The spring offering from the opera school at the Conservatoire generally uses the Alexander Gibson Opera Studio to produce small-scale pieces. On this occasion, early twentieth-century chamber works are paired under the title of Two Great French Romantic Tragedies. These are both very rarely performed, and never before seen in Scotland. The evening opens with Darius Milhaud's brief take on the Orpheus legend, Les malheurs d'Orphée. This is followed by the Swiss composer Frank Martin's alternative vision of the Tristan myth, Le vin herbé.
Quite fortuitously, Welsh National Opera have also announced a new staging of the work, opening in Cardiff on 16 February.
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