Students on song
St Andrews students are set for starring roles in a glittering costume production of Tchaikovsky’s famous opera Eugene Onegin next week (14-16 June).
The production, which will also travel to London, is a collaboration between St Andrews Opera and the London-based Bloomsbury Opera.
Performances will take place at the Byre Theatre in St Andrews on 14, 15 and 16 June with three further dates in the capital later in the month.
Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece is a tragic tale of passion, rivalry and dashed hopes, inspired by the novel in verse written by his fellow countryman Alexander Pushkin, indisputably regarded as Russia’s finest poet.
Tchiakovsky’s 1879 version, produced just decades after the original novel, is now one of the most widely performed operas in the world.
Sung in English and presented in stunning period costume with dramatic lighting design by the National Theatre’s Daniel Murfin, this production of the opera will be directed by Kally Lloyd-Jones of Scottish Opera and Company Chordelia.
The production brings together some of the best singers from London music colleges and homegrown St Andrews University talent with a professional orchestra conducted by Michael Downes, the University’s Director of Music.
The opera runs at the Byre Theatre on 14, 15 and 16 June at 7.30pm. Tickets, priced £14 and £9, are available from the Byre (01334 475000 / www.byretheatre.com) and also in person from the Music Centre office in the Younger Hall.
The London performances will take place at 7pm on 27, 28 and 30 June at the Great Hall, London House, Mecklenburgh Square, London. The first night will be a special gala performance in aid of the University of St Andrews 600th Anniversary Development Campaign.
Ticket proceeds will be donated to the 600th fund, with special focus on the two musical projects, for a new Music Centre and a Choral Foundation.
Note to Picture Editors
Pic of actors in costume attached: Caption Emma Rettie (playing Olga) and Laurie Slavin (playing Lensky).