1 EAGLETON NOTES: Subtle It Was Not

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Monday, 12 September 2011

Subtle It Was Not

Scottish Opera, in conjunction with Northern Ireland Opera, are touring with a production of Orpheus in the Underworld.  The production uses Offenbach's music but the lyrics are by Rory Bremner.  Anna and I went to see it yesterday at The Citizens Theatre in Glasgow.  The singing was excellent as was the acting.  However, subtle it was not!  Stornoway is receiving the production this coming Saturday 17th September.  It will be interesting to see how it is received. 

3 comments:

  1. My friend, Joe Houghton, is principal oboeist with the Scottish Opera Orchestra - another, Tim Ewart, is a first violinist... haven't heard the production - do I need to be tactful when talking to them?? lol

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  2. The accompaniment was piano only - presumably to make touring throughout Scotland more practical. The way things work your friends may never have seen the production!

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  3. ahhhh...you are right - the musicians have been cut and cut and cut... First the Chorus and then the Orchestra to face changed contracts... Sad.

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