Opera Scotland

Hirda

Music

Chris Stout

Gareth Williams

Text

Siân Evans

 

Premiere

First Performance: Lerwick (Mareel Arts Centre), 26 November 2015.

 

Background

The opera, which uses Shetland words and dialect (Hirda is a Shetland word meaning chaos or extreme untidiness), tells the story of Alasdair, a once successful actor who returns to his island home for the wedding of his brother Iain to Muireall, a young archivist working in the local museum. Everyone's world is turned upside down when Alasdair and his sister-in-law find that they have a strong attraction to each other. This part of the opera has a contemporary setting. It is woven together with another story about a 19th century woman and her sailor fiancé which is told through the letters they wrote to each other. 

 

Characters

Sailor (bass)

Crofter Lass (soprano)

Iain, a boat builder and fisherman (tenor)

Alasdair, his brother, an actor (baritone)

Elsa, their sister (soprano)

Vaila, an archivist, Iain's wife (mezzo-soprano)

 

Plot Summary

The opera, which uses Shetland words and dialect (Hirda is a Shetland word meaning chaos or extreme untidiness), tells the story of Alasdair, a once successful actor who returns to his island home for the wedding of his brother Iain to Vaila, a young archivist working in the local museum. Everyone's world is turned upside down when Alasdair and his sister-in-law find that they have a strong attraction to each other. This part of the opera has a contemporary setting. It is woven together with another story about a 19th century woman and her sailor fiancé which is told through the letters they wrote to each other.

The Cast

Alasdair
 an actor, brother of Iain and Elsa
Crofter Lass
 
Elsa
 sister of Iain and Alasdair
Iain
 a boat builder and fisherman
Sailor
 
Vaila
 an archivist, married to Iain

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