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It’s now August and time to reflect on The Golden Dragon experience so far (not forgetting it will be back at least twice more!).

The Golden Dragon - Reflections from the Rehearsal Room: Week 4

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We have had an amazing week at the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff where we have been fortunate to work on stage for a whole week completing our “floor” rehearsals (usually done in the rehearsal room) and running up to the Stage and Piano rehearsals (when we sort out all the physical and technical aspects of the staging before getting the orchestra/ensemble involved).

The Golden Dragon: Reflections from the Rehearsal Room: Week 3

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At the end of Week 3 I am delighted with progress on the opera and a little sad to be leaving our lovely rehearsal room at NoFitState Circus. Thank you for making us so welcome!

The Golden Dragon - Reflections From The Rehearsal Room: Week 2

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Michael McCarthy keeps us updated with his thoughts and insights at the end of the second week of rehearsals...

Well, two weeks done and everyone is feeling tired, but the pace has not let up and we are on schedule (always a good thing!).

The Golden Dragon - Reflections From The Rehearsal Room: Week 1

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Michael McCarthy shares some insights from the first week of rehearsals for The Golden Dragon...

At the end of the first week I am happy to say that The Golden Dragon is more than meeting my expectations: It is a fabulous piece.

Congratulations Michael!


Congratulations to Michael McCarthy on collecting his MBE at Buckingham Palace last week. It was a proud day for Michael and Music Theatre Wales, and delightful to see His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales presenting the award in recognition of services to music in Wales.

A Week to Remember…

Read Michael's account of a whirlwind week in St Louis and London...

Having presented the Public Masterclass of Make an Aria on 2nd June, I was up early the next morning to travel to St Louis, USA with designer Simon Banham.  We were taking a recce into the unusual theatre space where Opera Theatre St Louis run their summer festival in order to begin the process of adjusting our design for The Trial by Philip Glass and Christopher Hampton.

A Reflection on Make an Aria

Another hugely successful Make an Aria project concluded with a Public Masterclass at the beginning of June. Michael McCarthy reflects on the project this time round...

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Our latest Make an Aria came to a conclusion at RWCMD on June 2nd, but I’m only able to reflect on it now having been on the road ever since. This particular project was made especially strong due to the choice of Immigration as the theme as well as the participation of Wales Refugee Council, to whom I want to pay special thanks.

Thank you Max!

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It is with great sadness that we have received the news that Sir Peter Maxwell Davies – Max – has died.

Max was the inspiration for Music Theatre Wales. The very first opera that Michael Rafferty and I produced in 1982 at the start of Cardiff New Opera Group was his extraordinary opera The Lighthouse. It blew us away and the Cardiff audience too.

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