L’heure espagnole, Mid Wales Opera

August 16, 2018 by

It is time to book your tickets for Mid Wales Opera’s autumn tour, Ravel’s exhilarating one-act bedroom farce, A Spanish Hour– L’heure espagnole.

Autumn 2018 sees Mid Wales Opera back on the road, bringing live opera to the heart of communities across Wales and the Borders with their second SmallStages tour. It includes  returning to some favourite spots from last Autumn’s tour of Walton’s The Bear, as well as a host of new venues from village halls and small theatres to churches – and including the first ever opera to be staged at The Met in Abertillery.

First performed in Paris in 1911, L’heure espagnole is set in a clock shop in Toledo, central Spain. It follows the fortunes of Torquemada, the hardworking clockmaker, as, during the course of one hot afternoon, his young wife Concepción negotiates her way through her collection of ridiculous lovers. Ravel’s music is bursting with hummable melodies, lively habanera dances and other Spanish folk song elements to get audiences buzzing.


This is opera for everyone – featuring an outstanding cast of five young singers as well as four brilliant musicians, performing a new English translation by Artistic Director Richard Studer and a new arrangement of Ravel’s exotic score created by Music Director Jonathan Lyness.

With tickets priced around £10 and performances from Fishguard to Colwyn Bay,  A Spanish Hour is perfect for MWO’s SmallStages performances, keeping opera live and local and reaching places where opera is rarely if ever performed. There’s no formal dress code, and the production’s designed to be a great night out in relaxed and informal settings.

In the second half of the evening, musicians and singers come together to produce an eclectic and entertaining taste of Spain – with some old favourites and new delights for audiences to enjoy.  Performance dates are below:-


Performance Dates


Friday Nov 9       In partnership with Hafren, Newtown at Theatr Llwyn, Llanfyllin, Powys

Sat Nov 10th     The Met, Abertillery, Gwent

Sun Nov 11th    Presteigne Assembly Rooms, Powys


Thurs Nov 15th  Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff

Friday 16th        Theatr Ddraig, Barmouth, Gwynedd

Sat Nov 17th      Neuadd Dyfi, Aberdovey, Gwynedd


Wed Nov 21st    Pontardawe Arts Centre, Neath Port Talbot

Thurs Nov 22ndSt Mary’s Church, Hay Hay Winter Weekend, Powys

Fri Nov 23rd       Theatr Gwaun, Fishguard, Pembrokeshire

Sat Nov 24th      Hafren – Trefeglwys Village Hall, near Newtown, Powys


Thursday 29th    Sparc, Bishops Castle, Shropshire with Shropshire Music Trust

Friday 30th        Emlyn Williams Studio at Theatr Clwyd, Mold, Flintshire

Sat Dec 1st        Criccieth Memorial Hall, Criccieth, Gwynedd


Wed Dec 5th     Theatr Colwyn, Colwyn Bay, Gwynedd

Thurs Dec 6th   Hafren – Abermule Community Centre, near Newtown, Powys

Fri Dec 7th        St Lawrence’s Church, Ludlow – for Ludlow Assembly Rooms, Ludlow, Shropshire



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