June 2015 – Simoon at the Cottier Chamber Project

After last year’s successful performance of ‘Rothschild’s Violin’, 2015 saw McOpera return to the West End Festival and the Cottier Chamber Project.

On Monday June 8th at 7.30pm in the Western Baths, in an enhanced concert performance featuring soprano star Jane Irwin, alongside Philip Sheffield, Damian Thantrey and Charlie Drummond, we revealed, to critical acclaim, the world premiere of Erik Chisholm’s fully orchestrated opera ‘Simoon’. Conducted by Ian Ryan, produced by McOpera’s own Sue Baxendale and performed to a specially commissioned film by director Roddy Simpson, with dancers Salma Faraji and Erick Mauricia and actor Michael Daviot, this is the last of Chisholm’s murder mystery trilogy ‘Murder in Three Keys’. ‘Simoon’ is a psychological thriller set in the hot desert and was certainly a night to remember!

**** The Guardian
‘…a valiant performance. Conductor Ian Ryan drew focused and atmospheric playing
from the musicians of Music Co-OPERAtive Scotland’
Read the full review here

**** The Scotsman
‘Well done Music Co-OPERAtive Scotland, for taking the leap into the unknown and making a powerful evening’s entertainment.’
‘The small cast delivered the hi-concentrate libretto with dark and devilish potency’
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Opera Magazine
‘…finely played by the musicians of Music Co-OPERAtive Scotland under the sympathetic baton of Ian Ryan’

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