Saturday 17 February 2018

Opera hoping to rock music festival

The Scottish Opera's T in the Park performance will include a harpist, a cellist and a singer
The Scottish Opera's T in the Park performance will include a harpist, a cellist and a singer

Revellers at Scotland's biggest music festival can expect something a bit different this year.

Scottish Opera is to make its debut at T in the Park this summer.

The company will perform extracts from Verdi's Rigoletto, while sharing the bill with Beyonce Knowles, the Arctic Monkeys and Foo Fighters.

It said its "pocket-sized" version of the opera, with a singer, harpist and cellist, would provide opera with new audiences.

The company has announced its programme for the next 12 months, with eight new shows, two classic revivals, six collaborations and 105 performances.

They include Offenbach's romp Orpheus in the Underworld, in a new translation by satirist Rory Bremner, Rossini's The Barber of Seville, directed by Sir Thomas Allen, and Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress, directed by David McVicar.

The season will begin with a return to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, with Weill's The Seven Deadly Sins opening at the HMV Picturehouse.

Scottish Opera general director Alex Reedijk said: "What's exciting about this season is the adventurous range of dramatic, passionate and humorous stories on offer, which I hope will give audiences the opportunity to revel in some old favourites, but also to try some new opera experiences.

"We remain committed to producing top quality performances that appeal to those who know and love their opera, but we're also fascinated by the opportunities for us as a company in testing the traditional opera boundaries to seek out new audiences."

Press Association

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