Here’s a look at ‘Betrothal in a Monastery’ our hilarious comedy opera by Sergei Prokofiev which has been developed in partnership with Scottish Opera.
Betrothal is an interesting mix, written by a Russian, set in Seville and sung in English. The story revolves around the comic mishaps and misinterpretations of a group of characters involved in the local fish market. It’s a raunchy affair featuring groups of randy nuns and monks acting disgracefully in a monastery.
The cast is a vast and is comprised of students from all years of our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and includes graduate, Ross McInroy, currently Emerging Artist at Scottish Opera. For our students it’s a fantastic learning experience working hand in hand with the professionals at Scottish Opera.
We filmed one of the early rehearsals and watched as director Rodula put the cast through their paces. We spoke to Andrew Tipple and Lynda-Jane Nelson two students from our School of Opera. Andrew plays the nefarious, bearded fish merchant, Mendoza who is duped into marrying the mischievous la Duenna played by Jayne. Both of them enthused about the experience of appearing in a professional production with a full orchestra, playing to audiences at prestigious venues such as the Theatre Royal in Glasgow and the Edinburgh Festival Theatre.
Betrothal in a Monastery is the latest in annual collaboration with Scottish Opera which have over recent years included, the Love of three Oranges, War and Peace and the Cunning Little Vixen.