As part of the Opera in Concert series, Scottish Opera presents The Verdi Collection, a selection of the Italian composer’s greatest hits at His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen on 19 November and Eden Court, Inverness on 26 November, with the concert then touring to City Halls, Glasgow and Usher Hall, Edinburgh in February 2023.
A cast of internationally acclaimed singers bring numerous roles to life, capturing the breadth and drama of Verdi’s incredible array of popular operas that earned him the title of the “king” of all Italian opera composers. In Aberdeen and Inverness, Scottish Opera’s Music Director Stuart Stratford conducts The Orchestra of Scottish Opera along with the cast including Hye-Youn Lee (Don Giovanni 2022), Christopher Turner (La traviata 2017), Roland Wood (Don Giovanni 2022) and Jihoon Kim. In 2023, the concert travels to Glasgow and Edinburgh with Eri Nakamura, Peter Auty (Eugene Onegin 2018), Lester Lynch (Silvano 2019) and Brindley Sherratt (Inês de Castro 2015).
Capturing the romance, passion and tragedy of Verdi’s works, the concert features a playlist from operas including La traviata, Un ballo in maschera, La forza del destino, Don Carlo, Otello and Macbeth. In an evening of dramatic storytelling this is a chance to hear some the composer’s more iconic music, recognisable from numerous TV adverts and films.
Known for his beautiful melodies and powerful plots, complicated relationships sit at the heart of his operas, as the concert’s singers become families, lovers, friends and enemies who often find themselves at dramatic odds, with understandable motives on all sides.
Scottish Opera Music Director Stuart Stratford said: ‘The Verdi Collection comprises some of the highlights of the composer’s middle and late period from La traviata, one of the most popular operas, to Don Carlo and Otello.
‘The orchestra increasingly becomes more of an independent dramatic voice in his later works, with the sinister bassoon counterpoint in Otello and the golden aura of the cornets in Don Carlo striking examples of colour and character.
‘We hope there is something in The Verdi Collection for everyone and that the great Italian master still surprises us today as he undoubtedly did when these works were first performed.’
Verdi’s prolific output was marked by many styles, themes, and stories in a career that spanned over 50 years. At the heart of all his operas are instantly recognisable characters (noble heroes and dastardly villains alike), nuanced relationships between lovers and families, and melodies that transcend time.
Cast for Glasgow performances:
Soprano Eri Nakamura
Tenor Peter Auty
Baritone Lester Lynch
Bass Brindley Sherratt
City Halls, Glasgow
10 February 2023, 7.30pm