NEWS: Pitlochry Festival Theatre to celebrate the best of Mozart and Italian opera

Scottish operatic stars, Katie Grosset and Colleen Nicoll, are set to captivate opera fans next week with four days of the best of Mozart and Italian opera, performed beside the River Tummel in the picturesque grounds of Pitlochry Festival Theatre.

Between 17-20 June, audiences will have the opportunity to relax and float away to the magnificent sounds of one of the greatest and most influential classical composers of all time – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Around the three Mozart concerts, Katie Grosset and Colleen Nicoll will thrill audiences, with three unforgettable performances of Italian opera, featuring the works of PucciniVerdiVivaldiPonchielliRossini and Giordani and more, with something for everyone – from opera first-timers to consummate opera gurus.

Perthshire soprano, Colleen Nicoll has performed roles in numerous operatic productions including the title role in Handel’s Semele, Titania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Britten), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro – Mozart), Diana (Actéon– Charpentier), Yum (The Mikado – Gilbert and Sullivan), Giannetta (L’elisir d’amore – Donizetti), Lady Dunmow (A Dinner Engagement – Lenox Berkeley), Galatea (Acis and Galatea – Handel).

She sang the role of Titania in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Minack Theatre, including a special performance for HRH the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. Colleen recently made two role debuts as Queen of the Night and Dido with the Scots Opera project, in world premières of new Scots Language translations of Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.

 

Colleen Nicholl said:

“Growing up in Dunkeld I enjoyed many shows at Pitlochry Festival Theatre. When I was about 10 years old, I entered a competition to write a review of a play. I won the competition, and the prize was a backstage tour of the theatre. I was so excited and loved learning how it all worked behind the scenes! I also got to read my review out on the local radio station, and I remember telling the producer at the time that one day they would be able to see me perform at that theatre… and here we are, I kept my promise! 

 

It is a wonderful feeling performing to a ‘home crowd’ and I am delighted to be working with such a fantastic team and to be performing alongside Katie.”

 

Scottish mezzo-soprano, Katie Grosset trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Opera Studio Vlaanderen and at the National Opera Studio in London. Highlights in recent seasons include Mother Vixen in Fox-tot, Mezzo soloist in The Opera Factory and The 8th Door (Scottish Opera); Nightingale in The Nightingale and the Rose (Pegasus Opera); Olga in Eugene Onegin for Opera Bohemia; Roméo I Capuleti e i Montecchi for Pop-Up Opera; Second Lady in The Magic Flute for St John Opera; Shoushan in Tchouhadjian’s Gariné at Grimeborn; and Mercédès in Carmen for Nevill Holt Opera. Other notable engagements include Flora and Annina in La Traviata, Third Witch in Macbeth, Edith in The Pirates of Penzance, and the Opera Highlights Tour (Scottish Opera); and the title role in Xerxes (Byre Opera).

Katie Grosset said:

Having toured Scotland very extensively, weirdly, I have actually never had the opportunity to perform in the beautiful town of Pitlochry. Having enjoyed many performances here as an audience member, I’m excited to be singing here with the incredibly talented Colleen.”

An Afternoon/Evening Celebrating Mozart will be performed on 17 and 20 June at 2pm and in the evening of 19 June at 7.30pm. An Afternoon/Evening at the Italian Opera will take place on 18 and 19 June at 2pm and in the evening of 20th June 7.30pm.

 

Tickets are priced from £18-£25. Capacity is limited for a safe, socially distanced, outdoor event.

 

Pitlochry Festival Theatre is keeping things flexible so audiences can too. They will honour no-hassle refunds and exchanges for any reason (including the weather!) if it is requested at least 24 hours before the performance time. So, audiences can book for summer with the confidence, that if plans change, their tickets and money can too!

Listings

An Afternoon Celebrating Mozart – 17 & 20 June at 2pm

An Evening Celebrating Mozart – 19 June at 7.30pm.

An Afternoon at the Italian Opera will take place on 18 & 19 June at 2pm

An Evening at the Italian Opera –20 June at 7.30pm

Bandstand, Pitlochry Festival Theatre

Box office and enquiries: boxoffice@pitlochryfestivaltheatre.com

Web: www.pitlochryfestivaltheatre.com

Programme

MOZART

DUET Prendero quel brunettino (Cosi)

Smanie Implacabili (Cosi)

Deh Vieni (Figaro)

Svegliatevi nel core (Cesare)

Lascia (Rinaldo)

Voi Che Sapete (Figaro)

Vedrai (Don G)

DUET Laci Darem (Don G)

 

INTERVAL

 

Queen of the Night (Flute)

Iris Hence Away (Semele)

Endless Pleasure (Semele)

Ombra Mai Fu (Xerxes)

S’altro che lacrime (Tito)

Torna di Tito (Tito)

DUET Ah Perdona il primo affetto (Tito)

 

ITALIAN OPERA

DUET Barcarolle 3min 40

Habanera (Carmen) 3 min

Quando m’en vo (Boheme) 2 min

Voce di Donna (La Gioconda) 3 mins

Sa per vorreste (Ballo) 2 mins 20

Seguidilla (Carmen)

Countess aria (Figaro) 2 mins

Laci Darem (Don G) 3 min 15

 

INTERVAL

 

Laudamus Te (Gloria)

A Quel Diner (La Perichole) 1 min 10

Cruda Sorte (L’Italiana) 4 min 50

Caro Mio Ben 3 min

En Vain Pour Eviter (Carmen) 3min 30

O Mio Babbino Caro (Gianni Schicci) 2 min

DUET Ah Perdona (Tito) 3 min 10

DUET Rossini Cat duet 3 min 10

For further information and tickets visit www.pitlochryfestivaltheatre.com