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Breathe Freely 2013Chemistry Opera

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Scottish composer Julian Wagstaff's new opera was performed in a semi-staged concert version by professional singers and musicians. 

The work is scored for an instrumental trio of clarinet (Pete Furniss), celllo (Su-a Lee), and piano (Andrew Johnston). The opera was preceeded by Julian Wagstaff's trio "A Persistent Illusion" for clarinet, cello and piano. The evening lasted an hour and a half, performed without an interval. 

Generous support was given by Scottish Opera, whose Head of Music, Derek Clark,with his extensive experience of new music, conducted. Veteran Scottish tenor Nigel Robson, who sings here infrequently, was a welcome visitor, joining two accomplished younger singers who were trained here.

Performance Cast

Professor James Kendall Head of the Department of Chemistry, an expert on gas warfare

Philip Gault

Lieut Dr Stanislaw Hempel a Polish chemist and military officer

Nigel Robson

Dr Christina Miller Senior Lecturer in Chemistry, a leading chemical researcher

Laura Margaret Smith

Performance DatesBreathe Freely 2013

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Assembly Rooms | Edinburgh

24 Oct, 20.00

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