Mid Wales Opera has had rapturous reviews for its latest performance while it fights for its future.

The opera has been delighted with the success of their tour so far, following the opening night of their production of "Beatrice & Benedict" earlier this month in Bishop's Castle despite waiting on a decision Arts’ Council Wales consider their appeal following their withdrawal of funding earlier this month.

Gareth Williams, chair of the board of Mid Wales Opera said: "We have this week submitted an appeal to the Arts Council. The board decided we owe it to our staff, the singers and musicians who we employ and our audiences to formally ask the Arts Council to reconsider its decision."

This comes as the Mid Wales Opera's 'Beatrice & Benedict' had its opening night as it begins Small Stages Tour which has “captivated audiences” and “delighted them with its strong singing, superb acting, and witty, life-affirming performance”.


In reviews shared with the opera one audience member said: "Bravi. The opening night of your Small Stages tour of Beatrice & Benedict was a resounding success - an evening of absolute delight.

“I was about to write, 'If you've got nothing better to do tonight...' But you can't have – just go. Whenever it comes near-ish to you. Go online. Book a ticket. Buy yourself some unadulterated pleasure."

Another passionate supporter of the production shared their appreciation and said: "Such strong singing, superb acting, and a witty, life-affirming performance – the loss of Mid Wales Opera would leave an opera-shaped hole in my life. I came late to an appreciation of the genre, but it is all thanks to you making it so accessible for me."

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The opera said this feedback “underscores the remarkable talent and commitment of the Mid Wales Opera team, as well as the organisation’s dedication to making opera accessible to all”.

Mid Wales Opera has said it “eagerly anticipates” the continued success of its SmallStages Tour and hopes to deliver outstanding performances to audiences across the region.

The Beatrice & Benedict tour will continue to Aberdovey, Mold, Criccieth, Builth Wells, Fishguard, Aberdare, Barmouth and Holyhead, culminating in its final performance in Ludlow on Friday, November 10.