Scottish Opera take new work on tour
Triple bill of satire and Greek mythology
Scottish Opera goers are spoiled for choice in early September as the company puts on no less than three different productions in the space of just over a week with one of them, Orpheus in the Underworld, then heading off on tour all around Scotland. But, with a little help from their friends, it seems that anything is possible for Scottish Opera these days, especially if it is all done in the interests of serving their audiences.
In co-productions with Company Chordelia, Music Theatre Wales and Northern Ireland Opera, the three operas on stage are, respectively, Kurt Weill’s 1930s satire The Seven Deadly Sins, Mark Antony Turnage’s Greek, a modern retelling of the Oedipus story and, turning again to ancient mythology but completely different in style, Orpheus complete with a new libretto from Rory Bremner. ‘It’s our duty as a national company to get as much on stage as possible’, says Alex Reedijk, general director. ‘In this day and age, the only way to do so is in partnership with other people. We are taking advantage of tiny pockets of money to squeeze out extra performances.’
The partners are all known collaborators to Scottish Opera and share their aims for high quality. ‘We have to be a bit chameleon-like,’ says Reedijk, ‘and it’s very much about figuring out how to talk to each other in a common language, even making sure that we all know what we mean by ‘opera.’. Ultimately, it’s for the benefit of all of our audiences.’
The Seven Deadly Sins, HMV Picture House, Edinburgh, 29 Aug & 3 Sep; O2 ABC, Glasgow, 31 Aug & 1 Sep;
Greek, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, 1 & 2 Sep;
Orpheus in the Underworld, Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, 8, 10, 11 Sep.