This September, Scottish Opera’s hugely popular Opera Highlights tour kicks off with four singers and a pianist journeying to 17 venues the length and breadth of Scotland, from Wick in the north to Dumfries in the south, as well as the Inner and Outer Hebrides.

The Autumn tour begins on 20 September in Giffnock before heading to Ayr, Drumnadrochit, Wick, Forres, Ullapool, Stornoway, Portree, Lanark, Helensburgh, Dundee, Inverurie, Laurencekirk, Perth, Dumfries, Musselburgh and St Andrews.

Director Daisy Evans’ Opera Highlights features an operatic playlist from much-loved and lesser-known composers, curated by Scottish Opera’s Head of Music Derek Clark. It includes favourites from Mozart and Donizetti linked by new compositions by Scottish Opera Composer in Residence Samuel Bordoli, who was recently nominated in the ‘One to Watch’ category at the Sunday Herald Culture Awards.

Music Director/Pianist Jonathon Swinard is joined by Scottish Opera Emerging Artist soprano Sofia Troncoso, who will sing the role of Papagena in the Company’s production of The Magic Flute next year; mezzo soprano Sarah Champion; tenor Richard Pinkstone and baritone Dawid Kimberg.

Director Daisy Evans said: ‘This evening of opera highlights conjures drama as the singers take us on a wild journey through betrayal, pain, misplaced love and home truths, revealing the intense world of opera piece by piece.’

Scottish Opera’s General Director, Alex Reedijk, said: ‘Touring Scotland has been at the heart of what we do for over 30 years 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. This combination of wonderful music from across the world of opera, terrific voices and a creative staging by Daisy Evans will ensure that our audiences will have an enjoyable night out!’

Eastwood Park Theatre, Giffnock

Thu 20 Sep, 7.30pm


Gaiety Theatre, Ayr

Sat 22 Sep, 7.30pm


Craigmonie Centre, Drumnadrochit

Tue 25 Sep, 7.30pm


Wick High School, Wick

Thu 27 Sep, 7.30pm


Forres Town Hall, Forres

Sun 30 Sep, 7.30pm


The Macphail Centre, Ullapool

Tue 2 Oct, 7.30pm


An Lanntair, Stornoway

Thu 4 Oct, 7.30pm


Aros Centre, Portree

Sat 6 Oct, 7.30pm


Memorial Hall, Lanark

Tue 9 Oct, 7.30pm


Victoria Hall, Helensburgh

Thu 11 Oct, 7.30pm


Gardyne Theatre, Dundee

Sat 13 Oct, 7.30pm


Inverurie Town Hall, Inverurie

Tue 16 Oct, 7.30pm


Mearns Academy, Laurencekirk

Thu 18 Oct, 7.30pm


Joan Knight Studio, Perth Theatre, Perth

Sat 20 Oct, 7.45pm


Theatre Royal Dumfries, Dumfries

Tue 23 Oct, 7.30pm


The Brunton, Musselburgh

Thu 25 Oct, 7.30pm


The Byre Theatre, St Andrews

Sat 27 Oct, 3pm