Fancy a bit of Opera?

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Let’s have a show of hands – who hasn’t tried opera before?

I bet there are many of you who regularly pop along for a night at theatre, or get lost in an evening of live music, that have never found themselves indulging in a bit of the old operatic entertainment.

Perhaps you think it’s a bit ‘high-brow’, stuffy or possibly even boring? Well, this year Perth Festival of the Arts is inviting you along to challenge those misconceptions, and to attend a wedding!

The Marriage of Figaro is part of a fantastic Perth Festival of the Arts 2018 programme – more details here – and will be performed by the stunning English Touring Opera at Perth Concert Hall on Thursday 17th May.

It’s an energetic, new production of one of the world’s most beloved Mozart operas and, as well as being a glorious and fast-paced story, this production is also sung in English making it the perfect place to start for the newbies!

During the course of one eventful day, Figaro and Susanna must overcome every obstacle put in their way by Count Almaviva and his cronies before they can finally tie the knot as man and wife.

Returning to direct this hart-warming tale is Blanche McIntyre, and the production is equally acclaimed for its sublime music and huge sense of fun. There will also be home debuts for Scottish sopranos Rachel Redmond and Katherine Aitken to look forward to.

The first-class cast features Redmond as Susanna, Ross Ramgobin as Figaro, Nadine Benjamin as the Countess and David Kimberg as Count Almaviva.

If you’re up for trying something new and broadening your cultural horizons then why not pop along? It’s the perfect opportunity to see incredible operatic performers in a production that is both new and fresh, performed in English.

With a standout cast, fantastic musicians and evening filled with fun – what’s not to like?


English Touring Opera is the leading touring opera company in the UK, travelling to more regions and to more venues than any other English opera company. ETO presents as many as 110 performances every year.

As well as the production of the Marriage of Figaro on Thursday 17th May at Perth Concert Hall, ETO will also be at Perth Theatre on Friday 18th May performing Rossini: Fireworks! as part of the Perth Festival programme.

ETO’s aim is to offer opera to everyone with a varied repertoire of high-quality, professional productions featuring some of the finest talent we have in the UK today.


For more details on both productions which are part of the fantastic Perth Festival of the Arts programme, or to find out how you can book tickets, visit our Small City What’s On event listing for The Marriage of Figaro or Rossini: Fireworks!



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