Opera fans urged to join group

Pictured is Olive during her career
Pictured is Olive during her career

A former opera singer, who now lives in Angus, is calling on local opera lovers to step forward and join her in appreciating the art.

Olive Duncan, a talented soprano, sang with the BBC, the English National Opera, Wexford Opera, Czech National Opera and was invited to sing at Glyndebourne during her career.

She said: “I loved singing, but I loved my family more and with four young children and a husband whose job took him from one end of the world to the other, it was hard to pursue my career to the very top flight.”

After giving up singing, Olive began a career as an art historian at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and spent years lecturing at the renowned V&A Design Museum in London. She was made an Honorary Professor of Western Art History by the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics.

Now retired, Olive, who lives near Kirriemuir, set up the Angus Opera Group six years ago with friends.

She added: “We meet once a month and have a varied programme of speakers, recorded broadcasts of operas and trips to see performances. Above all we have a shared love of the art of opera and all that it entails. What we want now is to broaden our horizons and encourage more people to join us.”

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