Scottish Opera with ‘greatest hits’ show

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Scottish Opera’s annual Opera Highlights tour to smaller, more remote venues the length and breadth of Scotland has kicked off.

Venues in this 15-date tour include Fraserburgh in the Dalrymple Hall, Fraserburgh on Saturday, March 4, at 7.30pm.

Opera Highlights promises fun for all with a programme of works by opera’s greatest composers, colourful costumes and props, larger than life characters, and much humour.

Perfect for both seasoned fans and new, the varied programme has music by Mozart, Handel, Puccini, and Gilbert & Sullivan, and has been curated by Scottish Opera’s head of music, Derek Clark.

Opera Highlights will also feature the world premiere of a short innovative new parody of Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle called ‘Bluebeard’s Cake’, created especially for the tour by Scottish Opera’s Composer in Residence Lliam Paterson.

This year’s cast is full of fresh talent, including two Scottish Opera Emerging Artists, mezzo-soprano Emma Kerr and tenor Elgan Llyr Thomas, and two recent graduates of the National Opera Studio, soprano Roisín Walsh and baritone Adam Gilbert. Former Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Repetiteur Jonathon Swinard accompanies the young singers on piano, and current Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Jim Manganello directs.

Jim Manganello said, “I’ve been blessed to haunt the Scottish Opera corridors for the past year, collaborating with our extraordinary and colourful team on stage and behind-the-scenes. This year’s Opera Highlights is a celebration of what we all love about opera – the outsized characters, the towering dreams, the deep despairs – but translated into an intimate, up-close format that I hope is as captivating to the first-time operagoer as it is to the aficionado.”