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MWO's SmallStages

Autumn 2019

Experience opera on your doorstep this autumn as MWO’s SmallStages team romps onto stage with a radical reworking of John Gay’s 1728 work The Beggar’s Opera. Join Mrs Peachum, her daughter Polly and the Beggar himself in their bawdy, ballsy take on relationships and the relative virtues of virginity.

Mrs Peachum’s Guide to Love and Marriage
Mrs Peacham's Guide to Love & Marriage

Horrified to learn of Polly’s illicit marriage to an errant highwayman, Mrs P contrives to get the rascal hanged so Polly can claim the reward. Loyalty and love are put to the test as murder, rage and fury drive this rumbustious tragicomedy towards its conclusion. Will things really be left so unhappily and will Polly remain true to her man and abandon her mother to the lure of London Gin?

MWO are delighted to premiere this new one act opera, adapted by Richard Studer, in a new musical version by Jonathan Lyness, accompanied by MWO’s SmallStages Ensemble of four musicians and starring Northern Irish mezzo Carolyn Dobbin as Mrs Peachum and Welsh soprano Alys Mererid Roberts as her feckless daughter. Dates and details coming very soon but opens in Montgomeryshire on November 7th in partnership with our home theatre Hafren – venue tbc.


Richard Bratby, The Arts Desk

“if there’s one thing that this company does supremely well, it’s putting on an entertaining show….If you’re in the business of taking opera to Abermule and Llandinam, you either give your public a great night out or you fold.”

theartsdesk.com – read the full review


Our Spring 2020 production of Mozart’s comic classic The Marriage of Figaro, in partnership with the Welsh International Academy of Voice, takes a fresh look at this timeless audience favourite. Wedding planning’s never easy but for Figaro and Susanna the marriage merry go round spins at bewildering speed. With more twists and turns than a fairground waltzer, and tunes audiences will know and love this is ideal opera for both aficionados and new comers looking to open the door to this most extraordinary of artforms. Our tour starts at Hafren, Newtown on February 29th – the perfect day to leap into opera!

  • Director/Designer Richard Studer
  • Conductor Jonathan Lyness
  • Orchestra Ensemble Cymru
  • Sung in English translation by Amanda Holden

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