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Address:Mid Wales Opera
Bryn Wgan
Powys SY17 5QU  
Tel:01686 614 563
Lydia Bassett **Executive Director
Jonathan LynessArtistic Director
Richard StuderArtistic Director
Bridget WallbankProduction Management and Administration
** main contact
Company type Repertoire Season Location
Touring opera company Standard Autumn(small stages); Spring(main stage) Wales and Borders
Since its foundation in 1988, Mid Wales Opera has regularly toured throughout Wales and England performing in over eighty different venues.  It has received several awards including two Prudential Opera Awards for "excellence, creativity, innovation and accessibility".

MWO tours twice a year – its Autumn SmallStages programme taking live opera, with reduced orchestrations of 20th century one act pieces, into the heart of communities across Wales and the Borders from village halls to churches and small theatres.  MWO’s main Spring tour focuses on more standard repertoire and visits mid-scale theatres opening at Hafren in Newtown, Powys and touring to Aberystwyth, Bangor, Newport, Mold, Brecon, Llanelli, Milford Haven and Hereford.  The company focuses on supporting and developing young singers, and 50% of cast members are under 30 or less than four years out of college.

Walton's comic opera goes down like a shot of salted caramel Stoli in a sparky touring production….  modest in scale, but uncompromising in quality
Richard Bratby, The Arts Desk, on Walton’s The Bear (SmallStages 2017)

..brings the supposedly archaic into sharp contemporary focus for a resurgent Mid Wales Opera; combining baroque specialist players the Academy of Ancient Music with young professional singers and students from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in an invigorating - sometimes quirkily comic - cautionary tale for the social media age.
Stephanie Power, The Independent (four stars), 2017 – on Handel’s Semele

Richard Studer’s production permitted this great work its force and range of meaning, as well as its enormous range of tone and mood, avoiding the excessive reverence with which some directors treat the work… a delightful evening which makes one have high anticipations for the company’s future work.
Glyn Pursglove, Seen and Heard International on Mozart’s The Magic Flute, 2017

 EVENTS, by date
 PAST EVENTS, by title
- 2019 -
Ignite the Passion Gala
Newtown, Powys, Theatr Hafren: 22 Feb

Puccini: Tosca
Newtown, Powys, Theatr Hafren: 23 Feb
Llanelli, Ffwrnes: 27 Feb
Aberystwyth Arts Centre: 2 Mar
Brecon, Theatr Brycheiniog: 9 Mar
Bangor, Pontio: 14 Mar
Hereford, Courtyard Theatre: 16 Mar
Milford Haven, Torch Theatre: 20 Mar
Mold, Theatr Clwyd: 24 Mar
Newport, Gwent, The Riverfront: 27 Mar
- 2018 -
Tchaikovsky,P: Eugene Onegin
Newtown, Powys, Theatr Hafren: 24 Feb
Aberystwyth Arts Centre: 28 Feb
Bangor, Pontio: 8 Mar
Newport, Gwent, The Riverfront: 16 Mar
Mold, Theatr Clwyd: 18 Mar
Brecon, Theatr Brycheiniog: 21 Mar
Llanelli, Ffwrnes: 29 Mar
Milford Haven, Torch Theatre: 4 Apr
Hereford, Courtyard Theatre: 10 Apr

Ravel: L'heure espagnole
Llanfyllin, Theatr Llwyn: 9 Nov
Abertillery, The Met: 10 Nov
Presteigne, Assembly Rooms: 11 Nov
Cardiff, Richard Burton Theatre, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama: 15 Nov
Barmouth, Dragon Theatre: 16 Nov
Aberdovey, Neuadd Dyfi: 17 Nov
Pontardawe Arts Centre: 21 Nov
Hay-on-Wye, St Mary's Church: 22 Nov
Fishguard, Theatr Gwaun: 23 Nov
Trefeglwys Memorial Hall: 24 Nov
Bishop's Castle, SpArC: 29 Nov
Mold, Emlyn Williams Theatre, Theatr Clwyd: 30 Nov
Criccieth, Memorial Hall: 1 Dec
Colwyn Bay, Theatr Colwyn: 5 Dec
Abermule Community Centre: 6 Dec
Ludlow, St Lawrence's Church: 7 Dec
- 2017 -
Handel: Semele
Cardiff, RWCMD, Richard Burton Theatre: 8, 9, 10, 11 Feb
Newtown, Powys, Theatr Hafren: 18 Feb
Llanelli, Ffwrnes: 23 Feb
Colwyn Bay, Theatr Colwyn: 27 Feb
Brecon, Theatr Brycheiniog: 4 Mar

Mozart: The Magic Flute
Newtown, Powys, Theatr Hafren: 17 Feb
Aberystwyth Arts Centre: 7 Mar
Pontardawe, The Arts Centre: 9 Mar
Bangor, Pontio: 26 Apr
Newport, Gwent, The Riverfront: 4 May

A Russian Summer - Opera Gala Concert
Newtown, Gregynog Hall: 23 Jul

A Russian Summer - Garden Party
Powis Castle: 12 Aug

Walton: The Bear
Llandinam, Village Hall: 2 Nov
Llanfair, Caereinion Institute: 3 Nov
Abermule, Community Centre: 4 Nov
Aberdaron, St Hywyn's Church: 6 Nov
Criccieth, Memorial Hall: 7 Nov
Denbigh, Theatr Twm o'r Nant: 8 Nov
Cilgerran, Rhosygilwen: 10 Nov
Aberystwyth, Ceredigion Museum: 11 Nov
Ystradgynlais, The Welfare: 16 Nov
Barmouth, Dragon Theatre, : 17 Nov
Aberdovey, Neuadd Dyfi: 18 Nov
Hay-on-Wye, St Mary's Church: 23 Nov
Ludlow, Assembly Rooms: 29 Nov
Ammanford, The Miner's Theatre: 30 Nov
Cwmbran, Congress Theatre: 1 Dec
Presteigne, Assembly Rooms: 3 Dec