Opera Highlights 

A Scottish Opera film

Most years, our Opera Highlights tours crisscross Scotland to bring opera to your doorstep. This year, we’re going one step further – bringing it right into your front room.

Filmed at the Beacon Arts Centre in Greenock in October 2020, and working to Scottish Government social distancing guidelines for singers, director Rosie Purdie’s fun new production is a playful look at the joys and frustrations facing performers in our new world of Covid-19 – and the bizarre new habits we’ve all acquired both in life and on stage.

Four singers, excited to be performing live for the first time since lockdown, come together with a glorious array of music – from Verdi’s La traviata and Bizet’s Carmen to Gilbert & Sullivan, Mozart, Lehár and more. As personalities clash, romance blossoms and social distancing gets in the way of everything, they eventually find the fun in being back on stage together once more.

Scottish Opera’s 2020/21 Emerging Artists – soprano Catriona Hewitson, mezzo-soprano Margo Arsane, tenor Shengzhi Ren and baritone Arthur Bruce – showcase their outstanding talents together for the first time, accompanied by pianist Susannah Wapshott.

Join us for a colourful celebration of opera, live music and performance. 

Supported by the Friends of Scottish Opera, JTH Charitable Trust and The Scottish Opera Endowment Trust 

Cast & Creatives

Catriona Hewitson*
*Scottish Opera Emerging Artist

Mezzo soprano
Margo Arsane*
*Scottish Opera Emerging Artist

Shengzhi Ren*
*Scottish Opera Emerging Artist

Arthur Bruce*
*The Robertson Trust Scottish Opera Emerging Artist

Susannah Wapshott

Rosie Purdie

Original narrative and script
Rosie Purdie

Musical Directors
Jonathan Swinard and Susannah Wapshott

Programme devised by
Derek Clark

Director of film production
Antonia Bain


Dive deeper into Opera Highlights  with our digital programmefeaturing details on the full repertoire for the show, as well as exclusive articles and interviews with the creators.