Curated by Music Director Stuart Stratford, this special series of four shows in concert highlights a few lesser-known works by some of opera’s biggest names. Debussy, Rossini and Puccini feature in coming events but the series kicks off with Pietro Mascagni’s passionate and romantic drama L’amico Fritz on Sunday, October 23 at the Theatre Royal Glasgow.
Written soon after the composer’s ever-popular Cavalleria rusticana, this rarely-performed work includes the much-loved ‘Cherry Duet’. The Orchestra of Scottish Opera are joined by soloists Peter Auty, Paul Curievici, Stephen Gadd, Hanna Hipp, Natalya Romaniw (Rusalka 2016), Scottish baritone Donald Maxwell and Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Hazel McBain. The cast will revel in the tale of Fritz Kobus, a wealthy landowner, who vows never to marry, inspiring a cheeky bet from one of his mates. It’s a heartfelt and charming production which contains some of Mascagni’s finest vocal compositions.
Three further concerts are planned for the 2016/17 Season in the Series: Debussy’s L’enfant prodigue, Rossini’s La scala di seta (which is also being performed in Perth Concert Hall) and Puccini’s Le Villi, which will be a Scottish premiere.
The Sunday Series: Opera in Concert | Pietro Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz | Sunday October 23 | Theatre Royal Glasgow.
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