Opera Bohemia is delighted to announce its return to the Gardyne Theatre, Dundee as part of a Scottish Tour of its exciting new production of Puccini’s ‘Gianni Schicchi’, supported by Creative Scotland.
The company is celebrating five years of bringing more opera round Scotland and opportunities to young professional artists.
It will perform Puccini’s one act comic gem on Tuesday, February 17 and members are really excited to return to Dundee having performed all their productions there.
Opera Bohemia was founded by Alistair Digges and Douglas Nairne, both young Scottish professional opera singers. The company has already taken productions of ‘La Bohème’, ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’, ‘Madame Butterfly’ and ‘Eugene Onegin’ to over 20 venues across Scotland, employing nearly one hundred young singers and musicians.
Lots of the Opera Bohemia audience across Scotland are opera ‘newbies’ who have loved the experience. The company hopes to tempt people to give opera a try with their new production of ‘Gianni Schicchi’. It’s the perfect first time experience and great for all ages; the opera is just one hour long, is great fun and is filled with beautiful melodies.
A stellar cast for ‘Gianni Schicchi’ includes BBC Kiri prize winner Shuna Sendall and Scottish Opera emerging artist Andrew McTaggart, who plays Schicchi. Glasgow born and bred, Andrew is excited to be playing one of opera’s most famous title roles. Scottish favourite Alan Watt, who enjoyed an international career and now teaches at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, will make a special guest appearance in the performance. Most of the cast are graduates of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, including the two young lovers, German tenor Raoni Hübner and Scottish soprano Emily Mitchell. Scottish mezzo Cheryl Forbes plays Zita, one of opera’s most fun characters. The performance will be accompanied by Gordon Cree on the piano and Tom Cooper offers a wealth of theatrical and operatic directing experience to bring this intimate production to life. Guaranteeing an evening of laughter and beautiful music (including one of opera’s favourite arias ‘O mio babbino caro’), ‘Gianni Schicchi’ is one of the company’s most exciting projects yet.