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Perth Festival of the Arts

Posted 16 May 2018

To open Perth Festival of the Arts, perhaps the greatest opera of all, Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, is being given in an acclaimed new production. Newcomers could hardly have a better introduction to one of the masterpieces of opera - to be sung in English with surtitles.

This year we get a second performance from regular visitors, English Touring Opera, a concert of rare Rossini excerpts from his spectacularly difficult Neapolitan operas, justifiably entitled Fireworks!  Several have not been performed in Scotland before.

The Perth Festival has a further operatic event in the form of Scottish Opera's pop-up touring series 'A little bit of....'. These are brief performances of excerpts from operas using a narrator to supply plot and historical information to link the music. In this instance there are six shows over two days - three of Eugene Onegin and three of HMS Pinafore

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English Touring Opera presents an energetic new production. During the course of one eventful day, Figaro and Susanna must overcome every obstacle put in their way by Count Almaviva and his cronies before they can finally be united as man and wife. Blanche McIntyre directs this most warm-hearted of operas, equally acclaimed for its sublime music and huge sense of fun.

It features a first-class cast, including Ross Ramgobin as Figaro, Rachel Redmond as Susanna, Nadine Benjamin as the Countess and Dawid Kimberg as the Count.

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