Scottish Opera presents the Verdi collection in Aberdeen and Inverness
As part of the Opera in Concert series, Scottish Opera presents The Verdi Collection, a selection of the Italian composer’s greatest hits at His Majesty’s Theater in Aberdeen on 19 November and at Eden Court in Inverness on 26 November.
An internationally acclaimed cast of singers bring many roles to life, capturing the scale and drama of Verdi’s incredible array of popular operas that earned him the title ‘King’ of all Italian opera composers .
Scottish Opera Music Director Stuart Stratford conducts the Scottish Opera Orchestra with the cast including Hye-Youn Lee (Don Giovanni 2022), Christopher Turner (La traviata 2017), Roland Wood (Don Giovanni 2022) and Jihoon Kim.
Capturing the romance, passion and tragedy of Verdi’s works, the concert features a playlist of operas such as La traviata, Un ballo in maschera, La forza del destino, Don Carlo, Otello and Macbeth.
During an evening of dramatic storytelling, it’s your chance to hear some of the composer’s most iconic music, recognizable from many TV commercials and films.
Known for his beautiful melodies and powerful plots, complicated relationships are at the heart of his operas, as the concert singers become families, lovers, friends and foes who often find themselves in dramatic disagreement, with understandable motives. from all sides.
Scottish Opera Music Director Stuart Stratford said: “The Verdi collection includes some of the highlights of the composer’s middle and late period, from La traviata, one of the most popular operas, to Don Carlo and Othello.
“The orchestra increasingly becomes an independent dramatic voice in his later works, with the eerie counterpoint of the bassoon in Otello and the golden aura of the cornets in Don Carlo striking examples of color and character.
“We hope there is something in The Verdi Collection for everyone and that the great Italian master still surprises us today as he no doubt did when creating these works.”
Verdi’s prolific output spanned many styles, themes and stories in a career that spanned over 50 years.
At the heart of all his operas are instantly recognizable characters (from noble heroes to vile villains), nuanced relationships between lovers and families, and melodies that transcend time.
The Verdi Collection is supported by Friends of Scottish Opera and The Scottish Opera Endowment Trust.
Tickets are on sale now at www.scottishopera.org.uk/shows/the-verdi-collection/
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