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Scottish Opera comes to Islay

Scottish Opera will celebrate the 21st anniversary of Opera Highlights with a 17-date tour of Scotland in the New Year. Promising a great evening for those brand new to opera, seasoned fans and everyone in-between, Opera Highlights features music from some of the world's most popular operas, as well as some lesser-known treats selected by Scottish Opera's Head of Music, Derek Clark.

This January, Scottish Opera's trusty van will be loaded up with a piano, a handful of props and four singers to perform at some of the smaller or more remote venues the length and breadth of Scotland. The annual tour has been taking to the road since 1994, when it started life as Essential Scottish Opera. This year's tour as well as visiting Islay will go to another seventeen venues. Arias from Mozart's The Magic Flute and Verdi's La Traviata will be showcased alongside the famous Habanera from Bizet's Carmen. Audiences will also be treated to Gilbert & Sullivan classics from HMS Pinafore and The Gondoliers as part of the 2-hour production. This year's Opera Highlights programme also includes a world premiere from Scottish Opera's new Composer in Residence, Liam Paterson, entitled 'Touching Eden'.

Thursday 5 February, 7.30pm at Bowmore Village Hall. Tickets from: C.& E. Roy, The Celtic House, Bowmore PA43 7LD Tel: 01496 810 304, Stuart Todd, Islay Arts Association Tel: 01496 860 216 and IG Laurie Newsagent & General Store, Charlotte Street, Port Ellen PA42 7DF Tel: 01496 302 264 or Book Online

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