Puccini comes to Falkirk

Laurieston-born opera singer Cheryl Forbes.
Laurieston-born opera singer Cheryl Forbes.

The beautiful music of Madam Butterfly, one of Puccini’s most famous operas, is coming to Falkirk Town Hall - with a cast of outstanding young talent.

The performance on Friday, September 18 at 7.30pm is an ambitious start to Classic Music Live! Falkirk’s new season of concerts.

CMLF’s Bob Tait said: “This production, set in modern day Japan, has received great praise from packed audiences across Scotland as well as in the Middle Temple, London and most recently at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.”

The leading cast of up and coming young singers is headed up by rising Scottish star Melanie Gowie as the naïve Cio-Cio San, and local soprano, Cheryl Forbes as Suzuki.

Cheryl said: “I never thought I’d be singing a full opera here in Falkirk, but Madame Butterfly is perfect,” she said. “It’s sad, yes, but it’s a lovely story and it’s full of the most beautiful tunes. And they are all tunes that people will be very familiar with, so it’s a very accessible opera.”

Alistair Digges and Douglas Nairne (no strangers to the Falkirk audience) sing the roles of Pinkerton and Sharpless respectively.

The opera was first performed in 1904 and conducted by Toscanini. This performance is accompanied in a special arrangement for piano (Gordan Cree) and violin (Feargus Hetherington) and will be sung in Italian with English surtitles.

This tale of love, sacrifice and heartbreak promises to be a memorable night for opera lovers and newcomers alike.

Tickets priced £14, Concession £12 and students £3 are available from the Steeple Box Office on (01324) 506850.

This performance is made possible because of financial assistance from, Insurance Advisory Services, Larbert, A.R.D. Consultants Falkirk and Falkirk Schools Community Charity Trust.