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Russian Opera, with Love...

Following critically acclaimed

productions of La Bohème, Lucia di Lammermoor, and Madame Butterfly, Opera Bohemia is back in the west end of Glasgow with Thaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. They will perform the world’s favourite Russian Opera on Saturday 24th August in St John’s Renfield Church in Kelvindale.

Opera Bohemia was founded by Alistair Digges and Douglas Nairne, both young Scottish professional opera singers, who were keen to produce more operatic performances across Scotland and create more opportunities for

“One of the most exciting new opera companies in the country”

(The Herald)

professional artists in all areas of Opera. They also wanted to introduce opera to first time opera goers and a younger generation, in a fresh dynamic away. The operas are presented in shortened versions (performance is two hours including an interval) and the productions are intimate and exciting. Now in its fourth year, the company continues to add new works to its repertoire and expand its reach throughout Scotland and further a field. Their work has been recognised by Creative Scotland, who is supporting the company’s new production of Eugene Onegin. The west end of Glasgow is very much the home of the company and is where Co founder Alistair Digges was born and raised. It is here that the operas are produced and the sets designed and constructed with the generous help of Tower Doors.The cast gathers together for just over a week before the opening performance in August. The rehearsal period is extremely intense with costumes, scenery, lighting and props all being produced as well as working on the music and staging. A stage is built and the church in Glasgow becomes an opera house for the night! Eugene Onegin, based on Alexander Pushkin’s famous novel, tells the story of a wealthy young man, who lives to regret his nonchalant dismissal of a young woman’s love. John Wilkie’s imaginative new production sets the action in the time of the Russian Revolution. Sung in Russian with English subtitles and featuring the newly formed Opera Bohemia ensemble, this promises to be a great night out for opera lovers and newcomers alike.

Saturday 24th August 7.30pm Glasgow, St John’s Renfield Church

Beaconsfield Road, G12 0NY 08444 999 990 Tickets: £13, £11 (conc), £5 (under 18)

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