I’ve just returned (over the icy Clisham and through a snowstorm!) from Harris House, Tarbert, where Scottish Opera brought their Opera Highlights tour for a mini preview before the main show in the evening.
They sang four songs for our captivated audience of fifteen residents and 6 staff.
Beginning with a rousing English version of Brindisi from La Traviata, finishing with the hilarious Flanders & Swann ‘Song of the Weather’. In between, we enjoyed the Barber of Seville and the Mikado in bite-sized form.
Afterwards, the cast/singers had a chat with the residents, talking about island life as well as their own influences. Conversation flowed about memories, music, wartime, all kinds of thoughts and emotions were opened up by the music and everyone commented on the quality of the programme, the power of the voices and the entertainment value of something so different.
Thank you so much, Scottish Opera. That was an unforgettable afternoon!