Mid Wales Opera

Grand opera for great little theatres

Mid Wales Opera's SmallStages productions take live opera to community venues and small theatres across Wales and the Borders. In Autumn 2020 we will produce our most ambitions SmallStages production yet - Puccini's dramatic masterpiece Il Tabarro in a new version for 6 singers and 4 musicians.

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Donations open 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019

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  • ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "it's a vaudeville approach which successfully combines brash, Carry On humour with abstract concepts of time - endless, wasted and running out - within a happy-sad clownish frame. A wonderful gift for far flung rural audiences otherwise starved of live opera"

    — Stephanie Power, The Stage on Ravel L'heure espagnole, SmallStages Autumn 18

  • ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️"if there’s one thing that this company does supremely well, it’s putting on an entertaining show....If you’re in the business of taking opera to Abermule and Llandinam, you either give your public a great night out or you fold."

    — Richard Bratby, The Arts Desk on Mrs Peachum's Guide to Love and Marriage Autumn 2019

  • Adam Green’s portrayal succeeds in realising Smirnov’s gamut of emotions, while Carolyn Dobbin’s luscious but always flexible mezzo made the excesses of Madame Popova credible, too...definitely worth going out of your way to see.

    — Rian Evans, The Guardian on William Walton's The Bear SmallStages 2017 reviewed in Aberdaron Gwynedd


Opera is seen as an exclusive art form performed in major cities and many people feel it is 'not for them'. For our audiences in Wales and the Borders, opera would traditionally involve a trip to Cardiff or Llandudno. MWO performs in mid-scale theatres but we need to grow our audience and reach new people through community based programming. Last year our SmallStages audience grew by 48% - 1777 people saw Ravel's L'heure Espagnole in places from Fishguard to a school hall in Llanfyllin, Powys


Our SmallStages productions take live, high quality and highly entertaining productions, specifically designed for flexible touring into the heart of communities. We work with local promoters and unfunded theatres to provide affordable (around £10) tickets to fully staged opera performances sung in English, in new versions of rarely performed works with a reduced orchestration and new translation by our team. It's a great night out and 13% of our audience last year had never seen opera before.