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Opera Highlights is back on the road from 4 Februarywith four singers and a pianist journeying to 17 venues the length and breadth of Scotland, from Lerwick in the north to Castle Douglas in the south.

Following 17 performances in the Autumn, the same Opera Highlights but with a new cast is travelling the highways and byways by land, sea and air. The Spring tour begins in Bathgate, then visits Birnam, Markinch, Campbeltown, Bowmore, Arrochar, Bunessan, Arisaig, Beauly, Cumnock, Castle Douglas, Callander, Lerwick, Peebles, Fochabers, Alford and Rutherglen.

Set in a garden, director Roxana Haines’ production features a list of operatic classics and rarities, curated by Scottish Opera’s Head of Music Derek Clark. Highlights include Delibes’ ‘Flower Duet’, Vaughan Williams’ ‘Blue larkspur in a garden’ and many more from the likes of Mozart, Lehár and Scottish Opera Composer in Residence, Samuel Bordoli.

Scottish Opera 2019/20 Emerging Artist repetiteur Michael Papadopoulos is the Pianist/Music Director, and is joined by soprano Zoe Drummond; mezzo-soprano Jade Moffat; tenor Andrew Irwin and baritone Arthur Bruce, The Robertson Trust Scottish Opera Emerging Artist this season.

Roxana Haines, who directed Scottish Opera’s hit Edinburgh Festival Fringe show Fox-tot! this summer, said: ‘After a successful Autumn tour I am pleased to revive this Opera Highlights show, where the cast cordially invite you to a party on your doorstep. This Spring we have a brand new cast to guide you through our story which takes place in luscious gardens and magical flora and fauna of Opera. The stage has been set, decorations unpacked and the guests have all arrived but, the problem is we're still not sure whose party this is... 

‘As the evening progresses, the connections between our characters unravel through music from the likes of Handel, Donizetti and Mozart, and lighter pieces from Gilbert & Sullivan and Vaughan Williams as well as a new work by Samuel Bordoli. Prepare for an evening of charm, magic and love in all its operatic forms in a show that highlights the joy and absurdity of opera.’

Performance DatesOpera Highlights 2020

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Regal Community Theatre | Bathgate

4 Feb, 19.30

Birnam Institute | Dunkeld

6 Feb, 19.30

Town Hall, Markinch | Markinch

8 Feb, 19.30

Victoria Hall, Campbeltown | Campbeltown

11 Feb, 19.30

Village Hall, Bowmore | Isle of Islay

13 Feb, 19.30

Three Villages Hall | Arrochar, Argyll

15 Feb, 19.30

Community Centre, Bunessan | Mull

18 Feb, 19.30

Astley Hall, Arisaig | Arisaig, Highland

20 Feb, 19.30

Phipps Hall, Beauly | Beauly

22 Feb, 19.30

Town Hall, Cumnock | Cumnock

25 Feb, 19.30

Fullarton Theatre | Castle Douglas

27 Feb, 19.30

McLaren High School | Callendar

29 Feb, 19.30

Arts Centre, Mareel | Shetland

4 Mar, 19.30

Eastgate Arts Centre, Peebles | Peebles

7 Mar, 19.30

Fochabers Public Institute | Fochabers

10 Mar, 19.30

Alford Community Campus | Alford, Aberdeenshire

12 Mar, 19.30

Town Hall, Rutherglen | Rutherglen

14 Mar, 19.30

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