The opera appears at Oban High
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Oban High School is one of the venues planned for this summer’s short-lived Scottish Opera performances.
For the first time in nine months, the Scottish Opera will return to outdoor performances with more than 200 performances planned.
More than 12,000 socially distanced viewers are expected with two specially adapted trailers hitting the road at the same time, condensing five fun Gilbert & Sullivan classics and all their frivolity into 30-minute performances of A Little Bit of… The Gondoliers, the Mikado, the Penzance Pirates, the HMS Pinafore and Iolanthe.
Re-branded by Scottish Opera Chief Music Officer Derek Clark with story text by Allan Dunn, shows starting June 10 will feature opera tastings and appear at various locations across Scotland , starting in Inverness before crossing Aberdeenshire, to the Isle of Lewis and on to Dumfries and the Scottish Borders via Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow – stop at Oban High School on July 16 and 17 with A Little Bit of Iolanthe , The Mikado and The Gondoliers.
Other tour dates in our area include the Nevis Center in Fort William on July 21 for A Little bit of HMS Pinafore and The Pirates of Penzance.
The open air performances will involve an indoor stage and the audience in front of the open air, seated in domestic bubbles in accordance with current Scottish Government guidelines.
Scottish Opera General Manager Alex Reedijk said the return of the live performances has been long overdue and hopefully they will be back in theaters soon.
Jane Davidson, Scottish Opera’s Director of Outreach and Education, said: “ We are delighted to resume our Pop-up Opera with a collection of incredibly fun shows for the whole family. With colorful illustrations and an incredible cast, the pop-up shows will transport you to the wonderfully bizarre world of WS Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, with glorious music, heartfelt wit and feelings.
Pop-up Opera is supported by Garfield Weston Foundation (Weston Culture Fund), Backstage Trust, D’Oyly Carte Opera Trust, The Cross Trust, The Thistle Trust, Scottish Opera Endowment Trust and Scottish Opera’s Education Angels.
Tickets will go on sale on the Scottish Opera website www.scottishopera.org.uk from Wednesday June 2.