Rising stars of Scottish Opera set for Mozart performance in Elgin

Scottish Opera rising star Ben McAteer heading for Elgin.
Scottish Opera rising star Ben McAteer heading for Elgin.

OPERA FANS ARE set for a treat in Moray when a national tour of Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutti rolls up in Elgin later this year.

The new piano-accompanied tour by Scottish Opera is set to visit 19 of Scotland’s smaller venues, bringing the classic work performed by some of Scotland’s best young singers to the Elgin Town Hall on October 6.

A Scottish Opera spokesman said: “Mozart’s music is at once light and witty, passionate and profound.

“Ensembles, including the famous ‘Soave sia il vento’ are balanced by tender and beautiful arias, creating a sublime score which perfectly reflects the bittersweet emotions of the characters.

“When Don Alfonso wagers that he can prove all women are fickle, Ferrando and Guglielmo willingly accept, convinced that their fiancées could never be unfaithful. Pretending they have been sent to war, the men disguise themselves and each attempts to seduce the other’s wife-to-be.

“The women resist at first, but a bit of Don Alfonso’s trickery is enough to spark talk of a double wedding.”

Running for around two hours, the performance will feature Scottish Opera emerging artists Ben McAteer in the role of Guglielmo and Jennifer France as Despina. Also featuring in Elgin in the role of Fiordiligi is Rosalind Coad, Dorabella is Sarah Champion/Emma Kerr, Ferrando is Trystan Llyr Griffiths and Don Alfonso is James McOran-Campbell.

Tickets priced at £14 or £5 for under-26s are available from the box office at the Elgin Library or by calling 01343 562603.