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Burning Fiery Furnace 2018Scottish Opera

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A fine performance of an unfashionable work. (review in progress)

There was a time when one or other of Britten's wonderful chamber operas was a fixture in the Scottish Opera repertoire, being revived and toured year after year. That was long ago, however, and those times seem unlikely to recur. Even then, the company never got round to tackling the fascinating and gripping Church Parables. Here, at last, is one of them, with a unique sound world dominated by exotic percussion effects. It seems astonishing that this will only be the third production of The Burning Fiery Furnace to be seen in Scotland, following the orginal version that came to Edinburgh in 1968 and the Perth Festival presentation nearly thirty years later.

This marks Scottish Opera's first visit to the Lammermuir Festival and is a performance in an ideally atmospheric venue - 'the Lamp of Lothian' - St Mary's Haddington. It is billed as a 'semi-staging', but that seems to be a bit of a quibble as a 'full' staging will always be quite economical, relying on the simplest effects of movement, lighting and costumes. It's all in the sound. This should not just be a one-off event, but ought to be seen widely.

Performance DatesBurning Fiery Furnace 2018

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St Mary's Church, Haddington | Haddington

21 Sep, 20.00

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