Okay I am still alive but life continues to be somewhat hectic. I keep thinking things will calm down but of course now with All Saints at the beginning of November and St Andrew’s at the end Patronal Festivals, and two AGM’s in-between it mean there is no lull before the storm of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany.
However we did manage a trip to see Scottish Opera’s production of ‘The Italian Girl in Algiers’ by Rossini, and boy are we glad we got to see it. Despite what the critics said we both throughly enjoyed it. This was a co-production with the NBR New Zealand Opera and there was clever use of modern technology as the Opera revolved round the cast of a Soap Opera. The singing was, as you would expect, superb, however even though I had been warned (a member of the cast is also a member at All Saints) I hadn’t expected to laugh quite so much, neither was I expecting the rap routine. On reflection it is no wonder that purest critics didn’t appreciate it. It’s run in Glasgow is now over however if you are in Inverness this weekend you could see it at Eden Court, His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen is the venue for the performance on the 14th and it is ending up in Edinburgh on 21st, 25th and 27th November.