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Oh Flower of Scotland!

3rd Oct 2010

What a wonderful night. A stunning Scottish Castle set in beautifully manicured gardens with lavish interiors and architecture was the perfect setting for an evening of live opera. The organisers had appointed us to create an evening of operatic splendour as part of a programme of fundraising initiatives to help children in need. It was another early start as our singers jumped on the 7:O5 train to Glasgow with coffee and breakfast in hand. As we made our way through the countryside, the stage was being prepared for our arrival. It was not long before we were out of our daywear and into our beautiful period costumes rehearsing for the main event.
 
A short time back stage putting the final touches to costumes, makeup and hair and then we were ready. Over 300 guests were seated for an incredible performance. Our opera singers consisted of a soprano, mezzo soprano, tenor and baritone, all of whom sing at the highest level with the country’s top Opera Houses. They were accompanied by one of our world class pianists, who wowed the audience with his wonderful playing. We created a varied programme which included Mozart, Puccini, Verdi, Strauss and Bizet. Old favourites like the “Intermezzo” from Cavalleria Rusticana and “Nessun Dorma” were real crowd pleasers. Although the venue was large, it felt very intimate, and a fantastic combination of solos, duets, trios and quartets filled the room with sheer delight and brought great applause followed by a standing ovation.
 
Funds raised from the event were a record for the organisers, and they were delighted with our performance, which made the early start feel so worthwhile!
 
And now for our weekly interesting opera fact - did you know that in eighteenth-century opera seria (serious opera), the main opera singers would stand in ballet's third position, with bent, bowlegged knees and heels together, with one ankle in front of the other.  They remained in that position the entire song!
 



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