Music Oft hath Such a Charm

OperaUpClose, 2016

A rather ingenious weaving together of vocal excerpts linked to Shakespeare. ★ ★ ★ ★
— The Scotsman

OperaUpClose marked the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with a performance of songs, operatic arias and ensembles inspired by his plays and poetry, performed in the company’s engaging, intimate and theatrical style.

Spectacular show-stoppers from Verdi's Falstaff and the quick-witted wordplay of Beatrice and Benedict rub shoulders with well-loved songs inspired by the Bard - from Schubert to Kiss Me Kate

It's the first day of Spring and four friends are having a picnic. Playboy Benedict has his eyes on his friend's girlfriend Sylvia. While a heartbroken Beatrice despairs at Benedict’s womanising, Sylvia’s fiancé Demetrius catches a glimpse of the pair's illicit flirtation. Will these love triangles resolve themselves or will heartbreak and jealousy drive them to folly?

Shakespeare in Love, in Lust, in Loathing, in Laughter… and all in Music.