Music Theatre Wales and the London Sinfonietta have announced a new on-going association which will bring the two companies together to create and tour exciting and innovative new music theatre across the UK

The new association will build on the outstanding reputations of both companies and aims to establish a powerhouse for music theatre and new opera involving an increasingly diverse range of composers,writers, conductors, directors, and performers in work made for ever wider audiences

The London Sinfonietta will perform in all Music Theatre Wales productions as key artistic partners, and will contribute to the selection of repertoire and conductors. The two companies will also together create New Directions, a development and performance scheme to reach out to more artists and new audiences. The aim of this scheme isto develop the art-form and re-imagine the kind of work both companies make and the way in which it is developed, challenging perceptions about who makes it and who it is made for. The scheme aims to launch formally in 2019.

Michael McCarthy, Artistic Director of MTW said: “Working with the London Sinfonietta is a huge privilege and represents a moment of significant change for MTW, and I look forward to hearing this exceptional group of musicians bring our future productions to life. Equally, we look forward together to introducing inspiring new work to ever wider audiences across Wales and England and hopefully internationally as we take these productions on tour.” He added: “I also want to take this opportunity to offer my gratitude and admiration to all the musicians who performed as the Music Theatre Wales Ensemble over the last 30 years. They were at the heart of the company’s artistic achievements and everyone at MTW wants to acknowledge and applaud their vital contribution.”

Andrew Burke,Chief Executive and Artistic Director at the London Sinfonietta said “I am delighted that we will be working closely with Music Theatre Wales. We have the chance not only to be part of the exciting planned productions but also together we are committing to the New Directions programme which will evolve the genre as we developinnovative small scale music theatre created by the most exciting artists from across society. For both Music Theatre Wales and London Sinfonietta this will bring relevant stories of contemporary life expressed through the powerful medium of music theatre to new audiences around the country.”

The repertoire for the first 3-year period of the collaboration between Music Theatre Wales and London Sinfoniettaincludes:

• The UK Premiere of Passion by Pascal Dusapin, a co-production with National Dance Company Wales, directed by Michael McCarthy and Caroline Finn and conducted by Geoffrey Paterson. Passion will tour the UK this autumn, opening in Basingstoke on October 11 before touring to London,Cardiff, Suffolk, Salford and Mold. Performed with internationally renowned vocal ensemble, EXAUDI.

• The Intelligence Park by Gerald Barry which will tour in autumn 2019. This is a co-production with the Royal Opera House with Conductor Jessica Cottis.

• Denis and Katya by Philip Venables and Ted Huffman touring in Spring 2020. This new small scale work will be performed as part of the New Directions programme and is a co-production with Opera Philadelphia and will be directed byTed Huffman.

• A new opera by Tom Coult and Alice Birch, a co-production with Aldeburgh Festival which will open in Summer 2020 and tour in autumn 2020.

• A new small scale work by Naomi Pinnock and Nic Green as part of the New Directions programme.


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