NEWS: JONATHAN DOVE’S FLIGHT RECEIVES ITS SCOTTISH OPERA PREMIERE

Jonathan Dove’s hugely popular comedy opera Flight receives its Scottish professional premiere in February 2018, with performances in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Based on the true story of a refugee who was stranded for 18 years at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport, Flight tells the tale of a group of total strangers stuck in an airport during an electrical storm. Thrown together, their lives and relationships soon start to unravel; passengers and crew are forced to take stock of their turbulent lives.

Director Stephen Barlow and his creative team will reimagine their production, which originated at Investec Opera Holland Park, for the Scottish stage.

Funny and accessible, Flight has become one of the most popular and most performed British operas in recent years. Dove’s vividly inventive score channels a wide range of influences into his own distinctive style – from the fast-paced brilliance of Rossini, to Mozart, Ravel and Bernstein.

Music Director Stuart Stratford conducts a superb ensemble cast including former Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Jennifer France (Ariodante 2016) as the Controller, James Laing as the Refugee and Victoria Simmonds as Minskwoman, all reprising their highly-praised roles in the Investec Opera Holland Park production.

Former Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Sioned Gwen Davies (The Mikado 2016), who represented Wales at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World this year, will play the Stewardess, joined by Jonathan McGovern as the Steward and Stephen Gadd (La traviata 2017) as Minskman. Peter Auty (Le villi 2017) as Bill, Stephanie Corley (Inés de Castro 2015) as Tina, Dingle Yandell as the Immigration Officer and Marie McLaughlin (The Marriage of Figaro 2016) as the Older Woman complete the cast of British talent.

Jonathan Dove said: ‘When I was starting out as a composer, modern operas were never funny. In fact, laughter pretty much deserted opera for the whole of the 20th century! As an admirer of Mozart and Rossini, I wanted to redress the balance. In the twenty years since it was first performed, Flight hasn’t got less funny, but its darker aspect has become, if anything, more topical.  We have become more sensitised to the plight of refugees. Stephen Barlow’s beautiful production has a perfect balance of the dark and the light, and is also very moving.’

Stephen Barlow said: ‘Flight is that most rare bird – a modern opera that tingles with melody and optimism from the get-go and reminds us that, although turbulence inevitably lies ahead, ultimately the future is shining.’

Audiences also have the chance to attend Flight Unwrapped, a one-hour taster delving further in to the show and how it was created. Those who are visually impaired can enjoy the full opera experience at audio-described performances, which have live commentary that describes the action on stage without compromising the music.

Theatre Royal Glasgow, 282 Hope Street, Glasgow G2 3QA

Sat 17 Feb, 7.15pm

Wed 21 Feb, 7.15pm

Sat 24 Feb, 7.15pm

 

Flight Unwrapped

Mon 19 Feb, 6pm

Flight Pre-show Talk

Sat 24 Feb, 6pm

Flight Touch Tour

Sat 24 Feb, 6pm

Flight Audio-described performance

Sat 24 Feb, 7.15pm

 

Festival Theatre, 1329 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9FT

Thu 1 Mar, 7.15pm

Sat 3 Mar, 7.15pm

 

Flight Unwrapped

Fri 2 Mar, 6pm

Flight Pre-show Talk

Sat 3 Mar, 6pm

Flight Touch Tour

Sat 3 Mar, 6pm

Flight Audio-described performance

Sat 3 Mar, 7.15pm