Puccini’s opulent score, played by Opera Project’s 12-piece orchestra and conducted with passionate flair by Jonathan Lyness, not only fits but fills the space to create a singular musical experience”

The Reviews Hub, Oct 2017
(Tosca - Opera Project/Tobacco Factory Theatres)


The past three years have seen huge change at Opera Project for the reason that, in 2016, we were both appointed as Co-Artistic Directors of the brilliant Welsh touring company Mid Wales Opera. Inevitably Opera Project’s workload has been reduced, although our relationship with Tobacco Factory Theatres, which goes back to 2003, remains central to Opera Project’s future ambitions. To that end, and following the company’s hugely successful 2019 production of The Barber of Seville, 2020 was to have included a return to the opera with which we began in 1993 – Mozart’s Così fan tutte.

Unfortunately, as we all know, 2020 has been a year like no other, and all of our plans have had to be put on hold as the country tackles the coronavirus pandemic. This means that our planned return to Tobacco Factory Theatres in Sep/Oct 2020 with Così fan tutte has had to be postponed. Our first priority is, of course, the safety and well-being of our singers, musicians, TFT staff and the fantastic audiences that have supported us over the years. But the pandemic has also meant that our orchestral players are at home instead of playing, and our wonderful cast of singers, many tackling their respective roles in this opera for the first time, have had their dreams dashed as we all await a time when we can return to performing.

We are in constant touch with TFT and will of course keep you posted as to when we can return to this fantastic theatre. In the meantime, we wish everyone well and hope to see you again soon.

Jonathan Lyness and Richard Studer, 25 August 2020


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