Mid Wales Opera to Tour Montsalvatge’s ‘El Gato Con Botas’

By David Salazar

Mid Wales Opera is set to present a chamber arrangement of Montsalvatge’s “El Gato Con Botas” as part of its Autumn tour.

The opera, which will be sung in English and retitled “Puss in Boots” will open on Oct. 14 at Gregynog Hall in Tregynon, Newtown. That will be followed up by a total of 13 performances running through Nov. 12, 2022, across 13 different locations.

Taking on the role of the Cat will be Martha Jones with Huw Ynyr playing Miller. As the King, audiences will see Philip Smith. Alys Mererid Roberts will interpret the Princess, and Trevor Bowes will be the Ogre.

The musical arrangement was made by Jonathan Lyness who will also be at the piano. The translation was made by Richard Studer.

“The score is also packed with a high degree of sophistication and unusual scoring. Harmonies are not always obvious and just occasionally it’s not even clear where the melody lies within the harmony. Working through the score has been both intriguing and unnerving, but deciding on my instrumentation was reasonably straightforward,” Lyness said in an official statement. “To my regular MWO SmallStages instrumentation of violin, bassoon, and keyboard I’ve added a trumpet and percussion, with the glockenspiel having a particularly busy time. I completed a draft score earlier this year and no doubt will continue to adapt and amend as we tour the show, together with Richard Studer’s new English translation of the libretto. The big question now is: how does one stage a scene for a lion, a parrot, and a mouse…”