‘Opera Highlights’ roll up to Duns’ Volunteer Hall

Sam Furness, Reisha Adams and Sioned Gwen Davies. Scottish Opera
Sam Furness, Reisha Adams and Sioned Gwen Davies. Scottish Opera

Opera Highlights, the 17-date 21st anniversary tour of Scottish Opera stops at the Volunteer Hall, Duns, on Tuesday, March 3.

Scottish Opera’s trusted van is loaded up with a piano, a handful of props and four singers to perform at some of the smaller or more remote venues the length and breadth of Scotland.

A great evening for those brand new to opera, seasoned fans and everyone in-between, 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.

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 two-hour production.

This year’s Opera Highlights programme also includes a world premiere from Scottish Opera’s new composer in residence, Liam 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 quartet of singers are former Scottish Opera emerging artist Sioned Gwen Davies and tenor Sam Furness, who performed in 2013’s The Pirates of Penzance. They are joined by Welsh tenor Joshua Owen Mills, Ben McAteer, and soprano Reisha Adams

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