Highlights tour is in fine voice

Jade Moffat and Arthur Bruce on stage. Photograph: Julie Broadfoot.
Jade Moffat and Arthur Bruce on stage. Photograph: Julie Broadfoot.

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Opera Highlights is back on the road  this month and stopping off in Argyll.

In between Lerwick in the north of Scotland to Castle Douglas in the south, four singers and one pianist will be travelling the highways and byways by land, sea and air on a spring tour taking in towns and villages, including Bowmore on Islay, Arrochar, and Bunessan in Mull.

Set in a beautiful garden, director Roxana Haines’ production features a playlist of operatic classics and must-hear 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 and Music Director, ajoined by soprano Zoe Drummond; mezzo-soprano Jade Moffat; tenor Andrew Irwin and baritone Arthur Bruce who is The Robertson Trust Scottish Opera Emerging Artist for this season.

Roxana, 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 and 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.’

The tour will be at Islay’s Bowmore Hall tonight (February 13), The Three Villages Hall in Arrochar on Saturday February 15 and Bunessan Community Hall on Mull on Tuesday February 18. All performances start at 7.30pm.

This Opera Highlights tour is supported by The Friends of Scottish Opera, JTH Charitable Trust and The Scottish Opera Endowment Trust. Tickets are on sale now.

Go to scottishopera.org.uk