Don’t miss Scottish Opera’s new version of Donizetti’s loopy love story The Elixir of Love which gets a colourful PG Wodehouse makeover for this production. The troupe are about to embark on a tour of some of the smaller venues around Scotland. Playing it firmly tongue in cheek, they have fun with a twisty plot concerning a secret potion which turns out to be cheap wine, but poor old Nemorino hasn’t twigged. Can his phoney concoction help him charm wealthy land owner Adina? Probably not, but things have a way of turning out for the best anyway.
The show is staged by energetic young British director Oliver Platt and includes Ellie Laugharne and Elgan Llyr Thomas, alongside acclaimed baritone James Cleverton. Five players from The Orchestra of Scottish Opera will accompany the singers in a new instrumental arrangement by Derek Clark. Striking up some moving and ravishing tunes including Pavarotti favourite ‘Una furtiva lacrima’ (A furtive tear), the smaller orchestral ensemble leaves plenty of space for some fabulous voices to sparkle.
Kicking off in Motherwell on Wednesday 21 September, the team then travel to smaller venues in Stirling, Elgin, Ullapool, Stornoway, Thurso, Drumnadrochit, Ellon, Langholm, Newton Stewart, Kilmarnock, Greenock, Oban, St. Andrews, Perth, Galashiels and Musselburgh.
Surely a feisty, fun and absorbing way to spend an evening at your local theatre. Check Scottish Opera’s web-site for ticket details and the performance closest to you.
Touring Scotland 21 Sep to 29 Oct
Pic: Tim Morozzo