Friday, 27 January 2017

A busy 2017 for Music Theatre Wales

Peter Eötvös - The Golden Dragon - Music Theatre Wales
Peter Eötvös - The Golden Dragon - Music Theatre Wales
Music Theatre Wales, artistic director, Michael McCarthy, has announced their plans for what promises to be a busy 2017. They will be premiering a new Welsh language opera, Guto Puw's Y Twr, at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival, touring their 2016 production of Peter Eotvos's The Golden Dragon, taking their production of Philip Glass's The Trial on tour, giving the work's Scottish and American premieres, and returning to South Korea for the Tongyeong International Festival.

Music Theatre Wales's production of Philip Glass's The Trial has already started its Scottish tour (see my article) and the production will be travelling to the USA in June for the American premiere at Opera Theatre St. Louis.

Guto Puw's new Welsh language opera Y Twr is being given its premiere in May 2017 at the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff, as part of the Vale of Glamorgan Music Festival. The production is directed by Michael McCarthy and conducted by Richard Baker with Gwion Thomas and Caryl Hughes. The production will then go on tour in Wales (to Aberystwyth, Bangor, Mold, Swansea), and to the Buxton Festival in July 2017.

Music Theatre Wales gave the UK premier of Peter Eotvos' opera The Golden Dragon at the Buxton Festival in July 2016, and the company is finally able to take the work on tour in 2017, directed by Michael McCarthy, conducted by Daniel Norman, with a cast including Llio Evans, Lucy Schaufer, Andrew McKenzie-Wicks and Johnny Herford. The Autumn tour travels to Cardiff, Birmingham, Basingstoke, Bangor, Snape and the Hackney Empire.

Music Theatre Wales previous appeared at the Tongyeong International Music Festival in South Korea in 2015, performing Turnage's Greek, and will be returning in 2017. Nicholas Kok will conduct The Golden Dragon with all the original cast, in March/April 2017.

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