Scottish Opera

A live-streamed event

Sun 20 Sept 7.30pm

Scottish Opera in partnership with Lammermuir Festival

Please note change to previously published date / time

Duration: approx. 45 mins

The Diary of One Who Disappeared


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Ed Lyons

Photo credit: Groves Artists

(We regret to announce that Nicky Spence is indisposed, please see footnote)

British tenor Ed Lyon stars in JanáČek’s feverish fable of obsessive love, desire and escape.

A naive young farmer’s son falls desperately in love with a wild gypsy girl. Will he abandon his family, his community and his whole way of life to satisfy his fiery passions?

Part dramatic song cycle, part miniature opera, JanáČek’s The Diary of One Who Disappeared is an unorthodox, unclassifiable work – but one that shows the composer at his most overtly sensual, in a timeless tale of illicit love and hot-headed seduction that shatter boundaries between cultures.

In this concert performance streamed direct from Glasgow’s Theatre Royal, world-renowned tenor Ed Lyon (The Magic Flute 2012, The Flying Dutchman 2013) revisits the iconic central role he has recorded to great critical acclaim. He is joined by mezzo-soprano Lucy Schaufer as the gypsy Zefka, as well as Catriona Hewitson, Heather Ireson (Scottish Opera Associate Artist) and Sioned Gwen Davies.

Scottish Opera Music Director Stuart Stratford conducts an ensemble of 12 musicians from The Orchestra of Scottish Opera, in a rarely heard orchestral version of JanáČek’s intoxicating masterpiece by Miloš Štědroň Senior and Miloš Štědroň Junior.

All performers observe physical distancing guidelines while conveying the opera’s compelling drama.

We are sorry to announce that Nicky Spence has had to withdraw from The Diary of One Who Disappeared on Sunday 20 September 2020 due to appendicitis surgery. We wish him a speedy recovery. We are very grateful that Ed Lyon can step in at short notice as a replacement.

Lyon proved vividly communicative throughout… his anguished, well-nigh televisually detailed stage presence chilling and human indeed.

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