Blodwen May 2019
Opera 101 Classes
Dulais Rhys Conductor and Music Director for
Following the pattern of Romantic Italian opera,
the story takes place in 14 th century Wales and
includes a wedding, lovers, dying heroes and a
dramatic final twist. The opera’s stirring music
shows Parry at his dramatic best: heroic and
romantic solos, exciting ensembles, powerful
choruses and of course, the famous ‘Hywel a
Blodwen’ love duet which remains popular as a
concert item and is considered one of the
highlights of amateur performances of the opera.
lectures on the history, content, and importance
of Blodwen - the first Welsh opera.
Music: Dr. Joseph Parry (1841-1903)
Richard Davies (1833-77)
New chamber version:
Dulais Rhys (Blodwen Editor/Publisher and Guest
Performances: May 10/11 and 18/19*
at 7:30 P.M. (*2 P.M. matinée), NOVA (Roebling
Multiple firsts for Rimrock
Opera Foundation, NOVA … and Billings!
DATES: April 2/9/16, 2019 (all Tuesdays)
TIME: 5:30-7:00 P.M. (1.5 hrs)
Center for the Performing Arts, 2317 Montana
Avenue, Billings, MT 59101
Janie Sutton -- Blodwen
Douglas Nagel -- Iolo (The Bard)
Jeremy Huw Williams --Arthur
Nerys Jones -- Lady Maelor
Kate Meyer -- Elen
Scott Wichael -- Hywel Ddu
Kieran Beebe -- Rhys Gwyn (father of Blodwen
Benjamin Meyer -- Negesydd/Messenger
Kayla Marie Mudgett -- Cover for Blodwen and
Aaron Walker Tenor -- cover for Hywel Ddu
Negesydd/Messenger (Baritone) 2'
2. #10 Mynach/Monk (Bass) 3'
3. #14 Blaenwr/Leader (Tenor)
Michelle Berger - Production Assistant and Lady Maelor
Osian Rhys -- Director
Richele Sitton -- Orchestra Manager
Dr. Paula Fan -- Accompanist
Dulais Rhys -- Co-Chorus Masters
Glenda Brauneis -- Costumer
-- Stage Manager
Translation - • January 13, 2019
Richard Davies (1833-77)
and Composer's family - Music: Dr. Joseph Parry (1841-1903)
For the first time in history a
chamber version of Welsh Opera will be performed outside Wales
in May this year.
opera Blodwen by Joseph Parry, composed in 1877, will be
performed in Billings, Montana in the United States.
Although a selection of the
opera was performed in America over a century ago, this is the
first time that this chamber version has been performed outside
Welshman who now lives in Montana since 2018, Dulais Rhys, is
the Opera Orchestra Conductor.
"Since I moved to America I've
been in contact with several opera companies asking if they are
interested in staging and producing a Welsh opera. We did not
have many positive reactions in America, but Rimrock Opera
Foundation from Montana came back to say they wanted to produce
Blodwen. The next step for me was to move from San Francisco
where I have lived since 2011, to Montana."
Four performances from Blodwen
will be at the NOVA Center, Montana in early May.
six main roles in the opera and two of the main singers can
Jeremy Huw Williams from Cardiff will play the
role of Arthur and Nerys Jones, who is now living in Seattle,
will play the role of Lady Maelor.
will complement the performers of the chorus who have learned
Blodwen follows an Italian romantic opera
pattern. The story is set in Wales during the 14th century and
includes marriage, lovers, dead heroes and happiness at the end.
Dr Rhys added: "The linguistic exercises have been been a
great deal of fun teaching the chorus and other leads Welsh.
Supratulations [supertitles] will appear during the performance
to help the audience with the words. I'm very pleased that the
company's President, Lucinda Butler, has chosen to produce this
opera. She has links with Wales after her daughter studied at
There will be four performances of
Blodwen at the NOVA Center, Montana, between 10 and 19 May this