Mid Wales Opera opens their 30th year with a Spring tour of Puccini's Tosca
Puccini’s operatic translation of Sardou’s shocking melodrama of lust, torture and death was disliked by the critics at its first outing in 1900 but has delighted audiences ever since. Its taut unfolding of the final hours of the ruthless and corrupt chief of the Roman police Baron Scarpia, the painter and revolutionary sympathiser Mario Cavaradossi and his lover, the celebrated diva Floria Tosca, is theatrically gripping from start to finish, set against the backdrop of real historical events and full of local colour.
Mid Wales Opera are mounting a new production, directed by Richard Studer in an English translation by Amanda Holden. The orchestral ensemble, Ensemble Cymru, will be conducted by Jonathan Lyness.
The company has been working with Theatr Hafren since 1989 and to mark and celebrate this there will be a gala concert featuring passion, drama and comedy - Ignite the Passion - the night before the opening.
The Mid Wales Opera production of Puccini’s Tosca will open on February 23 at the Theatr Hafren, Newtown, Powys and tours until the end of March. The Gala concert Ignite the Passion takes place in the same venue on February 22.