NEWS: Scottish Opera Highlights hits the road again

Scottish Opera’s hugely popular Opera Highlights tour kicks off in September, travelling to smaller, more remote venues the length and breadth of Scotland.

Travelling to 17 venues across the country from 21 September to 28 October 2017, the Autumn tour visits Musselburgh, Markinch, Arisaig, Portree, Stornoway, Lochinver, Carrbridge, Findhorn, Cove, Peebles, Stranraer, Campbeltown, Bowmore, Benderloch, Langholm, Greenock and East Kilbride.

Scottish Opera’s Head of Music Derek Clark has curated an extremely varied programme including favourites from Rossini’s Barber of Seville, Mozart’s Così fan tutte and Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers, as well as lesser known gems rarely performed on the Scottish stage.

Opera Highlights will also feature the world premiere of a work created especially for the tour by Scottish Opera’s new Emerging Artist Composer in Residence Samuel Bordoli. With something for everyone, from opera first timers to seasoned fans, Opera Highlights promises an intimate performance of great music.

This year’s cast is full of fresh new talent including Scottish Opera Emerging Artist baritone Alexey Gusev and three recent graduates of the National Opera Studio: soprano Lucy Hall, mezzo-soprano Kate Howden and tenor William Morgan. Elizabeth Rowe accompanies the four talented young singers on piano and former Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Jack Furness (Opera Highlights 2016) makes a welcome return to the Company to direct.

Director Jack Furness said: ‘I learnt so much during my time as an Emerging Artist with Scottish Opera, and one of the highlights was…Opera Highlights! I’m so pleased to be coming back to direct another show, especially as it involves working with composer Samuel Bordoli. Opera Highlights is a real heart-and-soul show. I remember having so much fun in the rehearsal room and I’m sure this time will be no different.’

Scottish Opera’s General Director, Alex Reedijk, said: ‘Touring Scotland is at the heart of what we do and Opera Highlights is the perfect show to take to smaller and more remote communities around the country as it truly has something for everyone. We are thrilled to have Jack Furness back with us to direct this production which will travel to 17 venues in Autumn. His 2016 Opera Highlights tour was a hit with audiences, and his imaginative approach will no doubt bring out the best in this year’s fabulous young cast.’

This Season, Scottish Opera’s Opera Highlights tour will be travelling around Scotland twice. The Autumn leg of the tour will be followed by a further 14-date tour in Spring 2018, with a brand new cast aboard the trusty minibus.

Cast and Creative Team

Soprano                                  Lucy Hall

Mezzo-soprano                       Kate Howden

Tenor                                       William Morgan

Baritone                                   Alexey Gusev*

Music Director/Pianist             Elizabeth Rowe

Director                                   Jack Furness

Composer in Residence         Samuel Bordoli *Scottish Opera Emerging Artist

Curator                                    Derek Clark

Performance Diary

The Brunton, Musselburgh

Thu 21 Sep, 7.30pm
Markinch Town Hall

Sat 23 Sep, 7.30pm
Astley Hall, Arisaig

Tue 26 Sep, 7.30pm


Aros Centre, Portree

Thu 28 Sep, 7.30pm
An Lanntair, Stornoway

Sat 30 Sep, 7.30pm
Lochinver Village Hall

Tue 3 Oct, 7.30pm
Carrbridge Village Hall

Thu 5 Oct, 7.30pm
Universal Hall Findhorn

Sat 7 Oct, 7.30pm

Cove Burgh Hall

Tue 10 Oct, 7.30pm


Eastgate Theatre, Peebles

Thu 12 Oct, 7.30pm
Ryan Centre, Stranraer

Sat 14 Oct, 7.30pm
Victoria Hall, Campbeltown

Tue 17 Oct, 7.30pm
Bowmore Village Hall

Thu 19 Oct, 7.30pm
Victory Hall, Benderloch

Sat 21 Oct, 7.30pm
Buccleuch Centre, Langholm

Tue 24 Oct, 7.30pm
Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock

Thu 26 Oct, 7.30pm
Village Theatre, East Kilbride

Sat 28 Oct, 7.30pm