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Culture Continues

At Opra Cymru

New Work Commissioned and Recorded , Opera of Wales , September 16, 2021
At Opra Cymru by New Work Commissioned and Recorded The public face of culture vanished in March 2020, its unsteady re-emergence beginning fifteen months later.

“The Long Night Wanes”, below 30th July, records the pioneers in Wales.

But culture persists, even if driven into the home or the distanced, bubbled film set or recording area. Aberystwyth's ground-breaking display of lockdown art showed an efflorescence of response across the span of professional and amateur artists.

Opra Cymru, in its Blaenau Ffestiniog fortress of will-to-music, worked on three new pieces. From a tiny beginning the company has a musical director, Iwan Teifion Davies. There is a work-in-progress about individuals in the time of Covid-19. The recording is done and filming awaits.

Mared Emlyn is composing 'The King's Secret' a new family opera of an hour's length with a cast of five, planned to tour in March 2022.

It is four hundred years since Monteverdi. Gareth Glyn broke the mould of no Welsh opera with “Wythnos yng Nghymru Fydd” in 2017. He has now composed “Un Nos Ola Leuad”. Caradog Prichard's source novel took top place at Wales Arts Review's assessment of novels of Wales.

Gareth Glyn writes about the commission along with pictures from the recording at

The record of Opra Cymru on tour below as follows:

2 May 2019 “Fidelio”

20 November 2017 “Wythnos yng Nghymru Fydd”

4 September 2014 “Onieign: Gaeaf Goebeithion”

14 September 2013 “Barbwr Sefil”

22 September 2012 “Macbeth”

10 September 2011 “Don Pascwale”

Pictured: “Un Nos Ola Leuad” in rehearsal.

Reviewed by: Adam Somerset

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