Orpheus in the Deeside Theatre

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The Deeside Theatre in Aboyne is set to be the venue for a performance of Scottish Opera’s Orpheus in the Underworld.

Aided and abetted by Scottish satirist Rory Bremner, Scottish Opera will tour the new production of Jacques Offenbach’s send up of Greek mythology this Autumn.

Bremner has written a new translation of the opera, and his sharp tongue and political nous are a perfect match for Offenbach, who was well known for parodying the work of other composers of his day.

Originally created to satirise the government of Napoleon III’s France, here the action is updated to the present day as director Oliver Mears pokes fun at our media mad, celebrity-obsessed world.

Orpheus is perhaps Offenbach’s best-known work and features some of the funniest scenes and daftest situations in French opera. His riotous sense of humour and knack for catchy tunes take the characters (which include Eurydice, Jupiter, Venus, Mercury, Mars, Pluto and Public Opinion) from one ridiculous situation to another, culminating in the riotous revelry of the world-famous ‘Cancan’.

The ensemble cast features Scottish Opera emerging artists Marie Claire Breen and Ross McInroy, as well as 2011 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World finalist Máire Flavin, and Nicholas Sharratt, in the role of Orpheus.

Claire Haslin and Ruth Wilkinson will play for piano-accompanied performances, while Scottish Opera’s head of music Derek Clark will conduct a chamber-sized ensemble, drawn from The Orchestra of Scottish Opera in other performances.

Orpheus in the Underworld will appear at Aboyne at 7.30pm on Saturday, October 15.

Scottish Opera’s General Director Alex Reedijk said: “Distilling great opera down to a size that we can tour to smaller Scottish venues has been at the heart of what we do for 33 years and I’m pleased that we’re going back on the road this year with what’s promising to be a highly-entertaining interpretation of this cheeky opera. We’re looking forward to see what people make of it!”

Orpheus in the Underworld is sung in English, with a running time of two hours.

To book tickets, visit www.scottishopera.org.uk