Opera in Paisley to Be More Glastonbury Than Glyndebourne

By Walton, Ken | The Scotsman, July 21, 2018 | Go to article overview

Opera in Paisley to Be More Glastonbury Than Glyndebourne


Walton, Ken, The Scotsman


Scottish Opera has done more than most to take opera out to people who'd otherwise never give it a second thought. That's according to Bill Bankes-Jones, founder and artistic director of radical London-based opera company Tête à Tête, a company renowned for its street presence with an annual London festival that led one leading opera critic to accept that "you never know quite what you're going to get or how good or bad it's going to be, and that's exactly how it should be."

In truth, Bankes-Jones can only guess whether this week's unconventional staging of Leoncavallo's Pagliacci, which he is directing for Scottish Opera, will be an all-out success, given that it's being performed in a massive tent in Seedhill Community Sports Ground in Paisley, by a 200-strong cast that is largely from the local community led by a team of Scottish Opera soloists, chorus and orchestra. But he's sure of one thing; it will be like a day out at the fun fair.

Scottish Opera have promised us a "festival style" experience. "I think it's more Glastonbury than Glyndebourne," Bankes-Jones explains. "You want to get there early, because we have this huge tent filled with lots of stuff, like a Punch and Judy man, some handbell ringers and the chance to have a go at conducting the orchestra for one minute. All these things are there to inform your enjoyment of the opera, which starts an hour later."

So why stick one of the sacred lollipops of 19th century Italian verismo opera in a whopping great tent? "That was Stratford's choice," he says, referring to Scottish Opera's musical director, Stuart Stratford, who will conduct the performances. "I asked Stuart, why Pagliacci, and he said because of all the different levels of reality that exist in it. He is quite right. It's a really good piece for blurring the distinction between performers and audience, or between professionals and amateurs.

Pagliacci - most often performed alongside Mascagni's Cavelleria rusticana as the double bill "Cav and Pag" - plays on the heated confusion of its central travelling troupe and the perceived reality of the characters they represent in the opera's playwithin-a-play. So much so that things spiral way out of control for the troupe's leader Canio (Pagliacci), who kills his wife Nedda in a fit of jealous rage.

Paisley audiences will be encouraged to feel part of that blurred reality, promises Banks-Jones. "The Chorus in the piece [made up of anyone from the Paisley community interested in attending rehearsals] are by and large an 'audience'. …

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