We thought the forthcoming opera by renowned musician and composer Ian McFarlane was worthy of bringing to your attention. We will soon be providing a short feature on this event.
This 2002 Wigmore Hall programme - AE FOND KISS... on Burns' Night is the London concert performance première of this new Scottish ballad opera. A new British opera - an opera with young leading Scottish & British performers. Ae fond kiss... has just finished its world première run, 23-27 July at the Royal Opera House (LST). The opera has been previewed in The Scotsman, 09/7/2001, Classical Music (Première of the fortnight), 07/7/2001, Metro 23/7/2001 and reviewed in The Times, 31/7/2001 and Musical Opinion (September).
- a new ballad opera
- an epic Edinburgh love story
25th January 2002
I very much hope my Robert Burns ballad opera promoting Robert Burns and Scotland to an international world audience in 2002 will interest? A new opera about the world's most famous poet, and its performance at Britain's most prestigious concert hall - 'AE FOND KISS...' - a Burns Night at the Opera - Wigmore Hall 25th January 2002. N.B. As you will be aware 2002 has been designated the year of Robert Burns.
Very best wishes,
N.B. AE FOND KISS... (Berlin & Barcelona Festivals to confirm) and is scheduled for Paris THEATRE DU PALAIS ROYAL, PARIS performances later in 2002
'A Burns Night
at the Opera...'
'....a well-shaped and thoughtful exploration of Burns's valedictory mode...'
"A cross between Les Liaisons Dangereuses and
Allan Ramsay's The Gentle Shepherd..."
Première of the fortnight
'Ae fond kiss '
an exciting new opera by Ian McFarlane...
one of the great literary love stories of the 18th-century...
bringing Robert Burns and his lover (Nancy McLehose) to life in words and music...
this heady blend of musical and poetic genius is spine-tingling...''
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