Silver City Pop-Up Opera features 3 newly commissioned site-specific operas which take place in key historic sites across Aberdeen. The operas are linked to stories and/or historic figures and places associated with the city including the Jacobite uprising, the tragic tale of Fittie’s harbour master, and the Great Scottish Witch Hunt in the 16th century, and are composed by Phillip Cooke, Errollyn Wallen and Joe Stollery.
Sat 1 - Sun 2 July
Mither Kirk by Joe Stollery (music) and Ruth Rose (words) | Kirk of St Nicholas Uniting | 11.30am* / 1.30pm / 3.30pm / 5.30pm *Sat only - no 11.30am performance on Sunday
The King and His Shadow by Phillip Cooke (music) and Peter Davidson (words) | Castlegate | 11am / 12pm / 1pm / 2pm / 3pm / 4pm / 5pm
The Engine Room by Errollyn Wallen | by the war memorial, Footdee (Fittie) | 12pm / 1.30pm / 2.30pm / 3.30pm / 4.30pm / 5.30pm
These immersive operas vary in length from 5-10 minutes, allowing them to be performed multiple times over the weekend in public spaces by a mix of local performers from the University of Aberdeen and young professionals from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Silver City Stories is an event which aims to showcase, celebrate and debate the history and heritage of Aberdeen and its People. The event is supported by Aberdeen City Council, The University of Aberdeen and Visit Aberdeenshire.
The programme of events is created by residents, artists and community groups - all of which celebrate the history, heritage and architecture of Aberdeen.
These events complement the 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology which is a Scottish Government initiative.www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/silvercitystories