News from Music Theatre Wales

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?

Composer Stuart MacRae - Photo credit Loudon MacRae PhotographyThe new opera – The Devil Inside - has been written by the same team who won the South Bank Sky Arts Award for Opera and were nominated for an Olivier for Ghost Patrol - composer Stuart MacRae and novelist Louise Welsh. Their combined skills, vision and flair demonstrated in both Ghost Patrol and the even shorter opera Remembrance Day, that theirs was a powerful new operatic partnership. Right from the start they share the genesis of the drama and continue to work on this side-by-side as the words and music emerge. Whilst Stuart’s music is ignited by Louise’s incisive text it must also be said that Louise’s text is honed and crafted to Stuart’s musical and dramatic instincts. This is just as it should be, and we have been happy to work with and support the development of the opera, along with director Matthew Richardson who was such an important part of the Ghost Patrol team along with designer Samal Blak.

Rupert Christiansen's 2013 Highlights

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.

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Critical acclaim for MTW's recording of Michael Berkeley's For You

Find out what the critics thought of Music Theatre Wales' recording of "For You" 

Opera needs Dramatists

21 December 2013

AgendaPoetryOperafc 200pxMichael McCarthy has contributed an essay to the latest edition of Agenda which takes a comprehensive look at the world of Poetry and Opera. In it he argues that "poets have much to offer opera, so long as they are also real dramatists and willing collaborators".

His article appears alongside contributions from Tom Adès, David Harsent, Eric Salzman and many others.

Agenda is one of the best known and most highly respected poetry journals in the world, having been founded in 1959 by Ezra Pound.

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Music Theatre Wales pulls off Radio 3 Opera Coup

Eight Songs for a Mad King and The Killing Flower performed by Music Theatre Wales are prominently featured on BBC Radio 3's flagship contemporary music programme Hear and Now on two consecutive weeks in August - Saturday 10 August and Saturday 17 August.

Music Theatre Wales at Buxton Festival

UK premiere of Salvatore Sciarrino's The Killing Flower (Luci mie traditrici) with Eight Songs for a Mad King by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

sciarrino2Music Theatre Wales will give the UK Premiere of a gripping contemporary opera inspired by the life of 16th century composer Carlo Gesualdo and his murder of his wife and her lover.

The Killing Flower (Luci mie traditrici), by the noted Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino, opens at the Buxton Festival on Tuesday, July 16. It will be presented in a double-bill with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' classic music theatre work, Eight Songs for a Mad King, in a new MTW production premiered earlier this year and featuring a virtuoso performance by baritone Kelvin Thomas.

Olivier Award Nomination for Music Theatre Wales and Scottish Opera

GHOST PATROL Nick Sharratt Sam  Jane Harrington Vicki 2Music Theatre Wales and Scottish Opera and have been nominated for an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera for their co-productions In the Locked Room & Ghost Patrol.  The nomination is for performances at the Linbury Theatre of the Royal Opera House.

Performed as a double bill, the one-act operas premiered at the 2012 Edinburgh International Festival as part of a critically acclaimed season of new work, before transferring to Glasgow and touring extensively throughout England and Wales last autumn.

Ghost Patrol wins South Bank Sky Arts Award

Music Theatre Wales and Scottish Opera have won the prestigious South Bank Show Sky Arts Award for their co-production of Scottish Stuart MacRae and Louise Welsh's gripping one-act opera Ghost Patrol.

Ghost Patrol nominated for South Bank Sky Arts Award

GHOST PATROL Nick Sharratt Sam  Jane Harrington Vicki 2Music Theatre Wales has been nominated for a coveted South Bank Show Sky Arts Award for its production of Stuart MacRae's gripping one-act opera Ghost Patrol.

Ghost Patrol was co-produced with Scottish Opera and premiered at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival. The one-act opera was part of a double-bill which Music Theatre Wales toured extensively in England and Wales last autumn.

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies leads Make an Aria Masterclass

Maxwell Davies2 credit Martin LengemannLeading UK contemporary Opera Company, Music Theatre Wales, will begin its 25th Anniversary Year with Make an Aria, a public presentation and master class featuring their Patron, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies – Master of the Queen's Music - at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff on March 14th at 6pm.

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