Opera visit hits a high note with Broch pupils

Warming up: Scottish Opera staff and academy pupils warming up with the CanCan. picture: Neil Mundie
Warming up: Scottish Opera staff and academy pupils warming up with the CanCan. picture: Neil Mundie

Pupils at Fraserburgh Academy were given the opportunity to explore their creative abilities on Thursday, September 8 with Scotland’s national opera company.

The pupils from S4 took part in Scottish Opera’s workshop linked to their curriculum, led by Scottish Opera staff and designed to explore the music, characters and background to the production of Orpheus in the Underworld.

Performing: pupils enjoy the drama of Scottish Opera workshop. picture: Alison Kennedy

Performing: pupils enjoy the drama of Scottish Opera workshop. picture: Alison Kennedy

Speaking to the Herald, director of education with Scottish Opera, Jane Davidson explained the benefits of the workshops.

She said: “Scottish Opera’s workshops in secondary schools are a great way for pupils to get to grips with how an opera translates from page to stage.

“The team of two professional singers, a musician and drama animateur explore the plot, characters and music of the opera to help the pupils expand their composition portfolios, and hopefully have some fun while they’re at it!

“The class also get the chance to attend a performance of the company’s touring production of Orpheus in the Underworld, to see how all the theory is put into practice.”

Rehearsing: pupils split into groups to perform. picture: Alison Kennedy

Rehearsing: pupils split into groups to perform. picture: Alison Kennedy

Scottish Opera’s Orpheus in the Underworld is currently on tour throughout Scotland and will visit Fraserburgh’s Dalrymple hall on Saturday, September 24.

Rory Bremner has written a new translation of the opera, and the action is updated to the present day as director Oliver Mears pokes fun at our media mad, celebrity-obsessed world.

Sung in English, the show has a running time is two hours (including 20 minute interval).

Tickets for the show are available locally from Floriana’s Flowercraft, 23 High Street, Fraserburgh and the Dalrymple Hall, Seaforth Street, Fraserburgh.

Strike a pose: pupils strike a pose for the paparazzi. picture: Alison Kennedy

Strike a pose: pupils strike a pose for the paparazzi. picture: Alison Kennedy

Singing: Jessica Leary and Patrick Ashcroft entertain the pupils with one of the songs from 'Orpheus in the Underworld'. picture: Alison Kennedy

Singing: Jessica Leary and Patrick Ashcroft entertain the pupils with one of the songs from 'Orpheus in the Underworld'. picture: Alison Kennedy

Co-ordinating: Lissa Lorenzo gives some guidance to the pupils. picture: Alison Kennedy

Co-ordinating: Lissa Lorenzo gives some guidance to the pupils. picture: Alison Kennedy