Three venues in the Western Isles are on the schedule for Scottish Opera, as they begin their new tour of Opera Highlights shows on 8 February 2022.
Tickets are on sale now for the vaudeville-inspired show, featuring the hits and lesser-known gems of the repertoire.
Classics like La Bohème, Faust and Die Fledermaus are mixed in one fast-paced, heartfelt show, with an original story celebrating the grit and glamour of old-fashioned vaudeville.
Showcasing the talents of a cut-down cast – just four singers and a pianist – the bright and brilliant new show comes from director John Savournin and will visit the Isle of Harris, North Uist and Barra next spring.
The singers are Scottish soprano Monica McGhee, emerging artists Margo Arsane (mezzo soprano) and Shengzhi Ren (tenor) and baritone Dan Shelvey. Margo and Shengzhi were originally scheduled to take part in a tour last year, before it was cancelled because of the pandemic.
Mark Sandon joins the singers as pianist and music director.
The Edwardian-inspired production, designed by Janis Hart, is an opportunity to hear a whole range of music in just one evening. The production also features the world premiere of a new piece by Scottish composer Lucie Treacher. The quartet, entitled To the Lighthouse, weaves together scenes from the 1927 novel by Virginia Woolf.
John Savournin said: “There is a such a rich variety of repertoire in this season's Opera Highlights and I'm so excited to create a fun, visual world full of performance magic.”
The venues are all community halls – Tarbert Community Centre on Tuesday 22 February, Carinish Village Hall on Thursday 24 February and Castlebay Hall on Saturday 26 February – and will be relaxed, dementia-friendly and fully accessible.
Tickets are affordably-priced at £15, or £5 for young opera-lovers (under 26 years old).
Opera Highlights is supported by the Friends of Scottish Opera and JTH Charitable Trust and tickets are now on sale at www.scottishopera.org.uk.
Pictures show mezzo soprano Margo Arsane and the Opera Highlights playbill (Scottish Opera).