The founders of contemporary opera company Music Theatre Wales and the company’s artistic directors Michael McCarthy and Michael Rafferty have both been announced as being awarded with MBEs in the New Year’s Honours list.
It’s the start of October and normally at this time of year we would be opening and touring a new production, but this year it’s a little different.
Our next touring production will actually launch in Scotland in January – as a co-production with Scottish Opera - and Music Theatre Wales will take charge of it at the start of February after it has been seen in Glasgow and Edinburgh, just as we did with the Stuart MacRae and Huw Watkins double bill of Ghost Patrol and In The Locked Room in 2012. And, as then, we have cast and created the production together and will be touring with the same team, with one notable and critical difference – for all performances south of the border our very own specialist group of instrumentalists - the Music Theatre Wales Ensemble - will be performing. We know they will relish every note written for them and bring their unique virtuosity and personality to the new work, as they do with everything they approach with us, and will do the composer proud.
So what are we doing?
We asked participants and audience members what they thought of the performances of Make an Aria at St Fagans:
I don’t think I’ve experienced a more powerful expression of place through music theatre or any other means really ever before, and St Fagans has been brought to life for me and particularly the Castle here in a quite extraordinary way. I think it shows really the transformations that creativity and artistic expression can have and can make of a place that otherwise perhaps would not be understood as we have had the privilege of understanding it this afternoon.
Transcription of David Anderson’s speech – Make an Aria at St Fagans 7 July 2015
Music Theatre Wales staged two operas on two continents on the same day. Joint Artistic Directors Michael Rafferty and Michael McCarthy were asked to keep a diary.
Read their diaries here: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/arts-culture-news/how-music-theatre-wales-staged-9193271
AWARD-WINNING PRODUCTIONS OF THE TRIAL AND GREEK OPEN SIMULTANEOUSLY IN GERMANY AND SOUTH KOREA
Congratulations to Joint Artistic Director Michael McCarthy, who picked up the award for Best Director at the Wales Theatre Awards on Saturday 31st January for his production of The Trial by Philip Glass and Christopher Hampton.
Click here for The Trial's production stories and information...
Read Artistic Director Michael McCarthy's latest blog reflecting on the experience of touring The Trial this autumn...
After a memorable year celebrating our 25th anniversary it was so rewarding to read that our production of The Killing Flower was one of the highlights of critic, Rupert Christiansen's year.