Experience opera like never before with MWO SmallStages as we present a brand new version of William Walton’s hilarious one-act comedy classic featuring three singers and five musicians.
As a rural venue, Rhosygilwen would take some beating and the beautiful Oak Hall is perfect for The Bear. Located in the lovely Teifi Valley and surrounded by stunning countryside it is great to see such a range of live music and performances on offer and we’re very excited to be part of the programme.
Composed in 1967 and based on Anton Chekhov’s play of the same name, 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.
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.
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.