OPERA Bohemia is delighted to be returning to the Gardyne Theatre, Dundee on Thursday, September 27 with their critically acclaimed production of La Bohème.
The company was formed in 2010 by Glasgow born tenor, Alistair Digges, and Fife born baritone, Douglas Nairne as a result of their frustration at the lack of opportunities for young opera singers, musicians and directors in Scotland during difficult financial times, and their belief that opera should be performed more widely throughout the country. They also hoped to make opera more accessible and attract new audience members who might not normally consider a trip to the opera, or may even feel intimidated by it. A huge target was to attract a younger audience and shake off some of the stigma often associated with opera. All Opera Bohemia productions are sung in their original language, with English subtitles, and the orchestra is reduced to piano and solo violin. This allows the small team of performers to perform in small theatres, churches and halls throughout Scotland, making grand opera more accessible and lowering ticket prices. Now in its third year, Opera Bohemia continues to add more venues and performances throughout Scotland to their schedule. Following the enthusiastic response Lucia di Lammermoor received in Dundee, the company is looking forward to returning to the Gardyne Theatre with Puccini’s romantic tragedy. Rising Scottish star Catriona Clark leads a cast of emerging young artists in the role of Mimi. The performance starts at 7.30 pm and tickets are available from the box office on 01382 434940 or www.dundeebox.co.uk