Comedy classic brings opera to wider public.
MID Wales Opera will present The Bear (A Comedy In One Act) in a micro-chamber version of this 20th-century comedy classic - William Walton's The Bear, at two local venues.
Composed in 1967 and based on Anton Chekov's play of the same name, it tells the tale of the widow, Mme Popova, unendingly mourning the death of her husband until the arrival of the rough-hewn yet charismatic land agent, Smirnov ('the bear' of the title) demanding payment of debts. Passions run high and their sparring culminates in a duel during which the two appear to have fallen unexpectedly in love.
Full of entertainment, comedy, parody and great tunes, this pilot 'Small-Stages' tour by MWO delivers a whole new concept in opera.
The Bear is performed by three singers and five musicians with no conductor. The opera lasts one hour, is sung in English, and offers a brilliant introduction for audiences new to opera and a great opportunity to hear Walton's classic comedy in its 50th anniversary year. This intimate production is designed to have the widest possible appeal and to fulfil MWO's mission for keeping opera live and local across rural Wales.
The Bear will be performed at the Dragon Theatre, Barmouth (01341 281 697) tonight at 7.30pm, and at Neuadd Dyfi, Aberdyfi (07977943249, www.neuadddyfi.org), tomorrow night at 7.30pm.
Tickets cost PS8 (full price) or PS4 (student/children).
The Bear, a comedy in one act