Puss in Boots

El Gato con Botas


MWO SmallStages
Autumn 2022

Mid Wales Opera’s fifth SmallStages tour kicks off our Fairy Tale season with Catalan composer Montsalvatge’s beautifully crafted one-act version of the familiar tale of ‘Puss in Boots’, El Gato con botas.

Premiered in Barcelona in 1948, and rarely performed, this age-old children’s story tells of the wealth-seeking, match-making cat who, in return for a hat, a sword and a pair of boots, secures for his young master (a lowly miller) a kingdom and a royal marriage to a princess, tricking a slow-witted ogre out of his castle along the way. 

From its opening Montsalvatge’s music is energetic, tuneful and full of catchy rhythms, lush melodies and feline musical effects! This new MWO production is perfect for family audiences, and a great way to introduce youngsters to opera. MWO’s production features 5 singers and 5 musicians, singing in English with a new chamber arrangement by Jonathan Lyness. The second half will feature a cabaret-style collection of popular and entertaining musical items featuring all singers and musicians. 

Fri 14 OctoberGregynog Hall, near Newtown
Sat 15 OctoberSpArC, Bishops Castle 
Wed 19 OctoberTaliesin Arts Centre, Swanseas
Thu 20 OctoberCriccieth Memorial Hall
Fri 21 OctoberTheatr Colwyn, Colwyn Bay
Wed 26 OctoberTheatr Clwyd, Mold
Friday 28 OctoberSt Andrews Church, Presteigne
Wed 2 NovemberTheatr Felinfach, Ystrad Aeron
Fri 4 NovemberLudlow Assembly Rooms
Thu 10 NovemberBorough Theatre, Abergavenny
Fri 11 NovemberThe Dragon Theatre, Barmouth
Sat 12 NovemberNeuadd Dyfi, Aberdovey

Music: Xavier Montsalvatge
Reduced Orchestration: Jonathan Lyness
Conductor: Jonathan Lyness
Orchestra: Ensemble Cymru
Director/Designer: Richard Studer


Opera: 60 mins
Second half entertainment: 35 mins


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