Richard’s Magic Flute Rehearsal Ramblings #1

Richard Studer is Mid Wales Opera’s new Artistic Director, joining the team alongside Music Director Jonathan Lyness and making their Mid Wales Opera debut with Mozart’s The Magic Flute in Spring 2017.  Richard will be providing a glimpse into the inner workings of a production as the team work tirelessly towards opening night at The Hafren in Newtown on the 17th of February.

So here we are coming to the end of our first week’s rehearsals for The Magic Flute.

To say the work is varied in this business is an understatement and at this point in a production, life is pretty much 24/7 – my own fault for choosing a career as director/designer. When other directors are tucked up on a sofa with a score and a glass of something,  I’m  sorting out design issues or late night shopping for fabric, but hey – I love my job!

We have had three superb days so far this week and the cast is both lovely and brilliant. The odd thing is I never get nervous before performances or opening nights, but the day before the first rehearsal I’m crippled with anxiety – big questions haunt the wee small hours of the morning, what if Papageno isn’t funny? What if they can’t dance? What if we made a terrible mistake in auditions and none of them can sing?

Happy to report none of these turned out to be true. The cast has delivered the show spectacularly in rehearsals so far and Jon (the conductor) and myself are coming home beaming each night. Next week our Three Ladies and the Queen of the Night rock up to cause mayhem amongst the cast we have already rehearsed – can’t wait and I’ll keep you posted!

Book your ticket for Mid Wales Opera’s production of The Magic Flute

Newtown, The Hafren,  17th February 2017
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, 7th March 2017
Pontardawe Arts Centre, 9th March 2017
Bangor, Pontio, 26th March 2017
Newport, Riverfront 4th May 2017 (link available soon!)


Richard Studer, Artistic Director, Mid Wales Opera

Director and Designer Richard Studer initially began training in Veterinary Science at Bristol University. In 1993 Richard abandoned his studies to concentrate solely on opera production, making his professional debut directing and designing Don Giovanni at the Bristol Old Vic in the same year. Richard has directed/designed over a hundred productions at festivals and theatres across the UK both with his company and as a freelance director, including a longstanding collaboration with the award-winning Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol. An ardent supporter of twentieth-century repertoire he has gained a reputation for emotionally charged productions ranging from Monteverdi to Phillip Glass, recently staging three acclaimed productions of Janacek for Longborough Festival Opera for whom he is an Associate Director. Richard is co-founder and Artistic Director of Opera Project, a mid-scale touring company which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2018.


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