For lovers of opera and song, there is a real treat in store when Music in Peebles presents the second of its two March concerts on Tuesday.
Continuing the popular and successful policy of showcasing emerging artists, the guest musicians are Song Studio, a quartet of highly talented young singers who are all on the Masters Opera course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Song Studio are renowned for the quality of their performances and the inventiveness of their programming.
Their concert in Peebles is titled Magic, Myth and Legend and brings together a wide variety of songs and opera excerpts linked by these themes.
The timescale runs from 1688 with Dido’s Lament to 1979 with the remarkable King Harald’s Saga, a ten minute opera by the then 25-year-old Judith Weir, in which a solo soprano sings all eight roles.
There are also songs by Schubert, Mahler and many more, whilst opera is represented by excerpts from, among others, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Wagner’s Tannhäuser and Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore.
Soprano Louise Kemeny studied English at UCL and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University before commencing her studies at the RCS.
She has performed with Scottish Opera and in concert performances ranging from Mozart’s Mass in C Minor to Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire.
Scottish mezzo-soprano Laura Margaret Smith has studied and worked with many famous names including Sir Thomas Allen, Elly Ameling, Ann Murray and Ian Partridge.
Her operatic roles have extended from Monteverdi to Benjamin Britten, and included Bizet’s Carmen with Edinburgh Grand Opera.
Brazilian-born tenor Raoni de Hubner Barros studied in Rio de Janeiro before coming to Scotland.
He is already well established on the world stage, having performed in opera and concerts across South America, in Spain, Portugal and Germany as well as the UK. He made his debut with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra last year. Completing the quartet is New Zealand baritone Daniel O’Connor. Before embarking on his Masters course in Glasgow, he studied in Wellington and sang in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, and Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro with New Zealand Opera while a member of their Emerging Artists programme.
Further information about the singers, and details of the music they will perform, can be found at www.musicinpeebles.org.uk, or you can pick up a leaflet at the Eastgate Theatre, libraries or other selected locations.
Tickets for the concert cost £13 from the Eastgate Theatre (phone 01721 725777) and admission is free for school students.