Town Hall will host opera high­lights

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Scot­tish Opera will cel­e­brate the 21st an­niver­sary of Opera High­lights by kick­ing off their next tour at Ruther­glen Town Hall.

The show, which fea­tures bite-sized chunks from opera, will be back at the Town Hall on Jan­uary 29 at 7.30pm

Opera High­lights fea­tures mu­sic from some of the world’s most popular op­eras, as well as some lesser-known treats se­lected by Scot­tish Opera’s Head of Mu­sic, Derek Clark.

This year the pro­gramme will fea­ture Arias from Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Verdi’s La travi­ata will be show­cased along­side the fa­mous Ha­banera from Bizet’s Car­men.

Au­di­ences will also be treated to Gil­bert & Sul­li­van clas­sics from HMS Pi­nafore and The Gon­do­liers as part of the 2-hour pro­duc­tion, while there will also be a world premiere from Scot­tish Opera’s new Com­poser in Res­i­dence, Lliam Pater­son, en­ti­tled “Touch­ing Eden”.

Scot­tish Opera’s Head of Mu­sic, Derek Clark, said: “In the midst of a Scot­tish win­ter some­times we all need a bit of warm­ing up, so the theme for the show this year is an op­er­atic gar­den party.

“Th­ese are re­ally evenings for ev­ery­one. Even if you don’t know a sin­gle tune when you come to see us, I guar­an­tee you’ll be hum­ming at least one of them on the jour­ney home.”

This year’s singers are for­mer Scot­tish Opera Emerg­ing Artist Sioned Gwen Davies and tenor Sam Fur­ness, who per­formed as Kate and Fred­eric in 2013’s The Pi­rates of Pen­zance.

They are joined by Welsh tenor Joshua Owen Mills, Ben McA­teer, win­ner of NI Opera’s in­au­gu­ral Fes­ti­val of Voice com­pe­ti­tion in 2011, and so­prano Reisha Adams, win­ner of the 2012 Ian Stoutzker prize for out­stand­ing mu­si­cian­ship.

“They will be ac­com­pa­nied by pi­anist Ina Selvelieva and the pro­duc­tion is di­rected by Max Web­ster.

Tick­ets are on sale now priced at £11 or £5 and the show is 7.30pm.

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