SCOTTISH Opera’s hugely popular Opera Highlights hit the road this autumn, traveling across Scotland from Castle Douglas to the North Shetland Islands.
Kicking off on September 22 and marking its 60th anniversary, the tour is part of the company’s commitment to bring opera to over 60 communities across all the cardinal points around Scotland this season. This beautifully crafted show visits Dundee, Markinch, Fraserburgh, Forres, Banchory, Cullivoe, Lerwick, Linlithgow, Town Yetholm, Stranraer, Castle Douglas, Dunlop, Gartmore, Biggar, Lochailort, Gairloch and Durness.
Director Emma Jenkins and designer Janis Hart bring verve and creativity to this year’s original piano-accompanied production. The cast includes Scottish Opera’s 2022/23 Emerging Artists Zoe Drummond and Osian Wyn Bowen who both starred in The Gondoliers and Utopia, limited 2022, alongside Christopher Nairne and Shakira Tsindos, conducted on the piano by Kristina Yorgova, Scottish Opera Emerging Artist coach 2022/23. With costumes inspired by the 1970s, join the cast as they are transported to another world, where anything is possible. The production also includes the world premiere of a new piece by emerging artist and Scottish Opera 2021/22 composer Toby Hession, with a libretto by Emma Jenkins. Titled ‘Told By An Idiot’, it is a modern and humorous revamp of macbeth.
Scottish Opera’s Head of Music, Derek Clark, combines repertoire favorites with a treasure trove of lesser-known pieces. Playlist includes much-loved Mozart classics The magic flute and Figaro’s weddingby Beethoven Fidelio, by Verdimacbeth and Bizet the Pearl Fishers Duo alongside music by Rimsky-Korsakov, Gounod and music written by Mendelssohn when he was only 12 years old. This is the perfect opportunity to discover a selection of Opera Highlights in a two-hour show.
Director Emma Jenkins said: “Four young singers in search of their identity find themselves, as Alice in Wonderland or the children of narnia, propelled along a lyrical roller coaster of love and loss, devotion and desire, jealousy and jubilation. The dominant theme of Opera Highlights is LOVE. Love in all its forms, whether positive or negative. Our singers play and take on various roles as if possessed by the force of love in a fast-paced performance that celebrates not only voice, but ensemble work and physical theater as well. All this against the backdrop of the breathtaking design of Janis Hart which combines a retro spirit of the 70s with an anarchic theatrical space in which one feels that anything can happen!
Derek Clark said: “The program is the usual mix of the familiar and the lesser known, so we’re confident there will be something for everyone, whether you’re an experienced opera lover or just coming to see us. for the first time.”
Opera Highlights is supported by The Friends of Scottish Opera and JTH Charitable Trust.
Tickets are on sale now at www.scottishopera.org.uk/shows/opera-highlights-202223/
The production will also tour in the spring from 14 February to 25 March 2023, traveling to: East Kilbride, Crail, Garvald, Perth, Stonehaven, Boat of Garten, Invergarry, Wick, Kirkwall, Ullapool, Torridon, Isle of Skye, Oban, Campbeltown, Bowmore, Gretna, Hawick and Ayr. Tickets will go on sale in winter 2022.
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