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Opera Highlights 2019Scottish Opera

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Hitting the road on the 5 February, Scottish Opera’s much-loved Opera Highlights sets off once more around Scotland with a brand-new show. Four singers and a pianist journey to 18 venues across Scotland from Ayrshire to the Western Isles.                                                   

Opening in East Kilbride, the Opera Highlights performers  visit Strathmiglo, Cumbernauld, Ardfern, Barra, Benbecula, Tarbert  (Isle of Harris), Gairloch, Ardross, Duns, Blairgowrie, Maybole, Durness, Boat of Garten, Aboyne, Whiting Bay and Dunblane. The tour closes in Paisley on 16 March.                                                                                                   

Sara Brodie directs a programme of works by composers from across the centuries, from Handel and Gluck, to Mozart, Verdi, Britten and Bernstein. As usual, this programme has been carefully curated by Scottish Opera’s Head of Music Derek Clark.

Scottish Opera Emerging Artist 2018/19 soprano Lucy Anderson, who sang the role of Countess Ceprano in the Company’s 2018 revival of Rigoletto; mezzo-soprano Heather Ireson; tenor Tom Smith and baritone Harry Thatcher join Music Director/Pianist Elizabeth Rowe to bring to life some of opera’s best-known arias alongside hidden gems and forgotten favourites.                                                                                                                     

Director Sara Brodie said: ‘Opera Highlights 2019 offers a dazzling array of operatic hits from Wagner to Gilbert and Sullivan. We promise an evening of frivolities, folly and flirtation as our singers take you to the depths of the underworld, Paris at dawn, a Viennese masked ball and a tryst by the Thames. Four erstwhile travellers journey the seas of love and back again, in scenes of picaresque torment and delight, to warm your hearts on a chilly night.’                                                                                                                       

Scottish Opera General Director, Alex Reedijk, said: ‘Following the tremendous success of our 17-date Autumn Opera Highlights tour, we are greatly looking forward to visiting 18 smaller and rural venues in the Spring. This new, pint-sized production is a celebration of opera and the accomplished creative team will no doubt bring out the best in this talented cast, as they journey around Scotland from Barra to Boat of Garten.’

Performance DatesOpera Highlights 2019

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East Kilbride Village Theatre | East Kilbride

5 Feb, 19.30

Public Hall, Strathmiglo | Strathmiglo, Fife

7 Feb, 19.30

Cumbernauld Theatre | Cumbernauld

9 Feb, 19.30

Village Hall, Craignish | Lochgilphead

12 Feb, 19.30

Northbay Hall | Barra

14 Feb, 19.30

Sgoil Lionacleit, Benbecula | Benbecula Isle

16 Feb, 19.30

Village Hall, Tarbert | Tarbert

19 Feb, 19.30

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Gairloch Community Hall, Raonmor | Achtercairn Brae

21 Feb, 19.30

To book call 01445 712867

Community Hall, Ardross | Ardross, Ross-shire

23 Feb, 19.30

To book call 01349 880 591

Volunteer Hall, Duns | Duns, Berwickshire

26 Feb, 19.30

To book call 01361 883 233

Town Hall, Blairgowrie | Blairgowrie

28 Feb, 19.30

To book call

Town Hall, Maybole | Maybole, Ayrshire

2 Mar, 19.30

To book call 01655 883222

Village Hall, Durness | Durness

5 Mar, 19.30

To book call 01971 511 364

Community Hall, Boat of Garten | Boat of Garten

7 Mar, 19.30

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Deeside Theatre | Aboyne, Aberdeenshire

9 Mar, 19.30

To book call 01339 886222

Village Hall, Whiting Bay | Arran

12 Mar, 19.30

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Victoria Hall, Dunblane | Dunblane

12 Mar, 19.30

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Wynd Centre, Paisley | Paisley

16 Mar, 19.30

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