Music Theatre Wales - Cardiff
18 October 2017

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Der Goldene Drache

Music Theatre Wales


No. of reviews: 1

Passion, power and politics
9 Oct 17 / The Observer
Hackney Empire pulls out of opera over all-white cast
The London premiere of an opera set in a Chinese takeaway has been cancelled after a backlash over its all-white cast.
Y Tŵr

Music Theatre Wales


No. of reviews: 3

Lights, camera, inaction
30 May 17 / The Critics' Circle
Welsh-language opera traces marriage's highs and lows
23 May 17 / The Guardian
This brand new opera has much going for it and deserves longevity
21 May 17 / The Reviews Hub
The Devil Inside

Music Theatre Wales


No. of reviews: 12

Faustian concept cleverly updated by MacRae and Walsh in The Devil Inside
22 Apr 16 / Seen and Heard
The orchestral writing is strikingly original, quirky and dramatic
29 Feb 16 / The Reviews Hub
New opera is a magical brew of drama and a great cast
13 Feb 16 / Manchester Evening News
Michael Rafferty’s conducting gave great clarity to Stuart MacRae’s dramatically effective music
10 Feb 16 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Careful what you wish for
9 Feb 16 / The Critics' Circle
An evening of vividly gripping theatre in this new opera based on Robert Louis Stevenson's story
8 Feb 16 / Planet Hugill
McRae’s The Devil Inside provides a chilling night at the Peacock Theatre
8 Feb 16 / Seen and Heard
Each of the soloists was completely inside the music and tale
7 Feb 16 / Classical Source
MacRae’s score is strong on spooky effects but at two hours the morality tale is stretched beyond its limit
7 Feb 16 / Express
A bright, edgy take on Robert Louis Stevenson’s short story The Bottle Imp
6 Feb 16 / Telegraph
An ambitious but misguided opera
5 Feb 16 / Independent
Here's that rarity, a new opera that delivers the goods
5 Feb 16 / What's on Stage
The Trial

Music Theatre Wales


No. of reviews: 13

Glass and Music Theatre Wales get result in Kafka’s The Trial
16 Nov 14 / Seen and Heard
A new distillation and soundworld
11 Nov 14 / Bachtrack
Where the production comes alive is through the staging and the exceptional performances
29 Oct 14 / Manchester Confidential
The world premiere of Philip Glass’s The Trial unsettles
19 Oct 14 / The Observer
Philip Glass’s music seems to fit Kafka’s Trial like a glove
15 Oct 14 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Kafka, Glass, Hampton: this new chamber opera is a dream ticket
14 Oct 14 / Financial Times (via Google)
Glass’s opera has too little sense of genuine menace
14 Oct 14 / Evening Standard
The score lacks distinctiveness and the drama is uncompelling
14 Oct 14 / The Stage
Kafka's story has an astonishing prescience
14 Oct 14 / Independent
Cannily pitched
13 Oct 14 / Telegraph
On paper it's a marriage made in, well, not quite heaven; more a kind of Kafkaesque purgatory
13 Oct 14 / What's on Stage
Glass's operatic "The Trial" brings Kafka up to date
13 Oct 14 / Reuters
Philip Glass’s score adds up to much more than just a play with musical accompaniment
13 Oct 14 / The Guardian
Luci mie traditrici

Music Theatre Wales


No. of reviews: 4

An unusual chamber opera makes a masterly tribute to Carlo Gesualdo
29 Oct 13 / The Arts Desk
The whole thing comes across as an orgy of aesthetic dandyism
29 Oct 13 / Independent
A performance of pure gold
29 Oct 13 / Opera Britannia
A powerful realisation of a breathaking piece of music theatre
29 Oct 13 / The Stage
Greek

Music Theatre Wales


No. of reviews: 9

It’s past its sell-by date
28 Oct 13 / Independent
A primitive, earthy, '80s classic
24 Oct 13 / Opera Britannia
Turnage’s opera has lost little of its impact
23 Oct 13 / Financial Times (via Google)
Steven Berkoff and Mark-Anthony Turnage come face to in-yer-face in this savage political opera
23 Oct 13 / What's on Stage
A bloody good night at the opera
23 Oct 13 / The Arts Desk
The virtuosity and assimilation of styles in Turnage’s score are impressive
23 Oct 13 / Classical Source
Turnage’s Greek retains its ‘angry young man’ image
14 Oct 13 / Seen and Heard
Gripping production of Greek avoids violence
4 Oct 13 / Seen and Heard
Greek, based on Steven Berkoff’s 1980s reworking of the Oedipus story, is a success
4 Oct 13 / Wales Online
Ping

Music Theatre Wales


No. of reviews: 1

Intriguing double bill from Music Theatre Wales
29 Mar 13 / Seen and Heard
Eight Songs for a Mad King

Music Theatre Wales


No. of reviews: 1

Intriguing double bill from Music Theatre Wales
29 Mar 13 / Seen and Heard
In the Locked Room

Music Theatre Wales


No. of reviews: 2

Two new chamber operas offer topicality and realism with mixed results
2 Oct 12 / The Arts Desk
The star of the evening was the MTW Ensemble, tackling two very different scores with great dexterity
29 Sep 12 / Classical Source
Ghost Patrol

Music Theatre Wales


No. of reviews: 2

Two new chamber operas offer topicality and realism with mixed results
2 Oct 12 / The Arts Desk
The star of the evening was the MTW Ensemble, tackling two very different scores with great dexterity
29 Sep 12 / Classical Source
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News & Articles

Hackney Empire pulls out of opera over all-white cast
The London premiere of an opera set in a Chinese takeaway has been cancelled after a backlash over its all-white cast.
13 Oct 2017 / The Guardian
Music Theatre Wales to stage world premiere
Music Theatre Wales will be offering a rare opportunity to hear a new opera in the Welsh language by established Welsh composer Guto Puw in 2017.
25 Jan 2017 / South Wales Evening Post
Music Theatre Wales: lean, mean and fighting fit at 25
With its focussed identity, realistic aims and minimal overheads, Music Theatre Wales sets an example other arts institutions should follow.
16 Oct 2013 / Telegraph
Philip Glass writes opera for Music Theatre Wales
Famed American composer Philip Glass is taking his involvement with Music Theatre Wales to new heights with a specially-written opera based on a Franz Kafka short story.
16 Nov 2010 / BBC News
Premier of McEwan's opera is postponed
The world premiere of the first opera to be penned by award-winning novelist Ian McEwan has been postponed, after the leading man was told by doctors that he could not perform.
30 May 2008 / icWales