Great Scot, what a show

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - WA Opera's Lu­cia di Lam­mer­moor His Majesty's Theatre Oc­to­ber 26 to Novem­ber 4 www.tick­etek.com.au

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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