to create a balanced chorus and orchestra.
Successful applicants will be sent more detailed information about access requirements, dietary needs etc closer to the project’s start date. We are actively seeking greater diversity within our casts and welcome submissions from black and ethnic minority and disabled performers as we are currently under-represented from these communities.
We pledge to provide equality and fairness for all in our work and not to discriminate on grounds of gender and gender reassignment, marital or maternal status, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or age.