Essential opera in the Hebrides

By Greigg Adams

The Outer Hebrides will be in for a treat in early spring when the ‘Opera Highlights – Essential Scottish Opera’ tour takes to the road in late February, early March.

An entertaining evening filled with energy, versatility and plenty of humour will be in store for audiences at Sgoil Lionacleit, Benbecula on February 27 and Castlebay Community Hall in Barra on March 2.

A favourite with audiences across Scotland, this gem of an evening has something for everyone, from seasoned fans to opera first-timers.

Four fantastic young singers introduce a mixture of operatic styles including arias, duets and ensembles from Puccini’s La bohème, Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet as well as music by Handel, Rossini, Gilbert and Sullivan, Saint-Saëns and Bernstein.

This year’s cast includes: two Scottish Opera Emerging Artists, soprano Miranda Sinani and mezzo-soprano Louise Collett, who are both performing for the company throughout the 2009/10 season.

Tenor Adrian Ward, winner of the 2008 Royal Over-Seas League vocal section prize; and baritone Robert Tucker, a recent Emerging Performer at the Australian Opera Studio will also perform.

With accompaniment provided by Ruth Wilkinson on piano, Opera Highlights is the perfect opportunity to experience opera up close and personal at a venue near you, and with tickets at just £10, it’s a night not to be missed!

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