Erik Chisholm’s one act opera ‘Simoon’ – a YouTube Premiere

July 1, 2020 in by mwhiteside

Event Details

As part of a UK-wide artistic response to the current Covid-19 pandemic, Music Co-OPERAtive Scotland (McOpera) will release the YouTube Premiere of Erik Chisholm’s one-act opera Simoon on Wednesday 8thJuly 2020 at 7pm.
‘Teeming and seething, percussive, restless and evocative’ The Guardian
An exhausted French Legionnaire is caught in the brutal Algerian desert storm, his fate in the balance. The simoon – the North African dry and violent desert wind – gives its name to Strindberg’s psychological drama reimagined in 1952 by Glaswegian composer Erik Chisholm, but which remained unperformed in its fully orchestrated version until this world premiere performance in 2015.
Produced by McOpera (a group of orchestral players from the Orchestra of Scottish Opera) and conducted by Ian Ryan, Simoon boasts a stellar line up of some the UK’s finest singers – soprano Jane Irwin, current Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Charlie Drummond, tenor Philip Sheffield and baritone Damian Thantrey.
Performed with live-edited film by Edinburgh based Roddy Simpson and featuring actor Michael Daviot with dancers Salma Faraji and Erick Mauricia, Simoon was recorded live by Delphian Records Ltd.
Simoon was performed at the Western Baths in Glasgow on June 8th 2015 as part of the Cottier Chamber Project in a semi-staged production commissioned by The Erik Chisholm Trust.
To watch the performance and read more information, biographies, photos and reviews –
You Tube link:
Contact: Sue Baxendale (McOpera Producer, Project Manager & horn player)
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