Mid Wales Opera follows up their amuse-bouche with main course Onegin
During the autumn the company toured The Bear, recently nominated for Best Touring Production (England) by @WalesArtsAwards. Walton’s one act comedy based on Chekov’s play was combined with extracts from Russian operas in a light hearted take on the birthday party scene from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. The programme was a taster for the main stage production of the full opera in a translation by David Lloyd Jones which is now ready to tour.
Unrequited love, lost opportunities, the development of self-knowledge, the contrast between simple country life and the sophisticated games of the Russian elite are played out between the opening scenes at harvest time on a country estate and the closing scene at an aristocratic ball in St Petersburg. The Bear includes the threat of a duel; in Eugene Onegin, there is a full on duel, perhaps one of the most famous in the opera repertoire..
Mid Wales Opera’s new production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin opens at the Hafren, Newtown on February 24 and tours until April.