Opera talk for Brechin Rotary Club

Pictured are Robin, Olive and Brechin Rotary Club vice President Ian McFatridge.

Pictured are Robin, Olive and Brechin Rotary Club vice President Ian McFatridge.

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At a recent Brechin Rotary Club meeting Olive Duncan was invited by member Robin Palmer to speak about the Angus Opera Group.

Her only previous talk to a Rotary Club was in Shanghai, where she was an Honorary Professor of Western Art History.

Olive Duncan is a former opera singer who sang with the BBC, the English National Opera, Wexford Opera, Czech National Opera and was invited to sing at Glyndebourne during her career.

Olive was at Brechin Rotary Club to speak about how the Angus Opera Group was set up six years ago with the aim of increasing the number of opera aficionados and the general appreciation of the art form.

She explained that they meet once a month at Edzell Church Hall on Sunday afternoons with a variety of speakers, recorded broadcasts and trips to see performances. Olive emphasised that they have a shared love of the art of opera and all that it entails, hoping to broaden their horizons and encourage more people to join them.

She said that opera is full of good tunes and stories, enabling us to “be in touch with our inner selves”. She demonstrated it with excerpts from works by Puccini, Mozart and Massenet.

If you would like to find out more, details of the group can be found by emailing angusoperagroup@gmail.com.

Club member John Cavanagh gave Olive a vote of thanks.