Published: 08/03/2014 17:13 - Updated: 07/03/2014 17:27

Love is in the air for opera on the road

The cast of this year's Opera Highlights tour.
The cast of this year's Opera Highlights tour.

SCOTTISH Opera is celebrating 20 years of Opera Highlights with an 18-date tour of Scotland, including Highland dates in Skye, Gairloch, Carrbridge and the Black Isle,

Opera Highlights features music from some of the world’s most popular operas, as well as lesser known gems, brought to life by four talented young singers and a pianist, packed into a transit van full of props and costumes.

The annual tour has been bringing the best opera tunes to some of the country’s smallest and most remote venues since 1994, when it started life as Essential Scottish Opera.

This year’s tour features arias from Porgy and Bess, Faust and Manon alongside the works of Tchaikovsky, Heuberger and Massenet. Audiences will be able to compare the waltz songs from Puccini and Leoncavallo’s differing versions of La Bohème, stick their tongues firmly in their cheeks with Do You Call That a Tiara? from Jonathan Dove’s The Enchanted Pig and tap their toes to football terrace favourite La Donna è Mobile from Verdi’s Rigoletto.

This year’s programme also includes a world premiere from Scottish Opera’s composer in residence Gareth Williams.

Until the Glass Shattered, with lyrics by David Brock, is inspired by the creative pair’s recent work on a Scottish Opera project in partnership with Gartnavel Hospital involving sufferers of cystic fibrosis.

Opera Highlights showcases the talents of four of Scottish Opera’s Emerging Artists for 2013/14 this year. As well as the world premiere from Composer in Residence Gareth Williams, soprano Sarah Power and baritone Andrew McTaggart perform, while Lissa Lorenzo directs.

Completing the cast are mezzo soprano Maire Flavin, back at Scottish Opera for the first time since 2011’s Orpheus in the Underworld, and tenor Paul Curievici who was last seen by Scottish Opera audiences in 2013’s American Lulu.

Pianists Ruth Wilkinson and Claire Haslin share playing and music director duties.

• Opera Highlights' 2014 tour includes the following Highland dates.

Saturday 8th March, Gairloch Community Hall; Tuesday 11th March, Carrbridge Village Hall; Saturday 15th March, Fortrose Community Theatre.

All shows begin at 7.30pm.

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