Great Scot, what a show
BARITONE Samuel Dundas seems to always come to Perth for tartan.
The Melbourne-born and raised opera singer has Scottish heritage and performed more than a decade ago in Scotland the Brave before Picture: Andrew Ritchie taking on the role of Enrico Ashton in WA Opera’s Lucia di Lammermoor, set in Scotland, later this month.
“I have a kilt made of Dundas tartan, which I bought as an investment while doing Scotland the Brave,” Dundas said.
“Interestingly, my dad has been clambering for an opportunity to wear the kilt at some stage of his life and recently wore it to a book club; he looked very fine.”
It was Dundas’s father who did a road trip with his son across the Nullarbor for his first production with WA Opera in 2015, The Marriage of Figaro, followed that same year by Faust.
But the Dundas association with Perth runs much deeper.
“I grew up in Melbourne but I am a West Aussie by attempted drowning,” Dundas said.
“My parents and brother are all from here, all our families are still here, and I was the only one born on the east coast, so dad dunked me in the Swan younger.”
Now based in Launceston while his partner dances with Tasdance, Dundas is enjoying his return to WA Opera as part of the company’s 50th year and said Lucia di Lammermoor was an opera of great political intrigue and family dynamics.
“It’s that classic opera thing of scandalous love and danger,” he said.
“It’s set in the late 17th century where my character Enrico tricks his River when I was sister Lucia to save our clan by forcing her to marry someone she does not want to.
“As is so often the case with a baritone, he’s the bad guy who is a man of great selfishness and arrogance.”
In one of the great contradictions of the opera world, the Scottish set production will be sung in Italian with English surtitles.
“It’s like singing Carmen in French and hanging out in Spain,” Dundas said.
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