Opera Scotland

Lindsay Johnson

Conservatoire takes Flight

Posted 13 Mar 2022

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is giving four performances in Glasgow of Flight, the hugely successful opera by Jonathan Dove. Flight was launched in 1998 at Glyndebourne, and quickly gave rise to performances spread around the operatic world.

The text by April De Angelis, set in a stormbound airport, is at the same time both witty and thought provoking. It is also remarkably topical, with its emphasis on the problem of refugees arriving from the east. A minor sector of the plot includes diplomatic problems with Belarus.

This excellent production opened on Saturday 12 March. There are three more performances on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Several of the roles are double cast, despite being fiendishly difficult to sing. Clearly the Conservatoire has several superb voices available at present.

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