THE Scottish Opera is welcoming 15 performers from the National Opera Studio for a week-long residency ending in a performance called Anarchy at the Opera.

The performance will start on February 25, marking the first time since the start of the pandemic that the residency has been able to take place.

Emma Jenkins, the play’s director, said: “This year, the young artists will explore the theme of ‘Absurdism’ through the medium of some of the most anarchic and off-the-wall pieces in the operatic repertoire.

“The event will be very much an ensemble effort testing their physical skills as well as their vocal prowess.

“From Les Mamelles des Tirésias to Alcina, from Cheryomushki to Le Roi Carotte, the audience can look forward to a thrilling evening of anarchy and mirth.”

The performers consist of 11 singers and four pianists, and will work alongside Scottish Opera staff to rehearse before performing with conductor Derek Clark.

Audiences should look forward to an energetic performance including works by Rossini, Handel and Offenbach.

Alex Reedijk, the Scottish Opera general director, said: “Our long-term partnership with National Opera Studio is one that we continue to cherish and have missed over the last few years due to the pandemic.

“We can’t wait to welcome them back to Scotland, and look forward to working with the talented young singers and répétiteurs.

“We have experienced first-hand the talent that National Opera Studio encourages, and are proud to have had so many of our own Emerging Artists join us after their fine programme.”

The artists come from all over, spanning four continents, from countries including Latvia, South Africa, America and Korea.

The National Opera Studio's alumni include the likes of Alfie Boe and Nicky Spence.

Emily Gottlieb, chief executive of the National Opera Studio, said: “We are delighted to return to Scottish Opera this year, working in partnership for nearly 45 years to deliver our internationally renowned training programme to exceptional young singers and répétiteurs.

"To have the opportunity to work with international artists such as Music Director Stuart Stratford, director Emma Jenkins and the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, and present our young artists on the stage of Theatre Royal Glasgow, is absolutely invaluable.”

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