NEWS: OPERA HIGHLIGHTS TOURS TO 18 LOCATIONS ACROSS SCOTLAND IN SPRING 2019

Hitting the road on the 5 February, Scottish Opera’s much-loved Opera Highlights sets off once more around Scotland with a brand-new show. Four singers and a pianist journey to 18 venues across Scotland from Ayrshire to the Western Isles.

Opening in East Kilbride, the Opera Highlights performers will go on to visit Strathmiglo, Cumbernauld, Ardfern, Barra, Benbecula, Tarbert Isle of Harris, Gairloch, Ardross, Duns, Blairgowrie, Maybole, Durness, Boat of Garten, Aboyne, Whiting Bay and Dunblane, before bringing the tour to a close in Paisley on 16 March.

Sara Brodie directs a programme of works by composers from across the centuries, from Handel and Gluck, to Mozart, Verdi, Britten and Bernstein, carefully curated by Scottish Opera’s Head of Music Derek Clark. Scottish Opera Emerging Artist 2018/19 soprano Lucy Anderson, who sang the role of Countess Ceprano in the Company’s 2018 revival of Rigoletto; mezzo-soprano Heather Ireson; tenor Tom Smith and baritone Harry Thatcher join Music Director/Pianist Elizabeth Rowe to bring to life some of opera’s best-known arias alongside hidden gems and forgotten favourites.

Director Sara Brodie said: ‘Opera Highlights 2019 offers a dazzling array of operatic hits from Wagner to Gilbert and Sullivan. We promise an evening of frivolities, folly and flirtation as our singers take you to the depths of the underworld, Paris at dawn, a Viennese masked ball and a tryst by the Thames. Four erstwhile travellers journey the seas of love and back again, in scenes of picaresque torment and delight, to warm your hearts on a chilly night.’

Scottish Opera General Director, Alex Reedijk, said: ‘Following the tremendous success of our 17-date Autumn Opera Highlights tour, we are greatly looking forward to visiting 18 smaller and rural venues in the Spring. This new, pint-sized production is a celebration of opera and the accomplished creative team will no doubt bring out the best in this talented cast, as they journey around Scotland from Barra to Boat of Garten.’

This tour is supported by The Friends of Scottish Opera, the JTH Charitable Trust and the Scottish Opera Endowment Trust.

Village Theatre, East Kilbride

Tue 5 Feb, 7.30pm

 

Strathmiglo Village Hall, Strathmiglo

Thu 7 Feb, 7.30pm

 

Cumbernauld Theatre, Cumbernauld

Sat 9 Feb, 7.30pm

 

Craignish Village Hall, Ardfern

Tue 12 Feb, 7.30pm

 

Northbay Hall, Barra

Thu 14 Feb, 7.30pm

 

Liniclate School, Benbecula

Sat 16 Feb, 7.30pm

 

Tarbert Village Hall, Harris

Tue 19 Feb, 7.30pm

 

Gairloch Community Hall, Gairloch

Thu 21 Feb, 7.30pm

 

Ardross Community Hall, Ardross

Sat 23 Feb, 7.30pm

 

Volunteer Hall, Duns

Tue 26 Feb, 7.30pm

 

Blairgowrie Town Hall, Blairgowrie

Thu 28 Feb, 7.30pm

 

Maybole Town Hall, Maybole

Sat 2 Mar, 7.30pm

 

Durness Village Hall, Durness

Tue 5 Mar, 7.30pm

 

Boat of Garten Community Hall, Boat of Garten

Thu 7 Mar, 7.30pm

 

Deeside Theatre, Aboyne

Sat 9 Mar, 7.30pm

 

Whiting Bay Village Hall, Isle of Arran

Tue 12 Mar, 7.30pm

 

Victoria Hall, Dunblane

Thu 14 Mar, 7.30pm

 

The Wynd Auditorium at The Spires, Paisley
Sat 16 Mar, 7.30pm