A new era and new lease of life for Fife Opera ...

This year's Fife Opera company has gorwn since its past productions, including La Boheme.
This year's Fife Opera company has gorwn since its past productions, including La Boheme.

Fife Opera returns to the Adam Smith Theatre next month with a new lease of life.

The company has undergone a face lift, appointing a new artistic team and welcoming lots of new company members and principals.

And everyone is excited about revealing the changes when the company performs the world’s favourite opera, Bizet’s Carmen in November.

The gypsy tale was the company’s choice 35 years ago when it produced its first fully staged show.

And now, the company revisits the story as over 100 performers take to the stage in Kirkcaldy and celebrate the start of a new era for Fife Opera.

Earlier this year Alistair Digges, who is already known to audiences in Fife as co-founder of Opera Bohemia and has sung with Fife Opera in several past productions, joined the company as musical director.

He told the Press: “Auditions for the project attracted a huge number of applicants and the company is delighted to have its first double cast production, giving lots of talented singers an opportunity.

“Led by Carmens, Barbara Scott and Marcia McDougall, the principals range from talented amateur singers to Royal Conservatoire students and graduates.

“Back in May the company ran taster sessions to attract new chorus members and this has been hugely successful.

“The chorus rehearsals have been great fun and now, much stronger in numbers, they are ready to let rip in some of opera’s best love ensembles.”

He added that auditions for the children’s ensemble were equally popular with two casts of children becoming ragamuffins for the show and busy learning the music with Fife Opera chairman and singer teacher Rosemary Nairne.

Carmen is directed by Peter Easson who has a wealth of experience and has staged many musicals in the area.

The opera has memorable melodies, rousing ensembles and passionate drama.

And it is full of recognisable numbers, like the famous ‘Torreador Song’.

The music and story are exciting and accessible and it is hoped locals will come along and enjoy the show.

Fife Opera perform Bizet’s Carmen at Kirkcaldy’s Adam Smith Theatre from Wednesday, November 5 to Saturday, November 8. Tickets are available from the box office.