Media Release: Winter warmers with opera highlights

SCOTTISH Opera is packing up the piano once again as Opera Highlights heads off on a 15-date Scottish tour.

This year’s programme promises to spread a little sunshine and warm up those winter nights in Galashiels, Dunkeld/Birnam, Banchory, Halkirk, Orkney, Clashmore, Findhorn, Ullapool, Ballachulish, Ardfern, Greenock. 

The performance features arias, duets and ensembles from well-known operas including The Magic Flute (Mozart)La traviata (Verdi), Don Pasquale (Donizetti)The Merry Widow (Lehár), as well as music by Handel and Rossini, and a sprinkling of lesser-known works to surprise even the opera buffs out there.

Scottish Opera’s head of Musicm Derek Clark, who hand-picks each song, says: “As well as choosing familiar favourites, I try to introduce something that people won’t recognise.

“There’s also a couple of pieces from operas in our current season – we have excerpts from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and Bizet’s Carmen.

“This is a very different experience from going to a full opera and I hope people will enjoy the more informal and intimate atmosphere that Opera Highlights creates. It’s a great way to try opera for the first time.”

A cast of four talented young singers – Winner of the 2010 Ferrier Competition Njabulo Madlala, Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Marie Claire Breen, mezzo-soprano Catherine Hopper and tenor Nicholas Watts – together with pianist Alison Luz will bring the works to life in an entertaining semi-staged performance directed by Dafydd Burne-Jones.

So whether you’re in Stranraer or Sanday, Banchory or Ballachulish, sit back, relax, and enjoy.


For additional press details, image and interview requests, please contact:

Kerryn Hurley, Press Manager, 0141 242 0511,

Emma York, Press Officer, 0141 242 0552,


Tickets at all venues £11 (£5 Under 26) **

** Available from individual venues, and 0844 847 1645.

(Booking fees may apply. Please check with individual venues/box offices. Advance booking is highly recommended. Any remaining unsold tickets will be available for sale at the door. Doors open 30 minutes before the performance begins.)

Rutherglen Town Hall

Tuesday 1 February, 7.30pm

Tickets 0141 6135700

Ryan Centre, Stranraer

Thursday 3 February, 7.30pm

Tickets 01776 703535

Crawfordjohn Public Hall

Saturday 5 February, 7.30pm

Tickets 01864 504 298

Buccleuch Centre, Langholm

Tuesday 8 February, 7.30pm

Tickets 01387 381 196

Volunteer Hall, Galashiels

Thursday 10 February, 7.30pm

Tickets 01896 759 655

Birnam Arts & Conference Centre

Saturday 12 February, 7.30pm

Tickets 01350 727 674

Woodend Barn, Banchory

Tuesday 15 February, 7.30pm

Tickets 01330 825 431

Ross Institute, Halkirk

Thursday 17 February, 7.30pm

Tickets 01847831205 & 01847 892 364

Sanday Community School, Orkney

Saturday 19 February, 7.30pm

Tickets 01857 600 354 & 01857 600 208

Carnegie Hall, Clashmore

Tuesday 22 February 7.30pm

Tickets 01862 810 226

Universal Hall, Findhorn

Thursday 24 February, 7.30pm

Tickets 01862 810 226

Macphail Centre, Ullapool

Saturday 26 February, 7.30pm

Tickets 01854 613 336

Ballachulish Village Hall

Tuesday 1 March, 7.30pm

Tickets 01855 811 866

Craignish Village Hall, Ardfern

Thursday 3 March, 7.30pm

Tickets 01852 500 746

Arts Guild Theatre, Greenock

Saturday 5 March, 7.30pm

Tickets 01475 723 038

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