‘Madame Butterfly’ in Kyleakin hall

The cast during rehearsals

Opera Bohemia, Scotland’s dynamic young professional company, is delighted to announce their first visit to the Skye. They will perform Puccini’s masterpiece, ‘Madame Butterfly’, at Kyleakin hall on Friday 22nd May at 7.30pm.

The company was founded by Alistair Digges and Douglas Nairne, both young Scottish professional opera singers, who were keen to produce more operatic performances across Scotland and create more opportunities for professional artists in all areas of opera. They also wanted to introduce opera to first time opera goers and a younger generation, in a fresh dynamic way. Now in its fifth year, the company continues to add new works to its repertoire and expand its reach throughout the country. They now perform at over twenty venues across Scotland and are really excited to be visiting Skye for the first time.

John Wilkie’s production of Madame Butterfly is set in modern-day Japan and has already received a great reception from packed audience across Scotland. The company was also invited to give a special performance of the opera at Middle Temple in London as part of a charity event for the Muir Maxwell Trust.

Rising Scottish star Catriona Clark sings the role of the naïve Cio-Cio San, which includes the famous aria, ‘Un bel di (One Fine Day)’. Clark enjoys an international operatic career but said: “I always love performing at home in Scotland, audiences are always so warm and touring with Opera Bohemia is great fun.”

She leads a cast of up and coming professional opera singers in Scotland including Plockton’s very own mezzo-soprano, Fiona MacKenzie, a graduate of the Royal College of Music in London.

Opera Bohemia performs the opera in a special arrangement for piano and solo violin. The latter is played by Feargus Hetherington. He is enjoying a fantastic and varied career as a solo recitalist, orchestral and chamber musician, most recently appearing on BBC Radio Scotland’s Classics Unwrapped.

This tale of love, sacrifice and heartbreak promises to be a memorable night for opera lovers and newcomers alike.  The production is supported by Creative Scotland.

Tickets are available at Kyle of Lochalsh Pharmacy, www.wegottickets.com, or from 01592 596904. For more information see www.operabohemia.com.