The Bear

Our Autumn 2017 SmallStages tour of Walton's classic comedy in one act

William Walton’s The Bear

Experience opera like never before with the MWO SmallStages team in a brand new version of this hilarious one-act comedy classic.

Based on Anton Chekhov’s play, The Bear tells the tale of the widow, Mme Popova, interrupted from her constant mourning by the arrival of the rough-hewn debt collector Smirnov (the “bear” of the title). Passions run high and their sparring culminates in a duel – and an unexpected romance.

Full of entertainment, comedy, parody and great tunes, this intimate new production of The Bear, featuring three singers and five musicians, is a brilliant introduction for audiences new to opera and a great opportunity for all music lovers to hear Walton’s classic comedy in its fiftieth anniversary year.

After the interval join us for Tatyana’s Party Pieces, a light-hearted take on the birthday party scene from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and a taster of MWO’s Spring 2018 Main Stage tour. These performances are part of Wales’ R17 commemorations for the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution and are performed by arrangement with Oxford University Press.

Cast

Smirnov: Adam Green
Popova: Carolyn Dobbin
Luka: Matthew Buswell

Players

Violin/Viola: Judith Choi Castro
Bassoon: Alexandra Callanan
Percussion: Max Ireland
Harp: Ruth Kenyon
Piano: Jonathan Lyness

Duration: 1 hr and 50 mins (The Bear 55 minutes)
Music By: William Walton
Libretto by Paul Dehn, based on the play by Anton Chekhov
Sung In: English
Director/Designer: Richard Studer
Music Director: Jonathan Lyness

The Bear is a brilliant introduction for audiences new to opera and a fabulous opportunity for all music lovers to hear Walton’s classic comedy in its fiftieth anniversary year, this pilot SmallStages tour is designed to have the widest possible appeal and to fulfil MWO’s mission for keeping opera live and local across rural Wales.

MWO SmallStages is supported by the Ashley Family Foundation, Foyle Foundation and Arts Council of Wales and Matthew Buswell has been sponsored by Control Techniques (Nidec) Newtown. Performed by arrangement with Oxford University Press.

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