Three of the Company’s new Emerging Artists are taking part in a special recital on October 25 in the Grand Gallery of the National Museum of Scotland, entitled Wild and Majestic: An Evening With Scottish Opera.
Soprano Charlie Drummond and baritones Arthur Bruce (The Robertson Trust Scottish Opera Emerging Artist) and Mark Nathan, accompanied on piano by Scottish Opera’s Head of Music, Derek Clark, will perform works by some of the world’s great operatic composers, inspired by Scotland’s Romantic past.
The event, which falls on World Opera Day, is in association with the National Museum’s critically acclaimed exhibition, Wild and Majestic: Romantic Visions of Scotland. It tells the fascinating story of how tartan, bagpipes and rugged, wild landscapes became enduring, internationally recognised symbols of Scottish identity and how Scotland became established in the popular imagination as a land of wilderness, heroism and history.
One of the highlight objects in the exhibition is the manuscript score of Robert Burns’ Highland Harry, set to music by the hand of Ludwig van Beethoven. It will form part of the recital, along with Schumann’s Burns settings, Schubert’s Ossian settings and, performed on the anniversary of his birth, Bizet’s Nous voilà seul (La jolie fille de Perth).
Wild and Majestic: An Evening with Scottish Opera, is at 6.30pm on Friday 25 October. Tickets are on sale now, priced £22.50, available at https://www.nms.ac.uk/scottishopera.