Mid Wales Opera lights up the autumn with a fiesta of Spanish delights featuring Ravel's L'Heure espagnole
Set in a clock shop in Spain, this light-touch one-act comedy follows the fortunes of Torquemada, a hardworking clockmaker, as, during the course of one hot afternoon, his young wife Concepción negotiates her way through her collection of ridiculous lovers. Premiered in 1911, Ravel’s L'Heure espagnole (A Spanish Hour) was the first of his two operas and is based on what was, at the time, thought of as a rather risqué play. Opening with ticking clocks it is full of the Spanish elements that frequently appear in his music and is bursting with hummable melodies and lively dances - the malagueña, the jota and the habañera. It has been given a new English translation by the company’s Artistic Director Richard Studer and a new musical arrangement for violin, harp, bassoon and piano by Music Director Jonathan Lyness
The second half of the evening is an eclectic taste of Spain mixing old favourites with the less familiar. The programme is designed for small stages - small theatres, churches and community halls and will tour within Wales and the Welsh borders.
Mid Wales Opera tours Ravel’s A Spanish Hour (L’Heure espagnole) together with a collection of Spanish delights this autumn opening on November 9 at Theatr Llwyn, Llanfyllin and continuing until early December.