National Opera Studio brings ‘anarchy’ to Scottish opera
Scottish Opera is hosting 15 performers from the National Opera Studio for a week-long residency culminating in a performance titled Anarchy at the Opera.
The performance will begin on February 25, marking the first time since the start of the pandemic that the residency has been able to take place.
Emma Jenkins, the play’s director, said: “This year, young artists will explore the theme of ‘Absurdism’ through some of the most anarchic and offbeat pieces in the operatic repertoire.
“The event will be a collective effort testing their physical skills as well as their vocal prowess.
“From Mamelles des Tiresias to Alcina, from Cheryomushki to Roi Carotte, the public can expect a thrilling evening of anarchy and gaiety.
The performers consist of 11 singers and four pianists and will work alongside Scottish Opera staff to rehearse before performing with conductor Derek Clark.
Audiences should expect an energetic performance including works by Rossini, Handel and Offenbach.
Alex Reedijk, Scottish Opera’s Chief Executive, said: “Our long-term partnership with National Opera Studio is one we continue to cherish and have missed out on over the past few years due to the pandemic.
“We look forward to welcoming them back to Scotland, and we look forward to working with the talented young singers and rehearsals.
“We’ve experienced firsthand the talent that National Opera Studio fosters, and we’re proud to have had so many of our own emerging artists join us after their excellent program.”
Artists come from all over, spanning four continents, from countries like Latvia, South Africa, America and Korea.
National Opera Studio alumni include Alfie Boe and Nicky Spence.
Emily Gottlieb, Managing Director of the National Opera Studio, said: “We are delighted to return to Scottish Opera this year, working in partnership for almost 45 years to deliver our internationally renowned training program to exceptional young singers and rehearsals.
“Having the opportunity to work with international artists such as Music Director Stuart Stratford, Director Emma Jenkins and the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, and to showcase our young artists on the stage of the Theater Royal Glasgow, is absolutely invaluable.”
Tickets are available at www.scottishopera.org.uk/shows/national-opera-studio-2022/